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St John Festivals: What You Need TO Know

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The beauty of the US Virgin Island’s isn’t the only thing that draws holiday makers back time after time. Many people come each year specifically to attend an event or festival. Even if that isn’t why you’ve chosen to visit the islands, you may want to find out if there will be any celebrations going on during your stay. Staying at a bed and breakfast on the island like the one you can book at http://treetops.vi can be the best decision you may as you would be in easy reach of the events that allow you to experience local culture. You can sample regional fare, view handmade crafts and listening to Caribbean music. In the Virgin Islands, there are three categories of events and festivals that are particularly common: cultural celebrations, music festivals and sporting events.

RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ - 04 DEZEMBRO 2011: Festival de Cultura digital no Rio de Janeiro. (foto: bruno fernandes).

RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ – 04 DEZEMBRO 2011: Festival de Cultura digital no Rio de Janeiro. (foto: bruno fernandes).

Cultural celebrations include things like the Mardi Croix Parade which is an annual street parade which takes place in March. It features marching bands and Mocko Jumbies which are mythical African characters on stilts! There’s a huge carnival in St Thomas and it occurs between April and May and in St John is happens in June or July. Featured are street parades, live music, dancing, various competitions and lots of fun for all the family.

Throughout the month of December and into January, St Croix celebrates Christmas carnival-style with a series of events that are fun for the whole family. These include parades, the Miss St Croix competition, boat races, concerts, a culture night, Jouvert, a food and arts festival, and fireworks. The carnival itself has been running for over sixty years and each carnival has a different theme, keeping it alive and fun! In Tillett Gardens, concerts are held throughout the year and performances are usually musical ensembles and classical performers. These Art Alive Concerts are supported by the St John Blues Festival which features in March and has regional artists at Coral Bay Ball Field.

If you’re into music then the March Music Series is a winner as it’s all about promoting arts in the schools. Students take on different musical themes every year, studying music and attending lectures leading up to several public performances. There’s also an annual Love City Country Music Festival which happens in May so if you’re on the island at that time of year, you can attend and boogie the night away.

If sports is your thing, St Croix International Regatta is held in February. There is a series of yacht races and parties held and a lot of people come together to watch. There’s also a St Thomas International Regatta hosted by the St Thomas Yacht Club. This event takes place in March every year. You can also attend the Beach to Beach Power Swim in May. Swimmers get the chance to participate in a race between beaches set in the protected waters of the Virgin Islands National Park around St John. Participants can swim solo or as part of a three-person relay team and have three course options to choose from ranging from one to three and a half miles.

Best Places to Visit in Sussex

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England has its charms and just over from Kent, also known as the Garden of England, is Sussex. There are tons of things to do across Kent and Sussex for all the family especially during the school holidays. Finding relaxing places to visit with the kids is no easy feat but injecting a little adventure into their and your lives could be fun! In this guide we’ve decided to focus on the Sussex and write a bit about some of the best places to visit in that area.

