Snow blizzards causes all inclusive holidays to be postponed in the U.K
Brits were found helpless and were forced to postpone those eagerly anticipated all inclusive holidays as snow crippled the roads and skies!
Over the course of a week, the UK seen a very sudden dip in temperatures. Snow blew over the majority of the country and the cities and towns were sprinkled with that pure, winter look. The trees were white topped, the fields seemed light and soft and the world just looked a cleaner place in general.
While the world may have looked a more pleasant place to live, many Brits found themselves frustrated and helpless!
The inconveniences of snow out-weigh the pros by far! The world suddenly seems to grind to a stand-still, for even the lightest of snow storms. Shops were emptied as many people panic bought, and companies were forced to close whilst their staff claimed to be ‘trapped’ in their homes (no doubt with a nice cup of tea and enough food to last months).
Yes, Snow has negative effects on many aspects of everyday life, but the main one is travel. Not only did commuters struggle to drive on the slippery roads, but aircraft and trains also became helpless.
Airports around the UK seen closure, or at least delays as the runways were blanketed with thick snow. As is easy to imagine, this angered people in and outside the UK, and delayed thousands of eager travellers. Unfortunately there is very little anyone can do about the weather, and it didn’t seem to change in much of a hurry.
The UK seen the next phase of this terrible weather, when the snow melted, or at least hardened and turned to ice. That is where the real danger lies and drivers have to worry about travelling. Black ice is always a problem after significant snow fall, and with the weather being so cold, it was guaranteed!
Off the road, the snow affected people who didn’t even need to travel. Sports events around the country, major and the not so important had to postpone their games and matches because the conditions were just too bad. As amusing as it would have been to watch a load of football players running around in the snow, the risks were just too high, and fans were forced to wait.
Many of these inconveniences only made some people happier however. It’s not hard to remember just how exciting snow was as a child, and that magic still exists. More than 2000 schools across the country had to close, meaning children were been given the perfect opportunity to have that well awaited fun in the snow.
If most people were to make a list of things they least want to see at 30,000 feet, sure enough snakes would most probably get a mention. And that is exactly what caught the attention of passengers on a recent flight.
Ten feet of snake caught the eyes of many on a passenger jet, but fear was as distant as the ground! Only sympathy was felt for the poor snake that was believed to have tried to seek refuge in the landing bay, before finding itself fighting for its life on the wing.
The snake that wanted cheap holidays was a scrub python, also known as an amethystine python, and is believed to be the longest snake in Australia. Specimens of scrub pythons have reportedly been measured at an astounding eight and a half meters! Although they may be big and scary, the passengers sharing the flight with the python had very little to worry about as it is a non-venomous snake, and obviously couldn’t harm them from outside the plane.
Passengers found themselves fascinated with the snakes fight for survival, and many recorded the ordeal with their mobile phones. Pictures and videos show the snake flapping frantically in the wind as it tries desperately to crawl its way back into the cavity from which it came however its attempts failed.
Snake looking for cheap holidays by clinging onto plane wing
Apparently, in-flight entertainment was not necessary during this trip, as for the whole hour and fifty minutes the snake kept flyers faces pressed to the windows. It seems that what people failed to realise, is that this individual snake could have been a distraction, whilst its family slowly crept to devour the weak and weary travellers. Or perhaps we have all watched one too many horror films!
Not all of the passengers were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the snake though. Many of the passengers towards the front of the plane were oblivious to the drama that was unravelling at the rear of the jet.
An Unfortunate End.
The 10ft snake fought for its life the whole journey. It managed to hold onto the plane whilst riding 250mph winds and endured way below freezing temperatures. Clearly the snake would have been under so much stress, it is truly amazing it made it to Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately though, the snake was found dead upon arrival. The speeding winds had repeatedly beat the snakes head off the engine, which by the end of the flight was covered in blood.
In the year 2009, we discovered a world like no other. Rocky peaks reach high into the sky and waterfalls pours through columns of natural rock. Strange creatures roam through the scenic landscapes and unique plant life flourishes and thrives. Yes I’m talking about James Cameron’s box office hit Avatar, but few people know just how similar the fictional planet of Pandora is to one place in particular on earth.
