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Taking a trip to Taipei

Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is a wonderful place to spend your holidays, and it is said to be the most dynamic, comfortable cities in which to live in all of Asia. It is best to visit the city during fall, when there are low temperatures and minimal rainfall. During the summer the weather is hot and sticky.

Taipei Taking a trip to Taipei

Typhoons and flooding plague the city during the months of June to October; therefore avoid taking a holiday to Taipei in this season. On the other hand, there are a lot of tourists visiting at this time, making it cheaper. For those who hate the rain, it is best to visit in December to January, the driest time in the city.

Getting cheap flights to Taipei is easy, with domestic flights landing at Songshan Airport, and international flights landing at Taiwan Taiyuan International Airport. China Airlines and Eva Airways offer affordable tickets to the city, and you should best book your trip in May.

Taipei is the cultural seat of Taiwan, and one can enjoy several festivals and events. The Lantern festival, which attracts media attention from the whole globe, involves the lighting of sky lanterns accompanied by awesome laser displays.

The Ghost festival is yet another event, which involves using small boats and lit lanterns to guide the lost ghosts along the river. Other events of note are the Tomb-Sweeping Day, the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Mid Autumn festival.

Taipei has several tourist attractions, of which the most popular is the Maokong Gondola, the cheapest of all gondolas. The National Palace Museum has numerous historic treasures.

maokong Taking a trip to Taipei

Greek Island holidays still top favourite Mediterranean holiday destinations

Greek holiday destinations have topped the list as the preferred places to visit. Greek islands were listed as the four of five top places to visit, in a list of 20 most popular destinations in the Mediterranean.

A research done by the travel metasearch engine, which was focusing on the hotels Trivago, and looking for the most popular destination in the Mediterranean, and basing its research on user comments, the first place was taken by Imerovigli on the island of Santorini, Greece. The destination came first with a vote of 85%.

santorini Greek Island holidays still top favourite Mediterranean holiday destinations

The second slot was taken by the traditional settlement of Fira, which is found on the Greek Aegean island of Santorini. International travellers gave the island their vote due to its beauty, and most placed it among the first two places in their responses.

The third place went to Capri in Italy, and the fourth slot was taken by Chania, in Crete. The fifth place was taken by Rethymno, in Crete. Another island was still found in the list, and this was Agios Nikolaos, in Crete, which got the 17th slot.

Crete and Santorini were the first to pop in most travellers’ minds, whenever they hear the word Mediterranean. In the list, there were 6 destinations from Italy, four from Spain, and twp from France including Lagos in Portugal.

Crete Greek Island holidays still top favourite Mediterranean holiday destinations

Brits heading east to Zakopane for holidays

4 Brits heading east to Zakopane for holidays

Eastern Europe is becoming more and more popular as a holiday destination for the British. Whether we are inspired by our new Czech and Polish neighbours who now live in our towns and cities or by the cheap accommodation and food prices compared to the rest of Europe, Eastern cities like Zakopane in Poland are attracting more British tourists than ever.

Zakopane is the perfect tourist town as it is busy in both the winter months, when it is convenient for Polish skiing resorts, and in the summer when visitors can enjoy the stunning natural scenery and a huge range of outdoor activities.

There are almost 300 kilometres of walking and cycling trails in the hills and forests surrounding Zakopane, graded according to length and difficulty. Some of the more difficult trails in the Tatra mountains actually involve rope bridges, ladders and may even need proper walking equipment, so make sure you are prepared before you set out.

Real thrill seekers may not find even these extreme walking trails enough of a challenge; and luckily for them the Zakopane area is cashing in on the popularity of outdoor holidays and offers a huge range of activities from white water rafting to quad biking. You can even try out more unusual modes of transport, such as downhill scooters or Segways, the electric two-wheelers that the driver stands on to steer.

zakopane morskie oko Brits heading east to Zakopane for holidays

If you are planning to go mountain biking, be sure to stick to the special paths that are marked for cycles. Walkers and cyclists are not supposed to share the same routes and mountain bikes are actually banned from some parts of the national park because of the damage they can do the natural environment.

