Vimeo: Moments In China
Moments in China is a collection of vivid moments Ryan Emond experienced while traveling around China. This time lapse video features scenes from Hong Kong, Beijing, Guilin, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
When it comes to holidays, the clamour for the sunshine tends to dominate and people often forget everything that is on offer closer to home. However, the truth is that people do not necessarily need to look abroad to get the most out of a holiday. Instead, they ought to embrace the spirit of the ‘staycation’, which essentially means holidaying at home in the UK.
Making the Most of Home
People have taken the word ‘holiday’ to mean taking leave from home and travelling elsewhere for a break from day-to-day life. While this is easy to understand, this should not necessarily be the case. Rather than deal with the hassles of packing and travelling, why not use your time to holiday at home?
Instead of sticking to your regular schedule, turn off alarms and sleep in. Eat out, shop and take time to enjoy yourself in ways that you don’t get to do on a daily basis. You will not only acquire a new appreciation for your surroundings, but should also find yourself unwinding as your holiday mentality sets in.
Exploring All Britain Has to Offer
Alternately, if you feel that you cannot switch off from the stresses of day-to-day life by staying at home, why not take time out to explore the UK? Whether for just a weekend or a fortnight, Britain has a surprising amount on offer to explore and enjoy.
City lovers can visit urban hubs such as London, Manchester or Edinburgh and revel in culture that cannot be equalled elsewhere. Meanwhile, those lusting after peace and quiet can delve into Britain’s famed greenery, visiting renowned areas such as the Peak District, the Lake District and the wilds of the Scottish Highlands. People should also remember that Britain, as an island, has a fantastic range of beaches, many of which cannot be beaten on beauty. Rather than the Costa del Sol, consider instead the wide sandy stretches along the coastline of Devon, Cornwall and Lincolnshire.
What to Do
By staying close to home you may find yourself pondering beforehand what exactly you are going to do in such familiar surroundings and you may worry that you will find yourself sucked or mired in the grind that you face on any given day, but this is not the case at all!
Take the time to see and experience everything you are not able to do on a daily basis. Treat yourself, whether means going for a pampering session at a local spa or dining at restaurants that you would never let yourself splurge on. Have fun playing the tourist and take time to do and see things you wouldn’t usually, such as visit museums, galleries or amusement parks. Even in local surroundings discoveries can be made.
An Array of Advantages
First and foremost, the advantage of a staycation is the money saved. Money is saved on travel, accommodation, unfavourable exchange rates and constantly eating out. You could even research with websites such as SO Switch to ensure you make even more savings.
Saving money in these ways not only leaves more money for fun but also reduces stress- one of the main reasons for taking a holiday in the first place! Naturally, less stress means a better holiday and this doesn’t matter where you are.
As can be seen, for a brilliant holiday you need not travel far (or even at all). Instead, all the advantages of a holiday and more can be found by taking a ‘staycation’ close to home!
Girls by the lake, Nanjing – China.
Travel Photos: Nanjing photo gallery
Ibiza is a great holiday destination. The island has a lot to offer, with a rocky landscape littered with pine trees and olive groves and a rugged coastline that is softened by dozens of beautiful sandy beaches. The tourist hot-spots on Ibiza are bright, loud and modern resorts, but if you head out of those areas to explore the northern part of the island you will find peaceful rural villages. Ibiza is full of surprises!
Making the Most of Your First Trip to Ibiza There is a lot to see and do in Ibiza and it would be impossible to fit everything into one trip. If you’re a first-time traveller, booking a package holiday is a good way to have a hassle-free travel experience. The most popular resorts are Playa D’en Bossa, Es Cana and San Antonio.
Staying in a hotel in a resort or renting a villa in one of the resort villages is a safe and convenient way to enjoy Ibiza, but you will miss out on a lot of the local flavour and atmosphere. It is a good idea to devote at least one day to exploring local towns and villages and heading to an off-resort beach. Ibiza is a fairly small island, so you can explore it easily even if you do not have access to a car.
Clubs and Entertainment
Ibiza is famous for its club scene. There are a handful of “super-clubs”, as well as several lesser-known venues and beach clubs that are worth a visit if you want to expand your musical horizons. The most well-known clubs are Amnesia, Pacha and Privilege. These clubs are large, loud and extremely busy.
If you want to go somewhere more low-key, then Bar Costa, located in Santa Gertrudis, is definitely worth visiting. It is one of the oldest bars in Ibiza and it has managed to retain its traditional charm. During the summer you can enjoy a drink on the terrace, while winter guests can enjoy sitting indoors, huddled around the quaint and cosy fireplace.
Budgeting for Your Ibiza Holiday
If you want to enjoy the party lifestyle when you are in Ibiza, then you will need to have a substantial budget. Alcoholic drinks can be quite expensive and cover charges at the larger clubs are usually high. If you are on a tight budget, you can keep your costs down by choosing cheaper nights of the week to go clubbing and buying your tickets online. Those who are looking for a more chilled-out beach experience should be able to enjoy a holiday on a budget. You can find cheap flights to Ibiza at most times of the year, even during the peak holiday season and a cosy villa at a small resort should not break the bank.
Whether you want to explore olive gardens, relax on the beach and get a sun tan, or let your hair down and party every night of your holiday, Ibiza is a good destination choice. There is a lot to see and do and after your first visit, you will be raring to return.
