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This post is brought to you by Julie.

Are you looking for a unique way to spend your holiday? A cruise vacation may just be what you are looking for. Cruise vacations that are offered by P and O cruises and other reputable companies offer exceptional service which means you just have to sit back, relax and enjoy the attractions. Here are a few more reasons why going on a cruise vacation would be a preferable option:

You get one ticket that covers most of your basic expenses

Cruise Ship

Cruise Ship

The ticket for a cruise vacation covers accommodation, entertainment, meals, laundry and transportation. If you are looking for a customised holiday package, a luxury ticket will be ideal. It mainly includes extra privileges such as a seat an the VIP section during theatre performances, chauffeur services once you reach stopover cities, a wider range of meal-choices, exclusive services such as relaxing massages at the spa, you get to choose from a wide variety of richly elegant and spacious rooms, and more. Ultimately, the one-ticket-covers-all feature gives you greater peace of mind as you don’t have to worry about having cash on you all the time or your expenses on the trip eating into your essentials budget.

You get visit various destinations in one trip

A cruise vacation enables you to visit numerous assorted exotic destinations in one trip. This means that you may get to visit several countries, experience different cultures and enjoy meeting and mingling with people from different backgrounds both in the ship and at the port cities. This is a huge plus, especially if you like networking or meeting new people. You may never know, one might even find a life-long friend or partner on one of these trips.

Cruise ships offer a variety of activities for the whole family

A cruise vacation enables you to enjoy the holiday whether alone or as a family. This is because there is usually a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy. If you have kids for example, kid shows such as magic show performances are likely to be there, while fun-filled structures such as bouncing castles and water-slides are usually available. Adults on the other hand can enjoy swimming, dancing lessons, aerobics, and more. One can also relax with a cold beer at the bar or take a chance at a lucky bet at the on-board casino. For couples, a romantic dinner out on the deck under a clear sky with a full moon out into the sea is likely to be a memorable one.

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Organising holidays can be extremely stressful, especially if you have months to worry about the minute details of your trip. If you are easily stressed, and just want quick break away without having to plan everything in immense detail, you might want to consider jumping on a plane and seeing where it takes you. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’ve compiled a few tips for how to plan the perfect last minute holiday abroad – in this case, in everyone’s favourite, Benidorm! Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →

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This is a guest post from Eva.

The Dalaman region is often referred to as Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. The crystal clear, balmy seas are certainly a great reason to visit but there’s a lot more to see and do on holidays to Dalaman.

Beaches

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White Beaches

There are a number of great beaches in and around Dalaman. Belcekiz for example, the main beach at the Olu Deniz resort, has a reputation of being one of the finest in the whole of Turkey.

The wide arc of fine sand and shingle is perfect for a lazy sun-kissed day but, for the more energetic, a wide range of watersports and activities are available. For the even more adventurous, multi-coloured paragliders constantly glide from the heights of Babadağ Mountain to touch down in the crystal clear lagoon.

Nearby is the Lycian Way trekking route that wends its way past ancient rock-cut tombs. Calis has another superb beach with a 4 km stretch of sand and an attractive promenade packed with bars and restaurants.

Nearby Marmaris, meanwhile, is perfect for diving and snorkelling due to its clear, calm waters. The beach at Dalyan is also famous for its breeding population of rare loggerhead sea turtles. The species has been in existence for 45 million years but is now endangered.

Due to conservation issues the beach is closed nightly during the breeding season but you can visit the turtle sanctuary which helps look after sick or injured animals.

Fethiye

Sunset

Sunset

Located to the east of Dalaman, Fethiye is a bustling Turkish market town where you can practice your haggling skills. Visit the bazaar area of Paspatur, especially during the Tuesday market.

Here you can buy anything from local fresh food to genuine Turkish carpets, beautiful handcrafted gold items and the famous sweet Turkish delight.

Food and drink

Largely influenced by Ottoman cuisine, the local food features a lot of lamb and minced meat, with fragrant spices. Try karniyarik (split aubergines filled with minced lamb, pine nuts and dried fruits) or hunkar begendili kofte (meatballs served with a puree of smoked aubergine and cheese) for a real taste of Turkey.

Simple kebabs are also popular and if you fancy succulent seafood or a steak and chips then that can usually be arranged as well. Wash it all down with an orchid tea or the local beer: efes.

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Istanbul On a Shoestring

January 24, 2014 · 1 comment

This is a guest post provided by Lauren.

The ancient city of Istanbul is one of the largest in the world. Packed with museums, galleries, cosmopolitan bars and trendy clubs, the tourist hotspot attracts a varied audience of sightseers, backpackers and travellers. As with all European cities, things can be expensive so it pays to travel as smartly as possible. Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →

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This is a guest post from Phoebe Magdirila from Maiden Voyage Travel.

Hong Kong’s Kowloon is just one of those parts in Asia that oozes with an interesting culture; so much interesting that you can find so many things to see and do here. With that being said, it’s actually such a disappointing thought that a 2-3 days’ trip usually could not immerse you enough in this tiny island’s mesmerizing culture. But not to be distraught by that fact, if days are not enough, why not make nights in Hong Kong even more worthwhile?

Fellow Asian travellers surely are familiar Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →

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