Important details that you need to know about desert safari Dubai


This world is full of beautiful places. Each and every place in this world keeps special importance within people’s hearts. Every place in this world has a lot to offer to its people. But the question is that what are the things that attract people towards a place? In my opinion, those are the vibes, the activities, the people, nature and many more attracting things that are enough to make one all in love with that particular place.

Every person selects a place according to the thing that they want in that particular place. Like some people want that natural element so they prefer the places covered with greenery, some people want perfect vibes in a place, so they prefer to go to a place that is surrounded by peaceful vibes. There are a lot more examples like this.  Among all these places Desert safari Dubai is a place that has the best kind of activities to offer. I think for a traveler it is very important to know about these activities of desert safari.

What’s desert safari Dubai all about?

Desert safari Dubai is the most popular desert of Dubai. It has changed the perception of people regarding deserts. It has made the desert the best place to visit. Desert safari Dubai has changed the perception that deserts are just barren land. When people see this desert they just get lost with the vibes and activities of this desert. Desert safari Dubai is not at all a place covered with greenery, but the fresh air and the aesthetically pleasing view here are enough to attract you towards this desert easily.

Let me tell you about the activities of desert safari Dubai.

Dune Bashing:

This activity is the kind of activity that is made to be done at a desert only. The kind of thrills you get while doing this activity ate the reason behind the popularity of this activity. Explore desert safari Dubai while dune bashing.

Quad biking:

Like Dune bashing, it is also a thrilling activity. It is a must try experience as in this activity you get to ride a four-wheeled bike on the red sand dunes of desert safari Dubai.

Camel riding:

Ride on the camel here at desert safari Dubai. Our professionals will guide you on how to ride it and then you can go for it.

Our services of Desert safari Dubai:

When you will book your deal with us, you will get to experience the best services. We try our level best to provide you the kind of services here at a desert safari which you will be worth remembering. You can easily trust us. You will be picked up from your mentioned pickup location by our expert and very humble drivers in the land cruiser.

Book your deal now for desert safari Dubai at to explore this desert and to experience these activities!

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Family Adventure Travel Holidays on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula

How does exploring a land of hilltop villages, seaside resorts, great adventure and active family vacationing sound? It’s all very doable on the Istrian Peninsula, formerly a part of Italy and today the gem of Croatia’s northern coast. Indeed, the juxtaposition of Italian-influenced coastal resorts and inland Croatian villages is possibly Istria’s most compelling feature. Both groups were preceded by Illyrian tribes and ruled throughout by Romans, Byzantium, Venetians and Austrians. However, Italian influence prevails throughout the region.

Every day is a new adventure outdoors on the Istrian peninsula. Be it active exploration of hilltop villages, water adventures of every kind on the coast, agrotourism on its olive oil farms, wine road and truffle forests, you move at your own relaxed pace here, absorbing the area’s Mediterranean Tuscan-like charm.


Elegant Opatija lies at the center of the Istrian Riviera, its lush green scenery, warm waters and mild climate provide a relaxing setting in harmony with nature., while its stream of foreign visitors provide the excitement. The Benedictine Abbey established here in 1420, around which the town settled, lends its name to Opatija, meaning abbey. The backdrop of the city, Mt. Ucka provides some great hiking trails, and a view from the mountain top is superb. Exploring the small fishing villages in the area also make for great adventure.

The contrast of lush gardens and an azure sea, lively entertainment venues and quiet natural settings for excursions, water sports and land activities galore all combine to make Opatija a very attractive Croatian destination.


The 14thcentury fortified town of Motovun, built by the Venetians, as was much of Istria, sits atop a hill overlooking vineyards and olive oil farms. This is an area to experience agrotourism at its best. Quaint doesn’t even begin to describe the mountains and hilltop villages, to the setting of purple-mauve skies, which provide an unforgettable scene of the sinking sun. Accommodations in traditional stone buildings, food grown where you’re staying, local olive oil and wine, and the pleasure of relaxed conversation with locals and guests around a stone fireplace after dinners works its magic, creating a sense of deep inner peace. Hiking and biking trails abound here and the drive to the nearby sea is short.

