8 Tips to a Perfect Holiday

• Research where you’re going, check out impartial review sites for the hotels, nearby restaurants and activities of the area as well as checking the voucher sites for any great special offers. This will make sure that you get what you buy and don’t end up with a holiday from hell!
AVOID: Paying 5* rates for a tent, motorway view with nearby running water.

• Before you go, make a list of everything that you need to take and need to do before leaving. Tick this list off as you go and make sure it’s all done before you leave for peace of mind and no worries.
AVOID: “Did I leave the front door open and Kevin in his room?”

• Ask at the hotel’s front desk for advice and information. Front desk staff are there to help, whether you need directions or some ideas for your holiday then this is your first (and hopefully last) stop. Remember, these staff are the ones who usually book the activities for guests so are usually knowledgeable about the activities themselves and can sometimes get exclusive prices!
AVOID: Asking directions from some bloke on the street and ending up lost… again.

• Stay Safe! Keep your valuables under lock and key at all times, whether you keep them on your person during the day or place them in the hotel safe it’s better to be certain of their location! Trust me; there is nothing worse than frantically searching on the last day of your holiday for those car keys!
AVOID: Losing the car keys, house keys, map back home and the kitchen sink.

• Whether you’re on holiday for relaxation or adventure, nothing will spoil your mood and the holiday in general more than your email and mobile phone. Remember, you booked time off to enjoy yourself so why are you checking your email? Just turn off the phone and relax.
AVOID: Setting up an office on the beach, sand in the coffee… never good.

• Make sure you remember your holiday by taking those all important holiday snaps. Photos are a great way of remembering your holidays and showing the friends and family what you got up to. Try and take as many different photos as you can and get a few funny ones in too! Remember, don’t just take snaps of the holiday; photograph the journey too!
AVOID: Not having something to laugh at when you get home.

• Don’t forget the postcard! OK maybe not a postcard but don’t forget to buy some souvenirs for people back home. Top tip, take a good photo of the scenery or the family and make a custom postcard or picture in frame for the loved ones.
AVOID: The awkward silence when your Mum asks where her present is.

• A final thought to your holiday, leave a review for the hotel and restaurants you visited for the next guests. If you researched your holiday you would have relied on these reviews to build a picture of your trip, leaving a review of your own helps boost good businesses and helps others avoid the bad ones.
AVOID: Keeping your holiday just to yourself.

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Creating The Perfect Holiday PR Pitch: Tapping Into The Billion $ Spending Season

The holiday season represents a huge opportunity when in comes to selling your product or service. According to the National Retail Federation, “in 2010, holiday sales increased 5.2% to $452.9 billion, which was a significant improvement from the -0.4% decrease in 2009. On average, holiday sales have increased 2.6% per year for the last 10 years. For some retailers, the holiday season can represent anywhere between 25-40% of annual sales. In 2010, holiday sales represented 19.4% of total retail industry sales.”

And that’s just retail. Just about any business or service can utilize the holidays to boost sales. We generally think of the season boosting sales of clothing, jewelry or electronics, which is does, but those are just the obvious ones. Think about it, if you’re a florist, what better way to make the holidays cheerier. If you’re a psychotherapist, there is help for the holiday blues. If hairstylist, cosmetic surgeon or make up artist, you can help create a new look for the new year. If you’re a restaurateur you can offer the perfect holiday meal. If you’re a marketer or business advisor, there is no better time to prepare for the new year, you get the idea. If you’re in the FBI or CIA, the pitch might be a bit more troublesome, but overall, generally there is going to be a way that you can pitch your business, product or service during the holiday season.

I realize that you might feel that the commercialization of the holiday season has gone too far (and you’re right), still the last quarter of the year presents unique opportunities to get your story out to the media, your customers and your prospects. The holiday season is a time when people loosen their purse strings and spend money. It’s a time when people spend on others and themselves. It’s also a time when the media is looking for story ideas with holiday themed gift guides and a stories having to do with holiday gifts, gadgets and products.

What you need to do is drill down and develop story ideas that speak to the needs of the various media outlets. Remember during this time you need to tie your media angle and pitch to the holidays and you need to keep the needs of the various media outlets you’re pitching in mind. TV is a visual medium, so you want to pitch them a visual hook. If you have a product that you can bring on and show, that helps, or if you do a quick makeover that that could work. Print needs a strong story. If you can tie your product in with a cause, charity or local angle, that can give you a step up.

