Finding out That I’m Not a Loner

Here I am looking for a Diamond Toronto party bus to take me and ten of my closest friends to a water park thirty miles away, when this time last year I wouldn’t have been able to fill half the seats on that bus. It’s weird what a difference a year makes. It all started one late summer night last year. I met one person and they drastically changed the course of my life.

For most of my life I didn’t have a lot of friends. I was always a loner throughout school and by the time I had entered the workforce, I thought I liked being alone. Then I met Mike, he was at a bar I stopped at on my way home one night. He just sat down and started talking to me about his life. I had never met anyone as weird and hilarious as him. His jokes had me doubled over with laughter. Continue reading →

We Are Thinking About a Big Party

Of course I am not talking about an ordinary night out on the town, this is the sort of thing that requires a lot of thinking before the fact and in truth we would have to have a lot of people put their money in the kitty before we could really solidify things. I called up the guy at the party bus thing for a quote and he told me to view our platinum party bus site while we talked. So he was telling me that it is a matter of how many people I have that I want to bring along on the trip. The biggest things that they have are party buses, which usually will carry around forty to forty five people. Continue reading →

Finding out That I’m Not a Loner

Here I am looking for a Diamond Toronto party bus to take me and ten of my closest friends to a water park thirty miles away, when this time last year I wouldn’t have been able to fill half the seats on that bus. It’s weird what a difference a year makes. It all started one late summer night last year. I met one person and they drastically changed the course of my life.

For most of my life I didn’t have a lot of friends. I was always a loner throughout school and by the time I had entered the workforce, I thought I liked being alone. Then I met Mike, he was at a bar I stopped at on my way home one night. He just sat down and started talking to me about his life. I had never met anyone as weird and hilarious as him. His jokes had me doubled over with laughter. Continue reading →

Global Markets – Regional Economic Trading Blocs around the World

American Companies Exploit Overseas Job Market

In an article filed December 27, 2010 on the Huffington Post, author Pallavi Gogoi reported that large American corporations were actively hiring but not in the United States of America. Indeed while the U.S. economy lagged and the unemployment rate continued at 9.8% at the end of 2010, American corporations and entrepreneurs found demand for their products and services in overseas markets. Consequently, many top American corporations such as Caterpillar, Dupont, Coca Cola and UPS experienced profits and higher stock prices due to expanded operations around the world in emerging markets like Brazil, India, and China.

That American corporations expand operations to other regions of the world is only natural in this age of globalization. Indeed, global markets and especially emerging markets like China, India, Brazil as well as regional trading blocs like ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations); NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement); European Union; and Mercosur (the Common Market of the South) have allowed American corporations to find new opportunties that they would not otherwise have in the United States alone.

This hub introduces the reader to some of the regional economic trading blocs around the world.
European Union

The European Union (EU) formed under the Maastricht Treaty in 1993 is the world’s largest political and economic trade bloc. The EU, which traces its beginning to a six member pact called the European Economic Commission, currently has 27 members. As of 2009, the combined nominal GDP of the European Union was just under $16.5 trillion making it the second largest economic trading bloc in the global markets behind the three member NAFTA economic bloc. The 27 members include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was first signed in 1994 to establish a free economic trade bloc amongst Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America. According to an article posted on the Council on Foreign Relations website, “The central thrust of the agreement is to eliminate the vast majority of tariffs on products traded among the United States, Mexico, and Canada.” As of 2008, the combined GDP of the three NAFTA members estimated at nearly $17 triliion which makes it the world’s largest economic trading bloc just ahead of the European Union.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded in 1969 as an alliance promoting both political and economic alliance. This political alliance and economic trading bloc in Southeast Asia has ten members including:

Myanmar (Burma)

ASEAN is the world’s third largest economic trading bloc behind the European Union and NAFTA. In 2010, trade between the ten Southeast Asian nations was expected to surpass $1.5 trillion. Moreover, ASEAN is the United States’ fourth largest regional trading partner with over $200 billion in trade in 2008.
Mercosur – Common Market of the South

Founded in 1991, the purpose of Mercosur is to allow for free trade among member nations. Mercosur has four permanent member nations including Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay; and six associate members including Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. According to an article posted by the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations, Mercosur is the world’s fourth largest trading bloc after the European Union, NAFTA, and ASEAN with a collective GDP of $2.4 trillion in 2008. The total population of the four permananet members plus Venezuela was 270 million people. Venezuela’s petition for full membership is still pending approval by Brazil and Paraguay.

