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Adventure travellers sleep solo

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Adventure travellers are increasingly requesting single rooms while on holiday as they seek a restful night”s sleep away from snorers and sleepwalkers, it has been revealed.

Research conducted by Explore Worldwide found that a decreasing number of travellers are happy to share accommodation with others in destinations in isolated areas around the globe, such as South America or Africa.

A company spokesman told the Times: "People aren”t willing to risk snorers, sleepwalkers or people who go to the bathroom ten times a night. They tend to be younger travellers who are used to their privacy and comfort."

The findings suggest that this might be a age-related issue, as older travellers tend to accept sharing as part of the experience, more willing to rough it and risk an interrupted night”s sleep.

"It”s a generational thing," said the spokesman, suggesting that as adventure travel increases in popularity attitudes towards what it should and shouldn”t entail are changing.

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Holidaymakers still travelling despite credit crunch

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The current economic downturn has not significantly affected the number of people going on holiday, an industry expert has said.

While many choose to downgrade their flights, choice of destination, standard of accommodation or even the length of their trip they”re still as keen as ever to take a break, 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," he said.

He suggested travelling was almost a rite of passage for young graduates and those on a career break – "gap years for grown-ups" – looking for "a complete changes from everyday life at home".

The Lonely Planet series was one of the first series of books aimed at young, budget travellers and has grown to become one of the largest publishers in its field, with annual sales of more than six millions books on destinations worldwide.

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One in four Brits are to leave travel insurance at home

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This year one in four British people plan to go on holiday without travel insurance, new research suggests.In a survey by American Express, 24 per cent of respondents named travel insurance as the main financial product they would give up as the economic downturn continued.This suggests that as many as 14.5 million Britons take risks by going on holiday without cover as they are forced to tighten their belts and reduce expenditure.Chris Rolland, of American Express Insurance Services, warned against the dangers of such a risk: “Should something happen, the current economic market means that the last thing Brits need now is an unexpected bill”.He added that consumers should opt for an annual policy as this would represent better value and “help them to avoid being financially stung while they should be relaxing on holiday.”The research was undertaken by YouGov, taking a weighted representative sample of 2,082 people.A survey by private bank Cater Allen suggest British travel habits are changing.Result show 54 per cent of Brits intend on doing some kind of activity on their holiday and 20 per cent go on away primarily for adventure.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-18788976-ADNFCR

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Adventure travel continues to thrive

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Travel experiences that offer an alternative to package deals and beach holidays are increasing in popularity, new research has shown.

Whether it”s trekking the Inca trail in South America or visiting unspoilt beaches in the Far East, tourists are demanding more from their time spent abroad.

But its not just high-earning young professionals that are looking to fulfil their travel dreams.

A survey by North American tour operator Intrepid has revealed that adventure travel is growing across a wide demographic, notably among women and travellers in their 50s and 60s.

”Whether it’s riding public transportation…or travelling part of the way under their own steam, such as by bike or kayak," Intrepid”s Steve Larkin says the findings show people "want the real life experiences".

In addition to a range of destinations for their adventurous customers, operators are increasingly offering wider choice of types of experience – from the relaxing to the physically challenging.

What”s more, in line with consumers” increasing green concerns, many tourists are choosing ”low environmental impact” activities, with an emphasis on small group numbers and ethical travel.

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What does ‘adventure’ mean to you?

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When I was up at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, I met a group of guys that were on to a great concept: an information sharing site, in the form of an interactive video dictionary.  Think Urban Dictionary, Wikipedia and Youtube, combined.

Their site, Wordia.com, launched today, and it looks promising (I may or may not have been talked into recording a definition for them, hehe).

I would like to upload another video on Wordia, but I need your help!  What travel-related word should I define?

Respond below if you want to get involved…this could be fun!

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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks!

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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks, winner of the isango! Perfect Holiday Contest.

Sarah entertained, surprised and inspired us all with her creative description of paradise, entitled ‘Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’.

Having received the most public votes throughout the month-long competition, she is now entitled to £500 worth if isango! products.

Way to go, Sarah!

Here is her (scandalous!) entry:

Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’

He looks right into my eyes with his soulful browns, rippling muscles, dressed only in a small loin cloth. “I want to take you to a secret place high in the rainforest” he says “we can make a hammock from the vines.” His voice is so sultry, so sexy. But no, I can’t. Yes, it sounds like paradise, but I am here with my new husband on honeymoon, and he is waiting for me. “I’m so sorry I need to go.” He looks sad for a moment then says “okay, but please let me walk with you to keep you company.” We stroll in the scorching heat, passing all sorts of wild and crazy animals. We walk for miles and eventually reach my partner standing beside a huge castle. My tall, dark stranger turns to me and whispers in my ear, “maybe tomorrow you will return? Balou was looking forward to meeting you and we really need a hand to stitch that hammock.” I replied, “we’ll see, Tarzan – I still haven’t seen Tigger yet, so that’s tomorrow’s goal.” I turn to my husband with freshly dripping ice cream in his hands and think to myself, “I love Disneyland…”

Ooh la la, Sarah! Great work. We hope that your holiday fantasy comes true!

Tours:
Enchanted Rainforest Dinner

Daintree Rainforest Tour

Disneyland Adventure

Disneyworld Adventure

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Canary Island windsurfing at the wind factory

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Many of the world”s biggest events in the windsurfing calendar take place during the summer at Playa de Pozo Izquierdo – known within the water sports fraternity as ”The Wind Factory”.

The Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam 2008 took place here in July taking advantage of the perfect conditions the location provides for professionals and holidaymakers alike all year round.

Locals are born into windsurfing and the area is home to the renowned International Centre for Windsurfing; considered to be second only to Hawaii for facilities.

