England is an all-weather destination

Brits looking to save on their holiday money have plenty of options available to them here in the UK, whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring, according to an industry commentator.

James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive officer, explained that England has seen some glorious weather recently and that there is nothing better than a sunny day in the country, but even without warm weather there are still plenty of great attractions.

“One of the great things about England is that it is an all-weather destination with world-class attractions which can be enjoyed whatever the weather,” he added.

Mr Berresford went on to say that the predicted ice-cream weather may if cat convince many Brits to save on the travel money and opt for a cheaper staycation.

The 27th June was the hottest day of 2010 to date, with the highest temperature of 30.9 degrees C recorded at Gravesend in Kent, exceeding the previous high of 28.8 degrees C at Heathrow Airport on May 24th.

Advanced purchases ‘will save travel money’

Businesses often overlook advanced purchases when planning how they will spend their travel money abroad, according to one publication.

Gill Upton, editor of Business Travel Magazine, said sometimes there is no option but to take a last-minute flight to New York to get to an important meeting or deal, massively increasing a firm’s travel money expenditure.

For more regular appointments, she said, such as once-a-month meetings with a client, businesses sometimes forget that they can make huge savings on air and rail fares by booking more than 30 days in advance.

“The other thing to do is to consolidate the number of suppliers,” she advised.

“If you know you go to New York six times a year but you’re currently using three different airlines, if you consolidate it to one airline, you’ll get a better discount.”

Figures from Visa Europe  and Vietnam Visa Minh Anh Travel Service  suggest that business travel is beginning to pick up again, with a ten per cent increase on the number of international transactions in June of last year.

Kuta Beach – Bali Indonesia

The attractiveness of Kuta beach

First time you will see when you come to Kuta beach is stretch of white sands along about 200 km of coastline with a curved shape like a crescent moon.

With so much charm it has, Kuta beach never sleep since morning until midnight. In the morning, this beach always crowded by walked tourist while enjoying the fresh morning air or looking for breakfast. In the noon, atmosphere in the beach began bustling with tourist who sunbathe on the beach, play in the water, and even surfing because the waves are big. While in the afternoon, tourist will get beautiful scenery of sunset. Atmosphere in the evening will still crowded with many entertainment places around the beach, like cafés, discos, pubs, etc which are ready to accompany tourist who want to enjoy the nightlife.
Besides the attractiveness, tourist who come to Kuta beach can also enjoy many attractions, like bungy jumping, water boom, banana boat, etc. in this beach, tourists also do relaxation messeges to utilization services while enjoying the beauty of the beach. Whereas for tourist like tattoos, in this tourist region there are many professional tatoo parlors, temproray tattoos or permanent tattoos.

Kuta Beach location

Kuta beach including Kuta’s sub-region, Badung district, Bali. As a favourit tourits destination, Kuta beach has very easy accses to achieve. After arriving in Bali, they can start their journey from Denpasar. Distance from Denpasar to this tourists location about 11 km to the south with travel time about 15 – 20 minutes. Tourists can make use of public transportations or personal vehicles.

Facilities on Kuta beach

Tourists want to stay in around this tourist site is very easy to get lodging, start from five star hotel until hostel, many available on around the beach. While for tourists that want to looking for a place to eat, in this location available many restaurant and food stalls that provide local and foreign flavored menu.

If they want to look for souvenirs, in this location available many souvenir shops that sell many kind of hand made, accessories, beach clothes and T-shirts.

National Park West Bali – Indonesia

National Park West Bali located in the western part of the island of Bali in Indonesia. This national park has a 77,000 hectare area, which covers approximately 10% of the land area of the island of Bali. Travel time to this location is 2 hours to west of Denpasar. It is very easy to reach this location from both Denpasar and Gilimanuk ie from the highway Gilimanuk – Cekik – Negara about 3.3 km, or Cekik – Seririt – Singaraja about 85 km.

National Park West Bali consists of varieties of forests and savanna habitats. in the midst of this park, dominated by the remaining of the four volcanoes of Pleistocene age, with a mountain Patas as the highest point in this place.

About 160 species of animals and plants are protected in this national parks. Animals in this location such as bison, deers, monkeys, bats and various birds. National Park West Bali is the last place to find the only endangered endemic Bali, Bali Starlings in their natural habitat.

Sanur Beach Bali – Indonesia

The attractiveness of Sanur Beach

The beautiful of natural panoramas in Sanur beach has known to International by a painter from Belgia, A.J. Le Mayeur, that came to Bali in 1932.

If Kuta beach is so popular when sun setting panoramas, Sanur beach become one of the favorite tourist destination with the beautiful panoramas when sun rising. The beautiful of sun rising panoramas become complete because tourist can see cluster of Nusa Penida island in the south-est, and south beach Bali island. Besides that, Sanur beach also has its own attractiveness because its photography that curved and stretch of white sand.

The beautiful attractiveness of Sanur beach can be enjoyed by tourists in the afternoon. While they are relaxing on the beach, they also enjoy the beautiful sights like sea water receded slowly and it making clear eyes to cluster of Serangan Island and coral reef to the south. Besides of that, if the waves are not so great, so tourist will be pampered by the beautiful of coral reef that stretch of colorful.

