An increasing number of people are searching the internet for holidays that offer something a bit different in terms of experiences and activities. Special interest holidays are accounting for an increasing proportion of what people spend their money on when it comes to holidays.
There is now more of a demand for those seeking mild adventure or wanting to learn a skill or experience something in particular when they book their holiday. Certain segments of society still have the disposable income to spend on highly personalised special interest holidays that focus on activity over destination.
Customers want a personalised seam free simple service when they book their holidays with activities like sailing, skiing and nature all becoming increasingly popular for our travellers. We have also seen an increase in customers wanting to incorporate a number of activities such as sightseeing, tours, cooking classes and wine tasting into their holiday experience.
We are big enough to be able to offer our customers a flexible holiday and can bespoke any of the packages we offer to suit your requirements. We are also still small enough to care about customer service, which means we deliver exceptional customer service and treat you as an individual and not just another booking.
Special Interest Holidays
If you enjoy music, especially opera music or perhaps you have an Andrea Bocelli fan in your family then why not surprise them with the trip of a lifetime. You may not be aware but every year there is a very special event that takes place at the Teatro del Silenzio in Tuscany. Italy.
Fans can see Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany at the Teatro del Silenzio where he has performed in his hometown of Lajactico, every year since 2006. This inaugural event should be a date in any Bocelli fans diary. Each year Bocelli invites other famous musicians and singers to join him in his performances for this special event. In past years Bocelli has been accompanied by important Italian performers such as Renato Zero so it will be exciting to discover who will accompany Bocelli for the 2014 event!
Getting the chance to see Bocelli in Tuscany means that you can enjoy the authentic Italian experience. You can stay in range of hotels that have been hand picked for their location and combine your hotel and tickets in one easy to book hotel and ticket package!
Andrea Bocelli Concert
People from America and other countries are surprised to find out how easy it is to hop around Europe with low cost airlines. If you are spending a gap year or a year working in Europe, why not make the most of the time you have here to visit some new places.
Winter means ski breaks, Europe can boast some of the best ski resorts in the world and thats not all! Its now possible to book flexible weekend ski breaks where you can fly in on a Friday night for a 2 or 3 night ski break.
Both Bergamo and Genenva airports offer a range of ski breaks that are less than two hours from the airport. The Italian resort of Piancavallo is around 1.5 hours from Venice Treviso airport. Piancavallo is a family friendly resort and the on piste position of the hotel Antares means you don’t have to worry about ski buses. There is also a baby snow park, ideal for the younger members of the family who want to learn to ski or simply have some fun in the snow.
If you looking for great deals on ski break, Europe has the best choice of resorts that are all within a short flight from Ireland and the UK.
Ski Breaks Europe
Here’s to the courageous people that first thought surfing would be a good idea, here’s the person who thought – ‘hey I wonder what would happen if I stuck two planks to my feet so this boat could pull me along the water?’
If it wasn’t for people that enjoyed risk and adventure the world would be a very dull place and watersports holidays could be very boring. Just what sort of people decided to turn everyday tasks into recreational experiences? As the saying goes ‘necessity is the mother of invention’!
Many of todays watersports seem to originate from America where people like Newman Darby had the idea of attaching a sail to a surf board. Or Ralph Samuelson in the 1920′s who took the idea of snow skis on to water. Samuelson experimented water skiing on Lake Pepin Minnesota with his brother Ben, he finally managed to design the ideal shape of the waterskis and the technique that allowed him to be towed over the water.
Its people like Darby and Samuelson that we have to thank for their experiments and risk taking- they have made watersports holidays what they are today.
‘Holiday Showdown’ was a Royal Television Award winning reality television series in the UK, it had the perfect recipe for great entertainment: take two completely different families and make them both experience each other’s opposing ideas of what makes a good holiday, together!
It was the perfect way for the TV producers to create some fireworks between families, some of them got on, others ended up in arguments, tears and tantrums! There was always the people that enjoyed family activity holidays and new experiences and they would be teamed up with a family that hated activities and just wanted to spend their holiday eating and drinking by the pool.
It was wonderful to see families that did not have a huge holiday budget take family activity holidays with the opposing family at their luxury 5* long haul destination. In turn those families who were used to complete luxury and massive budgets had to experience the slums of self catering accommodation and bad food. It really did make for entertaining television viewing! RDF media should really consider making another series!
family holidays holidays
If you’re looking for a holiday destination that still has offers tourists a traditional cultural experience and the comforts you expect from your holiday then Croatia is the place for you!
Some countries in the Mediterranean have morphed in to concrete jungles with beaches, endless tower blocks of hotels, tacky shops and theme pubs have taken over! So if you want a refreshing change to your holiday location, Croatia activity holidays could be just what your looking for!
When you visit Croatia, activity holidays are the ideal way to incorporate seeing ‘must see’ places with fun outdoor activities. Be at one with nature on a holiday that respects the locals and the environment at the same time. See Dubrovnik and experience the delights on the Dalmatian coast with 7 night itinerary packages that offer accommodation, guides, activities and equipment for the active traveller.
Dont just admire the scenery – be part of it on the river in a kayak, dont just lie on the beach , sail along the beach on board a boat all part of the adventure on offer for summer 2014.
Croatia Activity Holidays
In today’s society most of us are under pressure to work long hours, this means less time with family and less time for doing leisure activities and hobbies. More and more of us are looking to see what way we can make life easier for ourselves.
The four – day work week is an idea that is growing in popularity with more people realizing the health and lifestyle benefits of working 4 instead of 5 days a week. With the economic downturn some people have been forced by their employers into short time working hours.
