Monthly Archives: April 2018

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.

How to Avoid Travel Holiday Stress

Going on a holiday vacation is very exciting, yet it can be very stressful as well. No matter how prepared you think you are, certain things or situations are surely going to happen to turn everything upside down. If you do not know how to effectively cope with frustration and stress, your whole holiday may be ruined.

If your previous vacations have always ended up in anxiety and tension, chances are you are in constant need for a follow up vacation. There are ways to ensure an almost stress-free holiday though if you can follow these simple tips:

-Do not over-plan. Though a good plan is an essential key factor in an enjoyable vacation, overdoing it might cause too much stress which will be hard to suppress once you reach your holiday destination. Your holiday getaway planning should be in general and not too specific. Sometimes, spontaneity is good especially if you want to have some totally new experiences with your loved ones. It is important to realize that if you are traveling with someone or your family, it is best if you plan with them. They may have their own ideas regarding the places they want to visit, the activities they want try or the attractions they want to explore. When it comes to must-see tourist spots, try to make two lists. The first list should include the special places that you and your family should really see. The second list can include other places that are not that important and may be overlooked if you do not have much time.

-Do not expect too much. There is simply no perfect destination and that is a fact. No matter how blissful, tranquil and wonderful a place may seem, it will have its own negative side that you will only discover once you are there. Let’s say you are in a heavenly island with white-sand beaches and crystal-blue waters, and then a rainstorm happens. There may not be much time to enjoy the beach, much less the waters. Natural disasters are not the only culprits in ruined holidays; grumpy hotel staff, lost baggage, travel sickness or kids getting bored can also be included in the list. There is no way that you could ever take completely charge of every situation, therefore you should never even try to.

-Research well. It is also essential that you know everything that you can learn about your target destination. It will be a lot more comfortable for all if you will be able to maneuver around the place like you have always been there. You can learn about the places to see and activities to enjoy by researching online, looking at maps and travel guides, and learning a few polite foreign sentences or phrases is also important

-Maintain a positive attitude as much as you. You must know that stress can be avoided if only you can stay positive and look at every negative circumstance as a challenge to be conquered and not just as a discouraging situation.

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 – theĀ  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

Discount Travel Holidays

Whether you earn a big sum of money or low, you may have a keep desire to enjoy holidays within your pouch! The discount travel holidays will be the right ways to quench your thirst in this manner because they take care of everyone and people can avail them with ease. When you are going to avail a discount travel holiday package, you can keep some tips in your mind that will help you gain more and more benefits through one package.

Discount travel holidays can be availed for every place that too during every season and thus, you don’t need to wait for a holiday or off season. However, it is suggested to you to plan holidays during the off season because this time, you can book a cheap holiday package through any online agent. There is no need to spend thousands of dollars in order to book your holidays because you have various chances to plan a cheap holiday.

In order to book the discount travel holidays, you should use the online method that is easy and convenient and offers you many more chances to plan a satisfactory holiday tour. See that your package includes all the compulsory facilities that can bring true fun in your life. Well, there is no need to waste time at all and wait for any other time to plan a tour.

It is the good way to enjoy holidays in your own way because there is no need to break your expectations because of the lack of money because the discount travel holidays are always ready to help you out. Well, if you want to save some money and have a desire to enjoy some happy days, the discount travel holidays will help you out.