Its reputation precedes it as ”a brutal proving ground where scores are settled” and the sport”s biggest names do just that regularly here.
This year”s events include competitions such as men”s slalom, women”s freestyle, and the wave event where spectators are treated to spectacular, gravity defying aerial jumps.

Visiting competitors will be looking to gain entry to the windsurfing hall of fame by trying to out-do the local hotshots who have the luxury of being able to train here all year round.

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London Tourists: Mind your Beckham Bones

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About six weeks ago, on the way home from my office in London, I realized that I could no longer walk; that is, I shifted my weight from the side of my right foot (which, I suddenly/finally acknowledged, had been unnaturally stabilizing my gait for two weeks) and began to consciously move forward as human beings naturally should: by actually pressing the ball of my foot into the ground. Heel-toe, heel-toe, heel-ouch! Ouch! Ouch!  (Of course, when something hurts, you want to do it over and over…) OUCH.  Limp.  GP.  A&E…Stress fracture.”A fracture to my right second metatarsel,” I now casually spout off to any curious passerby who (skeptically) observes me hobbling on crutches without a plaster/cast…or any visible sign of injury.  For I have discovered that the word ‘metatarsel’ actually triggers a psychological mechanism in (most) members of the British public, whereupon glamourous images of David Beckham limping across the football field—sweat dripping from his brow as he winces in pain over his Achilles toe—flash across their mental television screens.  And suddenly, I become cool.  I have a seat on the tube, a hand with my handbag, a pint on my table…Really.At least 1/3 of the ‘Second metatarsel bone’ Wikipedia page is devoted to Beckham’s fatal fall in the 2002 Champions League match + subsequent media sensationalism.  The ‘Beckham Bone’, we now call it. Way to pave your eternal legacy, Big D.  Your heyday may have passed, but you will certainly have at least a photo caption in your great, great grandkid’s anatomy textbook (…Wikibook?).  May the Beckham Bone live on…Potential for increased sex appeal aside, having a stress fracture—albeit a small chink off the BB—actually sucks, and big time.  Especially in a big, expensive city like London.  Take my advice: if that dull-yet-concentrated pain in your foot seems to be worsening by the day, bin the fancy footwear and shuffle your trainers over to the GP (American translation: trash your stilettos and sport those sneakers to the doctor’s office…).Tourists Beware.The doc at the A&E’s first question: how long had I been ‘touring’ Europe? Ignoring his brash assumption that I was not, in fact, a well-adjusted Londoner (hmph!), I listened to what he had to say about tourists.  His insights were rather interesting; for apparently, tons of sightseers (usually Americans) visit UK hospitals each summer, reporting similar such pains in their feet.  Stress fractures are, in fact, common injuries among travelers that depart sedentary lifestyles to embark on a series of extended walking tours through Europe.  And to the utter dismay of the high-energy, culture-hungry tourist, the only treatment for a stress fracture is to sit still.”You must rest your foot for six to eight weeks.”Say wha…?Yes, one week of trapseing around Europe in bad footwear can (especially in the case of women with family histories of Osteoperosis) can lead to two months of lockdown.(FYI, metatarsel stress fractures are also common in army recruits, ballet dancers, and, of course, athletes.  In my particular case, the initial cause of the stress fracture was likely my participation in a weekly, high-impact dance class; walking around London in poor footwear certainly exacerbated the problem, though.  It’s all about the footwear!)Good-bye, Big Ben…Hello, Beckham Bone.Stress fractures seem like minor injuries but can actually become chronic problems if not properly treated: I’ve learned this the hard way, having prolonged the healing process by ignoring the doctor’s orders to sit still.  But the longer you don’t sit, the longer you won’t play.  So, “let pain be your guide”—and not the public eye—unless, of course, you can squeeze a few more pints out of the bartender with your polished Beckham banter…

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It”s a cut-throat world in the Algarve

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More awards are bestowed on Algarve beaches year-on-year for cleanliness and management giving visitors a greater choice.

But as an alternative to sitting on one, holidaymakers can get a good look at the coastline by spending the day onboard the stunning pirate-ship Santa Bernarda.

This beautiful two-masted sailing vessel runs regular trips from Portimao and travels along the Algarve coast to Armacao de Pera in the east and Lagos in the west.

Guests are required to arrive 30 minutes before departure on the full-day excursion which leaves port at 09:45 and sails gracefully out to sea past a mediaeval fortress.

Small launches enable guests to explore coastal caves before the ship drops anchor at a beach which is accessible only by sea for a BBQ lunch.

Here you are free to swim, go snorkelling or just take in the sun before returning to port under wind power in the evening.

The Santa Bernarda complies with EU safety regulations and crew members give a short tutorial on the use of all safety equipment on board.

For Algarve holiday reviews reviews and more about holidays in albufeira go to www.ilovealgarve.net.

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It”s a cut-throat world in the Algarve

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More awards are bestowed on Algarve beaches year-on-year for cleanliness and management giving visitors a greater choice.

But as an alternative to sitting on one, holidaymakers can get a good look at the coastline by spending the day onboard the stunning pirate-ship Santa Bernarda.

This beautiful two-masted sailing vessel runs regular trips from Portimao and travels along the Algarve coast to Armacao de Pera in the east and Lagos in the west.

Guests are required to arrive 30 minutes before departure on the full-day excursion which leaves port at 09:45 and sails gracefully out to sea past a mediaeval fortress.

Small launches enable guests to explore coastal caves before the ship drops anchor at a beach which is accessible only by sea for a BBQ lunch.

Here you are free to swim, go snorkelling or just take in the sun before returning to port under wind power in the evening.

The Santa Bernarda complies with EU safety regulations and crew members give a short tutorial on the use of all safety equipment on board.

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