  • Brighton Pier. Just off the famed Kings Road, Brighton pier stretches right out to sea and is packed with arcades and fun fair rides. For some just simply strolling down the pier and having chips overlooking the ocean is enough even with beefed up seagulls doing all they can to thieve from the paper bags. Weddings can be held on the pier and there is a huge dome packed with activities for all the family. Just off the pier are the cobbled and winding lanes of Brighton with its eclectic markets and small boutique shops. Have a look down the lanes for the pick and mix shop: wall to wall sweets and not expensive at all!
  • Camber Sands & Hastings. You could be hiring a caravan through Haven or just down for the day, but the endless stretch of sand at Camber can be a very inexpensive day out. There’s no shale on the beach so soft sand and towering dunes. If you’re lucky enough to experience the mist rolling in, your little ones will appreciate how they can pretend to be pirates like Captain Jack Sparrow! Down the road is the little seaside town of Hastings where you can go and see the fishing boats and enjoy a stroll up the promenade. Bring down the buckets and spades and build castles to rival those fought for in 1066. If you’re looking to stay the night head over to kingsheadrye.co.uk for a gorgeously intimate venue for you and the family.
  • Drusilla’s Park. If you’re looking for a fun and educational day out for little (and big!) ones, Drusilla’s is an excellent find. While it doesn’t have any large mammals like other zoos do, it is both family and child friendly. Their sole goal is child involvement so they have made the zoo itself very interactive with activities all the way round for kids. They can collect stamps of all the animals they’ve seen and get involved with pulleys and buttons throughout the park and see the penguins being fed at certain times of the day. You can see the meerkats and crawl through the tunnels leading to their home. Pop up in the dome and look around at their level! Feed the lorikeets with honey and see your children’s faces light up as they walk around and the lemurs run around them. There’s soft play right in the centre and an outdoor play park as well as Hello Kitty world where they can enjoy rides and meet Hello Kitty! A brilliant find nestled in between Eastbourne and Polegate.


Lights, Laughter and Love at Christmas Markets

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There’s nothing like the festive atmosphere of a Christmas market whether that be at home or abroad and being abroad sometimes can make it feel far more authentic than the German Christmas Market in Birmingham. . The season to start decking the halls and serve up homemade gingerbread men and mulled wine is very nearly upon us and to kick off your Christmas shopping you need a winter break to get those special presents sorted. Stalls around Christmas markets are heavy with wine, meat and roasting chestnuts. You’ve just got to get involved! You can book a break through a website like www.door2tour.com and get the whole family involved or you can head off on something more romantic for just two of you. Whether you are travelling abroad or staying nearer to home, we’ve put together our top destinations in a two part guide that will get you right in the festive spirit.

  • Vienna: Found in the romantic square of the Austrian capital, twenty-five markets spring up on the beautiful cobbled streets which promise christmas-decorations-1149717_640elegant gifts in a unique and truly festive setting. The entire city of Vienna get involved with the events, a tradition that began in the 17th The Viennese Christmas Market stands directly in front of City Hall with a charming backdrop perfect for traditional shopping. The highlight other than the delicious aromas that dance from stall to stall are the beautiful voices of international choirs as you search through for that absolutely perfect and unique gift for your loved one. There’s nothing quite like a Viennese Christmas Market and taking the time to book a break and have a look round is something you won’t regret.
  • Strasbourg: The home to the oldest Christmas market in Europe, there are three hundred stalls promising handcrafted gifts, decorations for the tree and indulgent treats for the taste buds. Not forgetting of course, the rich heavy flavours of the traditional Bredle sweets you can find at every corner. The winter wonderland is always best late in the afternoon as the Christmas lights turn on and the smell of cinnamon and gingerbread waft through the air. If you’re not fussy on lights, then going earlier in the morning means more time to look with less crowds. If you’ve booked your break through a site like door2tour.com you could get fabulous discounts and offers so always check online before you go.
  • Brussels: Always famous for its beer and chocolate choices, it’s unsurprisingly a favourite amongst the lovers of the Christmas period. Easily accessed via a hop on the Eurostar, it is perfect for finding Christmas gifts without the fuss. Festively lined in an array of Christmas trees and colourful mood lighting, the market exudes a fantastic festive atmosphere and houses excellent shopping opportunities. The ice rink centred in the market square is perfect for the family and a fun and exciting way to build an appetite for sampling Belgian culinary delights.

Ultimately you have many choices for where you decide to go for your Christmas market break, and that choice lays with you!