Copyright © Anthony Mora 2011

I’m Anthony Mora, President and CEO of Anthony Mora Communications, Inc. and author of several books including the definitive PR book, Spin to Win. My firm specializes in public relations, image development, media training and Transformational Marketing, We have placed clients in a wide range of media outlets including Time, Newsweek, USA Today, Oprah, People, WSJ, and CNN. Contact us to learn why effective public relations is the most important tool in the internet age. At AMC, Inc., we help companies reach prospective clients, establish successful brands, grow their business and establish themselves as the experts in their field. Contact us at: http://anthonymora.com

Guide to Perfect Holiday Photo Cards

What is the best way to spread a smile during the holidays? With another smile! Photo cards have become an almost infectious tradition during the holiday season because everyone wants to share their beautiful family–whatever shape or size it may be–with those that they care about. The best way to express change is by showing it! Children grow, people change, and all of that is reflected in a simple snapshot. Now that digitally printed photo greeting cards are available, sending customized holiday cards is a synch. Follow this comprehensive guide to get the perfect holiday photo cards this year!
Most photo cards have a minimal amount of wording. They keep it simple, and generally say who it is from along with a greeting or sentiment. Pretty easy, right? Believe it or not, there are three major errors that appear time after time. Get in the know, and avoid these mistakes before they are even made.

Last Name: It is not as ridiculous as it sounds! Carefully check the spelling of any last names, of course, but also be careful of using plurals. It is easy enough with a typical last name:
Last name: Smith
The Smiths
The Smith Family
However, if your last name ends in an “s” things start getting tricky:
Last name: Jones
The Joneses
The Jones Family
Year: Which year do you use? The New Year is just a few days away from the major winter holidays, but do not let that trip you up! Always use the year that we are currently in on your holiday photo cards.

Photos: We offer a ton of holiday photo card options, both digitally printed and attachable photo cards. Be sure that your photos suit the card that you have selected. Designs can call for square, narrow, or standard photos. We handle the cropping for you for digital cards, but be sure that the photo can be cropped into the shape that you will need.

When sending a custom holiday photo card, the most important part is naturally the photo. The way that you share your family with your photo will change the look and feel of the entire card. Aside from selecting just the right photograph, there are several coloring options that can also be implemented. Each one will alter the appearance of your photo card, so take a moment to consider these options:

Full Color: The natural state of most photos is to have full coloring. These photos tend to be lively and bright, giving a more uplifting and energetic impression. They also offer the greatest variety, as you can select what colors you want to wear or have in the background when taking your photo. Full color photos are a great chose for happy children, pets, and entire families.
Black & White: This coloring style gives your photo a classic look, as if you are capturing a moment in time. A simple photo with one or two subjects is ideal for this style. Black and white photos are great for sleeping or serene children and couple shots.
Sepia: Sepia coloring brings in an old world, antique feel to your photograph. Just like the black and white, this monochrome coloring style is best with simple subjects. This coloring style is best suited for couples such as engagement or wedding photos.
Selective Coloring: A unique coloring option to speak with your photographer about, this coloring style incorporates offering coloring to only select portions of the photo. It can give a similar feel to the old style painted photographs, or can offer a brilliant method of highlighting certain aspects of a photo (eyes, lips, flowers, etc.).

There are several different styles of holiday photo cards available to suit your different needs. Understanding the options will help you with selecting the perfect design.

Digital vs. Attachable: Photo cards are available either as digital prints or as attachable photo cards. Digital photo cards require you to provide a digital image to print in the design. Attachable photo cards require you to have your own photos printed and include a method to attach them to the card after printing.
Flat vs. Folded: Some designs are flat, and thus have all of your personalized wording on the front along with the photo. Others are folded like a traditional greeting card, and will incorporate the photo on the cover with your personalized wording inside.
Standard vs. Slim: Photo cards come in a variety of sizes. The two main distinctions are standard invitations and slim invitations. Often, slim invitations give a more formal and custom appeal, and are almost always flat.
Single vs. Multiple Photos: The number of photos will vary from 1-4, depending on the design. All designs that incorporate more than one photo will be digitally printed. Attachable photo cards only can accommodate one photo.

Armed with this knowledge, you will be a photo card pro. Whether you prefer to shop in store or online, the options will be similar. Just be sure to take the time to look and read, so you know that all your needs will be met with the holiday card you choose.

