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Fun New Destinations

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Thank you all for your great imagination. Great work! Click below to find out more about each of these top holiday destinations, where would you go on your next holidays?

Cockroach land

Cryoldia

Kenzoki island

Batuland

Kindertröp

Miracleland

MOLTANIA

Al-Aibara

Springfield

Rati Culin

Kubalunga

Youmba Town

Macarena island

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Favourite tourist itineraries

February 5, 2010 1 comment

These are your contributions to a personal tourist itinerary. These are the places where you will take your special friends to. I hope they like them!

Click here to read the tailor made itineraries

Travel industry and job vacancies

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Many of you work in the travel industry after all ,we live in one of the most touristic regions of Europe. I am sure you are aware of the importance of good public relations and customer care. Here you have a few clips from a great character of the comedy programme Little Britain Carol Beer who in this series has moved from the bank to the travel agency.

This is my favourite

Then Carol Beer decided to come to Spain and do a stint as a travel rep. Here you can see the consequences

Anyway there are always seem to be jobs in the travel industry particularly in the cruise ships as they are becoming more and more popular. There is a recruitment page you may like to consider if you want to try your luck working in a boat. They have many positions available, check them out by clicking here

Good luck!

Free holidays abroad

February 4, 2010 1 comment

Is there such a thing as a free holiday? Believe or not, there is. Well, with a small catch: a spot of working in exchange for food and accommodation in some incredible places. If you are adventurous and resourceful there are real possibilities for a stay abroad which will cost you next to nothing. I enclose a listing of the most well-known ways to a working holiday.

1 House sitting

A bit like baby sitting but you look after a house instead of a baby. See these two possibilities:

Fancy living in a cute house in Costa Rica with a pool and a veranda in the mountains of Heredia? Responsibilities include cleaning and maintenance, paying bills and hosting guests from time to time (the owner is turning the house into a B&B). You can revel in the views, visit San Jose, and even have your own mates to stay (on approval). Available for variable periods, through mindmyhouse.com.

No one wants to make a flying visit to Australia, so find free accommodation to stay longer. Current house-sits include a three-acre estate near Montville, inland from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – yours in exchange for a spot of dog-walking and feeding horses and guinea fowl. 25 June–29 July, aussiehousesitters.com.au.

How to do it? Registration with housecarers.com, which allows you to receive notification of suitable house-sits, is free. To apply for sits or contact property owners costs US$45 per year. Similar sites include mindmyhouse.com and luxuryhousesitting.com. Most property owners require house-sitting experience and/or character references and wish to interview potential sitters, either in person or via Skype, and some choose not to list their house but contact registered housesitters directly. House-sits are available all over the world and for periods from a few days to a year or more. As a sitter you will probably be expected to pay for your travel, but this – as with all other expenses incurred – is negotiable and varies from house to house. Some house-sits are paid, although this, too, depends on each specific situation.

If you would like to read about the experiences of two house sitters click here

2 Wwoofing (volunteering with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) If natural living is your thing you will find loads of good opportunities to experience it with Wwoofing

On Tonga, in the South Pacific, a fishing lodge with log cabins for guests, plus a bar and restaurant catering for passing boat trade needs help in the garden and kitchen.

This placement is for those who want to seriously chill – it’s two hours to the nearest town – but who needs clubs and bars when there’s kayaking, diving and swimming from the white sand beach on the doorstep?

wwoof.org. Host: TON001.

3 Workaway

This is ideal if you are planning to go travelling for a long time and you need to replenish your pockets every now and again. For example try the cowboy lifestyle with Rusty an all-American, 82-year-old cowboy with a trail-riding business in the desert near Lake Pleasant, Arizona. He and his wife need help shifting hay bales and doing maintenance in the stables. In return for a few hours’ work per day, volunteers under the international Workaway scheme can horseride, swim in the lake and hike, with meals and camping included.

Other Workaway placements (there are dozens available around the world) include an “off-grid” creative retreat in the mountains of Almeria, Spain, where volunteers help with childcare, language practice, cooking, farming and art projects; and looking after tourists and farming at an eco-hostel in the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.

For more information click here

To contact hosts, you must pay €18 for two years’ membership.

So the world is your oyster. Don’t forget to send me a postcard!

Travel Guides

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Travel guide books (or more frequently known as travel guides) are often one’s best travel companion. They are great resources when it comes to finding out valuable information about your destination, such as addresses and contact information for hotels, restaurants, social and cultural attractions, and many more.

Nowadays the travel guide book industry offers travel guides customized according to your type of travel:  urban travelling (city guides focus on urban traveling), adventure traveling, cultural travelling as well as guides tailored  to one’s budget, age and many other factors. With the advent of the latest technology, online and mobile travel guides have gained a larger market share than the usual paperback travel guides. The numerous possibilities out there make it possible for any kind of traveler to find their best and favorite travel guide books that will make their holiday a priceless and enjoyable experience.

However, I am not writing this post to tell you about usual travel guides but to warn you about this fake hilarious series jetlag publishers have come up with.

A couple of years ago, Molvania arrived home as a Christmas present. This was, without a doubt, the funniest book I’ve ever read. The authors of this book COMPLETELY MADE UP this country, Molvania, and then wrote an entire guide book about it. If you were unfamiliar with geography, and just skimmed the inside and outside of this book, you would think this country really existed. Nowhere is there any hint this is a farce, until you start reading the book in depth. I guess I got such a kick out of this book because I’d just been in the Czech Republic (Molvania is “located” in Eastern Europe). Bits of this book can be very similar to the former Communist lifestyle you can still see traces of in the Czech Republic. The photos in the book are completely unappealing. The people featured are missing teeth, wearing completely outdated clothing and dour expressions. In short, after viewing these photos, you’ll be “dying” to visit Molvania! Not only do they describe the history and tourist sites of Molvania, but they also tell you where to stay and what to eat. These descriptions are, of course, fraught with potential disaster. I don’t know how these writers can be so consistently funny. And where did they come up with this idea? It’s brilliant!

If you want to know more about them, visit molvania.com and click on any of the countries to have a great time.

And that’s what I’d like you to do: think of a new country and complete a travel guide altogether. In groups today, you have made up the name of your new country and have allocated one topic each: history, highlights, the people, culture and entertainment, means of transportation, health and safety, special events and festivals, typical food…it’ll be real fun!!

Guest Complaints

January 26, 2010 2 comments

Even in the best hotels, things go wrong occasionally. Patience, persistence, and smile go a long way toward getting results when you have a valid complaint at a hotel.

Here you are some examples, have a look at the following document and try and match the headlines with the right  complaints. Check the KEY if problems.

Here you are the steps you need to follow to become satisfied after your complaint… Read more…

Reviews You Can Trust

January 26, 2010 25 comments

You now have the power to share your thoughts on hotels world-wide with other like-minded travelers. On behalf of everyone who will be reading your review, thank you for taking the time to contribute your knowledge, feelings, and experiences to an eager audience. In order to make your reviews as strong as possible, here are a few guidelines to follow to make sure everyone gets the most out of your review.

The best reviews… Read more…