Travel and Tea – Travel & Tea http://travelandtea.com Brits travelling the world, one sip at a time Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:53:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Things to do in Monte Carlo http://travelandtea.com/things-to-do-in-monte-carlo/ http://travelandtea.com/things-to-do-in-monte-carlo/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:46:31 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41214 In Southern France’s super-rich city of Monaco lies the principality of Monte Carlo, a place synonymous with indulgence, casinos and the high life. For most of us mere mortals, a few days in this beautiful location will be all that we could spend living amongst the high-flyers of this world but that doesn’t mean that […]

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In Southern France’s super-rich city of Monaco lies the principality of Monte Carlo, a place synonymous with indulgence, casinos and the high life. For most of us mere mortals, a few days in this beautiful location will be all that we could spend living amongst the high-flyers of this world but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take a trip there and see for yourself just how special this place is. If you are planning on heading to the south of France this year and fancy passing a few days in Monte Carlo then here are some great things to do with your time whilst you are there.

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Antique Car Museum

Monaco is well known for it’s inter city car racing, specifically on the Formula 1 calendar and Monte Carlo is home to some of the World’s finest cars. To celebrate this there is a fantastic antique car museum here which is the private collection of the Prince of Monaco that is open to the public. The museum houses over 100 cars from Porsche, Lamborghini, Ford, Ferrari, Jaguar amongst others and many of them are either rare or unique. For petrolheads or lovers of the finer things in life, this is a great place to visit.

Casinos

A trip to Monte Carlo simply wouldn’t be complete without visiting it’s most famous casinos, the name Monte Carlo exists in some shape or form in all of the World’s top casino destinations and when you visit, it’s easy to see why this place has the reputation that it does. Within the grand casinos of Monte Carlo you can experience table games, slot machines, poker, roulette and everything in between. Who knows, you may even be able to cover the cost of your vacation before you leave if you try your luck with an online game.

Larvotto Beach

There aren’t many cities in the World that can offer a public beach in the centre but that is exactly what Monaco and specifically Monte Carlo can offer you with Larvotto Beach. A perfect place to unwind in the sunshine and watch the people pass you as you hopefully count your winnings from the night before. This is a pebble beach that has a stunning backdrop and is filled with quaint beach bars, restaurants and cafes for you to relax in and take in the beautiful sea view.

Jardin Exotique

Personally speaking, the idea of visiting a grand garden doesn’t really get my juices flowing but I was pleasantly surprised when I visited Monte Carlo’s Jardin Exotique. This huge space features rare and exciting plants from almost every country in the World, the designs are incredibly well thought out and the colours and smells that the gardens emit are beautiful. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle for a while then I would definitely recommend that you head to the gardens for a peaceful walk and indulge in your naturalist side. I never even knew I had one but after walking through Jardin Exotique, it turns out that I was wrong.

 

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Can you afford to take a gap year? http://travelandtea.com/can-afford-take-gap-year/ http://travelandtea.com/can-afford-take-gap-year/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:19:02 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41207 When the school year comes to an end or you’ve just finished your last year at university one thing lots of students look forward to is taking a gap year, to travel and broaden their horizons. However new research suggests that 37% of Brit students want to take a gap year but can’t afford to, […]

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When the school year comes to an end or you’ve just finished your last year at university one thing lots of students look forward to is taking a gap year, to travel and broaden their horizons. However new research suggests that 37% of Brit students want to take a gap year but can’t afford to, with some looking to defer taking a gap year until they are financial able to afford it, when they are older.

Gap year’s used to be a rite of passage, common for many peers, to brag about where they went, across Asia, Australasia and South America however now, mainly due to rising costs of travel and crippling tuition fees, students are no longer taking this journey of self-growth. My Voucher Codes surveyed 18-24 year olds to find out whether they were planning on taking a gap year, they found the majority (37%) wanted to take a gap year but stated they couldn’t afford to. The results also showed that 20% were wanting to take a gap year and were planning on when they were older and in a better financial position.

Idealistically waiting until your older and in a better financial position might seem like good planning, however as you get older your responsibilities increase. From owning a home to having a family to support can stop you from taking a gap year, plus that’s only if you’re lucky enough to work somewhere which allows you to take a sabbatical. Could you afford to take even a few months away from work, you will have to save a lot more money to do that than you would when younger,

One option open to students struggling with debts and little cash flow is to take a mini gap, after finishing their education, around 4 or 5 months. If it’s well planned you can ensure it is really beneficial in terms of personal development and adding vital skills to your CV. Not taking a few months of to get drunk and get a tan, but to learn a new language, work somewhere foreign or help a charity. It might not be for a full year, but it could just give you an edge over another candidate fresh out of university for a job.