Located in Hunan Province, China, Wulingyuan has to be one of the most magical places in the world. Mother Nature truly has out done herself with the beauty of this magnificent natural resort. Imagine a place on earth where plants exist, that can change colour up to five times a day, a place where animals roam free and watch you from high and low, a place where greenery hangs from giant free standing pillars carved only by weather, and a place where water flows graciously through the colossal surroundings. Pandora doesn’t sound too special now does it?
Wulingyuan is split into four parts; Zhangjiajie national forest park, Suoxiyu natural resource reserve, Tianzi Mountain nature reserve and Yangjiajie scenic area. The park covers three hundred and ninety square kilometres and is blessed with some of the most amazing sights, making it the perfect holiday for anyone who appreciates fine scenery. 97% of Wulingyuan is covered in trees and other plants, but reaching out of the dominating greenery are the colossal quartzite sandstone pillars. Around three thousand one hundred pillars probe into the fog that regularly crawls over Wulingyuan. The naturally formed pillars were believed to be formed when Wulingyuan once lay deep beneath ancient waters.
People who take trips to Wulingyuan can expect to not only admire the amazing unique flowers and rock structures, but also venture deep into caves with local tour guides, follow streams filled with native fish as they sparkle with life and hike through forests until they find somewhere nice to spend the night. You never know, you may even make a few monkey friends on your adventure.
If you are a fan of the world James Cameron showed us back in 2009, why not plan a trip to a place not so different. You may not be able to fly giant dragon like creatures through the skies, and I’m pretty sure you won’t come across any giant blue people with tails, but what I do know is you won’t be disappointed.
Given the latest ‘bad weather’ in the US, it’s no surprise people are making the most of cheap holidays to America, but is it safe?
Thousands of people are sure to be taking advantage of the current price of flights to the USA, and why not? Sightseeing around New York, family fun in Florida, and adventures in Yellow stone National park, what doesn’t that continent have? Yellowstone National Park is believed to be the first national park in the world, and with an ecosystem unscathed by man, makes for an incredible experience. Roaming Yellowstone you can find bears, wolves, bison elk and hundreds of other types of animal. One of the most famous features of Yellowstone National Park is its huge collection of geysers, one in particular, the Old Faithful geyser. Projecting a mist of water high into the air roughly every 91 minutes, Old Faithful is said to be the most predictable geographic feature on earth.
A holiday to Yellowstone truly would be an adventure. Hike through the mountainous forests with a guide then find a camp site to get your head down between adventures. Why not take a boat out into the thriving Yellowstone Lake and see what fishes you can manage to catch. All this whilst admiring the spectacular scenery and wildlife. In ways Yellowstone National Park sounds like the perfect vacation, but something far from perfect brews beneath the grass, lakes and forests.
Yellowstone Super volcano.
Only a few kilometers beneath this magnificent park, molten rock and magma bubbles constantly. Yellowstone Caldera is a cauldron of trouble waiting to erupt. Covering an area of 34 by 45 miles, the caldera is nothing new to us, but the level of threat it causes is something very few are aware of. Since its last eruption over 640,000 years ago, Yellowstone Caldera has grown impatient and unsettled as pressure has built deep underground. And between the years 2004 to 2008 acceleration was noticed in the speed at which the bed of the caldera was rising. Although this super volcano has now calmed down significantly, it still must be said that it is an extremely high threat to not only North America, but the world. The eruption of the Yellowstone caldera would be unlike any eruption ever witnessed by man, and would cripple world food supplies by releasing unimaginable amounts of ash into the sky. While the thought of this level of catastrophe is horrifying, scientists do not believe we should expect an eruption in the foreseeable future, and do feel that they have sufficient measures in place to capture any signs of activity before it’s too late.
While I may of filled your mind with horror stories about super volcanoes, Yellowstone National Park is still a beautiful place to go, and will be for some time yet (hopefully). So go on, pack up your things and go see what you think of the world’s biggest national park!
