If you can’t remember the last time you had a day off work, or took the children out for the day, then perhaps you need a holiday.

Here are 10 signs that you need a holiday.

1.You’re stressed and want a break from work. If you book a holiday now, you’ll have something to look forward to. When you come back from your time off, you’ll feel invigorated and look forward to going to work again.

2.You don’t get to spend much time with your family. Perhaps you only see your children for a few minutes in the morning and the evenings, and your weekends are taken up with shopping, and all the other errands you need to run. Why not spend some quality time with you family on holiday instead?

3.For many people, better weather is a reason to go on holiday. If you’re fed up of the cold and wet weather here, why not book a holiday somewhere warm and sunny?

4.Maybe you’ve always wanted to go somewhere, or visit somewhere again. Why not treat yourselves to a fantastic holiday in stead of just thinking about it?

5.If your friends and family are always taking about having been somewhere, or are forever looking at travel guides and holiday brochures, perhaps it’s your turn to get excited.

6.If you want your children to make good use of the languages they’re learning at school, why not take them on holiday where they can talk to native speakers? As well as giving them a chance to enjoy themselves, it’ll be educational too.

7.You might want to experience new cultures. Perhaps you’re thinking of going to somewhere completely different from your normal European destinations.

8.Trying new food is an exciting part of being on holiday. If you enjoy cooking and food programmes, then why not go to where your favourite dishes originate from?

9.Spending time on the beach, round the pool, or outdoors will allow you to relax and unwind, and to recharge your batteries. If you feel like you could do with getting away from it all for a couple of weeks, you need a holiday.

10.If the adverts for holidays are starting to tempt you, why not book a holiday, Instead of just wishing you were going away this year? With cheap flights, hotels, car hire and hotels, available, it will be cheaper than your think.

Now you know why you need to go away, isn’t it time for you to book a holiday?

Travellers who are looking for more information about the Cayman Islands before booking their holidays there will have access to a new team of experts via the newly set up Cayman Concierge service which has been launched by Cayman Islands Department of Tourism in the UK.

The difference between this service and other travel information providers is that tourists will receive up to the minute information, tips, recommendations and inspiration for their Cayman Islands holidays without the need of technical apps or in-depth website knowledge.

The Cayman Concierge is a personal service available via phone and email and is operated by a team of expert staff in the Cayman Islands.

Using their insiders knowledge, the team is on hand to provide information about Cayman hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, watersports, diving sites, bird-watching, destination weddings, solo travel, family holidays in the Cayman Islands, and much more.
Don McDougall, runs the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism in the UK & Europe and he came up with the idea for the new service.

Cayman Concierge will be an invaluable resource effectively it is The Little Black Book for visitors, he explained.

The Cayman Islands are ideally suited to the independent traveller, but even those with the most adventurous spirit may still appreciate a guiding hand.

He added: For a relatively small country the Cayman Islands has enough to keep even the most active visitor busy, morning, afternoon and evening for at least a fortnight. However, sometimes the best experiences can also be the best-kept secrets which is why we are offering this new service Cayman Concierge.

During holidays to the Cayman Islands, tourists can relax on the famous white sand Seven Mile Beach on the western shores of Grand Cayman; explore mangrove forests, nature parks and the charming local villages; or go scuba diving in the crystal-clear turquoise waters to diving sites including the USS Kittiwake and colourful coral reefs.

The three Caribbean islands Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman are perfect for a family Caribbean holiday, a solo voyage, a romantic break or honeymoon, or a scuba diving adventure.

Cayman Concierge is available seven days a week via email on and during office hours (09:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday) on 020 7491 7771.