India – A Perfect Holiday Destination

India is a perfect holiday destination and attracts tourists from all around the world to spend their holidays in India. India is a vast country and abode of fabulous blend of diverse culture and rich history. India with its several tourist attractions and attention-grabbing holiday spots never fail to impress its visitors. India offers a lot to experience and enjoy. From modern cities to prehistoric monuments, holy places and holiday spots, India offers a lot to the overseas tourists to experience and cherish.

Interested in India Holiday Tours? Welcome, India Tourism invites you to spend your holidays in India. Travel in India and observe its incredible cultural heritage and get fascinated with historic & magnificent monuments, fantastic forts, terrific temples, and several beautiful holiday spots. Travel in India and marvel on incredible architectural wonders of India. Architecturally beautiful structures, monuments with beautiful design, paintings & carvings, temples with fine carvings & sculptures, fantastic forts, elegant palaces, majestic tombs of mighty emperors, etc are truly breathtaking. During your holidays in India, you will too have a brilliant opportunity to see all these architectural wonders of India.

To see monumental attractions in India your must travel in Rajasthan. There are several monuments in Rajasthan, India. Embark on Rajasthan Holiday Tours and add a special charm in your holidays in India. Among all the holiday destinations of India, Rajasthan, the land of monuments or the land of Kings, maintains a special importance. Unique cuisine of Rajasthan served in the milieu of royal forts & palaces, camel safari on sand dunes, exceptional beauty of Mount Abu, friendly people etc make Rajasthan a popular spots for holidays in India. Choose any Rajasthan Holiday Package and embark on tours to Rajasthan, India. Surely, your Rajasthan Holiday will be a mesmerizing and pleasant experience.

Not only monuments, in fact, India Tourism offers a range of experience. It offers an amazing selection of holidays in India. Beach holidays on Goa Beaches & Kerala Beaches, Family Holiday on several picturesque locations, backwater holiday, etc, you can enjoy all this on your India Holiday Tours. If your children are interested in wildlife or water fun, India is fully prepared for it also. Explore Indian National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries and watch thrilling & sensational activities of wild animals. Go to beach destination and enjoy water funs. Hill Stations of India may also be fascinating family holiday destination. Lush green hill stations of India with their extra-ordinary beauty offer you fascinating spots for you and your family on your holidays in India.

Some of the must-visit holidays destinations and attractions in India are Rajasthan with magnificent forts, palaces, & rustic beauty; Agar with the magnificent Taj Mahal; Kashmir with extra-ordinary natural beauty, beautiful gardens, lovely lakes and snow; Delhi with India Gate, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, etc; Kerala with breathtakingly beautiful natural beautiful, lovely beaches and backwaters; Hyderabad with Charminar, Mount Abu’s Dilwara Jain Temples, Hill stations like Nainital, Ooty, Darjeeling, Shimla, Manali, etc. You can too enjoy the fascination of India, just choose any one of luxury holiday packages to India and embark on India Holiday Tours.

Find the Perfect Holiday Villa

Have you heard of spending your holidays in your own private holiday villa? Maybe your boss mentioned it, or your banker. They may have told you about their luxury villa rental in the Greek Islands and you probably thought that a holiday like that would be out of your league.

Holiday villas are a spectacular way to spend your days and nights at locations across the globe. However, you don’t have to be rich or well-connected to enjoy the amenities that a luxury villa rental offers. In fact, your budget may end up appreciating the fact that you discovered this travel option! After all, dining out for every meal adds up. With a holiday villa (with a pool!) you can eat it as often as you want and enjoy the savings. These savings add up, especially if you have several mouths to feed three or more times per day.

In addition, a luxury villa rental costs a set amount per week regardless of how many people stay there. Where hotels and other accommodations charge per person, you’ll pay one rate no matter if two people or ten spend the week there. Invite another couple or two to share your private holiday villa and everyone will come out ahead.

Finding the perfect holiday villa involves knowing what you want, where you want to be, how much you’re willing to spend, and how many people you want to house. The folks at James Villa Holidays will help you with these questions and find the perfect answer!

Finding the Perfect Holiday Pettiskirt

‘Which sex has the maximum options of clothes and accessories?’ would be the best question to start this article! It is obviously the fairer sex, which enjoys a whole variety of clothes and accessories to match what they wear. Needless to say, they have virtually endless designs, styles and colors to choose from! That brings us to a skirt that is fun and comfortable to wear – the pettiskirt! With global temperatures soaring, pettiskirts (which used to be once a must-wear stylish skirt for women) have again gained prominence amongst the females.