Seaside Towns

In Istria, the allure of the sea is ever-present. Porec, with its Italian influence has some amazing historical sites. The Basilica of Euphrasius, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, is prominent. This 16thcentury most beautifully decorated complex, with its superb apse mosaics represents an impressive synthesis of classical architecture of the times with the more ornate elements that had begun to develop in the East. The gilt-tiled mosaics literally illuminate the apse and are reason enough to travel to Porec.

Surrounded by hills covered with pines, Rovinj is the best loved towns of the Istrian Peninsula. This beautiful old town sits on a hill where you can easily lose your way among the winding, narrow cobbled streets. The church of St. Euphemia, built in 1736, is perched atop the hill, its tower modeled after St. Mark’s in Venice. From here, the view of lively seaside cafes and fishing boats bobbing in the harbor, to the backdrop of 13 small islands in the distance is astounding. This is the place for a boating adventure to Crevn, Otok or Katarina, some of these lovely offshore islands, or for scuba diving t o the Baron Gautsch wreck.

Since all of Istria is easily managed by short car jaunts, the array of choices are amazing – be it exploring, lodging or dining – the selections are absolutely outstanding!

Adventure Travel Holidays Lunar Vacations on Earth


Iceland has always fascinated me. The recent eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano only reinforced my fascination. Whenever I travel between San Francisco and Europe, and after many hours of flying, suddenly the shimmering dots of light from Reykjavik appear as if out of nowhere, in the midst of the all-encompassing darkness. Iceland is here to remind us that Nature still takes charge – the recent volcanic eruption certainly proves this to be true!

A country of fantastic natural beauty and surprises – there’s nothing quite like it anywhere – Iceland’s stark, pristine scenery is shaped by otherworldly landscapes – a tapestry of colorful flower-filled valleys contrasted by desolate lunar deserts pitted with volcanic wonders; its jagged lava fields and monstrous icecaps, its hot springs and geysers, its multitude of clear blue fjords have all carved a bizarre setting not seen anywhere else on earth. Over 200 volcanoes and numerous glaciers form the country’s backdrop, with nearly traveling of the land being lava deserts, glaciers or lakes.

That being said, Iceland is an adventurer’s paradise – whale watching, rock climbing, horse riding, white water rafting and kayaking, glacier hiking, biking, bird-watching and swimming in geothermal heated pools are just some of the activities on offer. Due to its violent volcanic heritage the countryside is gorgeous and interesting from every angle. Cliffs, waterfalls, geysers, mountains, glaciers, fjords, hot water springs, lava beds, rapids, extensive nature preserves and parks – it’s all there!

Reykjavik (meaning “smoky bay” after the steam which rises everywhere from the many hot springs) is the gateway to the country and the only “large” city. The clear air, the bluest sky and the multi-colored buildings are so vivid that they remind me of an impressionist painting. For a city its size (150,000 inhabitants), it’s surprisingly active, with a thriving cultural and social life, including museums, exhibits and festivals throughout the year.

The south of Iceland offers some of the best sights in the country. The Great Geysir, after which all the world’s spouting hot springs are named is found here. The Geysir began erupting in the early 14th century and stopped at the beginning of the 20th Century. Today Strokkur, its little brother, spouts to over 100 ft. every few minutes. Walking around this natural wonder, one really senses the intensity of the forces of nature.

Icelandic waterfalls are legion. Wherever one turns, it seems one is more beautiful than the next. Suffused with beautiful warm lights, the most dramatic of these is the Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall). Here the Hvita River tumbles with tremendous force in double cascades into a deep gorge. When the sun shines, the waterfall’s massive spray forms colorful rainbows in the afternoon light. Here also are two of Iceland’s most active volcanoes- Mt. Hekla and Mt. Katta, and towards the east, one can view large colonies of puffins off the coast.

