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Taking a Holiday Can be Life Changing – It’s Official !

February 27th, 2010

Over half of all life changing decisions are made on holiday and put into action once home

Kuoni, the luxury travel operator, has published a report on what really happens in the hearts and minds of the British public when on holiday.  The report shows over 50% of all life changing decisions are put into action following a decision made on a holiday, proving that holidays can change your life.

Says Joanna Edmunds, Managing Director, Kuoni UK: “Kuoni has been at the forefront of producing travel trend reports for decades.  This year we wanted to better understand the emotional journey of holiday-makers and we examined the role of holidays in this new context.  We looked at the personal discussions and decisions that take place on holidays and how these shape peoples future. The results are exciting.  They prove that holidays are more than a break from the daily routine: they can be truly life changing.”The lifestyle report has been examined by leading psychotherapist and health writer, Christine Webber

Commenting on the findings Christine says: “This report shows that having a holiday is not just about sun and leisure and visiting new and exotic locations. It demonstrates that we use the vacation to great effect in order to plan improvements in our day-to-day lives.Many people feel that they just don’t have the time in their normal busy and pressurised schedules to reappraise their lifestyles, or to talk to their partner about relationship issues that worry them. Once away from the daily grind, such individuals often feel that they are able to get a more healthy perspective on their lives, and they can then set about planning to change those aspects of them that they’re not happy with.” 

Report highlights

The 24-page report reveals that the hottest topics to talk about while on holiday are work/life balance (41%) and getting fitter/healthier (39%).  Interestingly the more one earns the more these percentages rise: 70% and 58% respectively.36% talk about their love life with 34% actually deciding to take action and spice it up when they get home!  It seems the younger generations talk about this subject even more at 57%.  74% of Brits surveyed said a romantic getaway can make or break their relationships. This is especially true when it comes to women with over a quarter believing that a holiday might help them re-ignite the flames of love and over a third said a break helped them get re-acquainted with their partner.70% of people surveyed said their primary reason for a holiday was to escape from work and again, this figure rises to 80% for higher earners. 

And 72% of Brits agreed that it was “even more important to have a holiday during a recession”Questioned more closely as to why they thought a break from normality was the best time for serious discussions the majority quoted the hectic nature of homelife: “We are so exhausted when we get home”; “juggling family life leaves little time to discuss matters”; “we are too mentally jaded for any serious discussion.”Bosses should also be prepared in case their employees come back with more than just a tan.

The report found that 28% of people returning from a break actually decide to take action on changing their job.Europe was the key destination for these life-changing holidays for both men and women (33%), with Australia coming a close second for men (32%). 

 The Caribbean/Mexico holding sway for 20-24 year olds at 40% and a respectable 45% for people considering marriage.Anticipation was the key driver for booking a holiday early at 52%, and once on a holiday 32% of men have to check out the news and sport compared to only 15% of women.

Future financial planning saw 39% wishing to save for home renovations and retirement (39% for both) while saving for the next holiday came in second at 30%.Kuoni, founded in 1906, is one of the world’s leading tour operators.  It is ABTA and ATOL protected, giving customers’ financial protection and ensuring they won’t be stranded abroad.

Global Holidays sells discounted Kuoni Holidays. Call them on 0845 299 4450

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Kenya and Tanzania – Free Brochure Download

February 26th, 2010

It is often said that Africa gets under your skin and there isn’t a truer saying. It is impossible to visit Africa once and feel that you have done the continent justice. From the vast plains of the Masai Mara and the Serengeti to cosmopolitan and vibrant Cape Town, from the tropical Kenya coast washed by the magical, sparkling Indian Ocean to the incredible Namibia Desert flanked by the Atlantic.Africa is an inspirational continent that has to be seen to believed. The cultures, scenery and experiences are unique to each destination and wherever you travel you will be filled with the overwhelming African spirit that will live with you forever.Click here to view our Kenya and Tanzania holiday brochure

Kenya And Tanzania Highlights 2010

The brochure features:The best ever Cheetah safariNew safaris in TanzaniaTropical beach choice2 for 1 hot air ballooningSave upto £100

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The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas – Nearly the real Venice !

February 18th, 2010

A visit to Las Vegas is a must in our opinion. It is not just about casinos and gambling. Las Vegas is one of the entertainment capitals of the world with the added bonus of the Grand Canyon only 30 minutes flying time away making it perfect for a day trip. Las Vegas is famous for its glitzy hotels and there are non better than the stunning Venetian.