Melbourne & Families

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Many types of people visit Melbourne throughout the year, from backpackers on their gap years looking for cheap and cheerful hostels to businessmen on large conferences seeking out the Convention Centre and a hot dinner. The biggest number of visitors comes from the category of families. You wouldn’t think it, but Melbourne attracts scores of families every season looking for an activity filled holiday with fab weather, better beaches and food to die for. Thankfully, Melbourne has a ton to offer for children and families who, let’s be honest, are often overlooked when it comes to holiday guides as Australia itself is such a hot bed for 18-30 year old visitors. Most families enjoy the conveniences of serviced apartments like www.apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au rather than the standard hotel or the backpackers favourite: the hostel. In this guide we have put together a list of family friendly popular places located right in Melbourne so that your family, no matter their age, can enjoy what’s available.

11944031853_f4a6bb4bf0_zIf you’re looking for a great, thrill seeking place to visit, right along Port Phillip Bay, Luna Park sits waiting for families to enjoy. Over 100 years old, Luna Park is a huge amusement park and is the oldest continually operating wooden roller coaster in the world! Massive range of attractions here from rides for tiny ones to thrill rides for the bigger kids (ahem, adults). Luna Park itself is free, but the rides do cost tickets that you can buy at the kiosks located at the front of the park. Plenty of transport links from places like www.apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au can take you to Luna Park and you should definitely not miss out on this one!

For those preferring something a little more natural head on over to Healsville Sanctuary. This is best place to see wildlife in their natural habitat in Australia, right near the Yarra Valley. Kids will absolutely love to watch the Spirits of the Sky, which is a free flight presentation featuring Australian raptors and Wedge Tailed Eagles. The best part? Under 16’s are able to get in for free so if you’re looking for a wallet friendly fab day out filled with fun and education, Healsville Sanctuary is the place to be. Outdoorsy visitors will love The Enchanted Adventure Garden. An hour away from Melbourne, this has three hedge mazes and numerous tube slides, an outdoor sculpture park and a massive indoor 3D maze. Kids will absolutely love to explore the nature that the garden has to offer as well as tree surfing! High above the ground, there is a ropes adventure with rope bridges and zip lines just waiting for your little ones to take hold of!

All of these activities in Victoria are able to be accessed by tram and other transport links, and are close by to some excellent accommodation. Visit www.apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au to book a fantastic serviced apartment for your family today, and have a look around at the listed places in this guide to make your holiday as action packed as possible.





Top Tips for Booking Accommodation Abroad

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When you’re booking a holiday, gap year or even emigrating somewhere new, you need to find somewhere to stay. Whether you’re choosing the beautiful hotels in Bali or the stunning ocean side apartments of Thailand, you need to know where to start. Finding short term accommodation in places as busy and buzzing as Melbourne City, for example, can be a minefield with the introduction of new buildings and holiday lettings on a very regular basis. Melbourne is a lively city and there are so many options for you to choose from, including hotels, air bnb and holiday apartment rentals. Using www.apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au you can book everything from your location to your arrival times and whatever the time that may be, serviced apartments are far more likely to accommodate you than a booking with air bnb or a hotel, which can sometimes shut its doors late into the night. In this guide we have listed for you three popular serviced apartment locations:


  • Flinders Street: Love a little flutter on the slots? How about one armed bandit? The Crown Casino is right on the doorstep of the Northbank apartments. If you’re interested in live shows, shops, cafes, music venues and a fantastic casino all in one place, then Crown Casino is where you want to be located near. We have one and two bedroom apartments of varied luxury and we have your comfort in mind at all times. Head over to apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au and you can choose the type of apartment you stay in. Whether you want a one bed with a balcony or a standard apartment, you can enjoy perfect coffee pod machines and fully integrated appliances. However if you don’t want to cook, Nandos, Dominos and a 7 Eleven are right on the doorstep!
  • Little Collins Street: If you are interested in plant life and gardens, the Royal Botanical Gardens are right nearby. You can enjoy a children’s garden, Melbourne Observatory and Guilfoyle’s Volcano! If that’s not enough fun, Melbourne Zoo is so close by and both of these are excellent days out for large groups and especially families. Our apartments are close to the SkyBus terminal so they’re an ideal placement for the independent traveller as well as someone staying close by on business. The one and two bedroom apartments are petite and ready for smaller groups of people. Kick back with Netflix ready TVs and order in from one of the local cafes so you don’t even have to cook!
  • Collins Street: Collins Street is our newest destination in the heart of the CBD and we have a new Vertigo lounge situated here. The lounge offers guest services like free wi-fi , luggage storage , light snacks and a sweet bar as well as check in services. This building is close to the free tram zone and is so close to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and tons of excellent museums. Your holiday accommodation here can accommodate larger groups and large families and we make every effort to make sure you can be as comfortable as possible.

