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The Special Holidays Blog from MirandasBeach is about those unusual, luxury and special holidays that so many of us are searching for. That family holiday with a twist of adventure, the railway journey of a lifetime or a romantic couple of weeks up a treehouse in Kenya.
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Funny time to post up a piece on Ice Hotels ?? - well, the season may be over (runs from around mid-December to mid-April, but the key thing is BOOK EARLY !! The coverage over the last couple of years means popularity has grown and there are plenty of disappointed punters who leave it too late.
You may be a bit put off, emulating the upper class Brits by travelling in luxurious style around the African colonies. But nowadays you can feel better about putting some much needed cash into the coffers of some of the world's poorest nations while taking in some breathtaking scenery and maybe just having the ride of your life. Most African countries have pretty comprehensive railway systems but the services vary greatly. Southern Africa and Eastern Africa have the best rail network coverage. If you are travelling in West and Central Africa then the service will inevtably be more sporadic, but some of the train trips are definitely worth the wait. including one from Dakar in Senegal to Bamako in Mali is currently running every 8 or 9 days, to no set schedule. Dakar station can advise you of the next departure a few days beforehand.
Need something to do that is truly special - well how about crossing Australian deserts on a camel - have a look at the 32 year old Outback Camel Company and see what they offer, or the more recently set up Australian Desert Expeditions (2007) that has a strong Ecology focus with experts to help you understand the landscape you are crossing. Camels in Australia - it makes sense !!
If you feel like cycling somewhere remote and beautiful then have a look at Red Spokes. Red Spokes Adventure Tours specialise in taking small groups of cyclists to the more remote and spectacular regions in the world. These include the grand Himalayas, the Andes, the Karakoram Highway, the precious jungles of South East Asia, the broad steppes of Central Asia and the green glens of Scotland and Ireland. This could be the special holiday adventure you were looking for !
As we enter the winter months, who can blame us for thinking about special holidays that can transport us away from the mundane existence we sometimes feel we lead. A truly special holidays are different for every one of us, but they have one thing in common, they will provide you with memories of wonderful times, when you were living life to the full, in the moment, experiencing a great time. So if you want ideas to help you realise your dream plans, then have a good look round this site where there are all sorts of Special Holiday suggestions that you might just never have found if you had not stumbled across Special Holidays Around the World - created for you by people like you - people who want Special Holidays themselves !
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Poppy Travel have been organising Pilgrimages and Tours to War Graves and Memorials for 80 years. They are the only specialists in visits to war cemeteries, and through their Battlefield Tours bring the past to life: they focus on the serviceman’s experience, from Tunisia to Tanzania, Sicily to Singapore, taking remembrance around the world, and also providing the opportunity to explore countries often far from the tourist trail and untouched by the modern world.
If you are thinking of taking the plunge and becoming a globe trotter extraordinaire, then you will find it useful to know the types of round the world tickets there are on offer nowadays. All the top sites for round the world tickets are included in our Round the World Flights section. There are a confusing number of different airline alliances supplying round the world tickets – but the main tickets are:
The World Discovery ticket:
British Airways - Cathay Pacific - Air Pacific - Qantas
Good for trips to Australia and New Zealand with one or two stops on the way or if you need internal flights in Australia.
The Global Explorer:
British Airways - Air Pacific - Cathay Pacific - American Airlines - Iberia - Gulf Air - Lan Chile - Qantas and even more
Good for Round The World trips with South America, Africa and Asia in the mix.
British Airways - Cathay Pacific - American Airlines - Lan Chile - Lan Peru - Iberia - Finnair – Qauntas and even more
Good for Round the World trips where you want to stop a lot or maybe take a path off the beaten track. The ticket is not based on mileage, but is instead based on zones. Ofetn recommended for trips that include South America.
Singapore Airlines - Virgin - Silk Air - Air New Zealand
Good for Round the World tickets where you want to stop a lot in SE Asia, Australia or the Pacific.
The Star Alliance
Singapore Airlines - United Airlines - Thai Airways - Varig - Lufthansa - Air Canada - All Nippon - Mexicana - Austrian Airlines - Scandinavian Airlines - Air New Zealand and even more
A great Round The World all rounder, suitable for most routes. You can fit almost any round the world route in this ticket.
The World Navigator
KLM - Air New Zealand - South Africa Airways - Emirates - NorthWest - Air UK - Kenyan Airlines and even more
Good for Round The World trips that have lots of stops in the Pacific and also those that link Africa and the Indian Sub Continent
The World Journey
Continental - Northwest - Air Pacific - KLM - COPA - Emirates - Malaysian - South African - Jet Airways - Braathens - Alaskan Airlines
Worth a look for non Australian World tours. Good links between Africa and Asia. Also has an Africa to South America link. Also recommended for Central America and the India Sub Continent.Deciding which ticket to get may seem daunting, but you can get loads more advice and information before booking by looking at the links in our Round The World Flights section.
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It's the 50th anniversary of Kerouac's On The Road this year. To do your own road trip - without the hassles of map reading or indeed driving - join Gap Year For Grown Ups' small group trip across six US states and 11 national parks. · £1,210 for 28 days including, accommodation, admission to all parks, but not flights. Departs San Francisco. 01892 701881, gapyearforgrownups.co.uk
Apparently Praga (Poland) - an suburb in East Warsaw, is the new edgy, arty clubbing paradise of Europe. From tattoed bartenders, restaurants offering modern Polish (MoPo) cuisine( unheard of under communism), factories-turned-art-galleries-turned-clubbing-spaces liberally sprinkled with post-post-modern irony. It was long considered off limits for Western Tourists and its now enjoying a bit of a revival. Its definitely not Old Town and there is considerable poverty, tower blocks and an edge, but thats what make it different. Here are a couple of pictures and a link to the great Praga club and venue Fabryka Trzciny www.fabrykatrzciny.pl/
Her face is unforgettable and she goes by many names: La Catrina, la Flaca, la Huesuda, la Pelona--Fancy Lady, Skinny, Bony, Baldy. A fixture in Mexican society, she's not some trendy fashion model, but La Muerte--Death.