From teenagers to even the old ladies, pettiskirt is a hit with everyone now! The old ladies have their fond nostalgic memories of colorful, flowing and flowery skirts that they used to wear in summer and that which would attract the best of handsome men around! The new generation teenagers have a lot of stories to hear from them; inspired by their stories, the retro look is in vogue again! Though these days, finding the perfect and classic pettiskirt can be a little pain in the neck! The reason being the fashion designers went ahead with their own plans of adding a little ‘modern’ touch to the skirt and quite understandably, it is not a major hit as the original classic holiday pettiskirt. Here are some tips that will help you find your perfect holiday pettiskirt to chill out during the summer months!

• Vibrant: The typical holiday skirt should be vibrant and full of colors! It is far cry from what women these days wear at work. Chill out and grab the most colorful and flowery of the skirts that you can find around! One thing that may come to your mind is – will you look weird in that? Of course not! When you’re on a holiday, the last thing you need to worry about is to look weird. It is the sun that complements all the colors in the pettiskirt and will make you stand apart from the crowd.

• Not Just the Beach: Whoever said that the pettiskirt is only meant for sunny beaches is totally wrong! On the contrary, minimalist clothes should be the best attire for a dip in the cool waters of the sea! The pettiskirt is in fact, the best for long walks by the beach with your partner! Moving from the beaches to a typical sunny city, you can complement the pettiskirt with a blouse or even a light shirt and wear medium height heels that look great with the flowing skirt!

It is the floral shades that go best with the pettiskirt. But avoid looking too flowery – you may look really weird with a Hawaiian styled petticoat with a similar blouse and roaming around in the city! Spare the flowers for a bright holiday morning or even playing in the garden. Some women even prefer to wear leggings with the pettiskirt, but when you’re thinking in terms of the holiday pettiskirt, you can safely choose to skip the leggings and similar stuff!

Self Catering Cottages – Perfect Holiday Hangout

One of the innovations of modern times that is gaining huge applause world over are self catering cottages. A perfect holiday destination, they have left the other popular holiday hangouts far behind in the race to popularity. There are several reasons that combine together to make these cottages so well like by people. First of which undoubtedly is the low price at which these can be availed. This spreads their popularity to all the sections of society. The other factor that works greatly in favour of these cottages is their setting. Set amidst the calm locales of countryside they welcome the tourist with an unhurried and tranquil life which acts as a balm for tired and overworked professional.

The freedom that people get here is another star attraction of these cottages. People get the freedom to make enjoyable their stay in any which way they want at these cottages. So much so that they are even allowed to cook their own meals here. This tilts the scale firmly in favour of these cottages as families who have small kids find the place just perfect for them.

Self catering cottages, it must be mentioned are, on top of the wish list of business houses as well. They find them to be just perfect for arranging their official get togethers and team building exercises. The stay at these cottages provide the companies to use them as a holiday package to be given to their most deserving employees.

With so many outstanding features attached with them, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that self catering cottages have carved a name for themselves in the hearts of people. With modern day life fast becoming hectic it shouldn’t come as a surprise if these cottages put all other holiday destinations in shade. With the way their fan base is swelling it looks quite a possibility.

Terry is a globe-trotter specialising in travel writing. Having toured all over Britain, he has a fair idea of the best resorts, self catering cottages, hotels, and other places of accommodation and entertainment, including self catering services in the British Isles. He has been using his vast knowledge of geography and languages to guide tourists and holiday-makers to enjoy their touring time.

Birmingham Weekend – A Perfect Holiday Destination

Birmingham Weekend will be an excellent idea for a family or individual holiday that will get you away from the hustle-bustle of working life. If you and your family/girlfriend work hard to have a better life, then a getaway to Birmingham for a weekend is an excellent way to reinvigorate yourself. If you are working hard for a better life then you should not be having any reservations for taking some time off as holidays.

If you have decided to go for a weekend holiday alone or with your family, a Birmingham Weekend will be an ideal location. Birmingham is a city with an eventful history and economic success after the Civil War. It is also known as the “The Magic City” for its history, economic, art, sports and music blend. Where will you get a city with so much of history, economic success, art, music and sports? It is melting pot of activities that breathes life into you.

Birmingham – a major southern city of America – is also home to hospitable people. The Birmingham residents are known for their friendly disposition and you will really feel welcomed when they just smile at you. A place is what its people make of it. If a place is prosperous, clean with lots of tourists flowing in then you can be sure it is all due to its people. Birmingham reflects this spirit of its residents and you will really feel that Birmingham is what it is today because of the hardworking and hospitable nature of its people. You can feel and see this during you Birmingham Weekend.