Thanks to the latest technological advancements, booking tickets isn’t a tedious task any more. With the implementation of mCommerce you can purchase the tickets of your favorite movie, any upcoming event, or book flight or train tickets in a jiffy. All you have to do is purchase the tickets using your hand held wireless device, and within a short span of time you will receive a SMS, EMS, or MMS. Interestingly, by the year 2014 it is expected that around 15 billion mobile tickets would be delivered worldwide. In a nutshell, the concept of mobile ticketing is purchasing tickets of any events, latest movies, or booking train or flight tickets through your mobile device. The gurus of mobile commerce predict that mobile ticketing will drive the overall growth of the mCommerce industry in the coming years. According to a recent survey mobile ticketing will form a key driver in the overall mCommerce growth till 2012. The industry is expected to exceed a transaction value of 100 billion dollars. Presently mCommerce or Mobile commerce is being widely used by the retail industry, financial services industry, banking industry and the travel industry. Reports suggest that the mCommerce industry grew about 150% to around 200% in the year 2010, and is expected to grow at a rate of 65% annually generating around 25 billion dollars by the year 2015. According to a research conducted by the ABI research firm, by the year 2015 transaction worth around 115 billion dollars would be done using a mobile phone. What’s more? The number of active mobile banking users in the US will catapult from 10 million in the year 2009 to 53 million by the year 2013. Mobile ticketing has not only freed you from the tedious task of standing in queues for booking tickets, but also reduced costs. Firstly the entire concept of a digital ticket saves paper, and the other costs associated with printing and posting those tickets. It also reduces the operational and delivery expenses associated with it. The rising use of mobile coupons has also triggered the growth of mCommerce. Random research suggests that more than 300 million consumers will use mobile coupons by the year 2014 and will generate around six billion dollars globally. QR code integration has triggered the growth of mobile ticketing and mCommerce. It is expected that the transport companies will make the most of this facility and drive the mobile ticketing market.

Wreaths are used since ages, examples are the ancient Rome and ancient Greece used wreaths as a headdress for the Olympic prizes, battle or military heroes, emperors and so on. It is also said that in ancient times, Romans used wreaths as a victory sign as well. Let us make a distinction here between different types of wreaths used in the past as we have some historical facts before us. In past the laurel wreaths were meant for athletes and the wreaths made of olive branches were used for military or battle heroes. The Christmas wreaths symbolize how life overcome the forces of winter. Wreaths are also used as symbol of welcome to all guests. Wreaths are mostly in circular shape without having the starting or ending point. Due to its unique design, these are considered as the symbol of faith and also represent the mercy and eternity of God during the Christmas Eve. Different colors used in wreath or the leaves represent different things. For instance, the evergreen leaves and branches in the wreath symbolize the everlasting life and the love of God. On the other hand, the green color also signifies the new life and hope and sometimes also peace.

In past, the Christmas wreaths were made of plants which were capable of maintaining their green shades throughout the entire year. Those wreaths were usually made of pine, holly and ivy. The purpose behind those wreaths was to show that the life is everlasting and the greenness of the leaves in the winter season truly symbolizes this fact.

Most of the people around the world relate the holiday wreaths to the Christmas wreaths. But in fact, there are certain other kinds of wreaths also. An important thing here to mention is that wreaths never have any special connection to any particular religion. This is a common thought of many of the people that wreaths are meant to be in connection with some specific religion. Nowadays, wreaths are made from plastic, artificial flowers and fresh flowers along with other leaves, berries and branches. Many people used them as a decoration on their doors, windows, fireplaces and even on tables.

These are now made almost the whole year and not confined to the winter season. No matter what is the purpose behind using these wreaths, they are surely a great way to express one feeling either by using it as a decoration or giving it as a gift on special events.

Beds get a lot of use in hotels, with daily changes and new guests all the time – from the tossing, the turning, the jumping and even the breakfasts in bed. So, how do you add to the longevity of these well used hotel amenities?

Duvets and Pillows:

These essential items of bedding need to be looked after carefully, especially if youre using feather and down filled bedding. These fillings tend to move around a lot and clump together in corners. So, each time you change the bed, make sure you give the duvet a good shake and fluff the pillows. This will ensure the comfort that these items give will last longer. And of course, occasional washing is needed. But make sure you check with your hotel linen supplier for laundry instructions.