3 Perks When You Go in a Luxury Ski Chalet

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Who doesn’t want a holiday vacation that includes outdoor activities which are fun, enjoyable and adventurous? If you want to have a perfect holiday vacation or getaway, then you must try spending it in a luxury ski chalet. Everybody wants to have that kind of vacation where you got the chance to see the beauty of the mountain tops, enjoy skiing, savor the snowy and cold weather, and just relax. You can experience and have all of these in a luxury holiday ski chalets. Not just that, there are also some perks you will get when you have a vacation in a ski chalet.


1. You can enjoy peace of mind when in a luxury ski chalet
When you go for a holiday vacation in a luxury ski chalets, you can enjoy peace of mind after doing some skiing activities. With the cozy rooms of the chalets and a wonderful snowy mountain view, you can find serenity, and you will surely feel at peace. For a moment you will be able to forget all the things that bother you and just savor the peaceful environment around you. This is one of the benefits you will get when you spend your vacation in ski chalets.

2. You can enjoy sumptuous food when in a luxury ski chalet
Another benefit you will get from spending your holiday vacation in a luxury ski chalet is the sumptuous food that will be served for you. Luxury ski chalet makes it a point to produce delicious food for their guests. They have professional chefs who cook for their menu and who specialize in different kind of cuisines. They always bring new ideas of food on the table to make their guests happy and satisfied. A guest will surely have a happy tummy after eating the food cooked by the chefs.

3. You will get the chance to taste good wines
Another benefit that you will experience from luxury ski chalet is the chance to taste their collection of good wines. They have cellars that have a different kind of wines stored in it and guests can choose and request which one they love to drink. You can drink the wine along with their food and spend a romantic dinner with the beautiful view outside, or you can choose to stay inside the restaurant. If you do not know which wine to choose, a local sommelier will be happy to help you out. The local sommelier will choose the French wine that will perfectly complement your food.

There are a lot of benefits that you will get from spending your holiday vacation in a luxury ski chalet. Every money you will spend for this vacation will be worth it. You will enjoy peace of mind, you will enjoy the sumptuous food, and you will also enjoy the good wines that come along with ski chalet experience. If you want to book your next holiday vacation in a luxury ski chalet, you can visit revesdemontagne.com to check their services and rates.

Tips in Choosing Best Accommodation for a Family Vacation

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Tips in Choosing Best Accommodation for a Family Vacation

Looking for a nice stay accommodation for your family travel vacation is time consuming. There are lots of things to consider coming up with a great one suitable for your family. Of course the first thing that you should look up to is the convenience and good ambiance of the place. Not only that, you have to ensure the needs of your family to make them comfortable while you are on a travel trip. Stick also with the budget that you have to avoid insufficient funds. So if you want to have a memorable and fun travel vacation together with the people you love then you need to set right planning and you need to follow some tips in choosing suitable stay for your holiday vacation;

Consider the easy access of the location

In looking for the best accommodation for your trip, you must consider the location of the place where you’re going to stay, whether you’re its hotel, apartment or lodging house. Choose a place where it’s accessible to the spots where you want to visit to keep you away from hassle and stress in travelling. It would be easier and convenient for you if the place is just a walking distance to some beautiful destinations. It helps you save more money. To give you ideas about good location in Melbourne click here www.apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au

Complete and functioning amenities

Before choosing the place where you’re going to stay, check first the details of the provided amenities and facilities of the room accommodation such as provided parking areas, sports facilities, comfort rooms, convenient stores and other amenities to prevent inconvenience and stress, Make sure that everything is available. Since you’re with your family, you also need to secure your family’s safety first.

