Category Archives: Holiday & Vacation

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Planning A Budget Bahamas Holiday Getaway From Miami Just Got Easier

Travellers planning to book 2012 Miami holidays in Fort Lauderdale now have the unique opportunity to enjoy a brief escape to the enchanting Caribbean island of Bahamas. Joint owners of the Balearia Bahamas Express-Spanish ferry operator Balearia and the Capo Group, have recently announced the launch of the first ever US-Bahamas ferry service.

The Balearia Bahamas Express will be whisking passengers away from Fort Lauderdale, Miami to their budget Bahamas holidays experience in Grand Bahama. The newly launched ferry service means that travellers can enjoy town-centre holidays to the Bahamas and Miami at a bargain price making for a truly unforgettable holiday experience.

The exciting new offer is currently being marketed as “an appealing alternative to air travel” with significant savings to be made over opting for a direct flight to the Bahamas from Miami. Travellers can choose between economy class and VIP/first class travel. An economy day trip starts at $49.50 per person while the first class day rate will cost upwards of $65 per person.

Holidaymakers hoping to see a little bit more of the Bahamas can opt for an overnight stay which will cost approximately $25.5 per person on top of the day rates. All passengers are permitted two pieces of hand luggage at no extra cost; however, the prices listed do not include the departure tax of $18 and operational charge of $12.5.

With the exception of Wednesdays the ferry, christened “Pinar del Rio”, will be running a daily service taking holidaymakers to their short stay Bahamas holidays departing from Port Everglades Terminal One in Fort Lauderdale at 10 am. Return trips are scheduled to depart for Fort Lauderdale at 7:30 pm. Travelling at a remarkable 32 knots the Balearia Bahamas Express boasts of making the 76 mile journey in a mere two and a half hours.

Holidaymakers will have the opportunity to relax, enjoy the magnificent scenery and take in the calming sea breeze on the spacious decks. On board services include a cafe- bar, movie viewing facilities, baby changing stations and duty free shopping. Passengers are reminded that a valid passport is need for check in.

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Enjoying Your Holiday Season With Escorts

Holiday season is a time when everyone will like to enjoy, have fun and relax. These days all of us work under tremendous pressure and we would like to compensate the weekends that we have missed and the good time and fun that you we have missed through out the year during the holiday season. This is also a time when we would like to spend our time with family and friends. At times, we will be forced to be in a new city where we will not have any friends or a girlfriend. This can make us get into severe depression, which can ruin the entire holiday season. If you think you are lonely in a new city and depressed that you do not have company, then there is a wonderful way of spending your holiday despite being in a new city.

If you are missing your friends and family during the holiday season in Richmond, you do not have to worry because Richmond escorts will keep you entertained whenever you like. They can brighten up your holidays with exciting activities. You can take your escorts in Richmond anywhere you like. They will be happy to provide you with their enchanting company. There are many escorts in Richmond who make you forget that you are in a new city. You can also enjoy your holiday season and Christmas like everyone else.

It will just take you a phone call to reach your escort Richmond agency. You should remember to book your Richmond escorts for the holidays in advance so that you are not disappointed in the last moment. There will be many people like you looking for the company of Richmond escorts during the holiday season. If you delay until the last moment, all the local escorts will be booked. To save yourself from such disappointments, it is best to approach your escort agency, Richmond as early as you could and book your escort.

You will not have to spend your time envying others having a great time with their partners. You too can now become a source of envy with hot escorts in Richmond by your side. Whether you need your escorts for an evening or an entire weekend, your escort agency Richmond could arrange for attractive escorts in Richmond to meet you at the desired place.

Start planning your holiday with Richmond escorts so that you can make the best use of your time with them. Do not make the mistake of planning your evening after the escort arrives, this will waste your precious time with them. As you will be paying them per hour basis, you will be wasting your money by wasting your time. There are wonderful ways of spending time with Richmond escorts. Do not worry about lonely holidays anymore. One of the top escorts agency Richmond is V London Escorts. Here you can find an amazing collection of escorts at the best prices.