Cyprus Poisonous and Venomous Snakes, Spiders, Insects and Bugs

Poisonous & Venomous Spiders, Snakes and Insects in Cyprus.

As with many tropical or sub-tropical islands, Cyprus is home to venomous snakes, poisonous spiders, scorpions and many other potentially life threatening insects and creatures. Tourists from around the globe flock to Cyprus for a vacation of a life time with few thoughts on their safety.

For some, it presents a life changing ordeal of insufferable pain and anguish where lives are lost and lifestyles ruined.

The beautiful Greek island of Cyprus is a fantastic vacation destination. The warm waters of the Mediterranean Ocean lap gently on golden beaches whilst the sun browns the bodies of people on holiday. It is an island which many American and British people fall in love with and eventually relocate there, I know because my mum did.

Although millions of tourists enjoy their holidays in Cyprus and return home with images and memories of amazing times, some do not. Some people may lose a limb, become ill, or even die on this paradise isle.

Blunt Nosed Viper Snake
Blunt Nosed Viper Snake

The Blunt Nosed Viper Snake.

The Blunt Nosed Viper Snake is a venomous snake is a common sight throughout the Middle East. Growing to nearly 160 cm ( 5 feet ) in length, this snake can be found under trees’ and in shaded areas if the temperature raises above 45 degrees. Unfortunately, it is the shaded areas that people also seek if the sun gets to hot.

The venom is highly potent and contains a mixture of toxins. If bitten by this venomous snake, a person may suffer from head-aches, nausea, dizziness as well as abdominal cramps, vomiting and severe necrosis ( decay of living cells and tissue ) Fully grown people have died from a single bite from this snake.

Excessive bleeding and bruising will occur and medical attention should be sought immediately. If a tourist encounters any type of snake whist on vacation, it is advisable to leave them alone. Do not run away from them as that might startle the snake and cause it to attack. Always walk away, calmly, from a snake.

Montpelier Snake

Although the Blunt Nosed Viper is possibly the most dangerous species of snake on Cyprus, the Montpelier snake is the second. There are several different species of Montpellier snake, and all of their bites could prove fatal if not treated.

Growing up to 200 cm ( 6.5 feet ) this gray / greenish snake can be found near irrigation ditches in gardens, on rocky and dry habitats as well as any are with little or no vegetation.

The fangs of this venomous snake are at the rear of the mouth and present little danger to humans normally. Although the bites can cause severe bruising, bleeding, joint stiffness and the usual swelling.

Other snakes to watch out for whilst on vacation to Cyprus include the Cat Snake, The Whip Snake, Pink Worm Snake, and the Grass Snake, Most of these snakes do not bite humans and if they did the venom is not dangerous and the wounds easily treated.
Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider
Wolf Spider
Wolf Spider

Possibly the most common spider in the world is the formidable Black Widow Spider. Found in Cyprus as well as the whole Middle East, this little beast can give a very nasty nip. Limbs have been known to triple in size after receiving a bite from the Black Widow.

The Wolf Spider, also referred to as the Cyprus Tarantula, is a scary looking creature but the sting is virtually harmless, similar to a bee sting. A person who suffers from arachnophobia will suffer more just at the sight of this spider than a person would if they were bitten.

The Jumping Spider can grow to 3/4 of an inch in length and although again not deadly, the bite can itch like crazy. It is recommended that tourists going on vacation to Cyprus invest in a bottle of biokill, which kills spiders, ants, cockroaches and other crawling insects which can infest an apartment overnight.

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The most annoying of insects to tourists whilst on vacation. There are no malaria carrying mosquitoes in Cyprus. These insects can be found in their billions in the spring and late autumn. Mosquito repellents are a must if visiting during these times.

Ensure all windows have mesh screens and buy plug in insect repellents before leaving for your vacation. Although most mosquito bites come to nothing more than little itchy bumps, it can get worse. The humble mosquito is responsible for thousands of deaths each year around the globe.