The Venetian Hotel is a  recreation of  the Italian city of Venice featuring famous landmarks, winding canals and real gondolas.Behind the facade of the Doge’s Palace, you will find marble floors, hand-painted frescoes and plush furnishings surrounding a 120,000-square-foot casino with 2,100 slot machines, 130 table games, a high-limit salon, race and sports book and a newly expanded baccarat venue with added privacy for VIPS.

There are more than 4,000 suites at the Venetian hotel, ranging in size from 650 square feet  to the 6,000-plus-square-foot Chairman suite. Amenities include private bedrooms, bathrooms finished in Italian marble, sunken living rooms, mini bars, dual-line phones with data port, and in-suite fax, copier and printer combos. Free daily newspaper delivery, shoeshine and turndown service are also offered.The Venetian’s new poker room is huge and luxurious and features leather and wood throughout, all in smoke-free environment.

A separate high-stakes area offers butler service and gourmet dining. The room hosts more than 39 tables and a vast array of games suited to both the recreational poker player and the season veteran of the game.The Grand Canal Shoppes, which form part of the Venetian are amazing. They feature such chic boutiques as Jimmy Choo, Dooney & Burke, Mikimoto and St. John Spor.

The Artisti Dell Arte – classically trained singers, actors and musicians from all over the world – perform beneath the sky of the St. Mark’s Square. Here you can catch a ride on authentic Italian gondolas navigated by an opera-singing gondolier.The Venetian’s award-winning restaurants include Delmonico Steakhouse, Piero Selvaggio Valentino, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, Canaletto, Taqueria Canonita and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon. Nightlife hotspots include the V Bar and Tao Nightclub.You can also catch a show at the Venetian as the curtain goes up nightly with unique, award-winning shows; do not miss Blue Man Group, Phantom of the Opera, or the multi-talented Wayne Brady.

If you are looking for a great price on a room at The Venetian then we have lots of special offers to tempt you. Give us a call for a price FREE on 0800 433 2300.

 For example, the price of a Venetian Luxury King Suite in June 2010 is £104 per room per night.

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Canadian Rockies by Train Escorted Tour

February 17th, 2010

 C A N A D I A N  R O C K I E S  B Y  T R A I N

Travelling by train across the Canadian Rockies must be one of the most spectacular train rides in the World. This escorted tour is in our opinion one of the seven wonders of the holiday world !


What you see• Enjoy an overnight journey aboard ‘The Canadian’ byVIA Rail viewing coastal forests, roaring river canyons and the snowcappedpeaks of the Canadian Rockies. • See the glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and Mount. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.• Stand on the amazing 1,000 foot/305 metres thickAthabasca Glacier during an exciting excursion at the Columbia Icefields.• Overnight at the magnificent Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, properly nicknamed the ‘Castle in the Mountains’. 


Day 1: ARRIVE VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIAJoin Global Holidays Holidays for a remarkable journey through Alpine vistas, stunning landscapes, charming towns and beautiful lakes. Explore the beautiful Canadian Rockies by train. Your adventure begins in Vancouver.

Day 2: VANCOUVER – VICTORIA – VANCOUVEREarly this morning you depart for the ferry ride to Victoria Island where you visit lovely Butchart Gardens, created on the site of an old quarry. The gardens are among the world’s most beautiful and are a veritable explosion of colour and frangrances.Next, take a short sightseeing tour of the ‘City of Gardens’,Victoria, and have some leisure time to explore this lovely seaside city. This evening you journey back to the mainland via a short ferry ride. 

Day 3: VANCOUVER – VIA RAIL’S ‘THE CANADIAN’Enjoy a memorable breakfast at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, taking in the fascinating sight of people ‘walking on reetops’,making their way across the swaying planks. A sightseeing tour of Vancouver begins at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest, and continues to Chinatown, the city’s waterfront, and Gastown, a turn-of-the-century centre comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and the world-famous steam-powered clock, perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ to begin your journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep tonight in your private accommodations. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: VIA RAIL’S ‘THE CANADIAN’ – JASPER, ALBERTAEnjoy a lovely hot breakfast in the dining car as your eastbound train whisks you past the peaks of the Monashee Mountains and the stunning sight of Pyramid Falls cascading down Mount Cheadle. Relax in the Dome car as you experience 360-degree views of the glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and on a clear day, view Mount Robson, the highest peak of the Rockies. Moose, mountain goats, bear and caribou call this wonderland home. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper, nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies at the gateway to the incredible Icefields Parkway. Settle into Fairmont’s Jasper Park Lodge for a relaxing two night stay. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 5: JASPERBegin your day with a trip to the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of Jasper’s most spectacular landmarks. Later, behold the picture-perfect sparkling waters of Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you can embark on an optional cruise highlighting the beauty of Spirit Island. Return to Jasper with leisure time to explore this lovely town.Today breakfast will be included.