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Gift Card rush Will Boost Holiday Sales Figures

While online and retail holiday shopping sales have met or exceeded expectations for most retailers in 2005, there is another “rush” for all retailers to prepare for: gift card redemption.

According to Hitwise, an online intelligence service, the market share of U.S. Internet searches containing the words “gift card” was up 32% for the week ending December 10, 2005 as compared to the previous week. In fact, the National Retail Federation expects gift card sales to increase 6.6% this holiday season to 18.48 billion dollars, with consumers spending an average of $88 dollars on gift cards or 15.6% of their holiday shopping budget.

Gift certificates have always been a popular gift choice for the hard to please recipient or even for the lazy shopper. For the gift giver, it allows a quick purchase at whatever store or online merchant they select, with a dollar amount that fits their budget. For the recipient, they can select what they want from a particular merchant and for the most part use the card at their convenience.

But for some, giving a gift card is a cop-out, reasoning it is too impersonal and opting to hand pick a gift and selecting something special and unique for a loved one or friend. However, for some, the gift card is the ideal gift choice, with family or friends even suggesting the store or online merchant they prefer.

For the merchants, it has extended the holiday shopping season because they cannot record the sale until the recipient uses the gift card to make a purchase. This holds down sales figures in November and December, but provides a boost in January when most cards are redeemed. An additional boost is provided by the fact that most of the shoppers who redeem their gift cards typically spend 15% to 50% more than the face value of the card when they select their holiday gift.

There are some downsides to gift cards. Some retailers clear unused gift cards off the books by subtracting off of the face value of the card, an inactivity fee (usually $2.50 per month) after a certain amount of time. Some gift cards have an expiration date and others come with special conditions or restrictions. However, consumer outrage has prompted many states across the country to introduce legislation limiting or banning the fees. Additionally, there is no federal law on gift cards but, two Republican congressmen, Joe Barton of Texas and Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, have requested that the Federal Trade Commission investigate the way retailers conduct their gift card programs.

Is giving a gift card too impersonal? Is it the best gift choice? That question is up for debate and is a personal preference. But with annual gift card sales projected to reach 90 billion dollars by 2007 (Ernst & Young 2005), the gift card is here to stay.

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Top 5 Christmas Light Colors Of The Holiday Season

Christmas is a great time for getting together with family, decorating and enjoying the holiday season. Decorating your home (both inside and out) has become a popular family tradition and many households spend countless hours and unlimited amounts of money making their homes look great for the holidays.

If you’re thinking of decorating your home this season but aren’t quite sure what will look nice, you may want to check out our list of the top 5 most popular Christmas light colors of the season. The colors you choose will have the greatest impact on the overall look of your home, so make sure you choose carefully.

Here are the top 5 Christmas light colors this year:

1.Red. Obviously red is going to be a popular color at Christmas time. You can’t go wrong by choosing red Christmas lights but you’ll probably want to mix the red lights with another color. Too much red will make your house look too bright and too tacky. Adding one more color (preferably green or clear) will enhance the red lights and make your home look holiday ready in no time.

2.Green. Much like red Christmas lights, green Christmas lights have always been and will always be a popular choice for this season. Also similar to the red, green lights should be paired with a complimentary color so that your home doesn’t look too overdone with green lights. Once again, pairing the green with red lights or clear lights will be the perfect touch for your holiday style.

3.Clear. Clear Christmas lights (or white lights as some prefer to call them) are a classic and simple way to make your home look seasonal and elegant. Clear lights look fantastic on their own but can also be paired with any other color (green, red, blue, gold, purple and multi-colored) to spice up the look.

4.Blue. Blue Christmas lights are quickly becoming one of the most popular decorative themes of the holiday season. While blue doesn’t typically represent Christmas in any specific manner (like red or green), these lights are a great way to make your home look sophisticated and seasonal. Pair the blue lights with either clear or gold lights for an even more extravagant look that will knock your neighbour’s socks off.

