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Vinita Nair – My favorite TV Anchor

Here’s what one of my friends has to say about Vinita Nair:

Hi all, I am a big fan of Vinita Nair. Being someone who wakes up very early, I rarely miss her morning shows. She co-anchors the widely seen World News Now and America This Morning on ABC every day. Basically from Colleyville, Texas she is doing a fabulous job.

Having finished her graduation in Texas with a degree in Journalism, she moved on to anchoring and reporting in the print media. She worked with KWGN – TV and KOLN/KGIN-TV in Lincoln and WYCC-TV, Nebraska prior to working in ABC.

She has written for ‘Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine’ and was a reporter for Talk Radio News in Washington D.C. She dedicated herself on reporting on multitude of topics like Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation and the school shootings at Bailey, Colorado. She has also anchored daily morning and afternoon newscasts.


Hot Vinita Nair
Hot Vinita Nair

Her stint at ABC network is commendable. She worked on live coverage and news briefs for the ABC’s digital network. In ABC News, she co-anchors with Jeremy. Both have the best chemistry I feel that has made the reporting lively. ABC News President David Westin was pleased by her willingness to expand her role in the ABC network.

She has showed her versatility as an anchor, journalist and reporter with wide applause from all quarters of the print media. Very attractive, disciplined and has great sense of humor.

Sometimes when I am unable to watch her shows, I simply record it. Her diction and demeanor in reporting are truly outstanding.

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Top 10 holiday destinations

As a British holidaymaker, I most enjoy short trips from England to anywhere within 4 to 5 hours flying distance. As a zealous traveller, I find no distance too great when incredible journeys summon!

My unending love for merriment has urged me to embark on many journeys and experience new cultures. Years of travel have taught me three important lessons: Respect for heritage, appreciation of beauty within simplicity and beholding grandeur within subtlety.

If you are planning a trip in the near future and out of UK, you may want to consider my recommendations.

Top 10 holiday destinations

Top 10 holiday destinations
Top 10 holiday destinations

1. Spain

Land of the finest red wine and Tango, of beautiful vineyards and of the warmest sunshine, SPAIN is the British holidaymaker’s most popular and frequently visited holiday destination. Here’s an account of my ‘exploits’ in Spain.

•    Majorca

Majorca or Mallorca has been an experience close to heaven! Set on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Spain’s largest Balearic Island is haven for tourists in search for tranquil waters, sand, sun and frolic! With over 10 million people frequenting Majorca every year, the island is prime attraction for young pleasure seeking holidaymakers.
Adorned by the picturesque villages of Soller, with the mountains of Sierra de Tramuntara flanking the seaside, the wild terrain and soaring mountains lie beautifully in contrast with the gentle roar of the Mediterranean waters.
Arresting beaches, romantic coves and mystical mountains…Majorca is your best pick this season!

•    Tenerife

Largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is a mix of beautiful coastline, majestic mountains, quaint valleys and dangerously alluring ravines. One of the most popular tourist destinations around the world, Tenerife’s volcanic landscape traps the serene within the untamed. A temperature averaging 20 degree Celsius, the island is one of continuous Spring.
For lovers of nature, a trip around the rugged massifs of Anaga, volcanic mountains of Dorsal, the depressed valleys of Valle de La Orotava and Valle de Güímar and the notable ravines of Ruiz, Fasnia, Güímar, Erques and Infierno make for an ideal ramble!

•    Gran Canaria

One of the islands in the Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, Gran Canaria’s volcanic origin endows it with fissures vents that make the island the second most populated island after Tenerife. With its varied landscape and climates, Gran Canaria is a Continent within a little island. The cool north and warm south of the island combine with beautiful beaches in the east and rockier mountains in the west.
Bird lovers can catch a glimpse of avian variety in the Palmitos Park. The botanical garden of Tafira Alta tops my list as a plant lover. Tourists looking for commercial amusement can take a tour around the lovely towns of San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, and Maspalomas, among others.

•    Ibiza

The endearing little island of Ibiza is located in the Mediterranean Sea and is the third largest Balearic Island. Infamously popular for its summer club parties, Ibiza has grown as a Spanish holiday spot in the last 35 years. Ibiza is your place if you tire of the natural world too soon. Walk into Privilege or party at Eden. Take a splash at the water parties in Es Paradís or enjoy a new experience at foam parties hosted by Amnesia.
Ibiza offers rustic beauty with long sandy beaches and unsettling weather. Prior to June and after September, expect quieter times at Ibiza as the island is empty of tourists and bereft of its nightclub frenzy.

