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There Might Even Be Funnel Cakes: Checking Out the UK’s Seaside Scene

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It’s raining outside, and we’re missing the California beaches! Spurred by a long discussion about deep-fried snickers and hot dogs at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, I’ve decided to investigate the UK’s beach scene (hey, we’re surrounded by miles and miles of coastline here too!). And, luckily, the UK turns out to have quite the selection of coastal spots for us sun-hungry Californians to choose from as the weather heats up this summer.

Blackpool's Pleasure Beach - Jon's Pics

Blackpool's Pleasure Beach - Jon's Pics

It may not be Coney Island or the Boardwalk, but it looks pretty close! The Pleasure Beach Amusement Park in Blackpool, England features over 125 rides and attractions with some beautiful coastline views. And for you thrill seekers, twelve roller coasters, (woohoo!) including the one of the last “Wild Mouse” rides in operation, a neck-bending series of bunny hops and flat turns. Accessible via the Blackpool Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour, I can’t wait for an afternoon of sun and fun here (I just hope they have funnel cakes!) continue reading

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British and Irish Lions squad announced

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An announcement has been made confirming the British and Irish Lions players that people on tours of Cape Town and other South African destinations will be able to see during the team’s visit to the country this year.

Irish second row Paul O’Connell will captain the British and Irish Lions this year, becoming the 10th Irishman to lead the team and the 27th captain overall.

O’Connell is one of 37 players picked to take part in the tour of South Africa, a squad that includes 17 backs and 20 forwards.

The captain is one of a record 14 Irish players selected for the team, joined by the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, Tommy Bowe, Ronan O’Gara and Jamie Heaslip.

Thirteen Welsh players were named by head coach Ian McGeechan in this year’s British and Irish Lions squad, including Shane Williams and Andy Powell, while Joe Worsley and Andrew Sheridan were among the eight Englishmen picked.

Only two Scots – Nathan Hines and Euan Murray – were selected for the tour.

Travellers taking tours of South Africa this year will be able to see British and Irish Lions matches in destinations including Cape Town on June 23rd and Johannesburg on July 4th.

Cape Town – From the wine route to the game parks there is so much to see and do in Cape Town.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19134165-ADNFCR

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New Australia driving tour launched

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Travellers taking Australia tours this year will have the opportunity to take advantage of a new driving route that has been opened in the state of Victoria.

Tourism Victoria announced that the new self-drive tour links the state capital of Melbourne with the Yarra Valley wine region, Mornington peninsula and Phillip Island.

These destinations form a rough triangle in south-east Australia, making them particularly convenient for tours.

There are nearly 100 wineries to visit in the Yarra Valley, including the Australian base of Moet and Chandon, as well as other activities including hot-air balloon rides.

A Mediterranean feel pervades the Mornington peninsula owing to its olive groves, vineyards and waterfront cafes, while Phillip Island is known as a wildlife haven and every evening hosts a penguin parade.

Tourism Victoria recently announced the launch in Melbourne of Australia’s first city tour run by street artists, which introduces visitors to Melbourne’s underground art scene and explores winding lanes and alleyways filled with graffiti.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19120396-ADNFCR

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Iceland a Journey Through Earth and Time

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8071_5_winter20caving204The literary classic Journey to the Center of the Earth has inspired many film and novel adaptations since its publication in 1864. Now, the story is inspiring trips to the tale’s terrain. Iceland is where Jules Verne first envisioned Lidenbrock and friends descending into the center of the earth. Since then it has been used as the filming location for the 2008 film and the creative basis for many other adaptations. Iceland’s landscape combines lush green valleys with snow covered mountain tops. Giant glaciers still cover the land and create an icy setting perfect for star gazing.

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Find Your Shade of Green

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Green View - Olof S

Green View - Olof S

Thinking about going green? With families around the world changing their light bulbs, cleaning products, diet, recycling and commuting habits, why not try applying some of those ideas to your vacation time too!While some of us (ahem) might be using the green movement as a way to avoid bathing, the changes to your holiday time this year needn’t be so drastic. Here are three minor changes I’ve discovered through my own travels that can majorly affect the way you experience your vacation (for the better, I swear!) continue reading

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Brits ‘showing more interest in long-haul destinations’

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Travellers taking adventure tours and other trips abroad this year look set to head to long-haul destinations in greater numbers, according to a report by M&S Money.