5.Gold. Gold is a traditional Christmas color that exudes elegance and sophistication. Gold Christmas lights are no different. If you want to give your home a classic, traditional Christmas feel without going over the top, gold lights are the perfect choice. If you think too much gold is tacky, we suggest pairing them with either blue, clear or red lights.

We hope our holiday tips have helped you through your decorating decisions. And remember, decorating your home lets your neighbours know that you and your family embrace the Christmas spirit. Hopefully your neighbours will spread a little holiday cheer of their own.

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Rent Holiday And Luxury Villas

Ko Samui boasts of having some of the finest, comfortable and luxurious rent holiday villas that can hardly be found elsewhere in Thailand. Koh Samui is situated in the gulf of Thailand and being the most popular and sought holiday destination, offers the best rent holiday villas and rent luxury villas. Samui holiday homes provide an exciting range of private luxury villas and rent holiday villas where your vacation will be in absolute comfort, style and privacy.

Providing private swimming pools, panoramic or beachfront sea view and hill side locations, the rent luxury villas of Samui provide you with the ultimate holiday experience. A rent holiday villa is ideal for weddings, honeymoons or celebrating life with friends. All the holiday villas of Ko Samui provide daily maid service and the choice of catering will be entirely yours. To enhance the facilities on your vacation, the villas also provide car hire, weddings, boat charters and tours in the services section. Be ready for the holiday at its best in a rent luxury villa and you can choose a private villa accommodation for your next vacation on the idyllic island, Ko Samui.

The rent holiday villas and the rent luxury villas offer some of the outstanding facilities that are completely luxurious and inexplicably stylish.

Four bedroom home
Spa and privately screened swimming pool
Master suite including a queen size bed and two large W.I.C.S
Master bathroom with a separate shower stall and garden tub
Fully equipped kitchens with formal dining area and breakfast area
Exclusive Thai cuisine
Living rooms with T.V sets and DVD players
Games room with billiards table
Washer and dryer

The rent luxury villas consist of gorgeous and ostentation ambience. They offer fantastic view of the natural surroundings of Koh Samui. The villas are located along the most popular beaches here and they are armed with unforgettable activities, restaurants, night life etc. that surely will make your vacation memorable.

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Funny Vacation Travel Complaints

There’s now queerer than folk- is an expression which roughly translates as -some people are just plain bonkers-, and this applies to people everywhere, including people who book up vacation rental homes and choose exotic locations as their vacation destinations. The following statements and complaints are all true.

One couple had been told by the vacation rental home owner that there is a water park nearby, but when they got there they realized they were over-dressed since they had not brought their swim wear. They made a complaint insisting that they should have been told that they need to bring their swimming costumes and towels to this vacation destination. Another couple, on booking a beachfront vacation rental villa then complained that the beach was too sandy, even though the owner of the vacation rental villa had written on his listings that it was located on a sandy beach.

One man complained to the owner of their holiday rental home that he bought some Ray Bans from a street peddler for $5 only to then find out that they were fake. Another couple complained when they booked a holiday rental home near the sea. They took their kids for a swim but they found the sea was not the way they imagined it to be – it had fish in it. So, they naturally went back to their beautiful holiday rental home and complained to the owner because he had not pre-warned them.

Some people also complain because they feel their vacation rental home is not stocked up enough, like the man who complained because there was no egg slicer, and some are just too -uninformed’ (to put it kindly) to work out how things are supposed to work, like the family who complained because there was no air conditioning on the (outdoor) patio of their vacation rental villa.

And there are even complaints of the more sensitive nature, like the man who went on a safari during his honeymoon, saw an aroused elephant, and then complained to his vacation home owner that he now felt inadequate and that his honeymoon was now ruined. Another couple put in a complaint because the lady became impregnated, something that she blamed on the fact their bedroom has a double bed and not a twin.