In the mountainous and uninhabited interior there are barren deserts every bit as beautiful as the central Sahara. And the North Coast has some of the most diverse scenery in Iceland. The magnificent Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier, is a stark contrast to the lunar terrain of the area, where Neil Armstrong and his colleagues trained prior to landing on the moon. Boiling mud pools, lava parks with naturally formed sculptures and steaming craters such as the Viti Crater, which erupted in 1984 and is steaming to this day, are found here. In contrast, lovely Lake Myvatn is a birdwatchers paradise, with its multitude of fowls and birds roaming this area.

The North Coast is also home to Iceland’s longest fjord, where on can enjoy boating among the blue-veined lagoons. Whale watching excursions are part and parcel of this area as well. During summer solstice, these northern latitudes boast the extraordinary spectacle of the Midnight Sun, which sinks down to touch the horizon before rising again in breathtaking tones of red and gold. Among the myriad of thermal hot springs, the Blue Lagoon, known for its healing properties, is the ultimate indulgence to the end of an adventure-packed day – to soak up the thermal waters, to relax and re-energize.

This young-at-heart yet ancient land, with its geologically diverse, volcanically active boundaries, offers up possibly one of the most fascinating of world family travel adventures. No words match the pictures – the utterly amazing vivid colors it presents seem taken straight out of a great storybook illustration.

Top 3 Kids Adventure Travel Holidays

This is a topic dear to my heart as I became a father two years ago now. Parenthood certainly changes your options for travelling but there is no need to “shelf” your sense of adventure – in fact I am very keen to instill that same passion in my daughter. She has notched up seven countries in her first two years and I hope there are many more to come. The looks of wonder and excitement on her face when faced with Alps or the great fjord in Montenegro are memories I will keep forever. She learned to run and took her first dip in the sea in Croatia and has even been to Bosnia! There are many options for kids adventure travel holidays but here are my top 3.

#1. The Alps. I have chosen this as number one because it offers so much for a family holiday, you can go in the winter for the winter activities or the summer for the alpine beauty and summer activities. Pick from France, Italy or Switzerland – you will find plenty of family friendly places to stay. Car rental and driving are easy (essential when with baby and all the luggage that comes with them!).

#2. Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. This has to be in my top 3 as I love Morocco. Save this one for when your kids are a little older to get the most out of your trip. Marrakech is the perfect starting point – the  scenery, souks, spices stalls, snake charmers, story tellers, etc, etc – a real culture shock and great introduction to the cultural diversity of this planet. If you are feeling active you can take a trip to the village of Imlil at the base of the atlas mountains. From here you can explore the High Atlas and Berber villages. It is quite easy to organize yourself but with a family I would recommend pre-booking this with one of the many great tour operators that travel here.

#3. Ok, ready for the next level? India! The ultimate culture shock. I would recommend heading to Kerala in the south. It is warm, laid back and totally exotic giving your family a great introduction to India. Be sure to try a local dance – get your kids involved and do not come home without witnessing a sunset in

Air Travel Holidays With Kids

With the right attitude, those pesky air travel disruptions don’t have to ruin your family trip. It can, however turn into a case of “rolling with the punches” so to speak. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some tips for flying with children while maintaining your sanity.

1) Prepare your family for flexibility. Make sure you have a backup plan, and discuss it openly. Any amount of time you spend together is family time – come up with some ideas to make the most of it.

2) Make a point to fight germs. Begin before you leave getting into the habit of taking daily multivitamins. Have everyone’s vaccinations up to date. Verify the need for additional vaccines, depending on the location of your vacation. Remember to wash your hands often, eat well and get enough rest.

3) Verify your airline’s website to get an updated list of prohibited items. Personally check every suitcase before giving it the seal of approval. Explain various aspects of security protocols, such as removing their shoes when asked, or putting their belongings on the conveyor belt. This includes blankies and stuffed animals.

4) When possible, consider the use of luggage and baby supply delivery services. This will eliminate not only the headache of checking extra baggage, but also the possibility of stores in unfamiliar locations not carrying what you need.

5) Be smart about your carry-on bag. Not only do you want to stay within the assigned limits for carry-on baggage, you want to make sure you have everything needed. Ideally, backpacks are your best choice, keeping your hands free.