•    Other Spanish destinations:

Benidorm, the ‘Manhattan of Spain’, popularly referred to by Americans, has an interesting skyline of tall hotels and apartment buildings and is essential a tourist city and the fifth most popular holiday locale in Spain.
The ‘white’ village towns of Costa del Sol are packed with charm and old world hospitality offering rich and famous visitors with abounding amusement.
A monotonous fauna and impressive flora sums up the volcanic Canary Island of Lanzarote. Especially beautiful in the months of February and March, Lanzarote displays a colourful bloom brought by the winter rainfalls.

To a British, a leisurely Spanish holiday is a compulsion. If you haven’t been there insofar, I believe you are yet to experience your best holiday ever!

2. Cyprus

Cyprus, the third largest Mediterranean island, is immensely popular among Brits. I have loved the country for its history, not to mention the angelic sandy beaches and clear blue of the Mediterranean Sea. If you love the water, you can indulge in a variety of water sports like diving, sailing, fishing and a hoard of other activities like horse riding and mountain trekking.

The lovers’ paradise, there’s Aphrodite dwelling in every home and Adonis roaming every land in Cyprus! Set at the crossroads of European, Asian and African continents, Cyprus has a new world to discover at every bend and corner. Enjoy the exotic flora and fauna of the island and explore charming coral bays, cliffs and hauntingly beautiful under water caves.
Relive history through Greco-Roman limestone theatres in Pafos, or the imposing Gothic monuments of Nicosia and various other remnants of Greek, Roman, Turkish, and Assyrian rule at Paphos and around Cyprus.

I recommend Cyprus to anyone intrigued by the thought of time travel 

3. Turkey

As the richest empire of the ancient world, Turkey still holds dear to the Ottoman grandeur. A glimpse of exotic Asia within modern Europe, Turkey is mystical personified! Lovely towns, cobbled roads, colourful bazaars and the scent of aromatic spices… Turkey is enigmatic. Fierce men and sultry women, warm days and cool desert nights brings with it romance and mystery.

Enjoy water sports, relaxing spas and European luxury at fabulous beach resorts of the Black, the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea, delicious cuisines and entertaining night clubs at Istanbul, historic remnants at Antalya, natural beauty of Burdur and superbly accommodating towns and hotels around Turkey.

4. Greece

God’s own country, Greece, is nostalgic.  Serene, tranquil and charming, Greece reminds you of a bygone era, when Gods and Goddesses walked the earth. Land of Hercules and Achilles, Greece is a land of fierce warriors and of passionate love!

I was lost admiring the remnants of ancient history at the Island of Crete and trudging along Mount Olympus and quite taken with the Rhodope range with its thick ancient forests. The historic towns, with its cobbled stoned roads, volcanic topography of Santorini and archeological sites, charming little harbors and the wonderful hospitality of Athens and luxurious resorts of Santorini, Paros, Myconos and Crete…left me craving for more!

5. Egypt

Enter Africa and into the home of one of the most ancient civilizations of the world. Visions of great kings, vast desserts and pyramids rush through your mind with every step on the Egyptian soil. Set at the banks of the striking River Nile, Egypt is more than 5000 years of history that speaks for its immense popularity as a tourist destination.
Cairo is your capital city and has an abundance of male dominated traditional coffee houses, solely catering to men and for their social amusements! Colourful bazaars, jingling ornaments, flowing garbs and the busy hum-drum of old markets gives a slice of exotic old world charm.

You must visit the Giza pyramids of Kephren, Menkaure and Queen’s pyramids and the majestic Great Sphinx. Also see the pyramids of Abu Rawash, Abu Sir, Zawyet el-Aryan, and Saqqara among others. Delve into the mysterious and enigmatic Valley of Kings’ tombs and pits.
Other places you should see are Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Museum of Islamic Arts, Mosque at Al-Azhar, and Manial Palace Museum among others.

6. America

America is a land of opportunities. Unfortunately, not much of that includes an opportunity to admire natural beauty and explore virgin locations.