But the best of the lot has to be the couple who complained because it took them longer to fly back to England from their Jamaican holiday rental home than it did for their friends to fly back to America, and the woman who booked into a hotel, saw a -do not disturb- sign on the back of her door, on the inside, and thought that it meant for her to stay in the room. She should have booked a holiday rental home, not a hotel.

John Owens Is a writer for Vacations rental homes and holiday homes and rental condos rented directly from the owner of the vacation rental home.

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Other Types Of Holiday Reps

Another type of holiday rep is the transfer rep.

The transfer representative is more often than not with the guests when they are being transported from the airport to their resort accommodation and vice versa.

There is also another type of rep called an entertainment representative. This rep will often schedule activities for the guests based on their interests for daytime and nighttime entertainment.

The above listed representatives are the main holiday representatives. Often times, there is one representative that maintains the majority of these all together rather than having several separate representatives.

The Requirements to Become a Rep

Although, the requirements will vary between tour operators (companies), there are a few main qualifications to become a holiday representative. However, if you do not have these qualifications it is nothing to worry about as many of the touring companies will still consider you as becoming a representative. Of course, they prefer you to have these qualifications, but in most cases, it is not mandatory.

Below are the 4 main qualifications of becoming a representative, so you can check them of your list of your goals:

– 4 GSCE’s that are equivalent to or above a C grade

– 6-12 months experience within the customer service industry

– Ability to work within a team as a mutual effort

– Experience in administration

– Even if these 4 qualifications were absolutely mandatory, the average person looking into becoming a rep would more than likely have these qualifications.

Some useful qualifications would be certificates or degrees within the travel and/or tourism industry. By having already developed some understanding of the information that may be needed to perform your job as a rep in another country, it will be sure to help you in the long run from your interview to the actual job on location.

By trying hard enough when speaking to the touring companies, you can get the job without having the above qualifications. Most of the touring and travel companies believe in more than just the qualifications as many of the representatives can be a perfect rep without holding any of the 4 listed qualifications.

However, by having these qualifications to begin with, you will find that it is much easier to land the interview and the job. You just need to learn how to present yourself to these companies and show them that you are what they need and want because you are unique and the best.

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Disney Vacation Packages – Which Is The Best Option For Me

There are numerous choices in lodging when you go for your Disney vacation. If you choose to stay in a Disney World resort hotel, you have a number of choices in Disney vacation packages to decide from in order to find out which is the best option for you.

Here are five types of Disney vacation packages for you to evaluate:

– You may choose to plan your own Disney vacation. You book a Disney hotel. You arrange and pay for your Disney World tickets, meals and recreation separately. You need to plan your budget and know the most that you can spend for the vacation. This is the option that needs a lot of work but it may be the least expensive if you carefully research and compare with other Disney vacation packages.

– ‘Disney’s Magic Your Way’ is the least expensive Disney vacation package available. It includes the costs of your accommodation and a Disney World Base ticket for each member of your party. You can choose the number of days for the tickets or even add on the Disney Park Hopper and Non Expiration option.

– The ‘Disney’s Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining’ vacation package includes all the above-mentioned in the basic package, plus the Disney dining option. Many people think this option is a good value. It allows you and everyone in your party to have one table service dining, one quick service dining, and one snack for each night of the package.

– The ‘Disney’s Magic Your Way Premium Package’ is a very convenient Disney vacation package. It has almost everything that you need. The Premium Package includes Magic Your Way Water Park and More Park Hopper with Non Expiration for the number of days you choose. The dining option includes breakfast, lunch and dinner per person per night with a wide choice of Disney dining locations serving a wide variety of food. More benefits include theme park tours and recreation options. This Disney premium package allows you to budget.

– ‘Disney’s Magic Your Way Platinum Package’ is truly the finest most comprehensive package for those looking for the ultimate in luxury. The Platinum package includes all the elements in the Premium package with additional services in your personal Disney vacation planner which will help to make your stay a truly magical experience. If money is no object and you wish to have an incredible magical experience, then Disney’s Magic Your Way Platinum Package is for you.

Whichever one of the Disney vacation packages that you choose even if it is to go with the a-la carte way, make sure is in your budget and you can make the most out of your investment.