Working as an expat for a Company in Saudi Arabia

Working in Saudi Arabia

There are many opportunities for working as an expat for a company in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East, but working in Saudi Arabia as an expatriate is very different from any experience I have ever had anywhere else in the world. Finding employment in Saudi Arabia was relatively straight forward as quite frankly not a lot of people really want to go there!

This hub will inform you as to what it is really like to work in Saudi Arabia as both a western expat and also what it is like for those expatriates who hail from less affluent regions of the world such as many parts of Asia.

I am originally from the UK, in my early 40s with a fairly broad background, having worked in a number of different industries in management positions as well as some consulting and advisory work. I am reasonably well educated with a Masters Degree and heaps of training courses attended and so on. I have had the opportunity as a consultant in the UK to visit many hundreds of companies and during my previous positions I have worked for both US and German based companies and had the opportunity to work in these countries for several weeks at a time during my career.

I first came to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to work with a consultancy, I was actually interviewed for a different job which I was originally going to be employed in but the Arabic boss of the guy that interviewed me “stole” me! I came on a business visa, allowing me to work with the business for 3 months, during which time they were to sort me out with a work visa for Saudi Arabia.

Visa to work in Saudi Arabia

This essential guide to getting your Saudi work visa should be read before you consider traveling to KSA, learn the difference between a work visa and a business visa and which type you should have.
Arriving in Saudi Arabia to Work

I arrived in the kingdom early evening, was taken to my Saudi compound and was drunk before bedtime! A great introduction to the kingdom and compound life. The following day I was driven from the compound and introduced to everyone and given plenty of helpful advice about what to do and what not to do (Including staying clear of the illegal home made alcohol)!

Work was not exactly pressured, and I had the opportunity to visit a number of different companies in the kingdom doing both consultancy and various training courses. This allowed me to see how people worked and behaved in a number of different companies first hand as well as the stories that I was told by others.
Working in Saudi Arabia as an Executioner
Finding work in Saudi Arabia

If you want to work in Saudi Arabia there are many positions available for you to fill in many different industries. This guide to finding work in KSA will help you in your search for work.
Working in Saudi Arabia
Employment in Saudi Arabia
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Why do Companies Employ Expats in Saudi Arabia

Most companies in Saudi Arabia employ a large number of expats who do the work, but the government is trying to reduce the number of expats by making many jobs Saudi only due to high Saudi unemployment, forcing the companies to employ Saudis. Companies that do not employ enough Saudis being “blacklisted” when it comes to getting more visas for additional staff. This Nitaqat law gives each company a rating, with those companies in the red having to shed foreign labor and being unable to recruit more.

Most unskilled labor is performed by expats as it is very much seen as being beneath a Saudi, you will be hard pressed to find a Saudi working in any area that requires them to get their hands dirty or raise a sweat.

You will also find many management and engineering positions filled with expats, especially where those positions are vital to the functioning of the company. This is due to the fact that there are few Saudis who are either qualified or experienced to fill these positions. Some positions are always filled with Saudis such as HR as these positions are only available by law to Saudis.

Why Don’t Companies Want Saudi Workers?

Saudi workers are “different”, that is about as polite as I will be about them, the Saudi society is not set up to create hard working well educated individuals. Whilst there are some real gems out there the majority are not what you would want within a company in the west!

Now there is a reason that most companies want to employ expats rather than Saudis. That reason is that they want someone who is both able and willing to do the job; the majority of Saudis failing on both counts! I have said in another of my pages (expatriates in Saudi Arabia) that most Saudis behave like teenagers, one minute they are helpful and friendly the next minute their mood changes and they are difficult and lazy! Trying to get a Saudi to do some work is like asking your teenager to clean their room, some will get on and do it, others will try to find any excuse possible not to. You have to keep on them constantly and it still may never be done!

The company that I work for currently is not a pure Saudi company, it pays above the average and is very selective as to who it employs, most of the people are hard working individuals who are very good at their job, however, there are still a number of individuals who will turn up hours late in the morning, disappear for a long lunch break, then go home early (if they came back from lunch). The work ethic is also sadly lacking.