It would be a shame to see costs stopping young people getting out and seeing the world, there’s a lot out there and a lot you can learn.

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5 Essential things to carry on a road trip http://travelandtea.com/5-essential-things-carry-road-trip/ http://travelandtea.com/5-essential-things-carry-road-trip/#respond Thu, 02 Jun 2016 20:39:56 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41202 Would you love to go on a tension free road trip? If yes, then make make sure you plan before hand and bag in all the essential stuff you need. This will help you enjoy your trip and explore the world to fullest. However make sure you don’t over pack as it shouldn’t add as […]

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Would you love to go on a tension free road trip? If yes, then make make sure you plan before hand and bag in all the essential stuff you need. This will help you enjoy your trip and explore the world to fullest. However make sure you don’t over pack as it shouldn’t add as an extra burden to you during the trip.

Here are a few essential which you must carry on a road trip.

Plenty of water:

This is a must! Without water nothing is possible so make sure to take ample amount of water while your going on a road trip. Your body will be dehydrated due to long hours of traveling so more intake of water will keep you lively and hydrated.

Food:

You will require a lot of food for long trips and in order to maintain low cost and stay healthy, pack in fruits, sandwiches, energy bars and some snacks. This kind of food will have nutritional value along with filling your stomach.

Maps:

Paper maps are a must when you are wandering in the unknown. You can’t always rely on your phone maps as electronic devises might get conked off any time. So, it’s safe to carry a handy paper map to keep a track of the route you are following.

Phone:

Since smartphones are meant to be smarter than you, it is always good to have one. They are useful for all kinds of purposes. For instance, immediate access to internet, posting pictures on instagram, playing freebingo at Game Village, everything is possible with a single click. But most importantly, don’t forget to carry a charger with more than two ports.

First Aid Kit:

One of the most important thing to carry would be a first aid kid and other emergency supplies. Not always accidents are preventable and you will be far away from getting any kind of help, so it’s very important to strap in a safety kit no matter how confident you are.

Have an awesome trip!

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4 tips to mix pleasure into your business trip http://travelandtea.com/4-tips-to-mix-pleasure-into-your-business-trip/ http://travelandtea.com/4-tips-to-mix-pleasure-into-your-business-trip/#respond Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:40:05 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41163 Who says business and pleasure trips have to be mutually exclusive? Most of the time, business trips can be adjusted to add little bit of pleasure and it won’t take too much time to do so. Just think about your latest business trip and ask yourself, what was it really that made it all business […]

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Who says business and pleasure trips have to be mutually exclusive? Most of the time, business trips can be adjusted to add little bit of pleasure and it won’t take too much time to do so. Just think about your latest business trip and ask yourself, what was it really that made it all business and no pleasure? Yes, you can easily turn your business travel into leisure and far more enjoyable by strategically scheduling personal downtime in and around your business meetings and events.

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Try out these few tips that shall help you mix a little enjoyment into your business trip:

1.Venture away from your destination

If you are attending a business event, stay in a different hotel than where the event is hosted.In case your meetings are not scheduled tightly and when your business travel permits, try to book a hotel a few blocks away instead. Thus, heading to a meeting or event, you can take a stroll and breathe in the new city on your way. You can also research little bit about the nearby attractions and map routes. If possible, extend your visit so that you can explore popular sights, wander aimlessly or even plan meticulously for something you’ve always dreamt about. Basically, take the advantage of the downtime, next time you plan for a business trip.

2.Make Connections

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It is a great advantage for you if you know someone who lives in the area you’re visiting. Reach out to your friends or associates who live in that area, as networking is helpful to maintain relationships. You might get a good chance to know the best hotel or serviced apartment in the town, best local cuisine and other useful tips. Your friends might also help you secure excellent rooms or reservations. Another good thing is that you can take it as a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends, or decide how you’re going to network and make some new friends as part of your business trip.

3.Be flexible about your schedule

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It is always tiring to travel by plane, which includes long security lines and maybe delayed flights. Therefore, it is important to be flexible about your schedule, keeping some extra time before and after boarding the flight in case you don’t have to go to your office immediately after travelling. Freeing yourself up for an entire day of leisure is a good thing to do by arranging your meetings and flights smartly.