At first it can be a real shock to the system to realize your about to lose 20% of your salary, but once you have time to get over the shock and really start to see how you can make it work, it actually works out well. If you can sort your finances out, the 4 day week can reduce stress levels and give you that extra day to do things like take short breaks or give you more time to learn a new skill or enjoy your hobby.
4 day working weeks can also make staff more productive, with less hours in the office you know you need to prioritise your tasks and be organised so you can get jobs resolved.
If you had a choice between less money and a longer weekend, which would you choose?
If you want to be more productive, enjoy more short breaks and time with family its really a not a difficult choice.
The Eighties – famous for bad hairstyles, big shoulder pads, Maggie Thatcher and the development of the modern internet. The Eighties also saw a revolution music, when MTV launched in the USA and artists and like Madonna and Michael Jackson made their first music videos.
The Buggles – ‘Video killed the radiostar’ was the first video MTV broadcast back in 1981, on the new cable TV channel, but even then the channel was only being received by viewers in parts of America .
In the early days record labels provided MTV with their artists’ videos for free. The music video was one of the best ways bands and musicians could promote their new single, sell records and in turn fill stadiums with their tickets packages.
Huge amounts of money were poured into producing music videos that people would remember. Michael Jackson’s video Thriller was an epic 13 minutes long, it was the first video for MTV’s world première. Music met film making in the Thriller video, and it became one of the most influential music videos of all time. It is still one of the most watched music videos of all time, being seen by over four billion people around the world!
Music Television completely revolutionised the music industry.
The Alta Valtellina valley is where Saint Catherine or in Italian Santa Caterina nestles in her mountain landscape. A beautiful name for a place that offers everything one could want from a ski holiday in Italy. Santa Caterina sits at the base of the Ortles Cevedale, where the white snow meets the clear blue skies and peaks. This picture post card village offers a fabulous range of downhill and cross country ski runs.
The Santa Caterina ski resort sits at an altitude of 1738m and at its highest point at the summit of Mount Sobretta reaches 2700 metres. From late November through to April the resort boasts ideal conditions for winter sports enthusiasts. For the residents of Santa Caterina, ski is part of their DNA. Italy’s greatest female skiers, Olympic Medallist Deborah Compagnoni hails from here, and visitors to the area can even try out the downhill run dedicated to its famous daughter!
If you want a ski resort in white heaven, where you wont have to queue for the lift, can enjoy endless skiing possibilities and picture postcard scenery then this is the place for you!
Santa Caterina Ski
Entertaining your children on holiday can be difficult but its always good to be in the know! You do not need to spend a fortune to entertain the children.
Think back to when you were a child, children love learning things and they love asking questions about nature. Hunting for mini beasts, delving in to rock pools in the search for crabs or just doing a scavenger hunt for leaves and objects in the forests.
If your planning family activity holidays, search the internet and you are sure to find local events aimed at family fun and run by organisations in the area you are visiting. Enjoy days out a forest parks learning about local wildlife.
The internet is also a great source for activity sheets that you can print off for free and take them along for your family activity holidays. Make lists for things the kids need to find on a beach scavenge, or get them to draw birds they spot along the journey. It doesnt matter where you go, from the UK to Italy, when the day is done you can always find something to keep the little ones entertained!
Family activity holidays
Coming from Northern Ireland, I have grown up in a family that has a shared love of motorcycling. Summer would not be summer without a trip up to Portrush for the North West 200 and seeing the legendary Joey Dunlop in action.
Northern Ireland has a rich heritage of road racing on motorbikes, from the Carrowdore 100 to the Northwest 200 we have produced some if not the best motorcycling legends. Riders in motogp packages have the safety of a wide circuit when they’re racing and even that still has its dangers. But road racing is something special. The riders have balls of steel to take the bikes to the speeds they do on what are everyday roads.
Road racing in the North of Ireland took off in the early 1920′s with the first Ulster Grand Prix being held in 1922, by the Ulster Motorcycle club. Spectator numbers for the event were comparable to circuits for MotoGP packages, with the Ulster Grand Prix attracting around 100,000 spectators. The Ulster Grand Prix still draws in large crowds. Of course Joey Dunlop still has his place at the top of the riders for the most wins at the Ulster Grand Prix , 24 in total!
Whether you like road racing, or the motogp remember to bike safe and as we say here ‘keep er lit’!
With winter on its way many of us will be thinking about booking our next ski break. One week can be a bit long for some people so we want to shed some light on flexible ski holidays.
People want short ski weekends that aren’t necessarily from a Friday to a Monday. If you have a couple of days leave and you want to get on piste then there are plenty of resorts within a short hop of the airport that are perfect for short ski weekends.
Here’s are low down of the European ski resorts that are perfect for short ski weekends:
It’s just one hour from Geneva airport and its ideal for adrenalin junkies and more experienced skiers. It also offers a great range of evening entertainment venues and restaurants if you want lively apres ski
This is a lesser known resort in the Italian alps, but the resort is ideal for beginners and intermediates looking for a few days ski action. As an added bonus it is less than one hour from Milan Bergamo Airport and offers a good range of accommodation options.
This funky. family friendly resort offers on piste accommodation and is just 40 minutes from Salzburg Airport. It boasts wide learner pistes and has great ski schools and the more advanced skiers in your party wont be disappointed either. This resort is part of Austria’s ski Amade area so the skiing possibilities are endless.
At just 1.5 hours drive from Turin, you can spend a weekend skiing at the Ski Jumping Hotel where you will find excellent value for money and a very warm welcome! Great runs, friendly people. The ski circuit (vialattea) gives you plenty of piste to discover!
Short Ski Weekends