Mattress Turning:

One of the simplest ways to get the most of your bed is to turn the mattress quite regularly. It may sound extremely simple, but its the best way to encourage longevity and will significantly prolong the life of the mattress. Mattresses have to deal with a lot of weight on them for long periods and turning them will relieve some of this weight induced wear.

Clean Bed Linen:

Clean bed linen also makes a lot of difference to a bed. Firstly, daily linen cleaning is very important in the hotel industry, but also the maintenance and care of linen is pivotal in creating the right impression and can really lift a room to a significant degree. Of course, you should use the best possible products when cleaning linen to ensure they are whiter than white. Do, be aware that you should also try and take care of the linen with products that have great cleaning ability, whilst being kind on fabric. The last thing you want is brilliant white, clean linen thats worn out.

Mattress Toppers:

Of course, mattress toppers and protectors prevent the mattress being stained, well to a large degree anyway. These protectors are easy to put on the bed, create a barrier for stains and liquids. Whats more, they also help older mattress by increasing the padding, making the comfort last longer.

Cleaning Mattresses:

Mattresses can often be cleaned by hand with the use of laundry detergent and water, a sponge and some hard rubbing. This should work on superficial stains, though be aware not to use too much water, which will dampen the mattress. Upholstery shampoo also works well, but make sure you follow what the manufacturer states and test in a concealed area first.

Mattresses may also need to be vacuumed. This is a good way to ensure you get rid of dust, crumbs and other extras that end up on the mattress. This can be achieved with the main hoover or a hand held hoover.

Following these rules should ensure that your beds are spotless, clean and will last for a longer period of time.

Maldives holidays may seem too good to be true with crystal clean waters, colourful fish and picture postcard beauty at every turn. This surreal place not only exists, but is also more affordable than ever with Maldives all inclusive holiday deals. Offering warm and inviting weather all year round, the Maldives is the ultimate in beachfront holidays at the price you want to pay.

Cool and breezy, light and easy is the antidote for civilization with a ready made all inclusive Maldive holidays escape. Your next holiday can be something special with surreal sunsets, turquoise waters and beachfront luxury at an affordable rate. Not just for the rich and famous anymore, Maldives holidays are easy to book and one of the best values in the Indian Ocean.

An all inclusive holiday plan is the smart way to travel, cutting the major expenses down to size. Your all inclusive Maldives escape covers the international airfare, fabulous waterfront accommodation, all you can buffets, and a rich array of water sports and beach activities for all ages and fitness levels.

Your all inclusive Maldives holiday allows you the freedom and flexibility to take on all the sights and sounds around town or luxuriate your cares away on a sugar sand beach. No schedules and no time tables to adhere to, the Maldives holiday is off the clock for timeless bliss on the best beaches in the world.

Twenty-four atolls gives you plenty of unique places to explore with island hopping fun on private sailboats, cruisers and sea planes. These small passenger vessels take you from port to port for surfing, jet skis, fishing and land you near to town to meet and greet new friends. And when love is in the air, your sailboat skipper knows where to whisk you away to for a pleasure picnic on a private pristine island for the ultimate romantic getaway.

Booking your all inclusive Maldive holidays is easy and stress free. No hassles, no reservations to make, and no worries getting to and from the airport. All inclusive means just that: you get it all at one rock bottom rate. Independent travel arrangements or the best offer from a local travel agent cannot undercut the all inclusive package deal. Group airline and hotel rates will not be undersold to bring you the luxury and total travel efficiency found only in an all inclusive package. Out with the old and in with the new, all inclusive travel is the wave of the future making piecemeal holidays obsolete.