1. La Sagrada Familia. This is unquestionably Barcelona’s most popular building. If someone is visiting Barcelona for the first time, you can almost be sure that they will stop at La Sagrada Familia. The cathedral was originally designed by one of Barcelona’s most famous architects of all time: Antoni Gaudi. La Sagrada Familia is still in construction even though it was designed over 100 years ago. It is currently the only cathedral in the world that is still being built. Famous British author George Orwell hated the building and called it “the ugliest building on earth”. Even so, it remains as Barcelona’s most popular attraction.
2. Park Guell. It is no secret that there are dozens of beautiful parks in Barcelona, but Park Guell is a definite stand out. By far the most interesting and impressive aspect of Park Guell is its garden complex. The complex was designed by Antoni Gaudi. Park Guell forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage. This maze like park is bursting with architectural designs by Gaudi, and it will take hours to enjoy every last bit of it.
3. Santa Maria del Mar. This is another famous cathedral in Barcelona that was built “by the people, for the people”. It’s a very impressive and simple structure from the outside as well as the inside (when compared to other cathedrals in Spain). It displays the gothic style that was popular in Catalonia. The cathedral is massive and inside it is very luminous.
4. The Picasso Museum. Even though the Picasso Museum in Barcelona does not have any of Pablo Picasso’s most famous paintings, it remains as one of the most popular attractions from the city. The Picasso Museum houses many of the artists. Many of Picasso’s early sketches are displayed. The museum will most likely remain one of Barcelona’s most famous attractions for years to come.
5. Gothic Quarter. Tourists are able to visit the Gothic Quarter and enjoy a very relaxing walk. The Gothic Quarters are near the Jewish Quarters and the Plaza Pi, Barcelona Cathedral and the Casa de Arcadia.
6. Aduana Vieja. Aduana Vieja is located in Plaza Palau. This building features a neoclassical design with a very clear rococo influence. Inside, you will find displays of Pere Muntaya’s murals and art inspired by the classic adventures of Don Quixote.
7. Casa Milá. It was built between 1905 and 1910. Inside you will find lots of beautiful and inspiring sculptures. The building is also famous for its design.
8. Montserrat. Montserrat is not technically in Barcelona, but it is located only 40km outside the city. However, it is a favorite of thousands of tourists from all around the world. A Benedictine abbey built in the mountains, it is home of the famous “Black Virgin” of Spain.
9. Gran Teatre del Liceu. A world class concert hall. Plush red carpets and ornate cravings fill up the place. Many of the world’s best musicians have offered concerts in The Gran Teatre del Liceu. Be sure to check out which music festivals are being offered while you’re visiting the city.
10. Montjuic. Montjuic, which is also known “Hill of the Jews” is conveniently located on a hill in the city. In here, it is very easy to admire Barcelona’s beauty. The main attraction in Montjuic is a fortress located on top of the place.
British Airways is offering great World Traveller (Economy) and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) fares to its worldwide destinations. With fares starting at only $815 round-trip from New York to London, including all taxes, fees and carrier charges, now is the perfect time to hop across the pond!
Book between November 14, 2012 and November 27, 2012 and fly between January 21, 2013 and March 14, 2013 to take advantage of this great offer.
Find other great fares for travel between November 21, 2012 and May 20, 2013 also. So book now to kick off the New Year in style.
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Want to beat the winter blues? Looking for a great place to spend a family holiday? Perhaps you should rent your own self-catered villa on the continent and relax in the Mediterranean sun. A recent news article even indicated that holidays abroad can actually work out cheaper than staying in the UK, so now there’s no reason not to jet off!
Renting a self-catered villa is a great option for families because there’s enough space for young children to enjoy themselves in and you’re in a secure environment. So while some family members can choose to go clubbing or shopping in the local area, others can spend time with the kids while relaxing by their own private pool.
There are currently some fantastic deals on villas in the Algarve, a region which not only boasts stunning landscape and friendly locals, but is also steeped in culture and brimming with activities for the whole family to take part in.
You can rent Portuguese villas in many of the villages and towns up and down the Portuguese coastline, which is not only famous for its beaches but also for its fantastic fresh seafood and wonderful local wines and ports. In small village markets you can choose from a variety of jewellery, souvenirs and leather goods handmade by local artisans.
You can even buy fresh local produce and cook up your own Portuguese feast in the comfort of your villa in the evening and enjoy some well-deserved family time. For party animals, the nightlife in Faro on the Algarve or in the capital Lisbon is hard to beat, whether you choose to listen to the traditional Portuguese music fado or join the fashion jet set in the capital’s trendy bars and nightclubs.
The stunning Mediterranean paradise of the island of Corfu offers a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as snorkelling at Avlaki beach or the chance to sample some delicious seafood in one of the many restaurants in Kassiopi harbour.
There are also some fantastic deals on villas in Menorca. Menorca is a stunning Spanish island which holidaymakers return to year after year. The best way to view the island is to hire a bike and cycle along Menorca’s stunning coastlines and explore its many traditional fishing villages. Menorca’s waterparks will ensure your little ones have a splashing good time pelting down the waterslides. And when the sun goes down, Menorca’s Mahon Harbour is a great nightspot, where you can let loose at one of their famous seasonal fiestas and leave your English reserve at the door.
Menorca is also a great place for shopaholics that will lose themselves in one of the island’s many different markets. Why not treat yourself to a pair of traditional Abarcas sandals – there are thousands to choose from!
So what’s stopping you? Book your villa holiday with flights today with Villas4You.
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