During your Birmingham Weekend take your family/girlfriend for a lunch of country-fried steak with butter beans. All of you are simply going to love a meal at one of the restaurants or hotels. If you are a history freak, then you will get to learn much of the Civil Rights movement but if music is what you and those accompanying you are looking for then jazz music will keep you entertained.

If you are an art lover, Birmingham Weekend will provide you with an excellent opportunity to indulge in this activity as you can spend your morning at the Birmingham Museum of Art. If by noon you feel hungry then you can have lunch at a traditional Southern tea room. For those of you who likes to indulge in outdoor activities you can chose from teeing off at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail or go for day hiking at Ruffner Mountain.

Take your family/girlfriend to the world-class zoo and listen to blue show at an outdoor café in the evening. If you don’t like the idea of spending the night at an expensive hotel why not try some small homely inn. We are sure you and your family/girlfriend will love it during your Birmingham Weekend stay.

Having the Perfect Holiday

How do you go about having the perfect holiday? Many of us like different things when it comes to holidays. For some of us, such trips are all about relaxing on the beach, maybe reading a book and doing very little else. It may be that we work extremely hard the rest of the time and need to have the opportunity to relax as a result.

That may not be your idea of a great holiday though. Maybe you prefer the thought of really getting to know a place. That could mean hiring a car and taking the opportunity to explore a region that you weren’t previously aware of.

Our holiday choices can obviously be influenced by others too. If we have young children, for example, then it’s likely that we’ll want to choose a holiday destination that will appeal to the whole family. There’s very little point in opting to travel to somewhere that only adults will really enjoy. That’s only likely to lead to our children being unhappy, which will probably end up ruining the holiday for everyone.

So it’s clear that giving careful thought to the destination should certainly be important. It needs to be somewhere that will please the whole family. But is this the only thing that matters when it comes to having a great holiday?

You’ll often get the most out of the experience if you’re prepared to really engage with local people. By making the effort to learn a little of their language, this can often become much easier. As well as enabling you to find out more about the local culture and customs, you’ll also discover that such an approach will help you to pick up some great tips.

Although guide books and websites can be useful for finding out information about a destination, local knowledge is often far more relevant.

So concentrate on finding a good location and then make the effort to integrate yourself with the locals if you really want to have the perfect holiday.

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The Perfect Holiday Gift Is a Wet Nose

Once again the holiday season is almost upon us. We will be searching high and low for the perfect holiday gift for our friends and family. Some of us will choose a gift card to a favorite store or restaurant. A gift card is a very nice gift but once it’s gone, it’s gone. Some of us will choose to purchase a gift of clothing for our loved ones. Maybe a nice robe and slippers that will keep them warm and snugly will do the trick. However, choosing the correct size and color is always a challenge. But, if you do happen to get the size and color correct, the robe and slippers will wear out over time and will be discarded and forgotten. So, what gift can be given that stays around for years to come, keeps the recipient warm and snugly, never wears out or gets discarded and comes in many wonderful colors and sizes?

Bringing home a new puppy during the holidays for a child is a long-standing, loving tradition. Watching a child’s eyes light up when they lift off the lid of the box and look inside to see a big-eyed furry friend waiting for them is priceless. However, surprising an adult friend or family member with such a gift may cause them to run the other way. Raising a puppy shouldn’t be taken lightly. They need to be trained, walked frequently, require near constant attention and, oh yes, potty trained. You have to consider if your friend or family member can handle the obligation and commitment that it takes to handle a puppy’s needs.

An alternative to a puppy is to help your friend or family member pick out an adult dog from a local animal shelter or rescue organization. These animals have usually been through all of the necessary training and are ready for a good forever home. Most shelters and rescue organizations have their animals fully examined by a veterinarian including being provided with all of the necessary vaccinations prior to being adopted. Some of the groups also micro-chip their animals for identification in case they stray too far from home.

In addition to viewing animals at a rescue shelter, some rescue groups also bring animals to local adoption events. Observing the potential new family member at the shelter or adoption event will allow you to see how they interact with new people and with other animals. In addition, plenty of research on the type and breed of animal that will fit best into your friend or family member’s household must be done. Ask the recipient of the new four-legged friend to come with you to the shelter or adoption event and be sure to allow sufficient time to interact with these wonderful animals so that the right one is brought home. I have no doubt that you will find the perfect “gift”, or should I say they will find you…Wet nose and all!