My current company in my opinion is one of the better ones, a good friend of mine here has a group of Saudi managers at his company that turn up at 10 or 11 in the morning, switch on their play stations in their offices, play till lunch time then go home!

Most do not want to work, and there is little a company can do about it! It is almost impossible for a company here to sack a Saudi worker, the rights all belong to the Saudi! Some actually employ Saudis that never attend just to make up their required numbers, these Saudis being paid to do absolutely nothing, purely an overhead for the company to maintain!

New Awards For Top Menorca Hotels

During a year when Menorca and other holiday destinations need good news to remind tourists why they should visit, three hotels have done the trick for the Spanish holiday isle.

Menorca is well known in Europe as an ideal island for villa holidays – of the three Balearic Islands it’s quieter than both Majorca and Ibiza, and is popular with families looking to spend quality time together, and part of Menorca’s appeal are the family friendly restaurants and beaches.

So the fact that Menorca has been recognised for her hotels as well as traditional villa holidays is welcome at a time when the holidays market is battling the recession to keep the tourists flying in for a week or two’s Menorca holidays.

The Hotel Apartments Princesa Playa in Cala en Bosc is named as one of the world’s best family hotels – reinforcing the Menorca holidays image as one of being family friendly.

The other two Menorca hotels that get a mention in the European best hotels category are the Blanc Palace in Sa Caleta and the Royal Son Bou in Son Bou – both previously not particularly well known of all the hotels in Menorca.

Son Bou where the Royal is located is home to the largest and, for many visitors, best beach on Menorca, accessible via a tunnel down the road from Alaior. This resort has two hotels at the eastern end. With just shy of two kilometers of beach bars, there is no shortage of opportunity for fun. For the more modest holidaymaker, note that the farther west you go on this beach, the more scantily dressed the beach-goers are. It is perhaps not a good choice for a family holiday, but an ideal spot for couples or a group of friends.

But while Son Bou is a popular area, for small island Menorca has a surprisingly diverse range of villages to suit different holidaymakers depending uponwhat they are looking for.

Not far from Son Bou is Santa Tomas for example. The beach area in Santo Thomas offers popular busier stretches and quaint hideaways. At a couple of miles long, it’s never overcrowded and offers protection with its surrounding sand dunes. The beach, patrolled for safety, is long and narrow. It offers an excellent swimming habitat, fine sand and warm surf. Scenic countryside and woods provide a backdrop to the sand and the Mediterranean – terrific when tourists first arrive after their flights to Minorca

S’Algar is a small resort located on the southeast coast of Menorca, a short distance from the capital of Menorca Mahon and Sant Lluis. This is a ‘purpose-built’ holidays resort, and it is very well cared for and offers a good selection of accommodation, which includes two large hotels, several apartment complexes and some privately owned villas. You’ll also find a fair number of bars and restaurants along with a variety of shops. If you want to be active during your Menorcan resort holiday and not just lounge around, S’Algar has a host of sports facilities for you to enjoy. There is no beach here, however. You’ll have to travel to Cala Alcaufar, about a 15 minute walk.

Punta Prima is another popular Menorca village and has several hostels, hotels, apartments and villas to rent and a good selection of bars and restaurants for the convenience of its visitors. Unlike some of the other resorts in Menorca, Punta Prima also has two supermarkets and car rental facilities. If you are looking for a beach, you’ll find a beautiful one at Punta Prima, but be wary of the currents – they can be very strong at times. Take note of the warning flags that will alert you to the safety conditions of the water.

Binibeca Village is a beautiful, quiet resort consisting of Cala Torret in the east and Binebeca Vell to the west. This resort consists of all low rise apartments and villas and offers no high rise accommodation. The area around Binibeca has a variety of high quality bars, restaurants and stores.

But wherever you choose to spend Menorca holidays these days it appears that the hotels are giving the villas a run for their money at last!