Don’t forget about these potential situations: diaper changes, hunger, thirst, sickness, boredom, spills and clean-ups, medical emergencies and tired or cranky kids. Make sure any medications your family takes are in your carry-on. Luggage can get lost, but carry-on baggage gets on and off with you, no matter what.

6) Charge your cell phone, mp3 players and other devices you’re bringing with you. Pack all of their chargers in your luggage. Make several copies of your “In case of emergency” phone numbers, placing them strategically in different locations-carry-on, wallet, baggage tags etc.

7) Purchase seats for everyone, including infants and toddlers. Not only will it save you from back and neck pain from holding them the whole trip, But it also keeps them properly listed on the plane’s manifest.

8) Don’t rush – it adds to your stress levels. Try arranging for extra time between connector flights if you can’t fly direct. This gives you time to board early, so you aren’t disruptive to those seated before you. And if you’re in no rush for your connector flight, allow others to disembark before you so you don’t get separated.

9) Respect that some people may not appreciate children on the flight. Basic respect for boundaries is the best way to keep peace. And yes, not many people will smile at families boarding a plane. Don’t take this personally.

10) Don’t dread the flight. Children can easily pick up on your tension or anxiety. And if they do, you can be sure they will act out as a result of it. By staying calm and collected, your children will notice that this whole “flying thing” isn’t such a big deal, and things should go smoothly.

Get Ready for an Adventure Travel Holiday on Spain s Costa Brava

Spain’s ruggedly beautiful Costa Brava, the sunny “Wild Coast” stretches for 160 km along Catalonia’s northeastern shores from Port Bou on the Franco-Spanish border to Tossa del Mar just north of Barcelona. Lined with green hillsides, craggy, wild cliffs, sandy inlets and caves, this is an adventure travelers paradise, where all manner of water sports, cycling and hiking are found.

The rugged coastline is dotted with lovely resorts interposed with unspoilt fishing villages and vibrant marinas. Exploring the hidden delights of the craggy coastline by boat, you discover deserted pine and citrus scented coves, ancient castles and fortifications.

On this jagged coast, L”Estartit is a diver’s heaven with an abundance of wrecks to explore in the crystalline waters. Just a mile offshore, the Medes Islands, a small archipelago of seven islets and a few reefs, features one of the richest marine reserves in the Mediterranean. Here, snorkelers and divers of every level delight in the thousands of fish and plant species that inhabit the submarine caves and crevices. To the south, Tossa del Mar, with its 12th Century walled town, its narrow, twisting streets and its lovely sandy beaches is one of the most attractive of the coastal villages and offers excellent opportunities for windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling and boating.

On the northern coast, Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dali, houses a most unique museum created by the artist – a surrealistic fuchsia building topped with gigantic golden eggs. Dali is buried here in an unmarked crypt. Just a few miles away, Cadaques, Dali’s childhood home, is the epitome of a postcard-perfect Catalan seaside village, with its striking white houses with tiled red roofs, its splendid old church and winding cobblestone streets to the backdrop of towering mountains and the cobalt blue sea. Situated on a breathtaking bay, Rosas, Catalonia’s oldest town was a Greek trading post over 2000 years ago. Across the bay, the village of Empuries is the site of many ancient, romantic cultures: Originally a small Phoenician trading post, it was replaced by the Greek colonial village of Emporio in the 6th century BC and 4 centuries later it had become a Roman naval port. The ruins of an acropolis and of beautiful Greek and Roman villas dot the area.

Away from the coast, a very different Spain greets you. Here, you’re deep in Catalonia, with its ancient traditions and ambiance. Banyoles, a historic lakeside town north of Girona dates from 812, has developed around a Benedictine monastery. Its old town is crammed with fascinating ancient buildings centered on a lovely arcaded square, and its lake offers every kind of boating, from rowing to pedal boats.