Day 6: JASPER – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – LAKE LOUISESet off for a wonderful day of sightseeing en route to Lake Louise. Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snow-capped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas so have your camera handy.Enjoy a stop at the Athabasca Falls and marvel at its sheer beauty and power. At the Columbia Icefields, enjoy a fun ride* across a mass of glacial ice over 1,000 feet/305 metres thick, the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Continuing down the parkway be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots and stately elk. Enjoy a stop at Peyto Lake, a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity, before arriving in Lake Louise. Enjoy a stay at the world-famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 7: LAKE LOUISE – BANFF Jagged Ten Peaks are distinctively saw-toothed, standing out amidst stunning Alpine scenery. Arrive in charming Banff and visit a local ammonite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. Arrive at the grand Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known as the ‘Castle in the Mountains’, for a luxurious two night stay. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: BANFFSet off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and impressive Hoodoos, known as the ‘Land of the Sleeping Giants’. During an afternoon at leisure, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff’s delightful downtown.Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9: BANFF – CALGARYHead to the cosmopolitan city of Calgary for the final stop on your scenic adventure. Tonight, join your new friends during a special farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.Today breakfast and dinner will be included.


Day 11: ARRIVE U.K. Included in this Canadian Rockies By Train Escorted Tour:11 DAYS, 13

 MEALS:7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners

PRICES FROM ONLY £2469Prices are in £’s per person and are based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room departing from London Heathrow with Air Canada. Regional Flight Departures are available.


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Holidays to Turkey Might not be as Cheap as you Think

February 12th, 2010

Holidays to Turkey, like last summer, are in demand at the moment, as families looking for a cheap holiday abroad look for a holiday outside the Eurozone.However, taking a holiday to Turkey might not be as cheap as you might think !The average cost of a family holiday to Turkey has risen by nearly 50% as greedy hoteliers in Turkey take advantage of the weak Pound. The cost of goods in shops in the holiday resorts have also risen sharply.

As Spanish hotels drop their prices to attract customers the price difference between a holiday in Turkey and a holiday in Spain or Greece is much smaller than it was 2 years ago and in some cases it is actually more expensive.Whilst prices in Bodrum and Dalaman have increased by nearly 40% the price of a holiday to Majorca has risen by only 3%.We have been receiving reports from holidaymakers returning from Turkey that a bottle of beer at the airport can cost £5.As Turkey becomes more popular tour operators have expressed concern that the country could see an increase in overbooking and a lack of good quality accommodation.So, our advice is to speak to a good travel agent about the best holiday deals and don’t rule out a holiday to Spain or Greece or one of the other Eurozone countries.

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Vilu Reef in The Maldives becomes”All Inclusive”

February 11th, 2010

Holidays to The Maldives

The recession is having an impact on the number of visitors to The Maldives. 2009 saw a drop in visitors to The Maldives but many hotels are fighting back by adopting the All Inclusive concept and offering better value for money.If you are looking for a bargain holiday to The Maldives then now is the time to book as there are plenty of special offers around to take advantage of.

Vilu Reef Resort and Spa

One island in The Maldives that has become an All Inclusive resort is Vilu Reef and Spa  on South Nilandhe Atoll. Vilu Reef is a 4 star resort but if you are looking for ultra luxury then you should look at another island but Vilu Reef does offer very good value for money. The spa is not up to the standard of what you would expect at a top class resort on The Maldives, although, there are plans to improve it.

Also, the gym is very basic and the water villas don’t have some of the features that you would expect elsewhere like a glass floor.What Vilu Reef does give you though is low prices and, of course, you still get what all the islands have in The Maldives, which is beautiful white sand beaches with palm trees and clear water. Another advantage about Vilu Reef is that it is a small island with only 122 villas and rooms of which 40 are water villas most of which have a jacuzzi. The island is friendly and well managed.