•    Las Vegas

Las Vegas tops the tourist charts with its host of colourful and lively casinos, bars, clubs and infamous little town streets and corners. A gambler’s paradise, Las Vegas is stylishly designed for the rich and flamboyant. Not the best family getaway but frequented by many with a thirst for frolic and merriment.

•    New York City

Almost every Hollywood film’s center of natural calamity, alien attack and home to super heroes, New York City has a lot to offer by way of technological advancement, but little of any excitement not found in London. You will come across every one of those plazas, malls, coffee shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and pubs that you have left back home.
A day or two should be enough to visit the Statue of Liberty or Madison Square Gardens.

•    Florida

The sunshine state of USA is perfect for holidaymakers looking for a classic sea, sun and sand getaway. Surf across waves, or go diving, snorkeling, paragliding and participate in volleyball games on shore. At Florida, the fun is never ending!
Children and adults alike will enjoy visiting Disneyland, Universal Studios and the Seaworld. Florida’s happy countenance and cheer makes for an ideal family holiday.

7. Italy

Italy, home of the greatest empire the world has ever seen and mother to European art, architecture, science and literature. Made of two islands on the Mediterranean Sea – Sicily and Sardinia, Italy is the treasure trove of European history.

•    Sicily

Most holidaymakers visit Sicily for remnants of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum, and the leaning Tower of Pisa and no corner of this picturesque city are amiss in its rich cultural heritage. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Petrarch, Dante, Galileo, Vivaldi, and many more, still haunt the corners and bends of this romantic city.

Throw in a generous ounce of Catholicism, a love for beauty, family and leisure and warm, nonchalant Italian demeanor and your Sicilian experience is one to be cherished!

•    Sardinia

Sardinia has that naïve, rustic quality, a peacefulness that gives comfort. Its mountainous island with sparing coastal plains attracts tourists for its natural, untouched beauty. Dry and windy summers and mild winters make up the Sardinian climate and gives way to the characteristic Italian warmth.

Did you know that Sardinia is the origin of the oldest forms of vocal polyphony? And the tradition of guitar songs that we love so much and have come to associate with romantic boat rides through Italian towns, has its origin in Sardinia too?

I loved Italy. You will too!

8. Caribbean

The Caribbean, a group of 7000 islands collectively known as the West Indies, is situated in the Caribbean Sea. Rich natural ambiance and sunny cultural demeanor are distinguishing qualities of the Caribbean.

•    Antigua

Located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda is a land of complex coastlines, steady winds and unbroken stretch of coral reefs. Bright and sunny, Antigua is predominantly British though the American fashion and popular culture too has its influence on the island’s deeply religious and spiritual disposition.
One major attraction of this island is the national Carnival held during the month of August. Historically, the Carnival commemorated the end of slavery in the West Indies during British rule. Our Brits can search for their special colonial relation with Antigua, though celebrations today depict anything but.

•    Saint Lucia

The perfect tropical weather, romantic beaches and super fine resorts, rainforests, Sulphur Springs and the world’s only drive-in volcano, Saint Lucia is for travellers seeking pleasure, adventure and discovering the untouched.
A range of water sports like snorkeling, diving, fishing, surfing, yatching and adventure hiking, and trail riding offers the perfect family holiday experience!

•    Jamaica

‘The land of wood and water’, Jamaica is a combination of spectacular waterfalls and rivers, striking bays, romantic woodlands and forests and marvelous caves and mountains, Jamaica is vibrant, lively, colourful and much more. Guided jungle tours, raft rides down the Martha Brae waters, water sports, shopping, mouth-watering cuisine, Jamaica has something for everyone.
Be sure to carry a pair of shorts and T-shirt or sundress before you step out of the beach. Walking about in your bathing suit is offensive to Jamaicans.

•    Cuba

Palm fringed white sandy beaches, extraordinary dance and musical culture, bloody history and multicultural ethnicity make Cuba a land of continuous excitement and wonder. The enchanting Trinidad, vibrant Havana, intriguing and isolated Baracoa and charming restored old cities are some of Cuba’s prime attraction.

•    Barbados

Sophisticated yet charmingly naive, Barbados is one of boundless seas and endless sandy shores. Breathtaking sunsets, beaches, waterfalls and caves combined with romantic moonlight cruises, sightseeing, fishing, water sports and a vivacious culture and spirited inhabitants make Barbados your destination for endless merriment.

