The Chinese Year of the Horse canters in on 31 January, bringing a new year and a time to think about new plans. The Chinese zodiac follows a 12-year cycle and people born in the Year of the Horse are
January and February are the months of HI-USA’s Great Hostel Give Back – a scheme encouraging groups of 10 or more travellers to get involved in the local community by offering a minimum of 2 hours of their time each day of their stay to a volunteer project. In return, volunteers get to stay at the hostel free of charge!
The days are long gone when families were forced to leave their pet pooches at home when they organised their annual holiday.
According to a recent report by MedicAnimal.com, nine out of 10 Brits took their hounds on holiday with them in the UK and one in eight were actually packing the pet passport and travelling abroad with their four-legged friend to the continent.
It’s one of the most-watched television events in the world. And this year an estimated 125 million people from throughout Europe will be tuning in on May 18 to support the singing sensation from their country.
‘16 Kids and Counting’ is one of the surprise TV hits of the spring. Following in the footsteps of families which buck the norm by having supersized broods, the Channel 4 programme has shown that an annual holiday can be difficult to organise and expensive.
GROUP travel organisers throughout the world are being urged to book up early as demand for accommodation for large parties increases.
Members of the IGS (International Group Scheme for Hostelling International) which represents more than 200 hostels in 30 countries – all of which are suitable for large parties – say that it is unlikely organisers will be able to secure a booking if they leave requests to the last minute.
A recent survey conducted by the Post Office has shown that travellers can stretch their holiday money even further by opting to visit a best-value destination. It also reports that 94% of those surveyed said that accommodation costs was the most important factor when choosing a city.
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