En route from the Pyrenees to Barcelona, Girona, an unspoilt, more intimate urban center than its sister, Barcelona, is a quaint ancient city founded by the Romans which later became a Moorish stronghold. The meandering Onyar River runs through the town, flanked by pastel-colored houses from the Middle Ages perched on the site of the old city walls. This charming, medieval town, with its genuine Gothic character, has a present-day personality rooted in the Middle Ages. Wandering around its winding, old cobblestone streets, you suddenly discover a section of ancient Roman ramparts, or at another turning a magnificent 12th century cathedral or the ruins of the 12th century Arab baths. The “Call”, the old Jewish quarter, is a wonderful characteristic labyrinth of steep streets and ancient buildings, a perfectly preserved enclave which was the heart of Jewish life in the north and the seat of the Iberian Hebrew intellectual, Rabbi Moses Maimonides.

A trip to the Costa Brava is a trip through time, from the ancient ruins and castles of Roman, Greek and Moorish prominence through the medieval towns like Banyoles and Girona to the modern seaside resorts splashed with charming picturesque fishing villages.

From watersports to relaxed cycling, to wandering the gently rolling hills, this is a region for family adventure travel at its best.

Where Can You Find the Best Travel Holiday Deals

Booking your holiday is one of the biggest decisions you will make all year, so you should consider carefully where the best place is to book travel holiday deals, as this can save you a lot of money!

Most people are now booking their package holidays online, as the bigger tour operators such as Thomas Cook, Direct Holidays, and Virgin holidays all offer exclusive, extra discounts when you book online. This makes commercial sense for tour operators as they cut out the staff costs as their websites can offer prices and availability as well as reviews and even videos of selected hotels.

However, there are still some advantages if you are booking with your local travel agent. Firstly, you have that personal touch that websites can’t offer and your travel agent may also be an expert as they have visited many destinations and can offer advice based on your needs.

Travel agents are often sent on educational visits so they can get a feel for holiday resorts and hotels and can pass on their feedback to customers to help inform them before booking their holiday.

Another advantage when booking with your travel agent locally is that you can pop in and make regular payments to your holiday. Many older people still don’t use their credit cards online so they prefer this option.

However, despite these plus points there is one big factor when you are deciding on the best holiday deal and that’s the price! Booking your package holiday online can save you up to 10% and if we assume the average holiday spend is about £2000 then you are saving £200!

Booking holidays online is becoming more popular and the main reason is simply the lower prices available.

Useful Air Travel Holiday Tips

It is recommended to bring a lot of patience if you are going for a holiday trip. Patience is a must especially if you are flying to your destination. You also have to plan ahead in order to avoid delays and long security checkpoint lines.

These warnings are what you will hear from almost anyone who will know that you will be spending the holidays somewhere else than home. You should not ignore such things since they really can help you out in enjoying your entire vacation, from the planning, to the journey, to reaching to destination, to relaxing there and to your return trip back home.

1. Plan Ahead

The first thing that you should do is to plan ahead. Book your flight as early as you can; booking in a rush is never going to provide you with the cheapest airline tickets.

2. Be Security-ready

There is nothing more frustrating than being at the airport and having to go through your bag for your passport and plane tickets. It is highly recommended to have these documents handy at all time, especially when you are about to go through the security checkpoints. As soon as you are about to fall in line, be sure that your tickets, passport, boarding pass and picture IDs are in your hands.

3. Be ready for Inspection

Take off your jacket or coat and your bag should be ready for inspection. TSA checkpoint protocols necessitate flight passengers to take off outer clothing for X-ray before they can proceed to the metal detectors. In case you are only wearing a blazer with no inner shirt or blouse, you will not be obliged to remove that.

4. Get the Kids Ready for the Journey

If you are taking children with you, it would be best if you can talk to them before you start off, because they need to know how things go at the airport. This is very important especially if they will be flying for the first time. As much as possible, educated them on how to behave properly, especially during security checkpoints so that everything will go smoothly.

5. No Wrapping of Gifts

If you are bringing gifts for families and friends, keep them unwrapped. Wrapped items may have to be opened during security check, so you better just do the wrapping once you get to your destination.