Use the extra given time to explore popular attractions andget some rest, so that you can go into the next meeting well rested or even volunteer to boardnext flight. However, if you’re worried about having to go back to your office, you need to check how much flexibility you have in staying longer.

4.Consider making business trips into a family vacation

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Going out on a business trip doesn’t mean you have to sit in meetings all day, hence you can consider to bring your family along to turn the trip into leisure. In case your schedule is not too hectic and your business will not get hampered due to your family, you should plan ahead and utilise your personal time and spend it as quality time with the people you care about. Bringing family along while going for business trip might require some extra work and planning but you try and see if it is possible to combine them for a happier and more productive tour. Hanging out with family will be a great way to unwind after a long day. You can figure out the best way to combine business and leisure for a happier and more productive journey.

Next time when you plan for a business trip, take a second look at your restrictions and travel itinerary to make it more pleasurable.

About the Author:

I am Krishna and I like to meet new people, explore new places and share my experiences. I am currently working as a blogger for thesqua.re, a community for travelers specifically dealing in major cities such as London, Paris and New York.

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Spend your Thanksgiving in the New York Style http://travelandtea.com/spend-your-thanksgiving-in-the-new-york-style/ http://travelandtea.com/spend-your-thanksgiving-in-the-new-york-style/#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2015 23:56:02 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=40891 What better excuse to visit the unbelievable New York City than the greatly celebrated Thanksgiving? Every TV series mentions it, you know about the huge turkey, the festive family dinners and all the hustle and bustle in the whole Big Apple. But how about actually experiencing this magnificent celebration in the mighty New York City? […]

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What better excuse to visit the unbelievable New York City than the greatly celebrated Thanksgiving? Every TV series mentions it, you know about the huge turkey, the festive family dinners and all the hustle and bustle in the whole Big Apple. But how about actually experiencing this magnificent celebration in the mighty New York City?

Macy's Thanks Giving Day Parade (Creative Commons)

Macy’s Thanks Giving Day Parade (Creative Commons)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

For years now, the Macy’s parade has been the heart and soul of New York on Thanksgiving Day. Kicking off at 9 am on November 28th and finishing at noon, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will now be back for the 87th time! If you are thinking about bringing the little ones along, feel free to do so, as they will have a blast! Snoop, the beloved beagle is the parade’s most known character and your kids will absolutely love him! Other well known characters such as Sponge Bob and Hello Kitty will make their appearance, and guess what? The children will not be the only ones enjoying this whole parade! If in New York for Thanksgiving, attending this tremendous event is a must! So find out more about the 2013 edition on NewYork.com.

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Black Friday Sales (Creative Commons)

Black Friday Sales

Ready for some massive shopping? Whether you are into shopping or not, you have to take advantage of the best sales of the year. Go crazy and spend your holiday money on the greatest deals that you’ll probably ever find in New York. Since we’re talking about one of the biggest and most dazzling cities in the world here, a strategy is in order. Start by thinking about what you need to buy, because otherwise, you will get lost in the multitude of offers available… Who am I trying to fool? You are going to get lost anyway, so you might as well enjoy it! Some of the most remarkable places to shop are the Soho Antique Fair and Flea Market.

How about some culture?

Although most museums are closed on Thanksgiving Day, there are a few special cultural landmarks featuring some unique exhibits on this occasion.  The National Museum of the American Indian and the Rubin Museum of Art are great points of interest for most Thanksgiving visitors.

Back to Basics

In an era of consumerism and entertainment it’s easy to forget what Thanksgiving is all about. If you would like to do something truly special on this occasion, you can always spend a few hours of your precious time in one of the Day Spas in New York City, NY or even the Pilates in New York City, NY. The city’s health tide is turning and places such are these are becoming more highly spoken of my residents of the Big Apple that want to be healthy in mind and body in this beautiful concrete jungle.

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Anyone for Sports Tourism? http://travelandtea.com/anyone-sports-tourism/ http://travelandtea.com/anyone-sports-tourism/#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:01:45 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=3358 Can there ever have been a better time to be a sports fan in the UK? Obviously the hugely successful 2012 Olympic Games will take some shifting from its top place position on the podium, but other high-profile events staged on these shores since then – and in the immediate years to come – will […]

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Can there ever have been a better time to be a sports fan in the UK? Obviously the hugely successful 2012 Olympic Games will take some shifting from its top place position on the podium, but other high-profile events staged on these shores since then – and in the immediate years to come – will all contribute to what is a golden age of sport on these shores.

Immediately after the Olympics we had the Rugby League World Cup, which temporarily broke free from its Northern heartlands to embrace other areas of the country and attracted record crowds at the stadiums and on TV.