9. Malta

Situated in Southern European areas of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is a small yet densely populated European archipelago of 7 islands. Originally part of UK, Malta has gradually become one of the top holiday destinations in Europe since 1964 and after its independence.

Malta’s natural beauty is from its numerous bay harbours along the coastline, low hills and terraced fields and the formation of small waterbeds during the rainy season.

No language or cultural barriers, country bearing fishing villages and a mix of Arabian, Phoenician and Byzantine refinement, cuisine and architecture make Malta a treat and a home away from home for Brits.

10. Dubai

Dubai, where money flows out of oil and tradition meets modernisation.

One of the seven populous cities of United Arab Emirates, Dubai today looks far removed from the charm and adventures of the Arabian Nights. Yet, one never fails to catch glimpses of timeless deserts, vibrant lifestyle and distinguished warmth that make up the exotic allure of Dubai.

Home to the Burj Al Arab, the tallest building in the world, Dubai is many of the world’s firsts like the under water restaurant of Al Manhara, the largest shopping mall, indoor ski system of Ski Dubai, and the highest tennis court at Burj among others. The trade and commercial hub of the Middle East, Dubai offers advancement and entertainment and unrivalled luxurious resort facilities.

Still not sure where to plan your vacation?

Sometimes when booking holidays, we’re more concerned with activities involved, or nature of the holiday than the actual destination. In case you’re looking for a Cruise holiday or Safaris, Honeymoons, Top luxury holidays etc, then why not try Best at Travel – They are my favourite tour operator (I booked all above destinations with them). Give them a call and they’ll help you find the right holiday for you at the right price.

For my detailed outlook on which operator to use to book which holiday, read my blog on top holiday destinations for British holiday makers (not just top 10) or go to Zip holidays for a comprehensive list of holiday destinations.

Happy holidays 🙂

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Top holiday destinations for British holiday makers

Top holiday destinations

Top holiday destinations - A perfect beach holiday
Top holiday destinations - A perfect beach holiday

8 hours on a plane is a day wasted but nowhere 2 hours away is warm enough or far enough for me to really feel like I’m on holiday. So, where I ask myself is the best holiday destination from London and other parts of UK for us Brits?

The ideal flight time for me is 4-5 hours and looking on the world map, there are a host of warm, luxurious and relaxing destinations within that flying time. Shame, none of the travel companies like Best at Travel, Kuoni, Zip holidays or Holiday Hypermarket ever consider that. You end up searching these sites for hours with a highly confused state of mind. Having been through this, I decided to post a little research for those facing the same dilemma as me.

So, which are the best Holiday destinations for people flying from the UK?

This listing will help you find your next holiday.

First, where do us Brits go most on holiday? I went through some search records on Google and found the following:

Top Holiday Destinations

(by number of travellers from UK every year)

1. Spain holidays

Since Spain is the most popular holiday destination for us Brits with over a million searches a month, I’ve divided Spain into regions to fully calculate its popularity.

Spain holidays - Majorca, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Ibiza
Spain holidays - Majorca, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Ibiza

  1. Majorca holidays

    Majorca or Mallorca is heaven. I’ve been there myself. With a vibrant nightlife and amazing scenic views and beaches, this largest of all Spanish island tops Spanish holiday charts with over 300,000 monthly searches for Majorca alone. If you’re looking for a party place or an opportunity to be in the quiet surrounded by nature, Majorca is your best bet. Recommended – Majorca holidays

  2. Tenerife holidays

    Tenerife is the largest of the 7 canary Islands in the Atlantic ocean. Just off the coast of Morocco, Africa, this Spanish territory commands the status of one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world. As they say, the place where spring never ends, Tenerife is the highest point of Spain with its Mount Teide volcano. The temperature averages 20 degrees celcius throughout the year and is considered to be the best in the world by many. 320,000 searches online every month.Recommended – Tenerife holidays

  3. Gran Canaria holidays

    Also one of the seven canary islands, the Gran Canaria is the second largest and second most populated after Tenerife. Volcanic in nature, The Gran Canaria offers a unique natural experience, with fissure vents, differnt soil and vegetation. The Gran Canaria is famous for its family holidays and is full of well appointed resorts. 180,000 monthly searches. Recommended – Gran Canaria holidays