Room types

gray-street-617250__180Choose a place to stay where they offer several choices of room types. Choose what fits your family and what is more convenient to stay and rest while you’re in travel trip. Suit yourself to a room where your family can relax and enjoy the ambiance of their stay. Check also the cleanliness and orderliness of your room to avoid any unwanted illnesses comes from the room you’re staying.

Good price

Choose a hotel that fits into your budget, don’t choose expensive accommodation when you know that you have with you the whole family. Choose good price rooms that still provide you with good amenities and services. Click here www.apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au to give you ideas about room prices

Other fees and charges

Ask the hotel staff if there are other charges or fees while you are staying at the place. Make sure that you know the whole details that such hotel provides you.

Friendly and accommodating staffs

Choose an accommodation that gives you a good customer services and have an approachable hotel staffs that will attend to your needs or concerns in regards to your stay in the place.

If you want to have a fun, relaxing and unforgettable experience in your holiday vacation together with your loved ones, then you may use these essential tips to make your whole vacation the best one or you can visit www.apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au to help you find the best accommodation in Melbourne.

River Thames Scenic Spots

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River Thames Scenic Spots

 Each on of us needs to take a break from our day to day work, stress from the deadlines, hectic schedule, household chores, or any other activities that can make one finish their energy. It is not easy to be cope with stress because your body is working all day long. Once in a while, taking a break from everyday work load will help one self to release the negative vibes from stress. It is always best to take a break during holidays. Because this is when everybody is free and ready to enjoy activities for leisure.

To make this happen, boating in River Thames is a perfect choice. There are a lot of adventures out there, but if you want a unique one, boating is the answer. Let us know more about River Thames experience or you can check it here

  676466249_thames-cruiseHistorical Places to visit in River Thames

Who would not wanted to bring back the memories of the past that were considered precious and gold? Get to see the marvelous historical places along the River Thames! There are a lot of history about monarchy about the place. A lot of royal residences can be found in here. One of which is the Kensington Palace–home of the longest reign monarch, Queen Victoria. And this place is now the home of the late Princess Diana and her family as well. Prince William lives here with Kate with their children. Also, there are a lot of stunning exhibits found.

Another fascinating historical places to visit is the Windsor castle that is found on the outskirts of London. It is said to be the most enormous and most antique castle that is occupied in the world. It is also the perfect choice of the Queen as residence during weekends. This place is surely a great choice because of its golden history and palace structures.

The Tower Bridge, that is widely known as London Bridge, is one of the most-sees landmarks in the place and this is indeed very iconic. It can be seen astride the River Thames and has been built since 1894. This is a great structure because of its usage from then an now. It will be forever a historical structure in London. Added to that, this is considered as one of the best structure because of its service along the years.

Additional Facts

The River Thames are generally operated by lock keepers. It is equipped by moorings in villages that is mostly free. You can never get hungry because of the variety of river side eating places the place offers. Different flavor and aroma of the food will reflect of the place’s identity. Additionally, the food in there are 100% delicious because of the renowned chefs and are operated by celebrity chefs.

River Thames is a vibrant, fun and a place not just for fun and leisure but also for additional experience and knowledge about the place. So what are you waiting for? Book your next holiday here at thamesboathotel.co.uk and experience this enchanted river!

Things to Pack for Your Caravan Site Holiday

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Things to Pack for Your Caravan Site Holiday

When you say the word caravan trip, a lot of things come into people’s mind. Some would consider it be a home away from home. While some would consider it be a great way to explore a place at a phase most suitable for the traveler. There are those transform their caravans into a miniature version of their home and are fully equipped from the bathroom down to the entertainment system. There’s nothing wrong with either because what you bring for your caravan trip is completely up to you, your budget and your caravan’s size. However, there are some essentials that you should never forget and we have listed them down in this article.