The company’s currency statistics for the first quarter of the year show that destinations outside the eurozone are steadily increasing in popularity, led by the popular summer hotspots of Egypt and Turkey.

Sales of the Turkish lira and the Egyptian pound have increased by 46 per cent and 20 per cent respectively compared to the first quarter of 2008, according to the M&S Money statistics.

Orders for the Icelandic krona have risen 32 per cent year-on-year, while increasing interest has also been registered in the currencies of Mexico, South Africa and Kenya.

James Yerkess, M&S travel money manager, said: "The falling value of the pound in the past year means that holidaymakers are looking around for resorts where they are getting more for their money.

"Brits still want to enjoy a holiday, but they are being more selective about where they go."

M&S Money recently released a survey showing that more than a third (36 per cent) of British travellers consider the strength of a country’s currency before booking their holiday.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19102981-ADNFCR

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Head to London for some sporting drama

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Football fans will soon be booking London tours to ensure that they are in the city when Chelsea play Liverpool in the quarter-final of the 2009 Champions League.

The draw for the next round of the European club competition was made today (March 20th) and paired the Blues with the Reds for the fifth consecutive year.

Visitors to London will be able to head to Stamford Bridge to see the deciding match in the tie on April 14th following the first leg at Anfield on April 8th.

The other English sides in the draw will be heading to slightly sunnier climes for their quarter-final games, with Manchester United playing Porto in Portugal and Arsenal heading to Spain to take on Villarreal.

Sports fans in Barcelona will also be provided with some top entertainment following Barca’s pairing with German outfit Bayern Munich.

Supporters who see their teams make it all the way to the final will be able to arrange Rome tours to coincide with the game, which will be held at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27th.

London – Ride the London Eye, visit the Tower of London or take a day out of the city to see Stonehenge.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19085215-ADNFCR

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British travellers ‘showing more interest in long-haul trips’

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The constraints created by the credit crunch have led to British travellers looking further afield as they plan their adventure tours and other getaways, according to research by the International Currency Exchange (Ice).

Ice’s February report indicates that, for the first time ever, the Thai baht was one of the three most popular currencies among UK travellers in February, behind only the euro and the US dollar.

The Australian dollar was pushed into fourth place by Thailand’s currency, with the Czech koruna rounding off the top five.

Andrew Hamilton, head of marketing for Ice, said: "It was a big surprise to see orders for Thai baht rise 102 per cent on average, pushing it ahead of Australian dollar orders and into the top three currencies in February 2009.

"Even further abroad, Brazil looks set to be this season’s Mexico as Brits recognise the great exchange rate on the Brazilian real."

Other destinations that appear to have been popular with British travellers over the winter include New Zealand, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, all of which saw their currencies in the top 15 in the Ice rankings.

Speaking at the recent Destinations travel show in Birmingham, Steve Barnes of Abta – The Travel Association said that the credit crunch has created a new sense of adventurousness among British travellers.

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Excitment and Adventure in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas has more to offer now than ever before. Daily excursions into the Mohave Desert and tours of some of the American South West’s most legendary sights such as London Bridge, the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam offer easy access to the trip of a lifetime! Phototours present you with the best views of scenic attractions while providing you with plenty of time to make memories. A bit of history is brought into each tour as guide share their knowledge of the land.

Phototour Indian Ruins & Valley of Fire – Take remarkable photographs as you tour the Lost City of the ancestors of the Hopi Tribe. The Valley of Fire and Rainbow Vista will offer you startling panoramics with harsh colour schemes and surprising textures. Visit Altatl Rock for a view of ancient petraglyphs, while your guide teaches you about the Native American tribes that have called this land home. continue reading

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – Adventure of a Lifetime

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The Thrill of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Were you glued to the TV as British celebs struggled up Africa’s highest mountain for Comic Relief? Did you cheer when Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole reached the summit just before dawn?

Did you look at the breathtaking scenery and the dawn over Africa and think, “Wow, I’d like some of that?” If the answer’s “Yes,” and the brave Comic Relief team inspired you, then you too can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Choose from two excellent treks: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – 5 Days/4 Nights or Mount Kilimanjaro Tours – 6 Days/5 Nights, each taking a different route. Both show you the best this great mountain has to offer. And both are guaranteed to be spectacular!

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