Rooms at Vilu Reef

As far as the rooms are concerned the basic rooms are the Deluxe Garden Villa rooms but they are comfortable and excellent value for money. If you have money to spend and you are on honeymoon then you might want to consider the Honeymoon Water Villas where you get the service of your own private butler.

Seaplane Transfer

Vilu Reef itself is quite a distance from Male, the capital, and you will need a seaplane transfer to get there, but that adds to the exitement.


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Airport Valet Parking – Not just for Celebrities !

February 9th, 2010

The Answer to the Hassle of Airport Parking

We all love a holiday abroad where we can get away from the stresses of everyday life. The worst part about a holiday though is the hassle of getting to the airport and all the stress of going through security and queueing at the airport to check our suitcases in. One of the worst parts of the holiday process for me is parking the car and catching the shuttle bus to the airport terminal. For me, it is either pouring with rain or about 5 am in the morning, pitch black and freezing cold.

At least it used to be like that until I decided that I didn’t want to wait for a shuttle bus in a freezing cold car park and that I would look for a better alternative. I thought why should a celebrity have it easy at the airport with their fast track security and dedicated check-in when I had to queue for everything. It was then that I discovered that I didn’t have to park my car in a distant airport car park but I could actually drive my car to the terminal, unload my suitcases and hand my keys to a professional looking man who would then drive my car away and safely park it for me in a secure car park and then meet me again when I returned at the terminal building. It’s called Meet and Greet Parking and it is not that expensive and it is well worth the money in my opinion.

Meet and Greet VIP Car Parking Prices

One weeks on-airport parking at Gatwick will cost £58 whilst the Meet and Greet VIP drive to the terminal service costs only £94. In my opinion, it is well worth paying the extra £36 just to avoid all the hassle of parking the car myself and catching the shuttle bus. Meet and Greet Valet airport parking is available at all major airports including Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester.

Will My Car Be Safe When I Use Meet and Greet ?

The compound where your car is stored has twenty four hour security with CCTV, regular patrols and full security barriers. Reputable operators have been awarded the Park Mark for safer parking. The Park Mark means that you are parking in an area that has been vetted by the police to make sure that the site has had measures put in place to create a safe environment. Park Mark awarded parking areas are run by responsible operators who are concerned with your safety and the safety of your vehicle.

If you like the idea – Book your Valet Parking Here

Just click this link to book Meet and Greet Airport Car Parking

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Charter Flights – Premium Cabins Are Good Value

February 8th, 2010

Charter Flights sometimes come in for criticism but I personally think that this is unjustified. Charter flight companies have had to adapt to the changing market conditions over the last few years and as competition has got ever fiercer the charter airlines have fought back by giving you the option of booking a Premium Cabin upgrade. Upgrading to the Premium Cabin can make much more sense as the cost is far cheaper than flying Business Class or in BA’s World Traveller Plus.

Most charter flight companies offer a Premium Cabin on their long haul routes which means you can fly in relative comfort for a reasonable price.The Premium Cabin on a charter flight will normally include either a 34 inch or 36 inch seat pitch, depending on the airline. In addition, you will normally be able to use a dedicated check-in and you will get better food on-board your flight as well as better in-flight entertainment. In many cases you will get a higher luggage allowance or the cost of checked-in bags will be included in the cost.

Prices can vary for a Premium Cabin upgrade. On a long haul flight it can cost up to £250 extra per person return but when you compare this extra cost to the price of an upgrade on a scheduled flight you will find that this is a lot cheaper. In addition, we often get special offers on cabin up-grades and prices can sometimes be as low as £50 extra for the premium cabin. Thompson flights, Thomas Cook flights and Monarch Airlines all offer cabin upgrades so just ask your travel agent to get you a price. 

Also, don’t assume that budget airlines are always the cheapest. On many routes charter flights compare favourably with the price of seats on a budget airline so make sure that you shop around. Here at Global Holidays, we can compare fares from charter airlines, scheduled airlines and budget airlines which we can search in only seconds so it is worth giving us a call.


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How do you Choose a Holiday – Look at the weather !

February 6th, 2010

Weather decisions

Trying to decide where to go on holiday can be a difficult decision. You have to think about the type of holiday you want – a beach holiday, some culture maybe or even a little adventure are just some of the types of holiday you could consider. But before you pick a holiday destination there are other factors to consider before choosing to go to that exotic destination that looks great in the brochure.