Located of Sanur Beach

Tourist location of Sanur beach including Sanur village, sub Denpasar. Tourits who vivit to this beach can start their journey from Denpasar . from this city, tourists can use privacy vehicles or transportation public with routes Denpasar – Sanur.

Facilities of Sanur Beach

For tourist who want to eat, in this site available many restaurants and food stalls that serve many kinds of interesting menus with various prices. In this site also available hotels with a various price, so tourists do not worry and just suitable its with their holiday’s budget. Same as another tourist location, in Sanur beach also available many beach’s accessories seller and various of handmade that become to souvenirs.

Dreamland Beach Bali – Indonesia

The attractiveness of Dreamland Beach

Although in this site still stages of development, Dreamland beach will not to lose to Kuta beach and Sanur beach. It cause dreamland beach has many various enhancements that become its attractiveness for tourists.

One of attractiveness from Dreamland beach are stretch of white sand and higher waves then it is very suitable for tourists who like surfing.Its located behind cliffs that make tranquility for visitors. Because of that, tourist can enjoy the beautiful sights in Dreamland beach with rent a a chair and a beach umbrella while they enjoying coconut ice. Besides that, tourists can do other activities, like swimming, walking in stretch of white sand while playing it, and playing.

The sight around Dreamland beach is very wonderful. cliffs in this site present the beautiful of recesses of coral. Besides of that, tourists can also enjoying the beautiful sunset in the afternoon.

Located of Dreamland Beach

Administratively, Dreamland beach located in Pecatu village, Sub Kuta Selatan, Badung district, Bali province. For tourists who visit to Bali with flight, the journey to this sites need times about 45 minutes. As for the tourists who depart from Jimbaran, the journey to this Dreamland beach need travel time about 30 minutes. Tourists can use private vehicles, transportation publics, or rent vehicles.

Facilities of Dreamland beach

In this tourists location of Dreamland beach available cafe and food traders and soft-drinks, so tourists do not need to carry their food or drink. If they want to spend a lot of time in this Dreamland beach and look for hotels, tourists will find many hotels with various rates in around this tourists site.

The attractiveness of Pura Ulun Danu Beratan

Its locate in plateau about 1,239 m above sea level, its make tourists who come to this location not only to historical tour, but they also enjoy the natural of panoramas in this location. This shrine has known as Pura Ulun Danu Beratan because its located on edge of Beratan lake. That Lake increase the beautiful of this location. After you entrance, tourists will be greeted by green of grasses, colorful flowers, and the shady pine trees.

The shrine has a characteristic of Bali, such as the building shrine has storey roofs, tower has roofs are 11 levels, 7 levels and 3 levels. Existantion of storey roofs describe adoration to three gods, they are Wisnu (11 levels), Brahma (7 levels) and Siwa (3 levels). Other attractiveness of this location is Beratan lake where has depth about 23 m. if you want to enjoy this beautiful panoramas so close, tourists can rent a traditional boat or speed boat to round this lake.

Besides that, tourists can try some adventures like water adventures, they are parasailing, banana boat, or jet ski.whereas for tourists do not like adventures, fishing while enjoying the beautiful of lake are the right choices. Other location to be missed if you visit this location is Kebun Raya Eka Karya. In this site, tourists can enjoy forest atmosphere with many various of fruits that tempting taste. Kebun Raya Eka Karya is located about 300 km from Beratan lake.

Located of Pura Ulun Danu Beratan

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is located in Bedugul region, Candikuning village, sub Baturiti, district Tabanan, Province Bali. For tourists who start journey from Denpasar, distance that must be traveled about 55 km. whereas for tourists who depart from Tabanan, distance that must be traveled about 45 km.

Access to this location is very easy because its located on edge of street that connect Tabanan and Buleleng. Tourists who want to visit this site can use privacy vehicles or transportation public.

Facilities In Pura Ulun Danu Beratan

This location has been equiped supporting facilities completely, such as park area, play park for children, and toilet. If you want to find food, tourists can choose restaurants and food stalls where available near play park with various interesting menus. For tourists who want to spend much time in this site, they can choice varieties of hotels that suitable with budget.

Banyuwedang Hot Spring, Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a famous tourist city in Indonesia. Attractions that are available in Bali is very diverse ranging from beaches, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, forests or hot spring. Talking about the hot spring in Bali, one of the most famous hot springs is Banyuwedang.

banyuwedang bali

Banyuwedang is a decent place you are visiting because of its strategic location on the edge of the beach. Therefore, at the time enjoying the warmth of Banyuwedang, you also can enjoy the beautiful beaches as well as Bali. In addition to having fun, nutritious Banyuwedang hot spring said to cure various skin diseases due to sulfur content with an average water temperature reaches 40 degrees celcius.

Location of Banyuwedang Hot Spring

The location of Banyuwedang  is in the Pejarakan villaget, District Gerokgak, or about 60 km from the city of Singaraja. Banyuwedang is located very strategically as close to other attractions.