Costa Del Sol – Rent Villas In Nerja

rja villa Eden (Nerja villa)

Sleeps up to: 8 (3 bedrooms)
Rates: £416 to £1256 per week
Nearest beach: Burriana: 0.2 km
Will consider: Long term lets (over 1 month)

Changeover day: Flexible
Access: Car not necessary
Nearest amenities: 0.2 km
Family friendly? Suitable for children of all ages
Suitable for the elderly or infirm
Notes: May take pets – please enquire
No smoking at this property

Rent Villas in Nerja – Description

This luxurious Nerja villa has everything you want and more. Situated in an exclusive area only 200m from one of Nerja’ s best beaches, Burriana. Burriana has many restaurants, bars and shops for your convenience. Not only do you have the beach on your doorstep, but your are only an 8-10 minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Nerja town centre – home of the famous Balcon de Europa (a beautiful promenade).

The Nerja villa itself has been decorated and fully furnished to a high standard. The separate spacious kitchen provides all the luxury you need, including a dishwasher, microwave, oven and large fridge-freezer. The spacious living room has comfortable settees, satellite TV and a DVD/CD player. You will find air conditioning throughout the property. The Nerja villa has 3 bedrooms: The master bedroom comes with a large en-suite bathroom (with bath and shower). The second bedroom has a bunk bed and a single bed. The third bedroom includes two single beds. There is a second bathroom with shower and a separate guest toilet with a washing machine and dryer is on the entrance level.

From the living room you have access to the barbecue area and the good-size private swimming pool. Tables, chairs, parasols and sun beds are all provided. If you enjoy dining outside to appreciate the sea views, there are sun blinds to create some shade. The Nerja villa also has a large roof terrace – another perfect place to enjoy the sun and views. A garage is included on the lower level of the property. As you can see, this Nerja villa is well prepared for both summer and winter lets. If you have children, you will be assured to know that the property has been child-proofed.

The Costa del Sol region

Best climate in Europe. A place still exists on the Costa del Sol which lies between small coves untouched by development and surrounded by an impressive mountain scenery. At the easterly end of the province, only 50kms. from Malaga and within 1 hour drive of Granada, you will find Nerja, the touristic capital of the Axarquia.
Places of interest: Malaga, Grenada, Cordoba, SeNerja villa, Ronda, Gibraltar, Marbella

Nerja / Burriana area

With its mild climate, you can enjoy yourself to the full all year round and take advantage of the relaxed way of life of a Nerja village that still retains much of the character of its moorish past. Today, Nerja offers an excellent range of quality accommodation and leisure time Rent Nerja Nerja villa – Facilities. There are thirteen Kms. of beaches, including the internationally famous Burriana beach that has once again been awarded by the Blue Flag of the European Union and the small coves below the impressive cliffs of Maro, which have been the inspiration of numerous artists who have set up residence here.

Lovers of the nature can enjoy the wonderful countryside in the area, camping at the campsite or in the camping zone in the parkland. For those who seek alternative activities on their holidays, there is fishing, diving, waterskiing, canoeing, water bikes, hiking, cycling, horseriding, jeep safaris, paragliding and much more… with authorized services.

The historic centre, than begins in the Balcon de Europa (Balcony of Europe), was constructed around 1487. Former 9th Century Castle, it is now a viewing point above the sea. To the side of the Balcon, you will find the 17th Century El Salvador Church, constructed in baroque-mudejar style. You may also visit the 16th Century Nuestra Señora de las Angustias Hermitage with its paintings by the master Alonso Cano.

In the old quarter of town, typical small shops offer local craftworks and products of the area, including the sweet wine and olive oil, honey and tropical fruits. At the beach and fish restaurants you can enjoy the pescaito frito (fried fish), whilst the many international restaurants in town offer a wide variety of menus to suit all tastes.

Nerja retains its traditional festivals: the Fair, Holy Week (Easter), the San Isidro pilgrimage and the festivals of San Juan and Da del Carmen are also celebrated in their own special way. There are a wide range of cultural events throughout the year. Of particular note is the acclaimed Nerja Caves Festival, wich takes place amongst stalactites and stalagmites, which were formed over millions of years. The Nerja Caves are currently the 3rd most visited monument in the whole of Spain.