In 2014 athletics will again take centre stage with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, although Yorkshire will have its place in the sun too, with the Tour de France’s Grand Depart starting and finishing in the White Rose County.

Then, in 2015, England and Wales play host to the third biggest sporting event in the world when the Rugby (Union) World Cup comes to town.

With so much going on close to home it would be easy to forget all the other great sporting events happening around the world. Here’s our guide to some of the best sporting/holiday combos on the planet:

 1) Spa Grand Prix, Belgium

Forget Monaco and its plush surrounds, the real Formula One nut heads to Belgium. Steeped in history, this iconic track has witnessed some of the greatest moments in the sport’s history – not least a 13 car pile-up on the first of its many acute corners.

 2) The Hong Kong Sevens

Rugby fans love going on tour – and ‘HK’ is a favourite destination. Part of the World Series and held annually in March, the Hong Kong Sevens provides top quality, fast-paced rugby in a party-like atmosphere. Pack a Bat Man suit with you or you’ll feel like an imposter.

3.) El Clásico, Spain

When the two biggest and two richest clubs go head-to-head in Spain the world sits up and takes notice. With crowds approaching the six-figure mark and a passionate but healthy rivalry between both sets of fans, few club games can match this fixture for atmosphere.

 4.) Ryder Cup, USA

If you can see past the Pringle jumpers and can take the incessant chants of ‘USA, USA’ on the chin, then the Ryder Cup is for you. Played on a two-yearly cycle on a home and away basis between America and Europe, the Ryder Cup stirs up passions and memories like no other golf competition. Last year’s event is in Gleneagles, Scotland.

5.)  The America’s Cup

Named after a 19th century schooner not the country, there is so much more to the America’s Cup than a few rich people messing about in boats. The 35th America’s Cup will take place on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Last year’s event will be hard to beat for excitement though, American (the country) team Oracle completing one of sport’s greatest comebacks to beat New Zealand.

6.) Wimbledon

Pretend to be posh for the day whilst eating your bodyweight in strawberries and cream at England’s biggest summer tennis competition. Novak Djokovic has held the crown for the last two years for the gents and Serena Williams is the current champion of the ladies. You can choose to be brave and bet against them, or in favour this summer at http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/y/17/Tennis.html whilst watching them thrash it out on the centre court for the final countdown.

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Healthy Teas for the World Traveler http://travelandtea.com/healthy-teas-world-traveler/ http://travelandtea.com/healthy-teas-world-traveler/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:09:54 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=2376 You will make no mistake by always have an excellent supply of your favourite tea. That seems to naturally soothe the soul, just a little comfort from home. You have learned tips on how to eat street foods with taste and caution. Now you will discover how to improve your body’s immune system. There are […]

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You will make no mistake by always have an excellent supply of your favourite tea. That seems to naturally soothe the soul, just a little comfort from home. You have learned tips on how to eat street foods with taste and caution. Now you will discover how to improve your body’s immune system.

There are some excellent natural remedies to keep your health up and running as you travel through the world’s finest destination. Who really wants to feel ill on your holiday? The following are four excellent natural remedies should you need them along the way. Although they are natural remedies you are still advised to consult with your health professional before using them.

Echinacea

Also referred to as the purple coneflower, Echinacea has been a favorite among preventatives to prepare your body’s defense system. Your immune system will take time to react to this natural stimulant so it would do you good to take Echinacea several weeks in advance prior to heading on your travel venture. It is considered a natural antibiotic and as such you may not want to use it so regularly. You may consider its use to boost your immune system a few days on and a day or so off. Your maximum use should be no more than two or three weeks otherwise your body may no longer make use of Echinacea’s benefits. Napiers Herbalists is a great source of Echinacea where you can get it in a ready to use elixir and can be delivered right to you.

Chamomile

Some of you may already have chamomile as a favorite tea. It is a great soother especially should you need to calm your nerves or relax a bit after a long day of fun and travel. If you encounter a slight stomach discomfort chamomile is excellent to help calm or even purge the unnecessary woe that would otherwise ruin your holiday. This is one home remedy that is easily accessible in a variety of places around the world. For example should you go to a Latin American country then you would request manzanilla. They call it that as many say it has the smell of apples.

Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint also makes a smashing tea and can also be purchased in oil form. This herb that was predominately found in Europe can be found in many areas around the world. It is actually a cross between two mints but it has a bold taste. Peppermint is excellent for nausea, irritable bowel syndrome and for those who suffer after a not so smooth drive a nice cup of peppermint tea can soothe. The minty taste is also great to smell providing excellent aroma therapy. It is an overall help to the digestive system.

Hibiscus Flower

A great colorful tea and provides your body with vitamin C. This is great news should you catch a simple cold. Even a simple cold can make one feel extremely miserable but a nice cup of hibiscus tea can help you feeling so much better by offering you an energy boost. Should you choose to use a hibiscus extract then you will find it helps with water retention. It has also been known to speed up your metabolism an added benefit I am sure and great news for the steady traveler.

Keep in mind with any of these remedies you will also have to make sure that you do not have allergies to them and that is why it is essential to contact a health professional who can monitor you. You may also want to consult an herbalist to explain any possible side effects that these home remedies may have. Once you have cleared any doubts enjoy your healthy teas and tinctures.

 

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Escape the Snow! 4 Tropical Destinations Awaiting You Right Now http://travelandtea.com/escape-the-snow-4-tropical-destinations-awaiting-you-right-now/ http://travelandtea.com/escape-the-snow-4-tropical-destinations-awaiting-you-right-now/#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:52:10 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=478 Right now us poor folks in Great Britain are bearing the brunt of chilling snow. Though snow is great to look at and a wonderful form of precipitation, it can also be a pain in your freezing butt! So how about a few ideas of tropical destinations to get your blood flowing warmly again? You […]

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Right now us poor folks in Great Britain are bearing the brunt of chilling snow. Though snow is great to look at and a wonderful form of precipitation, it can also be a pain in your freezing butt!

So how about a few ideas of tropical destinations to get your blood flowing warmly again? You might consider making one of these places your next holiday destination, as soon as they thaw out the British runways!

1. Pattaya, Thailand

Situated at about 100 miles from the capital city Bangkok, Pattaya is known for its delicacies. Pattaya has one of the most renowned beaches in the world serving the tourists with an exotic tropical climate and leisure away from home. The city not only offers reposing environment but also is famous for the amazing night life that one can enjoy. The culture is very tourist friendly and the beauty of the city is rejuvenating. The time zone of this city is GMT + 7 hours The climate all over the year favors jet skiing which is also a great attraction. The best time visit is the month of December. It can be too hot in the summer months.

2. Singapore

One of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world, Singapore provides a climatic treat. The city nation has been the stress buster and chill out zone of South East Asia for more than two decades. Singapore not only has all the qualities of a getaway destination but is also an electronic market hub and a shopping fiesta. The underwater world at Sentosa is a major attraction worth checking out while you’re in town. The time zone of this city is GMT + 8 hours The best time of the year to visit is March to May.

3. Male, Maldives

The climate of this wonderful exotic destination varies from 25-35 degree Celsius. Located southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is one of the most coveted places on a tourist’s radar for a getaway. The natural beauty of this location is appreciated by one and all. Scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and water-skiing are the activities that tourists enjoy here. The time zone of this city is GMT + 5 hours the best time to visit the Maldives is between December and April.

4. Port Louis, Mauritius

The climate here varies from 25-35 degree Celsius. The attractions in Mauritius are the elegant resorts and leisurely locations you can stay at. Port Louis also offers rich heritage for a tourist in the form of museums and architecture. The time zone of this city is GMT + 4 hours. The best time to visit Mauritius is all year long given its climate, but April through November are most favorable. Make sure you apply for an ETA visa Sri Lanka if Sri Lanka is on your itinerary! 

 

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3 TOP SPOTS FOR A EUROPEAN FAMILY HOLIDAY http://travelandtea.com/3-top-spots-european-family-holiday/ http://travelandtea.com/3-top-spots-european-family-holiday/#respond Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:02:21 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=3427 BRITTANY, FRANCE Brittany is a great choice of holiday destination for families, groups and people of all ages. It is an enchanting corner of France rich in myth, legend, music and folklore.  With traditional instruments playing in the background, children will be thrilled with stories of giants, Merlin, goblins and King Arthur. If tales and […]

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BRITTANY, FRANCE

Brittany is a great choice of holiday destination for families, groups and people of all ages. It is an enchanting corner of France rich in myth, legend, music and folklore.  With traditional instruments playing in the background, children will be thrilled with stories of giants, Merlin, goblins and King Arthur.

If tales and music do not intrigue you, then the stunning scenery in Brittany will cast a spell on you, the coastline is enchanting with its ruggedness and lighthouses, windswept heaths and charming villages. There are medieval towns to explore such as Concarneu and Carnac, where you will find some of the most photographed sites in Brittany. The harbors are compelling some displaying ancient 14th century ramparts which will take you back in time.