The atmosphere around Banyuwedang is very calm and peaceful because the population is not dense, so the tourists can better enjoy their tourism activities.

Do you want to try the pleasure of Banyuwedang? Come to Bali, Indonesia, and do not forget to book the right hotel for your trip more enjoyable.

Exotic Hindu Temple On Malibu Beach

Out along the Malibu Beach is a cluster of ornate, domed towers, looking incongruously exotic in the Southern California landscape.

The 10 towers make up the Lord Venkateswara Temple in Malibu, one of the largest Hindu temples in the Western Hemisphere.

For many of the 25,000 Hindu families in Southern California, the temple is a place for prayer and meditation, ritual and celebration.

It is here to educate the children and help them learn the traditions. Many children born here have never been to India.

Inside the towers – called sanctums – stand ornately clothed idols. The idols, made of granite and marble, are different manifestations of the one God that Hindus worship.

Exotic Hindu Temple On Malibu Beach

The temple is built for the main deity, Lord Venkateswara, whose likeness occupies the largest sanctum. Visitors burn incense in the sanctums and bring flowers and fruit to all of the deities, which are dressed in colorful saris and draped with necklaces.

The temple, located on a 4.5-acre site surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains, also contains a large cultural hall for weddings and other celebrations.

Once a month, the temple’s four priests lead a festival in honor of one of the idols. On March 24, they will celebrate the birthday of Rama, the model of human perfection and embodiment of all virtues.

The priests will read from scriptures, sing hymns and carry small, metallic statues of Rama in a procession.

In addition, each Sunday since the war in the Persian Gulf began, the temple has offered a prayer service, so that the war should end peacefully and our soldier brothers and sisters should come home safely.

Artisans from India were brought in to craft the intricate details – including dragons and lotus blossoms – on walls, domes and the entrance tower.

The temple is open to people of all faiths who want to participate in festivals held throughout the year.

Beauty and charm still to be found in colonial city in Yucatan

A friend who visited Merida in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula this fall reports that it is still a laid-back, charming colonial city with low to moderate prices. Merida is one of my favorite cities. It is not overrun with tourists, and the locals are generally both dignified and friendly.
The centre of the city has many buildings that date from the colonial period, and most homes and hotels are constructed around beautiful inner courtyards. Merida is also an excellent base from which to explore the Mayan ruins at Uxmal and Chichen Itza.

My friend stayed at two of the city’s most expensive hotels, the Panamericana and the Montejo Palace. Even so, he spent only $56 a night for a double room at each hotel. He preferred the Montejo Palace in general, but liked the big courtyard swimming pool and garden at the Panamericana.

There are many nice places to stay in Merida that are less expensive. The Paseo Montejo, just across the street from the Montejo Palace, charges about $10 less per night for a double. The Maria del Carmen, which is part of the Best Western chain, has double rooms for about $48 a night, and they can be reserved by calling Best Western’s toll free number.

A number of years ago I liked the Hotel Colon, which has a delightful garden and some rooms with private steam baths. The Hotel Caribe is highly recommended in guidebooks. Should you arrive at the Merida airport without a place to stay, there is a hotel finding service there.

While it is possible to fly direct to Merida, it would probably be less costly to take a charter flight to Cancun and then a local bus. Mexican inter-city buses are inexpensive and usually good. The Yucatan is one part of Mexico where driving yourself is also a reasonable option – the terrain is flat and the roads relatively decent.

Several companies operate day trips from Merida to the ruins at Chichen and Uxmal. The trips cost about $25 per person, which includes transportation by minibus, lunch and the services of an English-speaking guide. My friend stayed one night at the Hacienda Uxmal, a gorgeous colonial style hotel within walking distance of the ruins. A double room there cost about $58. The sound and light show at the ruins cost a mere $2.50.

He also spent two days at a beach resort called Yucalpeten on the north coast of the Yucatan. A room at the Fiesta Inn right on the beach was about $35 a night, but would be more in winter. Tucalpeten is a new resort area which can be reached by taxi from the town of Progrese, and the bus to Progreso from Merida costs only about 75 cents.

Food prices in Merida are reasonable. A buffet breakfast at the Montejo Palace that included a big selection of breads and fruits as well as four hot dishes cost less than $5. At a cafe, a meal of four enchiladas, two soft drinks and two beers came to about $6. My friend liked a pizza place called El Gatto. I used to enjoy the food at a popular restaurant called the Express, which is still there. For a treat, the Buffalo Restaurant specializes in beef, particularly steak. A full meal for two with drinks and a shrimp appetizer costs about $30. Los Almendros and Tulipanes are both moderately priced restaurants that specialize in local cuisine. At the cafes, beer costs from 50 cents to $1.25 depending on the poshness of the place.

Shopping is one of the attractions of Merida. Bargains include silver jewelry, embroidered dresses called huipils for women and shirts called guayaberas for men or women, as well as hammocks and panama hats. Name brand toiletries and other items are available in Mexico at about half their Canadian prices.