  4. Ibiza holidays

    Ibiza is a beautiful little Spanish island located in the Mediterranean sea that has become hugely popular as a holiday top spot in the last 35 years. What makes Ibiza special is the extended coast line of sandy beaches, a chilled out way of life and seclusion. As all Spanish holidays, Ibiza town will offer you a buzzing nightlife and for those looking for peace and quiet, there are plenty of resorts surrounded by nature and tranquility. 135,000 searches per month. Recommended – Ibiza holidays

  5. Other notable Spanish holiday destinations

    With a 100,000 British people searching for holiday packages in Benidorm, this is the 5th most popular Spanish holiday destination followed by Costa del Sol at 60,000 searches and Lanzarote (another beautiful canary island) with 55,000 searches.Recommended – Spain holidays

If you haven’t yet experienced a Spanish holiday, you haven’t yet been on your best holiday. Majorca alone gets 2.5 million British holiday makers a year and 2008 was a record high.

2. Cyprus holidays

cyprus_holidays-11Cyprus is the number 2 holiday destination for us Brits. On average, 400,000 of us search for Cyprus holidays online every month. Yes! Every Month! No wonder I’ve been to Cyprus twice myself. In Cyprus, most popular spots are Limassol  and Paphos – Paphos is full of ancient sites as old as 4th century BC, lies in the southwest of Cyprus and is a world heritage site by UNESCO. Limassol is the capital of southern Cyprus and is a popular shopping destination. Recommended – Cyprus holidays

3.  Turkey holidays

With just under 400,000 searches on Google alone, Turkey is the third most visited holiday destination for British holiday makers. The ex-Ottoman empire with a taste of Asia within Europe, Turkey is a top holiday destination where you’ll find snow-capped mountains and sunny beaches at a few hours’ distance. Istanbul, the largest city is where we flock most to, to live the Sultan size life for a few relaxing days. Recommended – Turkey holidays

4. Greece holidays

Close on the heels of Turkey, Greece holidays are very popular amonst British people. With just under 400,000 searches online a month, we love Greece, especially the Island of Crete. Crete, as legend goes, was where the Greek God Zeus was born and is the present resting place of Greek Gods. The southern-most of all Greek islands, Crete is the meeting point of Africa, Asia and Europe. If you’re looking for a busy, choc-a-block resort holiday, Greece is the place for you, where not UK holiday makers, but tourists from all over the world flck in great numbers. Recommended – Greece holidays

5. Egypt holidays


Enter Africa – Egypt is our 5th most visited holiday destination and top-most in Africa. With 320,000 searches every month, we Brits get-away to Egypt often during the winter. The gorgeous clear waters of river Nile, 5000+ years of history, tourist attractions like the pyramids and cities like the Sharm El Sheikh (the city of Peace) surrounded by the Red sea and Mount Sinai are top reasons for Egypt being a top holiday destination. I’ve been to Egypt twice and I’m in love with that place. People are friendly and forthcoming. I recommend Egypt Holidays if you’re going to Egypt.

6. America Holidays

  1. Las Vegas holidays

    I would have imagined America to be much higher up in the list of our top holiday destinations, but the long plane journeys and shortage of natural beauty are two major reasons why most people visit the United States for its advancements, not untouched natural places. Las Vegas leads as one of USA’s top holiday destinations. The city most popular for its casinos, gambling and high lifestyle attracts us Brits in large numbers every year. Recommended – Las Vegas Holidays

  2. New York city breaks

    The world’s capital city as its popularly known is the centre of all action. The list of tourist attractions is longer than London’s and if you’re expecting to get away, beware, you’re getting back into the mad rush. New York is a great weekend or short stay holiday destination if haven’t seen the Statue of Liberty or Madison Square Gardens. Recommended – New York Holidays

  3. Florida holidays

    The sunshine state of the US – Fun doesn’t end any time of the year in Florida. With 3 of the world’s best amusement parks – Disneyland, Seaworld and Universal, Florida is also the world’s amusement capital. Great place for family holidays. Recommended – Florida Holidays

7. Italy holidays

With 240,000 searches a month, Italy comes at number 6. Italy is made of two islands – Sicily and Sardinia. Sicily is the mainland region of Italy where holiday makers go in search of Roman empire history, leaning tower of Pisa, the Colosseums and Rome. Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island. Sardinia or Sardegna is a top holiday destination, famous for its natural beauty and beaches. Recommended – Italy Holidays