Visitors unlucky enough to have wet or cold weather while in Zakopane can spend some time restoring their energy with a day in one of the nearby spas. Important historical sites such as Auschwitz and the city of Krakow are within driving distance and both are worth visiting, whatever the weather.

zakopane1 Brits heading east to Zakopane for holidays

Thomson highlight the precious time spent together on family holidays

TV commercials and online videos are used to great effect these days to give us valuable information and help to shape the decisions we make in our lives. While the majority of ad breaks in our favourite shows are full of the upcoming festive season, there are few that look ahead past all the expense and frivolity of Christmas and give us something to really look forward to.

One of these ads is the new one from Thomson holidays to highlight the precious time that is spent together on family holidays. It is this kind of trip that creates those precious memories that last a lifetime, and ones that are recalled in years gone by. You can have boatloads of photos and videos, but the best times are recalled instantly without prompting from any photographic evidence.

When you log onto the Thomson website you will see exactly how dedicated they are to making sure that your family holidays are perfect in every way. There is also a video to view which highlights the commitment Thomson have made to tailor making family holidays and show you their fabulous new range of specialist family resorts, each with hotels designed to make sure that everyone has a great time.

Thomson are one of the oldest and best respected UK travel agents, and have built their enviable reputation on first class customer service and really getting to know what it is their customers want, and delivering it in style. When you go on a tailor made Thomson family holiday you are assured of top quality resorts and no nasty surprises, such as being next door to a nightclub.

Make the most of the time you spend on your computer and check out the great Thomson family holidays that are now available, and look forward to spending precious moments with your loved ones.

Top 10 Things to do during Disneyland Paris Holidays

wpid Top 10 Things to do during Disneyland Paris Holidays Top 10 Things to do during Disneyland Paris HolidaysA holiday to Disneyland Paris is every child’s dream, but if you want to get the most out of your experience, it’s a good idea to plan your trip. From spectacular rides to dazzling shows for the whole family, Disneyland Paris holidays have it all. Below are 10 amazing pursuits that are guaranteed to keep you entertained throughout your stay at the magical resort.

1.       See a Parade

A Disney parade is always a highlight of any trip to Disneyland Paris. Parades run several times throughout the day and feature popular Disney characters.

2.       Ride a Rollercoaster

Thrill-seekers are in for a real treat, as there are several exhilarating rollercoasters to tackle. Space Mountain 2 in Discoveryland is an extreme coaster not for the faint-hearted. Not only are there more twists and turns than a grand prix track, but it’s also in the dark! Visit Walt Disney Studios Park to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith as it blasts out the tunes of the iconic rock band or dare to climb aboard Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland.

3. Meet your Favourite Disney Characters

A range of Disney characters are dotted around the park at various times throughout the day, just waiting for photo opportunities. Those staying at the Disneyland Hotel, will even be able to enjoy breakfast with the characters.

4. Pamper Yourself

A trip to Disneyland Paris doesn’t have to be stressful, as there are many ways to relax and unwind while you’re there. Take a dip in the pool, let off steam in the sauna or get pampered at the Disneyland Hotel’s Celestia Spa.

5. Enjoy a Show

Sit back and watch your beloved Disney characters take to the stage for a spectacular show. Whether it’s the breath taking Tarzan Experience, or the incredible Fantillusion, they work that goes into them and the attention to detail is sure to amaze and delight audiences.

6. It’s a Small World…

No trip to Disneyland Paris would be complete without a journey on the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride. Cruise past a range of tiny characters all singing that famous tune that is guaranteed to be stuck in your head for the rest of your holiday.

7. Have a Bite to Eat

For those who are feeling peckish throughout the day, there are 71 places to eat in the park. From Buzz Lightyear’s Pizza Planet Restaurant to the Cowboy Cookout Barbecue, there really is something to suit everyone’s palate.

8. Get Active

If you’ve still got some energy left after walking around the park all day, then you’ll be able to add a little sporting activity to your trip. Enjoy a round of golf or reach for the skies on the Treetop Adventure Trail.

9. See a Film

Head to the Gaumont Multiplex in the Disney village for all the latest movie releases with its 15 screens or see films come to life by enjoying a 3D movie experience at the IMAX theatre there.

10. Shop ‘Til You Drop

Make sure to enjoy a spot of retail therapy during your stay. Hundreds of leading brands are available at La Vallée Village, so you’ll be able to splash out and treat yourself.