A holiday is something you want to remember for life. After all, with the time and energy that you are investing into it, it is important that it be memorable. Everyone wants their holiday to be fun, interesting and full of moments that they carry back with them fondly. That is why there is plenty of planning and preparation that goes into finding just the right place for a holiday. India has grown to be among the most preferred destinations. There is a quiet mystery about India which continues to intrigue people even despite repeated visits, and this is among the reasons why India Tours are growing in their importance and appeal.

Holidays in India are entirely different from all others. India is an ancient culture which has evolved continually and become a composite experience combining old and new elements. The many states in India retain their own individuality but contribute significantly to the unity within India. Its massive geographic entity, the various landforms and masses within and the variation in climate allow for so much to be experienced in India, making tours to India not just enjoyable, but also very relaxing.

The main objective of India Tours is to allow you an extension of your life into fantasy. The success of an India Tour lies in being able to enjoy its experience at the various levels at which it is presented. Granted that some of these may seem rather ordinary when you consider their simplicity and modesty, but this is just what contributes to making the celebration more special. Every moment in India is the most glorious festival of colour, music and merriment.

The journey of India begins well before you really set foot on Indian soil. It actually starts the moment you start to plan your holiday here. The books and stories begin to weave a magic spell and mesmerize you with the charm that India has been the proud representation of. Once you set foot on Indian soil, you will only find the insatiable curiosity and fondness grow.

The Indian Odyssey takes you through the length and breadth of the country with several inspiring stops in between. You will find yourself compelled to stop and linger longer at most destinations, and there will be some great times when you do. The places, the ambience and the people make India so easy to love that India Tours would be a regular feature of your holiday plans.

The next time you are looking for a place that is the ultimate destination, look no beyond India. This is the land of the timeless, of age old wisdom and lofty thoughts. India is where you will find all that your hearts longs for, and where you will feel every emotion that your heart is capable of. India is the only place where you are sure to find happiness, inspiration and love. This is the land of the divine, and sublime emotions abound aplenty. Find out the magic of India for yourself.

Turkey continues to remain a firm favourite for UK holidaymakers looking for guaranteed summer sunshine and value-for-money. With four airports (Izmir, Dalman, Bodrum and Antalya) serving the coastal areas to the south of the country, there are plenty of resorts to choose from – but which really offer the best beaches? The travel experts at Hays Travel have compiled a list of their top five Turkish beaches.

1)The Blue Lagoon, OluDeniz, near Fethiye
This is the most photographed beach in Turkey and one of the most photographed in the world! A protected national park, this clear, peaceful lagoon is cut off from the sea by a long sandbank. Home to the endangered Loggerhead Turtle, the lagoon is surrounded by fine white shingle and shady pine forests. Hire a pedalo and see if you can get up close to a turtle, or make a real entrance by paragliding in from the top of one of the nearby rugged mountains. Stunning scenery, unique wildlife, a real must-see spot.

2)Olympos, near Alanya
Oludeniz is stunning, but its popularity means it can get very crowded. For something a little less busy, head to Olympos. Secluded and small, it’s more popular with backpackers than the masses. Nearby Roman ruins give it its name. Go back to basics and stay at the local treehouse camp.

3)Patara, near Fethiye
This huge beach is the birthplace of Nicholas, who went on to be immortalised in legend as Father Christmas. Soft and spotless, it’s a great place for building sandcastles and playing but does lack shade in the scorching high season.

4)Turgutreis, near Bodrum
Ever-popular Bodrum can get crowded and isn’t very special, luckily you don’t have to head too far out of town to reach Turgutreis. Gnetly shelving and chilled-out, this is a great spot for families. The breze also makes this beach popular with windsurfers.

5)Konyaalti Beach, near Antalya
Clear sea and pristine shingle have won this stretch an award for cleanliness. Arrive by dolmus or stay in the hip minimalist Hillside Su hotel, which overlooks this beautiful beach.

“These are only a selection of the brilliant beaches on offer in Turkey,” says Emily at Hays Travel. “Go and visit, explore, hire a car and find your own. There are lots of little islands and hidden coves around the coast – for a real holiday with a difference, why not cruise on board a gulet (traditional Turkish yacht.) If you prefer luxury, choose a first-class beach front hotel and take just a few steps from your room to the shore. There’s a beach to suit everyone in Turkey!”