Apart from the price of a holiday of course,  it is important that you consider what the weather will be like at the time of year you are planning to be there. Most places on the planet have a rainy season when it is best avoided. Even though it will still be hot you don’t want to be looking out of your exotic holiday accommodation to see dark skies and torrential rain !

The weather is unpredictable

In certain parts of the world close to home we know what the weather is going to be like. For example, we know that in southern Europe that the weather in summer is probably going to be hot and sunny but what about other parts of the world ? And also even in Europe outside the summer season you need to know what the weather will be like at certain times of the year.Knowing what the weather will be like at the other side of the world is far more difficult as many countries can have different weather on different coastlines. For example,  the southern region of Thailand really has only two seasons — the wet and the dry. These seasons do not run at the same time on both the east and west side of the peninsular. On the west coast the southwest monsoon brings rain and often heavy storms from April through to October, whilst on the east coast the most rain falls between September and December.

How to check what the weather will be like

This is why it is so important to check the weather before booking a holiday and so, here at Global Holidays we have just introduced new technology to help you see what the weather will be like at a particular destination.Global Holidays introduced a market leading holiday search system on its website recently and amongst one of the many upgrades included is a weather button where the customer can see live weather information. You can see the current weather including temperature, rainfall and even wind speed as well as predicted weather for a destination. This information will be a valuable tool to help you decide when the best time of year to visit a destination will be.Below is a screen capture of what our weather information page looks like.

If you want to try out our holiday search click here – CHEAP HOLIDAYS OR CALL 0845 299 4450

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What to see in Morocco

February 5th, 2010


Global Holidays is an independent travel agent, which means we have a huge choice of bargain holidays, late deals, luxury holidays and special offers that many other travel agents don’t have.

Our specialist Morocco Collection of holiday and hotels offers visitors the opportunity to discover this exotic, colourful and historic destination through an array of products focusing on memorable experiences and multi centre itineraries, all based around a fantastic range of properties which include intimate riads, former royal palaces and large modern oasis.With four pages dedicated to twin and multi centre tours, clients can choose between exciting itineraries such as:• 

Colours of Morocco – 8 nights spent travelling in style and staying at some of Morocco’s best hotels whilst enjoying a varied whistle stop tour of this unique and special country. The tour includes a visit to a Hollywood film set, a drive over spectacular snow covered mountain passes and a barmy evening watching a desert sunset followed by a night under canvas. • 

Marrakech, Mountains and Beach – 8 nights experiencing the dramatically different landscapes this mystical kingdom offers. Discover the secrets of the labyrinth souks in Marrakech walk through forests of oak scented with juniper in the mountains and relax in the sun in the old fishing village of Essaouria.• 

Imperial Cities Tour – 6 nights spent being guided by an English speaking escort through the 3 grand imperial cities of Fes, Rabat and Marrakech, with private tours of UNESCO sites on route.• 

Classical Morocco by rail – an exhilarating first class rail journey from Marrakech to Fes, guided tours of both cities and an excursion to visit imperial Meknès and Volubilis are included.• 

Colours Of The South – Explore the colourful south in all its magnificence. Highlights include visiting the rock paintings at Tinzouline, crossing the volcanic peak of Jebel and a sunset camel ride.The brochure also features a large choice of private day trips to help travellers truly experience this vibrant country including – Hidden sights of Marrakech; an exploratory morning spent walking through the labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys ending at the walled medina.

Guided Walking Tour in The Atlas Mountains; full day tour with a delicious picnic lunch taking in the forest of the Azzadene Valley and passing several Berber villages.The popular Lunch at the Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot with a scenic drive through the Atlas Mountains and Berber trails tour also features. Through out your stay Cadogans’ ground representatives are also on hand throughout to recommend other experiences and activities.Popular properties this year include:• 

La Mamounia, Marrakech: The Marrakech landmark had a star studded re opening in September, following an extensive restoration project overseen by Jacques Garcia. Two 2-Michelin Star chefs, Jean Pierre Vigato and Alfonso Iaccarino, are now also on board to oversee the hotel’s four restaurants. And if thats not enough the spa will send you to relaxation heaven.• 

Mandarin Oriental Jnan Rahma, Marrakech: Situated within the Palmerie, with magnificent views of the surrounding Atlas Mountains this 53-acre luxury resort features private villas, secluded gardens, courtyard pools, gorgeously furnished private terraces, world class spa, dining and service.


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