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Rajasthan Tour Undoubtedly Unforgettable Vacations

If you visit India and you do not see the deserts of Rajasthan, then you surely miss something special. The Rajasthan is one of the most incredible destinations in India . It is a land of Rajputs , the brave kinds of medieval era. There are a number of places in Rajasthan, which where you can enjoy your vacations.
In Rajasthan, you can see forts of medieval battles, palaces of emperors, heritage hotels, sand dunes, festival, fairs, handicrafts etc. Some of the major cities of this state are Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur , Jodhpur , Ranthambor, Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Mandwa, Ranakpur and Mount Abu .

City Palace , Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar are the special attractions of Jaipur. This city is popularly known as pink city and is the capital of the state. In Jaipur, you can witness the taste of royal families and Rajputs. The Jaisalmer is popular as the golden city. Here you can see the sand dunes. The desert festival can be enjoyed here by the tourists.
Umaid Bhawan Palace , Mehrangarh Fort and International Kite Festival are the attraction of Jodhpur . This city features palaces, forts and temples. The popular Thar desert is located in this great city. Udaipur is popular for Lake Palace , City Palace , Lake Pichola , Fatehprakash Palace and Fatehprakash Lake . So, this city is known as city of lakes.

Those who keep interest in Indian tourism know about the national park of Ranthambore . The national park is popular for Tigers and it is good sample of wildlife. Bharatpur is another good example of wildlife in Rajasthan. The popular park of Bharatpur is the abode of five hundred species of birds.

Chittorgarh is popular for Chittorgarh fort, which is one of the largest forts in India . On the other hand, beautiful royal paintings can be seen in Mandwa.
Ranakpur has gained popularity for its Jain Temples which set good examples of architectures. Mount Abu is basically a hill station and now is gaining popularity for its religious destinations. Dilwara Jain Temples are situated here, which are known for their scenic beauty. The major centre of Brahmakumari sect is also located here which is also a major attraction for tourists.

There are several agencies which provide tour packages to India . Many of these agencies are available online today where you can get the package for best Rajasthan tour. You can visit all the above said places within a few days under these packages. Undoubtedly, if you visit Rajasthan in India in the coming vacations, then it is for sure that you will spend the best time in these holidays

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Business Holiday Cards Etiquette- When Professional Translation Is Necessary

There are written rules and unwritten rules that go with sending holiday cards both nationally and internationally. Several rules overlap when it comes to common sense and basic manners. When it comes to sending off international holiday cards for businesses- when is it okay to trust in basic translation or when to hire a professional translator to write those very important messages?

One very important rule of thumb- purchasing pre-made holiday cards with a message in the foreign language already printed on the cards is most likely written and spelled correctly. You can order these cards online from multiple locations and feel good about what message you are sending out.

Basic Business Holiday Card Etiquette

Maybe the most important thing you can do is pay attention to traditions and religions. If you are unsure if your client celebrates Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas , send a Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings or Winter Wishes
Make sure your list is up-to-date with correct names and addresses. If you do this on a regular basis. Not only will you save on postage by avoiding return to sender, you wont want to forget new clients that you will want to stay in contact.
Even though you may have 2000 holiday cards that you send out- be personal and sign each one. It makes a huge difference professionally and personally. Going a step further and writing a personal message can make the world of difference. Only make sure your message to foreign countries is properly translated.
Dont forget to include the staff or the spouse in the greeting portion of the card and always use proper titles.

All of these tips will ensure your dont embarrass your company as well theirs. To make sure your national and especially international cards are delivered in time, send them out early! Make a goal to have your cards out December 1st. When thinking if you should send anything besides a holiday-appropriate card, like sending chocolates, fruit cake or other edible packages, think about the shelf-life and how the food will be received. More than likely if you wanted to send smoked fish, tightly wrapped chocolates or canned nuts will always ensure that the food is fresh. Sending spoiled or stale food is much worse than not sending anything at all!