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Things to do in Madrid | A long weekend in Madrid

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I took a trip with my partner to Madrid in August and for once was able to do some research that I can now share with you. If you don't do research on a short trip it may be relaxing but you can leave without seeing some of the better things. So I am sharing the wisdom of my weekend- this is a not a long post but an efficient one so please help share it and link to it.

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Affordable Holidays for Large Families - Renting a Villa Quesada Costa Blanca Spain

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As a family of just one and 5 children I think I can say that I have experienced many types of holiday away and at home from the UK in the school summer term when prices go crazy. This includes camping to the south of France which no longer seems to hold the same value it once did. 

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It is an expensive holiday especially when you have 7 seats on a plane to find a ticket for. it is a real challenge, so much so that on a financially poor year we took the decision to not book early and knowing that there would maybe ONLY be caravans on English coasts perhaps from last minute cancellations. Not the best situation however the weather in summer 2018 in the uk was particularly hot. 

A villa in Quesada Spain came up that could accommodate our group but now finding affordable flights would be a challenge interesting that this can be done from a few airports in Spain it makes the region a good option for cheaper flights . Beziers in France where we had been before was too much as was Murcia Spain as examples of flights that were too expensive in the kids summer holidays . I gave the example of Beziérs as you might have thought that camping in the south of France as we have done here cheaper but we found not; and when you go to these camps the facilities tend to be oversubscribed (no room by the pool etc) and the cost was MORE!

Cheap flights to Alicante came to the rescue and amazingly cheap car hire also meant that the 7-seater expensive taxi rides were also sorted out you need a car in this part of Spain. You could also fly into Valencia if staying longer to justify the extra drive or look for villas closer to Valencia!

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Top 5 activities for the beach

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Beach vacations are a popular choice for many travelers. Hours spent on the soft white sand, with a book or beer in hand, trying your best to get and keep a golden tan. If you can't wait to spend your days parked on a sunlounger or you're looking for a little extra entertainment by the shore, there are some great activities to take part in at the beach. Luckily, New York travel company AllTheRooms is here to let you in on some of the best things to do water-side. 

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Scuba Diving Travel Tips

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Scuba diving travel is not like any other type of travel. Of course not; you have more fun at your destination than most other regular tourists. But it goes further than that. Planning scuba diving travel means you have more to think about than the non-diving vacationer before leaving for your destination.

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15 of the biggest cultural events worldwide that you have to go to

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Everyone loves a good festival, and luckily there’s no shortage of them all over the world. Festivals are a great way to experience a nation’s culture. They bring out the best in a country’s celebratory side, and they’re great fun.

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Things to Consider When Booking the Perfect Ski Holiday

Things to Consider When Booking the Perfect Ski Holiday

If you want to make sure that your next winter sports break is everything you dreamed it would be, consider the following factors when choosing your destination.

  1. Snow – this is the big one of course. How certain can you be that there will be a good covering of snow on the ground when you arrive? If there is any doubt in your mind, it is probably best to keep looking. Generally speaking, the higher the altitude of the ski resort in question, the greater the chance of snow at any given time.
  1. Choice of runs – if you want to be sure that you never run out of challenges on your holiday, you will want to pick a region where there are plenty of slopes from which to choose. If you are travelling with family, somewhere with a mix of black runs for accomplished skiers, blue and green runs for beginners, and red runs for those who are somewhere in between, would be ideal. Les Trois Vallées (the Three Valleys) in Savoie, France is well worth considering if variety is important to you. As the largest ski area in the world, it has a great choice of runs for skiers of all ability levels.
  1. Nightlife – if you are travelling with a group of adult friends, this is probably going to be an important factor that you need to consider when selecting a suitable resort for your party. Some ski towns are famed for their bustling nightlife whilst others may be rather too quiet once the sun goes down as far as many thrill seeking winter sports enthusiasts are concerned. On the other hand, if you are travelling with young children and will be focusing mainly on ensuring they have a pleasant introduction to skiing on their first winter holiday, somewhere nice and quiet will be perfect for your needs.
  1. Accommodation – unless you are used to roughing it or travelling on a very tight budget you will want to ensure that the chalet in which you stay has all the creature comforts you desire. Ski holiday accommodation in Europe ranges from very basic apartments in rather drab blocks to beautifully decorated high-end chalets that come with their own catering team. The best choice for your party will depend on how much you wish to spend and how much time you plan to spend at your chalet during your holiday. However, even if you will only be there to sleep and you do not wish to spend a fortune, make sure that it is at least a pleasant place in which to spend a few hours.

These are the main factors that I keep in mind when booking winter sports breaks, you may of course have others that you would like to add to the list.

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Malta as an alternative sun destination

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Malta is an excellent city or short break destination | Hiking in Malta is scenic though it didn’t involve much climbing.

They say some things spoil Italy – take those away and you might have Malta. You wont get charged extra to have a seat while you enjoy your coffee like in Rome for example (learn italian rulers!).

For a family I might just recommend Malta but I heard that Gozo might be better in the beach holiday regard. I only had 3 nights on the island of Malta but saw an experienced a lot to tell you about.

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Travelling or learning English in Malta

Travelling or learning English in Malta

Often overlooked by tourists and language learners alike, Malta offers holidaymakers much more than just sun, sea and sand. The island archipelago is virtually in the centre of the Mediterranean and its climate is typical for its location. Summers are hot, with temperatures reaching consistently over 30 degrees Celsius, and winters are extremely mild giving travellers the perfect setting to explore the rich and diverse activities Malta has to offer.

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Plan a Cuba Vacation and Independent Travel

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Plan your Cuba holiday using this simple guide.

Cuba is a fascinating historical country situated just 90 miles of the south coast of the USA. Cuba has most things a vacationer is looking for, from some of the most fantastic beaches in the world yet also offering a cultural heritage not found anywhere else !

A note for US Citizens who want to travel to Cuba.
As a US citizen you will have to enter Cuba through the Bahamas or Canada as the easiest route. And guard you passport like your life depends on it while there since there is no official consulate to help you leave and if you do need to get help the unoficial office will report you to the US Imigration and you will be very heavily fined.

There are 2 ways to have a great travel experience in Cuba

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