6. Pack Lightly

As much as possible, check in baggage should be avoided and it would be best if you can fit all your essentials into your carry-on bag. That way you eliminate the risk of lost or delayed baggage.

7. Tag your Bag

If you really have to bring a lot of stuff and check in baggage cannot be avoided, you should make sure that your luggage is properly tagged with your address and phone number.

It will be to your best advantage if you can follow the tips mentioned above. It is better to come prepared than get stuck in the airport and have your holiday ruined.

Adventure Travel Holiday Ideas Like Paddling the Zambezi

Not all of us get the chance to have a real adventure, however these adventure travel holiday ideas can help you get closer to adventure.  And these aren’t just for the young, as baby boomers mature and find they’re still fit and have spare funds there are more such ideas tailored towards them as well.

An African Safari is a good start for adventure travel holiday ideas, especially one that starts in the South Luangwa National Park or the Kruger National Park and ends up with some time on a beach in Mauritius.  Flying over rugged and raw Damaraland, home to spectacular scenery, desert elephant and black rhinos is a kind of safari that deserves a mention in any list of vacation ideas. Combine this with a flying trip up the Skeleton Coast as far as Serra Cafeema and you will reach areas of utter Wilderness; areas that seem barren, yet captivate adventurous spirits.

For adventure travel holiday ideas with even more action try paddling the Zambezi: the Everest of rivers – but an Everest even first time paddlers can have a bash at (under good supervision.). It’s a big volume, big white water river trip with waves up to 24ft (which you’re tackling in a 16ft raft.) and the added bonus being surrounded by astounding African scenery, meeting some of the more exotic locals and the comfort of sunshine and warm water (around 24 degrees.).   Paddling Uganda’s White Nile, Nepal’s Sun Kosi or Chile’s Futaleufu River are similar, just with different, but equally adventurous backdrops.

Why opt for the Everest of rivers if there are also adventure travel holiday ideas that allow you to tackle the Everest that is Everest?  Trekking to Everest Base Camp is manageable for most people, after the correct training and preparation. Kilimanjaro is another good challenge for adventurous people, as is the Paine Circuit, The Great Walk of Africa or even the Mont Blanc Circuit – for starters.

For more exotic adventure travel holiday ideas – the kinds of things your friends may never even heard of, let alone attempted, consider Paragliding around Oludeniz, Bungee jumping off Verzasca Dam ah la James Bond, camping with Saharan Nomads, swimming with Bull Sharks at Protea Banks or Cave Diving under the Nullarbor Plain.

Adventure travel holiday ideas for people looking to pick up and dash off without training include padding between the Lofoten Islands, walking between the picturesque villages of the Pyrenees or exploring some of Scotland’s Knoydart Peninsula.  Just start by looking at extreme activities available for holidaying people – like Heli-biking in the Tien Shan, and work your way down until you find a truly adventurous holiday activity in the same vein, but less likely to see you bursting one without the proper preparation!

Travel & Holiday Books

Travel Writing
When it comes to travel writing, the literature can narrate the writer’s experiences that occur during those travels, the people the writer meets and the ambience and aesthetic appeals the writer may be experiencing – these all go into a travelogue. It is fair to say that a travelogue tends to be more directly allied with literature about al fresco events than about proceedings taking place within the boundaries of buildings of one sort or another.

A prime example of this kind of travel writing is ‘Just a Little Run Around the World’ by Rosie Swale Pope. Adventure World Magazine records that, during her travels, Rosie’s trip took her five years during which she encountered three packs of wolves, and wore out 53 pairs of shoes – to paraphrase the sub-title of her book: “….5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes”. During this sojourn she also accumulated 29 proposals of marriage, had a brush with frost bite and got hit by a bus! She also got chased by a man in his birthday suit, brandishing a gun! Why did she undertake this mammoth odyssey? You’ll have to read the book to find out – turn to our Travel and Holiday section where you will find the story of this woman’s amazing travels listed, along with a diversity of other titles.