Not all caravans for rent come with linens. This is why you need to check with the caravan provider like www.palinsholidaypark.co.uk if they will provide linens with their caravan before you embark on your caravan trip. If they will not be providing the linens, you should learn the size and number of beds there will be in the caravan so that you can bring enough linens with you to last the whole trip.

The toilet may not always have tissue rolls ready for you to use. To ensure that you are prepared for this scenario, bring along extra tissue rolls. And after you have been driving for so long on the road, it would also be a great idea to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or milk. So make sure that you bring along a box of milk that has a long shelf life, coffee and some tea bags. Bring along some sugar too in case you might need it.


You will find that the caravan provides enough heat during the day but this heat might not last the whole night. Therefore bringing along a heater would be a good idea unless you want to spend the night shivering. Your caravan will easily lose its heat after the dark.

If you will be staying in a caravan site where you have the option to do your laundry then take advantage of it. Make sure that you look this information up before you leave for your trip. This will save you from the hassle of lugging extra clothes that you probably won’t be using for the whole trip. Extra clothes will only cause you to stress about storage.

And then again, your caravan holiday will not always be  sunny days. There will be days when it will be rainy. Make sure that you bring along DVDs, videos, books and CDs. It will keep you entertained during the rainy days when you won’t be able to go out and explore the site. If you have kids with you for the trip, make sure that you also bring things to keep them entertained, like board games.

Many people go on caravan trips to have fun and most of them are citizens that are law abiding. But you should not take for granted your security. It will be easier for thief’s to ransack your caravan than that of your home. You do not need to be too cautious but it would still be a great idea to be cautious.

What to Look into when Hiring a Chartered Yacht

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Enjoying the feel of the sea and relishing in the breeze and the sea salt as the wind blows through your hair is definitely one exciting summer experience. This is why you have decided that for your vacation this year, you will charter a yacht and put to good use the sailing skills that you have learned some years ago. You do need to find the right vessel that you can hire for this purpose. Here are tips to help you find the right providers at www.poseidoncharters.com.

Though there are a lot of people that may like the personalized service that smaller firms at www.poseidoncharters.com can offer, there are those that believe that referring to more established and bigger firms or brokers tend to cause les headaches. The variety of choices that people can have when referring to these kinds of providers tend to be wider as well. So, one can trust that they will have an easier time finding a yacht that will truly reflect their needs quite well.

If you have no idea who it is that you should be getting assistance from, you have the choice to actually get the recommendations from people you 9know who have referred to the same professionals in the past. The chance they had in relying on the same providers before may help make it easier for them to recommend to you names of those that have proven their track record and their service history in the field. Gather three names or more off of the suggestions that you are getting to give you the chance to get to know more about them or what they can offer.

You will need to decide whether you would prefer going bareboat or if you would need a crew to accompany you. A lot of people who have the experience and the necessary credentials can actually choose to rent out these yachts without the need to have a crew hired to man these vessels. That is possible as long as you have met the capabilities that have been set in the industry for one to be allowed to rent out these yachts bareboat. Know the regalations in the area and be prepared to show the necessary credentials to prove that you are indeed capable.

If you are not capable of managing the boat by yourself, then you can always choose to have a crew to man the vessel while you are on the trip. Be sure to check the qualifications of the crew to, see if the captain is licensed and has the necessary level of experience too. The training and the track record of the people that will be making up the crew should be looked into so you are sure that you are going to be in good hands.

Be sure to inform the company of your travel plans that you have as well. This is important so they can determine what are the likely costs that you need to pay them if they are to let you rent out their vessels for the trip. The length of time that you will need the vessel will be factored in as well. So, make sure that you decide on this beforehand as well.

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