Airport: Malaga: 60 km
Railway: Malaga: 60 km
Ferry: Malaga: 60 km

Fly to Malaga, Nerja is 60 km from the airport. Cheap flights are available from all the major airports. There are many no frills airlines serving different airports; Monarch, Bmibaby, Flybe, Jet2, easyjet, there are others and all are easy to find and book on line.

There are taxis at the airport. Costs: 60 euros.

Activities near Nerja

Tennis in town
Horse Riding
Golf within 30 mins drive

Great for:
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break

Rent Nerja Nerja villa – Facilities
Luxuries: DVD player, Sea view
General: Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available
Standard: Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities: Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms: Bedrooms (3), Bathrooms (1), En suite (1), Shower rooms (1), Separate WCs (1), Solarium / Roof terrace
Furniture: Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 7, Sleeps maximum of 8
Other: Linen and towels provided.
Highchair available.
Outdoors: Balcony / Terrace, Private outdoor pool (unheated), BBQ
Access: Secure parking

Nerja Villa – Further details:
This beautiful Nerja villa is situated in an exclusive location and only 200 metres from Burriana beach with its many amenities. Nerja town centre is a 8-10 minute walk.

The property is nicely decorated and furnished to a high standard. The separate spacious kitchen provides all the luxury you need, including a dishwasher, microwave, oven and big fridge-freezer. Next to the kitchen you find the guest toilet with a washing machine and dryer. The generous living room has comfortable settees, a fireplace, satellite TV wand a DVD/CD player. From the living room you have access to the barbecue area and the private swimming pool. Tables/chairs/parasols and sun beds are all provided. To create extra shade there are sun blinds. There are views to the sea. Air conditioning and central heating throughout the property. Roof terrace with magnificent sea views. On the second floor you find 3 bedrooms: One master bedroom with a large en-suite bathroom (with bath and shower). Second bedroom has a bunk bed and a single bed. Third bedroom includes two single beds. The second bathroom has a shower. A garage is included with the property.

This Nerja villa is well prepared for summer and winter lets.

The property has been child-proofed.

Celebrities Of Majorca

It is an island that is most well known as the number one European destination for cheap holidays, but Majorca has also been associated with the rich and famous for centuries. The spanish Royal Family have a palace and go on holiday in Majorca every year, and there are numerous other celebrities, past and present, who have chosen to make the island their home for at least part of the year. Alongside sunbathing, watersports and clubbing, celeb spotting can be an entertaining activity for those on a cheap holiday in Majorca; keep your eyes peeled for some of these famous residents…

Current Celebrity Residents

Majorca was the playground of Spain’s rich and famous long before it became a popular holiday for the rest of Europe. Nowadays it isn’t just rich Spaniards who make the island their second home – after their holidays in Majorca, many celebrities like the place so much that they decide to stay! Rather than spend their time on the island in one of the hotels in Majorca, these celebrities choose to build or buy mansions and luxury villas on the island.

Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas have a residence on the north of the island, and Irish actor Colm Meany also spends part of the year on the island. Other famous residents include musicians (ABBA’s Frida and Annie Lennox), sports stars (Steve MacManaman and Boris Becker) the model Claudia Schiffer (who recently caused a stir by erecting a massive fence around her villa to keep out prying eyes), and the (in)famous nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow.

Famous Majorcans

The island isn’t just famous for foreign celebrities who have decided to extend their holidays in Majorca indefinitely; a number of native Majorcans have gone on to achieve fame and fortune on the international stage.

Clay court master and Grand Slam tennis champion Rafael Nadal was born in the district of Manacor on the island. Majorca seems to have a pedigree of producing top tennis players, as the island was also the birthplace of former world number 1 Carlos Moya, who grew up in Palma. Majorca has also produced some famous Spanish leaders (General Joaquin Jovellar y Soler and former Spanish Prime Minister Antonio Maura Montaner), the writer Ramon Llull and the 19th century Franciscan Friar Junípero Serra, who founded a series of missions in California.

Historical Figures

The island has also been the home of a number of writers and artists over the centuries. One of the most famous residents of the island was the English poet and novelist Robert Graves, who moved to Majorca in 1926 with his lover, the poet Laura Riding, after Graves published his First World War memoir Goodbye to All That. He first visited on holiday in Majorca, and then decided to make the island his permanent residence.

