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Going on Holiday to Turkey

Turkey - Ross French - January 6, 2013

Holiday to Turkey

Going on Holiday to Turkey – What Do I Need To Know?

History, culture, cuisine, and scenery; when it comes to providing unbeatable holidays, Turkey certainly knows how to please its guests. There is plenty to entice holidaymakers to this glorious country – but what do you need to know before you depart?

1. Where to go?

Turkey is a vibrant country, offering everything from secluded beaches to bustling cities. Whether you’re searching for water sports, historical artifacts, mezze platters, crowded bazaars, or bustling metropolises, there’s a huge variety of holiday styles to experience here.

Look for a cheap holiday to Turkey in iconic cities such as Istanbul. The stunning Topkapî Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar are all found here so you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied. Alternatively, Izrum is a great option for summer travelers with secluded coves the perfect setting for families looking to spend a few days relaxing in the country’s clear waters.

Consider a cruise around the coastline to take in the beautiful scenery. Fethiye to Gumbet is popular routes. These can be booked as a week-long standalone holiday or as an excursion.

2. How much to spend?

Turkey has become one of the most popular destinations for package holidays for UK tourists – and this means you shouldn’t have to spend much. The best time to book these breaks is for late spring or early autumn. You’re more likely to find a better deal, but also you’ll find that the heat is more bearable than during the peak summer period.

Consider how much money you’ll need for food and souvenirs as well as looking at the cost of the holiday itself. Turkey has often been perceived as a cheap destination, and evidence of this can be found in its inclusion on the Post Office’s Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer 2012, where it featured in the top 20.

3. What do I need to know before I leave?

On arrival:

When you arrive at your destination airport in Turkey, you’ll be asked to pay £10 (in GBP) at customs before entering the country. Make sure you have this to hand to avoid any delays.

Language:

Turkey isn’t the easiest country to navigate, and foreign language and currency could prove overwhelming for inexperienced travelers. Try to learn a few vital phrases if you plan on going to any traditional Turkish markets where bartering is customary. At the more ‘touristy’ beach resorts, most of the locals will speak relatively good English, so you should be ok when ordering a meal in the evening, and remember with a package holiday Reps in resort can assist you.

Currency:

The Lira is currently stable after years of fluctuation; however, you should keep an eye out for Yeni Turk Lirasi (New Turkish Lira). This currency was implemented to try and beat inflation but made illegal in 2003. Despite this, they remain in circulation and may be used to short change travelers, so be aware of this.

Tipping:

It’s customary to leave around 10-15% in change on top of the bill. Some restaurants will calculate this 10-15% for you and automatically add to your bill as a service charge, so check your receipt before leaving any cash on the table.

Weather:

Turkey’s beautiful and lush coastline enjoys moderate winter temperatures and hot, humid summers, while the shoulder seasons of May and September are balmy and pleasant.

So, Why are you waiting for? Go on a holiday to Turkey!

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Holidays In Turkey

Turkey - Ross French - March 5, 2012

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Turkey Holidays are perfect for anyone who enjoys year-round sunshine and beautiful beaches. From the sandy to the pebbled, the beaches offer the opportunity to parasail, water ski, jet ski, and snorkel.

Turkey is where Europe and Asia collide, and both continents have had strong influences on the country.

For holidaymakers who enjoy the culture and good food, You will find delicious and exquisite local cuisine. There are also plenty of museums and old ruins to visit and explore.

Many tourists love to holiday in the Dalaman Region. There are plenty of lovely accommodations and many things to do. The nightlife is very exciting, with many different options. There is nearly something for everyone to enjoy.

Some popular stops in Turkey are the tomb of King Mausolous, which is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. St. Peterís 15th century castle is also a draw. The city of Izmir is also a hot destination for individuals who enjoy holidaying in Turkey. Izmire was totally rebuilt after the 1922 fire destroyed it, so it is a very modern city with modern architecture. Those who enjoy partying can party at night, while those who prefer to take it easy and enjoy the scenery can relax at the parks, or on the beach.

Between the months of April and October, you will be able to most enjoy Turkey outdoors. So if you like adventure, this period would be the best time to visit. However, if you can have just as much fun indoors, it’s important to note that Turkey is a good place to visit during both the summer and winter seasons.