8. Caribbean Holidays

Caribbean - Antigua, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Cuba and Barbados
Caribbean - Antigua, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Cuba and Barbados

Caribbean Islands stand out as holiday destinations for the Americans (because of the proximity and short flights), but Europeans are not far behind. At a combined 200,000 searches per month from UK, The Caribbean is a fast growing holiday destination amongst us. The Caribbean refers to the Caribbean sea, islands in that sea and nearby coastal areas. Top holiday destinations within the Caribbean are Antigua holidays, St Lucia holidays, Jamaica holidays, Cuba holidays and Barbados holidays. Lying between North and South America, the Caribbean is famous for its holidays – from Golfing to sky-diving, fine dining to clubbing, there’s nothing the Caribbean doesn’t offer. That, at a time when Britain is freezing! No wonder, with recent media coverage, Caribbean holidays are busier than ever before. Recommended – Caribbean Holidays

9. Malta holidays

Coming back to Europe, Malta is a gorgeous island with an English connection. After gaining independence from United Kingdom in 1964, Malta developed itself as a top holiday destination. With English spoken widely, British people face no language barriers and holidays are even more fun. This Mediterranean island country offers some unique features like fishing villages, and a combination of Byzantine, Arab, Phoenician and St John Knights’ culture, architecture and cuisine. 160,000 monthly searches. Recommended – Malta Holidays

10. Dubai holidays


The world’s highest man made structure, world’s first under water restaurant, world’s first palm housing, world’s longest shopping mall, world’s first indoor ski system and world’s highest tennis court are just the tip of the iceberg. Dubai – The city of the world’s firsts opened its doors to the new world and we all visited in large number. Today, Dubai is the top holiday destination in the Middle East. With 150,000 searching for Dubai holidays every month, Dubai stands out amongst the 7 Emirates in UAE. With desert, beaches and mountains to offer, sunny holidays don;t get much better. Recommended – Dubai holidays

11. Maldives holidays

The paradise islands, as the 1 thousand two hundred fascinating Maldives islands are affectionately called, offer crystal clear waters and desert sands in the middle of Indian ocean. With 80 self sufficient islands cum resorts, you’re never short of natural beauty, peace and tranquility. The top “get away from it all” holiday destination Maldives won’t disappoint you.  120,000 curious British holiday makers search Maldives holidays every month. Recommended – Maldives holidays

12. Goa holidays

Goa, India
Goa, India

Further East, Goa is an English holiday maker’s favourite Indian holiday destination. With Churches and Temples co-existing in this city they call “Tropical Paradise”, you’ll find miles of beautiful palm tree beaches and acres of windy paddy fields. Adding to its charm are old fortresses, wide roads and motor cycle hires. The Portuguese were defeated off Goa in 1961 by the Indian army and since then, Goa has grown into the most popular holiday destination within India. With an offshore casino, saturday markets by resident British people and a rock music culture, Goa will give you unforgettable memories. Or you might end up in Goa longer than you planned, like many others. 100,000 searches. Recommended – Goa holidays

13.  Thailand holidays

Further east from India, welcome to Thailand. Best time to visit is between June  and October. The capital city of Thailand – Bangkok boats of some of the world’s top 5 star hotels and is famous for its hospitality. Visit Thailand for a crash course in culture diversity and hospitality.100,000 searches. Recommended – Thailand holidays

14. Australia holidays

Beautiful Australia
Beautiful Australia

Melbourne is 22 hours and 30 minutes away from London. You better not plan a weekend break to Australia. A gorgeous country that holiday makers love, Australia is number 20 in this list only for its distance from the UK. Australia has everything from coral beaches, skyscrapers, nightlife, peace and tranquility, great standards of life, extreme sports – you name it. A great place for a long holiday, I rate Australia as one of my top holiday destinations and a must visit. Make sure you take out at least a couple of weeks to enjoy Australia fully. Recommended – Australia holidays

15. Mauritius holidays

Mauritius holidays are a treat
Mauritius holidays are a treat

They say the beauty of Mauritius is its people. With clear waters, white sandy beaches and year-round holiday making, Mauritius is Asia’s Spain. Tourists from India, China, Japan and other far east countries keep Mauritius abuzz the year round with traditional dances, customs and delicious seafood. Being close to mainland Africa, in the summer, Mauritius can be very hot and humid, and therefore the best time to visit is July to September (their winter). With British and French history, you won’t face many language problems in this Indian ocean holiday destination. 70,000  searches. Recommended – Mauritius holidays