Sofitel Luxury Hotels has opened its first Abu Dhabi hotel and its second property in the United Arab Emirates.

The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is located on the seafront on the eastern tip of Abu Dhabis Corniche and tourists staying at the new property will have access to Saadiyat Island and Yas Island.

The latest addition to the already reputable collection of luxury Abu Dhabi hotels is part of the new Capital Plaza Complex and the building boasts contemporary architecture and design.

The chief executive of Sofitel Worldwide, Robert Gaymer-Jones, commented: I am particularly happy to be welcoming this new flagship hotel to our network.

The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is a precious asset for the brand both in the Middle East and internationally.

In addition to its strategic location in Abu Dhabi, its design based on contemporary art with some well-known French artists has ensured that this establishment is totally in line with the country strategic positioning.

When guests of the new hotel first arrive to their holidays in Abu Dhabi, they will be greeted in the lobby which features beautiful paintings from Pierre Soulages, a French artist known as the painter of black, as well as lithographs from Jean Cocteau and sculptures inspired by Brancusi.

The luxury hotel has 282 rooms and suites with modern dcor, furnishings and amenities, plus facilities including the Club Millesime Lounge, three gourmet restaurants with a wide choice of international and regional cuisine, three elegant bars, and 2,600-square-metres of meeting space.

During Abu Dhabi holidays at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche guests can walk across the bridge and head to Saadiyat Island, an up and coming world class leisure, residential, business and tourism hub. The natural island spans 27-square-kilometres of land, and development is being carried out in different stages until 2020.

The island is home to iconic landmarks; marinas with berths for up to 1,000 boats; two championship golf courses; civic and leisure facilities; over three million square-metres of office space; sea-view residential apartments and villas; luxury hotels; and tourist attractions such as the Guggenheim and the Louvre museums, the Zayed National Museum and the Manarat Al Saadiyat visitor centre.

Holidaymakers can also reach Yas Island from the new hotel in Abu Dhabi where they can visit Yas Marina, Yas Marina Circuit, and Ferrari World.

If you are planning to travel to the Caribbean for you next vacation, you have many islands from which to choose for your destination. On such island that makes a beautiful place for a vacation is the island country known as the Barbados. If you love diving, this is an especially great place to visit, since is the worlds leading underwater diving tourist destination.

Many people like to travel to the Caribbean for a vacation. But most do not realize how much this area is great. There are hundreds of things to do and places to see while you’re in the Caribbean, so before you start planning your trip, you must first decide exactly where you want to go.

Once called the West Indies, the Caribbean was discovered by different explorers from Europe. Many people who live on these islands speak English very well. Due to the location of the islands in the world, they also have great appeal to an American tourist base, so most places in this area is ideal for travel.

Some of the larger Caribbean islands are: Anguilla, Antiqua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Turkey and Caicos Islands and US Virgin Islands. You can also travel to several countries of Central and South America that can border the Caribbean island.

There are some places, of course, that is not well suited for recreation than others. In fact, some Caribbean island nations, including Cuba, can be very dangerous for tourists in some cases. Some of the most popular places for Caribbean travel even Antiqua, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You can also choose to take a cruise in the Caribbean, so you can visit a number of large islands in this area in the world.

Where you decide to travel you do not research first. In most cases, you will need a passport and sometimes you need a visa as well. You can also make some observations on the luggage you want to remove from the Caribbean and countries in which you want to travel. Pets are another consideration: If you are going to furry friend on vacation with you, you may need to make special arrangements.

In general, the Caribbean has beaches and luxury resorts. You can find activities to fill your days with fun, whatever you like water sports, museum hopping, site visit in the Caribbean has something for everyone. Work with a travel agent today to start work on planning a wonderful vacation on the islands.