The French writer George Sand and Polish composer Frederic Chopin spent time together on the island when they were a couple, renting space in a monastery while on holiday in Majorca.

Make Your Cheap Villa Holidays the Safest and the Healthiest Trip Ever

The holidays are a time to celebrate, give thanks, and reflect. Cheap villa holidays are great ways to do and experience the fun and the good break that you truly deserve.

Likewise, these holiday getaways are also the best time to pay special attention to your health. Give the gift of health and safety to yourself and others by following these holiday tips:

• When you intend to go on a holiday break, remember to always wash your hands – yes, as often as you could. According to health experts and practitioners, keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds – as good as singing the “happy birthday” song twice. If soap and clean water are not readily available, you can use other alternatives like an alcohol-based product, or anything that can make you disinfect and sanitize everything so as to maintain cleanliness and good health.

• Manage stress. It is true that more than fun experiences, cheap villa holidays can make you feel pressured, tensed and stressed. Not for anything else, but for feeling too much excited, preparation jitters and scheduling or planning pressures, a lot more. These things shall never spoil your moments with your loved ones as you have waited for this holiday getaway for such a long time. Balance and manage your time and activities accordingly – practicing effective time management. Always keep a relaxed and an optimistic outlook during your cheap villa holidays.

• If you are on the road either before, after and during the holiday breaks, whether you’re traveling across town or other travel destinations, make sure that your trip is 100 percent safe. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let someone else drink and drive, too. Observe traffic rules and good driving techniques and precautionary measures. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a vehicle – reassuring yourselves that you always buckle up your child safely.

• Always keep a watchful and keen eye on your kids. Children are at high risk for injuries that can lead to a more difficult and serious problem. Put potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, choking hazards (like coins and hard candy), and other objects out of kids’ reach. When something inevitable or an accident happens, I am so sure that this will surely spoil and mess up your cheap villa holidays.

• Since you are on a budget, you seldom eat out and order foods from nearby restaurants and food shops. You tend to cook and prepare your own meals. There is nothing wrong with this; thus, make sure that you handle and prepare food safely. As you prepare meals for your holiday escapades, keep you and your family safe from food-related illness. Cook foods to the proper temperature. Refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours.

With all these holiday tips, you can surely have such guaranteed safe and healthy cheap villa holidays that you’ve always dreamed of. So, make the most out of this holiday break and find the best links to a reliable online resource that can take you to a world-class holiday getaway experience. Have fun!

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Cheap Villas Are An Affordable Vacation Luxury

Many budget-minded travelers are experiencing an exciting way to add more luxury and privacy to their vacation getaways without having to spend a lot of money. They are discovering cheap villas are available for rent in popular destinations like Italy, Bali, Spain, France, and many other places across the globe. What makes this vacation option appealing is most private villas are fully staffed and offer quality service just like expensive deluxe hotels. The cost savings is made possible because nothing is wasted on overdone furniture and décor that does not add to the quality of your visit.

Renting a villa is a refreshing change to staying in a crowded hotel where the only privacy you have is inside of your room. This is like having your own private holiday residence to enjoy at a fraction of the cost. This affordable option to a five-star hotel is especially good for families that need extra space for kids to roam freely that hotels cannot supply. Staying in a private villa is the closest you can get to feeling at home when on vacation. There is more than enough room for everyone to have their own privacy when they choose to. In addition, living areas where people can come together for meals and quality time without strangers being around.

Finding cheap villas for rent is as easy as searching online for ones available in places you want to book a vacation to visit. If you are considering a few vacation destinations take your time in choosing. Planning your trip should be stress free and fun. Most travel sites that feature this type of lodging option provide Internet visitors with color pictures of the residence so they can get a real feel of what they are renting. A complete list of accommodations including services will help you choose the right villa to book based on your personal needs.

All that is left for you to do is to decide on where you want to go. It has never been easier to find a terrific deal because the Internet has made it possible to shop numerous travel sites quickly and with confidence. When narrowing down your list of cheap villas to book ask about any special discounts they might have or last minute travel deals if you are planning a spur of the moment getaway. Saving money on vacation expenses is always an added bonus to enjoying a trip.

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