Would you Put this into the Travel Category?
As with any other genre, the travel and holiday category does not stand alone, but rubs shoulders with essay writing such as a writer’s observations on the peoples of a specific nation. An excellent example of this sub-genre would be Kate Fox’ “Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour”. It is an intensely amusing observation of the detailed behaviour that is inherently English.

Personally, I dislike this particular treatise because I find it over-generalised with references to the English when it might be better to refer to those people as British. Kate Fox focuses on her observances of English behaviour and practices which, admittedly are often totally alien to people from other nationalities: however, her treatise would have been more balanced had she entitled her book “Watching the British: The Hidden Rules of Regional British”. Why have I made this comment? If you are Welsh, Scottish or Irish, you will know exactly what I am talking about.

Countries and Regions
Foreigners tend to make this over-generalisation that, if they say ‘English’ it’s a catch-all word covering with whole of the British Isles. Truth be told, nothing could be further from the truth: Kate Fox fails to make any distinction between the individual identities of the countries and regions that make up the British Isles – all of which have distinct and regional differentiations that have absolutely no reference to the comments Kate Fox is making in her book. Added to that, lumping English people together when the people of Cornwall, as a prime example, consider themselves completely unique to the rest of England – as do the people in the North of England – is a vast over-generalisation and could well continue to perpetuate the myth amongst foreigners that England constitutes the whole of the United Kingdom when, in fact, the English are just one nationality amongst their regional cousins, all of whom are governed separately and independently for the most part and whose peoples are totally and completely different to the ideal and popular perception of the English.

Guidebook Series
Volume sales of travel and holiday guidebooks in general have seen a slump of 4.8% in 2008 according to Stanfords, a bookshop in London. Those guidebooks that specialise in advising visitors where to eat and drink and where to stay has really taken a knock: this sub-genre has lost 20.9% in sales value over the past year. It would be interesting to hear what readers of this site think – what do you attribute to this loss in sales of the ubiquitous guidebook series? Write in and tell us what you think.

One of my all-time favourites when it comes to travel and holiday writing, is Karl Pilkington. At present he is a little-known author, having only written two books – both of which you will find amongst our travel and holiday pages, under the section marked ‘General AAS’. While both his books make excellent reading, the book I am specifically referring to here is “Happyslapped by a Jellyfish”. The title says it all! Pilkington describes this book as a travel guide although, equably it could fit just as easily into the autobiography genre – as well as various other sub-genres as well. The book is humorous and witty – and I am not going to say any more about it. If you want to read it [and you should] you need to pop it into your basket and head for our checkout. This book is remarkably cheaper here than in many other places so, apart from being a good read that will make you laugh, it is good value as well.

Atlases & Maps
Satnav sales may be increasing but, is there a corresponding plummet in the sales of atlases and maps? Overall, figures taken from Nielsen BookScan reveal that the travel genre overall saw a fall of 8.7% on the total sales from the previous year. The year 2008 saw sales of atlases and maps down by 19.6% in value – a factor that retailers are attributing to internet route-finders and satellite navigation increasing in popularity.

Tourism & Leisure Studies
One thing you probably wouldn’t think of in relation to tourism and leisure is the impact of politics associated with leisure pursuits. This is a factor focused on by the Nijmegen University in The Netherlands, with their research centred on the close proximity between tourism and leisure, geographic perspectives and the impacts on these pursuits by social and planning activities. Their studies centre on the link between man and his environment and between concepts of space-time together with supply and demand, all of which culminates in burgeoning political interest in tourism and leisure as an industry.

Basically, in a nutshell, the impact that tourism and the need for leisure facilities have on the environment in which people live has a direct effect on planning issues and the economics of the country involved. While this research was carried out in The Netherlands, this is true of any country which depends on tourism as a major source of their economy, affecting everything from planning regulations to the development of their infrastructure to take into account huge influxes of tourists during the strategic months. The principles and practice of tourism and leisure studies form the basis of the book “Leisure and Recreation Management” written by Dr George Torkildsen who has been instrumental in teaching, management and writing about the leisure industry and tourism management generally for the whole of his career.