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Spa and Sailing Deals in New York

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Spend a weekend in luxury as you enjoy eye-popping views of the New York skyline and relax with the aid of essential oils. Exotic spa deals will teach you how to roll a cigar or refresh you with a rose petal bath. Post-spa fun can be had out on the New York Harbor. Try the new Audubon eco-cruise to appease the naturalist in you or, if a livelier jaunt is your desire, dance the night away or take the helm yourself on an oceanic adventure. City lights will add a sparkle to your voyage no matter what the activity you choose!

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New isango! Travel Experiences February 09 Update!

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February has brought us a library of exciting new tours and deals for exploring the globe. On isango! you can find the best offers for biking across the hills of San Francisco, USA or absorbing the magical air blowing off the ocean at Cabo da Roca on a tour of Sintra, Portugal. From Washington DC to Paris to Dubai we have great products for you!

New Things to Explore in Portugal:

Sintra Scenic TourThis 4.5 hour tour takes you through the scenic countryside of Lisbon providing splendid views of castles, ocean and the alluring Boca do Inferno where the waves stir in chaos. Stretch your legs at the Pena National Palace and the small town of Cascais, home to local fisherman and sometimes the royals of Europe.

Hop on Hop off 48h Bus ticketExplore Lisbon at your own pace with a 2-day access pass to a bus driving to all the best destinations within the city. Offered in 8 languages, the tour provides an unbeatable orientation to the city.

Red Tramcar – The Hills TourThe easiest way to explore the expansive hills of Lisbon, the Red Tramcar allows you to explore the city without leaving your seat! Just look out your window to see the medieval architecture of the Alfama, people chatting and shopping by homes in Chiado and the impressive government buildings and mansions of Lapa. continue reading

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Brits ‘looking further afield for holidays’

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British people are becoming increasingly adventurous in their holiday destination choices, according to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta).

Steve Barnes, the travel association’s corporate marketing manager, said that the companies that have been joining Abta recently indicate a growing trend for adventurous trips.

Speaking at the Destinations travel show in Birmingham recently, Mr Barnes said that more firms operating in locations that are "off the beaten track" have been joining the association.

Commenting on the particular destinations that appear to be interesting travellers, he added: "Places like Bhutan and Mongolia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are becoming more popular now.

"There was a couple here a while ago who always used to take holidays in Europe. They’ve just come back from a five-week holiday in Egypt and now they’re just planning another holiday in India, so they’re certainly far more adventurous than they would have been years ago."

Travellers who take adventure tours in Thailand this year may notice their budget stretching further than they thought, as the country was ranked the most affordable destination of 2009 in a recent report by the Post Office.

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Race of the Classics sails into Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s coastal location makes it an ideal spot for all manner of nautical fun and the Race of the Classics – one of the biggest amateur sailing events in Europe – is a highlight year after year.

For the twentieth time, the annual event comes to its exciting conclusion in the historic city and visitors on Amsterdam tours can expect to see all kinds of stunning examples of ocean-going craftsmanship.

The race itself begins in Rotterdam and crosses the North Sea to its mid-point in England before returning to the ‘Dam for a celebration of all who participated.

Initiated by members of the local Academy, the race began life as an attempt to foster solidarity between different groups of local young people and international students.

Nowadays that sense of fellowship persists but the event has evolved into a celebration of sailing ships and fun on the open sea that attracts large crowds of locals and visitors on Amsterdam tours alike.

The night of Sunday April 19th is when the festivities will really begin as the ships reach the city and the assembled masses get down to some serious revelry.

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Take in the Barcelona marathon

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For runners and spectators alike, the Barcelona marathon is one of the best of its kind in the world, set against the stunning backdrop of this beautiful city.

At 08:30 in the Avinguda Maria Cristina on March 1st, thousands of runners will take off, with the pace setters expected to finish the race around 10:40.

Runners will be hard pressed to keep their minds on the job, as they race around a city famed for its architecture.

Icons such as the Nou Camp (home of Barcelona’s football club), La Sagrada Familia and the Hospital de Sant Pau will all be passed.

Following its humble begins in the 1970s, the marathon has been growing in popularity, with 7,919 men and 1,202 women taking part last year – up from a respective 6,541 and 934 in 2007.

While most of the runners come from Spain, the UK is well represented too, coming third in the number of runners behind France.

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Christmas Shopping Adventures 3: London and Beyond

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I know that Christmas shopping can feel like a daunting annual ritual, especially when conducted in a bustling city like London!  With Pantomime season around the corner and Christmas just a day away, families are already flooding Central London to get into the Christmas Spirit.

This goes for visitors and Londoners alike: why not add some variety to your usual Christmas shopping routine by embarking on a special Christmas adventure? Here are some ideas: continue reading

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Christmas Shopping Adventures 2: Dubai

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Just when you thought your Christmas shopping adventure couldn’t get more adventurous!  If you’ve decided to take a Christmas shopping trip this year, why not opt for something a bit more exotic (and potentially less expensive) than New York?   Why not visit the plentiful, tax free, shops of Dubai!

And after you’ve indulged in a few days of bargain shopping in Dubai, you can soak up the Arabian sun on one of these exciting excursions: continue reading

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British holidaymakers undeterred by credit crunch

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Brits travelling abroad during the credit crunch are overwhelmingly resistant to altering their plans, according to a new survey.

The research, conducted for the Telegraph Travel Awards, found that 92 per cent of respondents had not changed their choice of destination due to the current economic crisis.

What’s more, 96 per cent said they would not opt for cheaper accommodation.

In the awards, New Zealand was named the best non-European country and Cape Town was voted the top world city to visit.

Both results suggest that a taste for faraway destinations persists over any move to frugality in times of financial difficulty.

London’s five-star Claridge’s in Mayfair, which has suites costing several thousands of pounds per night, was named as the top hotel.

Over 25,000 people were polled as part of the Telegraph Travel Awards, which honours destinations and travel service providers across the industry each year.

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Townsville emerging as top Australian destination

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Townsville in Queensland is growing in popularity with adventure tourists in Australia.

The tropical city has seen a five per cent increase in the number of foreign visitors over the past year, according to figures from Tourism Queensland.

As well as plenty of opportunities for backpackers and explorers, Townsville also offers city-lovers a host of cosmopolitan attractions.

Brett Pointon, chief executive of Oaks Hotels and Resorts, said that the destination hosts excellent beaches and diving opportunities.

He explained: "Townsville goes beyond other tropical destinations, as it not only offers reef and beach locations but also a vibrant, cosmopolitan city."

Townsville Enterprise Destination Marketing and Development Manager Brent Randall also said that new cultural and sporting events have helped to raise the profile of the destination.

Events he highlighted included the V8 Supercars, Troy Dunn International Bull Ride, Magnetic Island Race Week and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

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Camping popular during crunch

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Holidaymakers are going back to nature to make the most of discount breaks.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has said that camping and caravan holidays are proving particularly popular options.

Britons are packing up tents and heading on active holidays to long-haul and short-haul destinations.

Frances Tuke, spokesperson for ABTA, has explained that "posh camping" is enjoying a renaissance, especially in Europe.

"Camping and what we call ‘posh camping’ have both been very popular over the last year or so. The kind of camping [breaks] where you get semi-permanent structures with pot-belly stoves in them have been really popular," she explained.

Recent research from the Caravan Club revealed that many holidaymakers who go on caravan and camping breaks make an effort to be more environmentally friendly.

Some 78 per cent of those polled said they recycle on a camping or caravan adventure break, while 80 per cent take steps to save energy and 84 per cent attempt to save water.

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