Just to give you an idea of what you can do in Turkey, here is a short list of the best experiences:

  • Relax as you try an infamous Turkish bath.
  • Bargain for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar or other similar markets.
  • Eat delicious sesame covered simit (some of the best simit comes from local street vendors).
  • Take a boat cruise on the Bosphorus (Istanbul) or experience a traditional wooden Gulet (Aegean).
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Holidays On Horseback

Travel Tips - Ross French - February 21, 2012

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Norris_PointWhether you are a thrill-seeking daredevil or a committed ‘Happy Hacker’, there is sure to be a riding holiday to suit you .

Finding the right holiday deals depends on the choice of country and terrain is enormous and you can opt for a blissful week of escape from the family in beautiful and unspoilt surroundings. Alternatively, make it a family treat and even if some of the clan are totally non-horsey.

The first thing to consider with any riding holiday is your true level of riding ability and stamina. A weekend-only novice will be neither safe nor happy on a mad three day gallop across Botswana. Similarly, a week trekking with beginners at walk will not appeal to experienced jockeys. The large number of riding holiday providers generally accept the following as sensible summaries of riding ability:

Beginner: A rider with very limited experience, is unable to mount and dismount unassisted, and unable to post to the trot or canter.

Novice: A rider who has some riding experience, is able to mount and dismount unassisted, is in control of a well-behaved horse and confident for short periods of rising trot and canter.

Intermediate: A rider with all of the novice skills, has a firm seat, is comfortable at all paces and capable of riding for several hours at a time. The intermediate rider is also able to tack up a horse if required.

Experienced: A competent and regular rider who is capable of adapting to different horses in different environments. An experienced rider has soft hands and is able to control a spirited horse in open country.

Other points to consider.

Weight Limit

Some riding trips have a weight limit which generally appears to be approximately 95 kilos (around 15 stones). In most cases you will be provided with a bigger horse and in some instances there will be a surcharge but it is always wise to contact your holiday provider as there may be a limited number of horses available for guests exceeding this weight level.

Children

Depending on the trip, children may join the ride. Discounts may be available in some cases. It is definitely worth checking even if the kids are staunchly anti-Equestrian as many of the holiday providers can accommodate non-riding guests.

Insurance

This is an absolute must for any holiday and should be an important consideration in booking your trip.

Preparing for your holiday

Once you have determined the riding experience, age and ability of the group members, you can go ahead and book your holiday. Whether you are experienced riders or not, you are still likely to be spending considerably longer than usual in the saddle on a daily basis so expect some aches and pains!

Many repeat riding holiday enthusiasts go on several short riding weekends prior to a longer holiday so that they can really get the best out of the experience on every level.

With riding holidays available in England, Scotland Wales and Ireland, we have plenty of choice on our doorsteps but there is a huge choice of trips in France, USA, and even Africa and Asia. The choice is yoursÖ.

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Holidays in Corfu

Europe - Ross French - February 21, 2012

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Many people travel to spend their holiday or party in Corfu. The Madeira island group belongs to Portugal and is in the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira translated means wood. Their main island is also called Madeira with its 736 square kilometres it is the largest of the island group of Portugal. The group is formed by five islands. Madeira and Porto Santo are the only ones inhabited. The other three are Deserta Grande, Ilhau Chao and Bugio and they are just 14 square kilometers in size.

Lisbon is the largest city of Portugal and also the capital city of the country. It is located on the Atlantic coast and is one of the most important port cities in Europe. Lisbon has about 518,000 inhabitants. The weather in Lisbon in the summer is very nice, because it is not too hot and in winter it is very mild. In summer there is often coastal fog. The city also has soccer teams such as the Benfica Lisbon, whose home games in Estadio de Luz are fought.

The island of Madeira with its capital Funchal has an area of 794 square kilometres. It belongs to the same group of islands of Madeira and is the largest island in this archipelago. About 265,000 people live on the island. The weather on this island is very tropical. In winter the daytime temperatures are about 15 degrees Celsius. During the summer months temperatures rise up far beyond the 20 degrees Celsius mark. Ideal conditions for a quick last minute trip or for the tourists, with his whole family arrives.

The second largest city of Portugal is Porto. This town is located in the northwest of the country and has nearly 330,000 inhabitants. Porto is famous mainly for its port wine. The wine is deep in the cellars of Porto where he stored for at least two years to mature. For soccer fans of FC Porto is of course a concept. The Soccer Association in the prime league in Portugal plays its home games bears in the Estadio do Drageo. This stadium was also the 2004 European Football Championship.

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