While many people choose to book their holiday many weeks or even months in advance, there are others who simply cannot do this, because of work or family commitments. In such circumstances, what have become known as last minute holidays have come about to address that need. But it’s not only the last-minute nature of these breaks that are so appealing; they can also be very cheap. Here’s some of the destinations on offer;
Last Minute Holidays
The beach holiday has become a key part of many families’ lives, but when you book a holiday at the last minute you can also enjoy a beach getaway. It’s never good to have capacity that isn’t being used, and this ethos is why hotels and airlines prefer to sell off un-booked rooms and plane seats at discounted prices; a small profit is better than none at all.
You can book beach holidays in all the same places as someone who books in advance: the beaches of southern and south-eastern Spain, the islands of Greece or the dramatic coastline of Turkey. You can book last minute getaways of this type with various travel agents, including Thomas Cook.
But the classic beach holiday isn’t the only option. There are of course planes going to city destinations across Europe and further afield, and there are plenty of hotels in these places. All of them regularly have extra capacity, and the notion of a last-minute getaway with its inherent reduced cost can offer a great way to sell such capacity off. You can choose from all manner of famous cities, from the chic charm of Paris, to the incredible depth of history found in Rome. If you’re looking for nightlife, why not sample Berlin, offering as it does a truly unique night time experience.
But as well as holidays in Europe, you can find discounted breaks to destinations across the world, including places like Egypt, the USA and Asia.
You can arrange a cheaper last minute getaway by yourself, by choosing your own airline and finding a hotel, but often you’ll discover that it’s cheaper to have the whole thing organised by one travel agent, as they have the power to offer greater discounts.
Last minute breaks have become very popular with both travel firms and tourists, which is understandable since both get to benefit. One gets to sell their hotel rooms and flights, the other gets to have a fantastic holiday at a great price!
Greece holidays have been a favourite among the British public for years now. Famed for its crystal clear waters and beautiful scenery, this country may have a turbulent present, but the current situation shouldn’t overshadow this country’s glittering past. Drenched in rich history, there are still many reasons to visit Greece and they don’t all link to the past. The truth is the future of Greece is as a promising European city and it will continue to add to its merits as a great holiday destination.
The breaking news this morning indicates debts surrounding the country are expected to half, as representatives from the International Monetary Fund are undergoing meeting with the country’s government. It appears that the on-going protests from the thousands of Greek protesters outraged by ballooning interest rates have finally broken through to the investors.
Greece and it financial situation
Greek Stock markets jumped up yesterday, indicating the probability that a deal over the debts is likely to be pieced together.
Who’s to say that the country’s tourism has to suffer because of a country’s economic downturn. If that were really the case than China would be the only viable destination having seen its economy grow an impressive 8.9% in the fourth quarter of 2011. But even the Chinese have over $5.7 trillion of debt according to US tabloids. On the whole, it’s a nearing impossibility to find a country that isn’t in debt. And that’s the same globally as it is in our continent, despite GDP rising in most European countries in 2011.
Of course, Greece has had a whole host of media speculation regarding the extent of its debt. But where many read headlines of disaster, potential travellers should recognise that the media’s coverage of the country’s financial struggle spells out a cheap break.
The media have worked Greece’s situation into a frenzy, making a critical situation into an irreparable one. It’s well known around the financial districts that countries like Japan, Lebanon and Zimbabwe have more debt the Greece. The media news worthiness came as the riots broke out.
In any case, a country’s economic down turn should not affect the traveller decision to make that their holiday destination. In fact it should mean quite the opposite. Not only because it opens the possibilities for a cheap vacation, but moreover to help rebuild the country’s economy during financial reform.
Surely this then is the perfect time to holiday in Greece. Booking your break in at the start of an upturn for any country simply means that you’ll get more value money. And at the end of the day what more can you ask for. The likelihood that you’ll even encounter the effects of Greece’s economic down town is highly unlikely, especially on the surrounding islands like Corfu.
The geography of the country remains as does the excellent service standards. If anything the quality of your stay only escalates given the panics that continue to surge around the country’s economic stand point.
Yet still the global travelling community chooses to neglect a country that, in spite of its critical finance situation, remains one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth.