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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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”Holidays will make us happy” says the public

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Taking a holiday is one of the most important factors in your happiness, according to new research.

A survey has found that 90 per cent of people include holidays at one of the five most important things that will make you happy, beating owning your own home and being in a relationship, among other factors.

The poll of 1,000 of its customers this summer by website kayak.co.uk also found that 98 per cent of people would forgo luxuries in order to afford a holiday.

Indications are that, despite the growing economic gloom, the UK holiday industry remains buoyant.

According to Lonely Planet author David Else, "the actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much".

In a recent article for the Times, Nick Hasell says neither of the UK”s two biggest tour operators, TUI and Thomson, have yet to suffer "any fallout from the consumer downturn".

The firms” closest competitor XL went out of business earlier this summer, but this was due to rising fuel costs as opposed to a fall in consumer demand.

Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18807399-ADNFCR

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Happy holidays are technology-free, research shows

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Holidays are an essential way to relieve stress and break free from the demands of busy modern lifestyles, one travel expert has said.New research has found that the key to a relaxing, restful break is leaving technological devices at home or at the office.According to a survey by financial services provider More Than, 37 per cent of people had their holidays ruined by the interruption of technology, made possible by office workers taking their mobiles and email devices away with them.More Than PR manager Carmel McCarthy said: “Take time out and enjoy your holiday, leave the technology at home if you can.”The survey also found that 80 per cent of workers put in extra hours during the week before jetting off, suggesting worries about what might happen in their absence.”Write really good handover notes to your colleagues,” Ms McCarthy added, stressing the importance of keeping the contact with work while you are away to “a minimum”.The UK has long been renowned for having the longest working week in Europe, but the importance of a work-life balance and enjoying the time away from the office should not be under-estimated, Ms McCarthy suggests.”If you can walk away from your job, try and do so,” she said. “It”s really important to get those two or three week breaks in.”Relaxation and Romance – Wining and Dining – Dine in some unforgettable settings including the Eiffel Tower and in the shadow of the New York skyline.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18787933-ADNFCR

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So you’re getting married?

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Having recently attended a marvellous, heartwarming, wonderful, life-changing, fairytale-of-a-wedding in Oxford, I’m feeling inspired to go ahead and…

Wedding Magdalen Chapel

…write a blog about beautiful places to get married!

Some picture perfect places to tie the knot…

1. Magdalen College, Oxford.

The picture above was taken in the Magdalen College Chapel in Oxford.  I am partial to this wedding venue not only because the chapel and college grounds are absolutely stunning (see blogs about Magdalen and May Morning for more photographs) but also because, as is the case with many college weddings, the ceremony, dinner and reception venues are all located under one (beautiful!) roof.

After the ceremony, we filed out onto Cloisters Quad for a bit of late afternoon champagne action; this was followed by a four course meal in the portrait-lined, Harry Potter-esque dining hall.  And the evening ended in the Old Kitchen Bar, the oldest room in the college—lots of character, lots of fun.

We set off the next morning after breakfast in Batwillow Meadow, where we enjoyed live music and leisurely punting (What exactly, you ask, does ‘punting’ entail?  Read this blog.)

2. Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

For the smal scale family wedding, any tiered town on this beautiful stretch of Italian coastline will do.  My personal favourite would be Positano, which many of you may recognize from the hit feature Under the Tuscan Sun.

Positano Amalfi Coast

Positano is one of the most charming, romantic towns that I encountered during my five month visit to Italy: the views are amazing—pastel architecture, rugged terrain, turquoise water—the people are lovely, the restaurants are quaint, and the cuisine is delectable….

Where to tie the knot?  There are plenty of venues scattered across the town, including a local Wedding Hall, a Baroque Cathedral and, of course, the beach!

3. La Jolla, California

You are definitely missing out if you have never seen this most gorgeous area near San Diego.  La Jolla (pronounced “La Hoya”) is, in my opinion, the perfect destination for the eloping couple.

How would you like to say your vows on a cliff overlooking a sparkling bay full of seals?  In a secluded beach cove?

Known for its incredible shoreline, abundant sea mammal population, pristine views, clear skies and gorgeous weather, La Jolla boasts some of the most amazing scenery on California’s coast.

La Jolla coastline

Why wait six more months?  Even three more weeks? Hop on a plane, say “I do”, and stay for your honeymoon….or forever (you’ll certainly want to!).

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