Family holidays in Brittany also offer a variety of accommodations from chateaux, to hotels and even camping sites. This makes it ideal for any kind of budget yet giving an opportunity for everyone to enjoy this fine corner of France.

ALGARVE

Algarve is popular with anything touristic, though most people head for the same coastal strip in central Algarve which is seeing a lot of concrete structures overtaking every green space, the secret is heading to the deserted lagoons east of Faro or head for the mainland to the pine covered hills.

The West Coast you will find the historical town of Sagres which is dotted with secluded coves and beautiful beaches with rolling waves. The central coast is ideal for families and is much more developed with world-class golf courses and luxurious resorts. The East Coast is quieter and you will find island lagoons, endless sandy beaches and charming cities. If you like an activity filled holiday in the lush hills, you can head to the mainland where after a long day outdoors you can treat yourselves to relaxing spas.

Whatever you choose to explore, family holidays in the Algarve are a treasure trove for anyone wanting to experience something different.

CYPRUS

Cyprus is simply a paradise in the sun inviting families to its golden beaches, explore its magical sites seeping with history and enjoy its culinary delights. It is a perfect destination for families seeking to spend some time doing nothing or doing a little bit of everything.  Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, you can expect an intriguing blend of cultures yet still culminating in a balanced atmosphere.  The sun, sand and sea will offer irresistible fun experience for parents and kids.

Whether you are a culture vulture, seeking action or tranquility in Cyprus, you are bound to find the right place suitable for you. From the World Heritage Site of Paphos with its impressive harbor and incredible 12th century frescoes to the tranquil Akamas National park with its intriguing mix of flora and fauna and to the picture perfect baths of Aphrodite, Cyprus has a piece of heaven for everyone.

Aside from the gorgeous beaches where all the action is packed, there are other places such as water parks where kids can enjoy fun activities sliding through the scary slides or the more timid slides for the faint hearted.

 

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Which Is the Best UK Town or City For a Weekend Break? http://travelandtea.com/best-uk-town-city-weekend-break/ http://travelandtea.com/best-uk-town-city-weekend-break/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:03 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=2263 There are few things as satisfying as getting away from the routine with a weekend break. Even if your budget is tight you can do this by staying relatively close to home in the UK. Which cities and towns are the best for doing this in? London In terms of things to do, the capital […]

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There are few things as satisfying as getting away from the routine with a weekend break. Even if your budget is tight you can do this by staying relatively close to home in the UK. Which cities and towns are the best for doing this in?

London

In terms of things to do, the capital is hard to beat. In fact, the only drawback could be the fact that you might be left feeling that you would like to have seen more of the place. A find idea is to take this as an opportunity to see a West End show or a big sporting event. London is typically viewed as an expensive city to pass time in but the huge number of hotels around means that you can often find a bargain if you look hard enough.

Cardiff

The Welsh capital has a fantastic castle, a lively centre and a stunning stadium to attract you. If you want to get out into the countryside then it is also one of the UK’s easiest cities to do this from. If you are looking for a relaxing weekend you could find this to be the ideal spot to enjoy it, although there is also an exciting nightlife here if you prefer that idea.

Bournemouth

Anyone who wants a weekend of nice weather and beaches would do well to consider this south coast town. Bournemouth gets really busy in the summer months and it is easy to see why. The long stretch of sand and the number of nice attractions here make it a place which it is easy to spend a few days in.  Over 5 million people visit Bournemouth every year and the number of international visitors who come here to learn English give it a surprisingly cosmopolitan feel. It is also a good base to explore the towns and villages of the South Coast from if you feel like getting out and about.

Aberdeen

From the south of England lets head up to the north of Scotland. You might feel the cold up in Aberdeen but you will love the city. Aberdeen is famous for the number of elegant granite buildings it contains, giving it the nickname of The Granite City or The Silver City. Years of lots of North Sea oil money arriving to the city has left it with a classy, upmarket feel and you will find lots of fine hotels and good quality restaurants here.

Liverpool

Ask foreign visitors who have been around the UK what their favourite British city is and you can expect some of them to mention Liverpool. This is a city with an incredible history, from its place as one of the world’s leading trade centres to its ethnic diversity, the popularity of its football teams and The Beatles. It might not be the first place that springs to mind for a weekend break but it could turn out to be the best weekend in the UK you ever spend away from home.

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