If you're visiting Europe and considering a visit to Menorca, here's a report from an American writer's view:http://www.tribuneweather.com/blog/?p=200
Saturday, 30 June 2012
As an adult some of the best and enduring memories of childhood are of family vacations - time spenthttp://welbeck36.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/how-to-wreck-your-childrens-vacation/
Friday, 29 June 2012
There are tourists on the island, but a high percentage of them have booked an all inclusive holiday, and they are taking all their meals in their hotels, which they get for no extra charge.
There are some good deals to be had for a summer holiday this year with travel agents really keen to sell as many vacations as possible, and if you're looking for a bargain strange though it might read, have you considered a villa holiday?
Traditionally seen as expensive, this villa holidays blog points out that many holidaymakers are narrowing their search by not looking at what for example Tenerife villa holidays have to offer.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Not many people believed it then, and even fewer will now, and one of the indicators that some people are doing rather well in the recession seems to be the prices of prime property in tax havens like Monaco, and other areas - London for example.
But is this too simple an indication that life goes on for some, and not others?
It would appear so according to this blog that has Monaco news as it's not buyers from the same countries from a few years ago which is driving the Monaco real estate market .
To see their analysis read their report here
There's a lot in the news about the austerity measures in countries that belong to the Eurozone and thehttp://www.tribunemap.com/blog/?p=135
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
History lessons will show that if there's one thing British people like to do it's to travel and explorehttp://www.tribunemap.com/blog/?p=128
It's led to some people not receiving their salaries and a possible credit downgrade as they haven't been able to pay their bills, including rent and mortgages, and in one case a man had to spend the weekend in prison as he wasn't able to pay for the bail a judge had set.
It still hasn't been fully sorted and it's possible that RBS will have to millions in compensation to their account holders who have been affected. Chief Executive Stephen Hester has pledged that none of the bank's customers will lose out financially, and it's unlikely he will be getting a bonus this year.
RBS shares have fallen 4% today in ondon trading, and if they can't update all the accounts soon they could see an exodus of customers to other banks, and it will be interesting to see how their share price performs in the coming days - a big drop can be expected if the fiasco leads to Stephen Hester resigning. We think that might be possible although there doesn't seem to be any indication of this in the media at the moment.
Compensation to customers isn't new to British banks, they have paid out billions to their customers this year after mis-selling financial products such as insurance, commonly known as PPI, and the payouts happily coincide with the cost of an average family holiday abroad.
To read more about the billions being paid out and why holiday islands like Gran Canaria will be benefitting from the compensation being paid out by the banks in the UK visit this blog British Banks Pay For A Million Families To Go On Holiday
The same site provides information for tourists along with maps for those who haven't visited before - for a Gran Canaria map visit their homepage.
Sunday, 24 June 2012
The European Grand Prix in Valencia this afternoon was another race of incident and excitementhttp://monacoproperty.net/monaco-blog/?p=902
Sunday, 17 June 2012
The Dow Jones and FTSE could see some big swings this week for those who trade on the financial markets.
But there's a group of business people who are suffering a lot in the current economic crisis who get little if any mention at all - tourist related business owners in previously popular holiday destinations - to read more about their plight visit this blog post 2012 Critical Year For Tourist Businesses
Their main site deals with the weather and includes the Tenerife weather
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
For years Andorra has been one of Europe's top tax havens, with the same tax benefits ashttp://www.propertyandorra.com/andorra-blog/?p=456
There's quite a few things that draw tourists to the Principality, and the area around Casino Square is best known. The Hotel de Paris is one of the best known hotels in the world, Aston Martins and Ferraris are everywhere, the casino itself and of course Monaco property for sale is among the most expensive in the world.
To read what they're going to do to Monte Carlo visit this Monaco information blog
Monday, 11 June 2012
Saturday, 9 June 2012
But there's something else that's going on in London this summer, and instead of celebration and a spirit of goodwill Londoners are being told they will have to keep out of special traffic lanes, be searched wherever they go, and have ground to air missiles positioned on top of residential buildings.
It is of course the Olympics, London 2012, and as the torch is being taken throughout the UK many Londoners have already booked to go away, while many more are heading to travel sites to see where they can go so they're not in town (appropriately enough considering where the Olympics originated from they might want to check late deals for the Greek Islands as they're going cheap at the moment).
What a contrast. On Tuesday the British Royal Family rode down The Mall with tens of thousands of people on the pavement as they made their way to Buckingham Palace - The Queen, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Prince Harry - all in open carriages, while during the Olympics there will be the biggest security operation since WW2.
It's not helped by the BBC already giving a lot of coverage as the torch makes it way around the country, and as the time gets nearer to the Opening Ceremony those who haven't realised it already will wake up to the saturation coverage the media will be providing. The one saving grace of the Opening Ceremony is that Paul McCartney will be performing live to close it, some entertainment at least.
To read more about how the British are leaving the country visit this blog Government Tries To Stop People Escaping The London Olympics and for those that haven't booked to get away yet as well as checking for late deals click through for details of villas for rent in various holiday destinations
Friday, 8 June 2012
Something a lot of people would have sympathy with we suspect.
Meanwhile the weakness of the Euro has boosted interest in taking up residency in Andorra, which is located between Spain and France, according to this Andorra information site.
Property buyers from the UK, Canada and Australia are looking at buying property in Andorra, which is a quarter of the price of Monaco's real real estate but offers the same tax benefits.
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
For tourists who are looking for a sunshine break often one of their top priorities is to be within close proximity of a beach.http://www.villaholidayreview.com/blog/?p=90
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
As the Spanish public, like Greece, gets fed up with austerity measures protests and strikes are becoming more commonplace.
Tourism forms a good part of Spanish GDP, and it's the one sector that could do better this year than last - thanks to the weakness of the Euro which will encourage more British people to visit, but Spain is allso benefitting from the continued unrest in Egypt which took quite a few tourists away from Spain for a few years as it was cheaper, and with Syria on the brink of civil war it's not likely that tourists will be returning anytime soon to the region.
An analysis of what's happening can be seen at this travel information blog
And for those thinking of visiting Spain they have a map and information about each area - their home page is about Tenerife and includes a Tenerife map.
Monday, 4 June 2012
Saturday, 2 June 2012
With all that is going on with the economy in Europe it's surprising that hoteliers and others involvedhttp://www.tribuneweather.com/blog/?p=175
Friday, 1 June 2012
One of Tenerife's newest festivals is the International Agatha Christie Festival. The little-known connectionhttp://www.villaholidayreview.com/blog/?p=85