16. Bali

The tiny yet perfect Indonesian island of Bali is the center of all action and one of Indonesia’s top holiday destinations. Visit Bali for white sand beaches, awe-aspiring cliffs, nightlife and to submerge into the truly multicultural environment. 35,000 monthly searches for Bali holidays. Recommended – Bali holidays

17. South Africa holidays

When you mention any part of Africa for holidays, wildlife plays an important role and South Africa is no different. South Africa is UK’s top holiday destination in Africa for the British colonial connection. Amongst others, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Durban offer the best natural views and beaches. 30,000 monthly searches. Recommended – South Africa holidays

18. Hong Kong holidays

The modern holiday destination - Hong Kong
The modern holiday destination - Hong Kong

A few years ago, Hong Kong was a British territory. Now a part of China, Hong Kong is the most happening place in the far east. This majorly Buddhist city is a remarkable example of success of Capitalism and offers towering hotels, world’s most modern luxuries and one of the most popular holiday destination within Hong Kong is Kowloon. For some peace, you can travel to the Sai Kung peninsula. 27,000 monthly searches. Recommended – Hong Kong holidays

Still not sure where to go?

If you don’t mind where you go, and you’re more focused on the kind of holiday, you may end up saving substantial sums of money. My best bet while booking a holiday is calling one of my favourite agencies – Best at Travel or Directline Holidays and just chatting to an advisor regarding what’s cheap this season. I’ve always found Best at Travel and Directline saving me money.

Try looking for Cruises, Luxury Holidays, Spa holidays, Safaris or Honeymoons. This will help you check packages and make your decision-making easier.

Still not clear, or have a question, post it as a comment below. Either me of one of te readers will help you out. Happy Holidays 🙂

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Online Gambling laws in India. Are online casinos, poker and slots allowed in India?

Good question. I did some research on it for quite a bit today and found the following answer: NO! Laws don’t permit online gambling in India.

The only casinos in India reside in the state/city of Goa. These are on yachts that take passengers (gamblers) from the shore, then cruise to International waters to start gambling. News has it that 3 new companies are starting Gambling cruise liners. Result: Indians who go out to neighboring country Nepal to gamble, now need not. They can go to Goa instead. However, these yachts (or ships) charge heavily for their cruises to encourage more foreigners and to keep petty local gamblers off. The Casino Goa (first and only yacht where gambling is legal in India) is owned part by an Australian investor and part by the yacht making company – some Advani.

The Indian 1867 Gambling Act prohibits gambling anywhere on Indian soil except lottery and horse racing. No wonder people flock in their thousands to bet at polo grounds in Delhi. The lottery on the other hand is state controlled.

Some argue that the Indian Gambling act of 1867 doesn’t say anything about online gambling or betting, obviously because the Internet didn’t exist then. But on some law sites experts claim that the same act can be used to prohibit online gambling. There are fines for anyone providing a place to gamble and for gamblers in order of a few hundred dollars or a few months’ prison.

Fact is, India needs a new, clearer, updated Gambling law. It doesn’t make sense for India to allow gambling because of Poverty, but if there are regulations on the amount of money that can be spent per day or per week, per person, then I guess it can become a massive industry in India. Some international companies including are flocking to India to test the online casino waters. Time will tell whether they succeed or fail. My personal experience says it will be a success, considering over 30% of all online gamblers are from Asian countries.

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The art of making money – 17 Rules of Success

They say money attracts money. Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” says people who know the art of money making can start from nothing and make shit loads of money over and over again. The most read book in money making history by Napoleon Hill – “Think and Grow Rich” says the same. Paul McKenna’s  “I can make you rich” again repeats the same few fundamentals of getting rich.

So, are there actually rules of becoming rich? Let me first list the 17 rules of success by Napoleon Hill.

17 rules of success:

  1. Do you know what you want? Unless you figure out what you want from life and plan exactly how to, you’ll unsuccessfully drift through life. Having surety of purpose is something that all successful people share.
  2. The mastermind alliance: You cannot be successful alone. There have to be 2 or more brains working to achieve a common target.
  3. Faith – faith is the force that converts your desires into tangible processed results like money.
  4. The extra mile – Give more than what you need to, be generous when giving and humble while accepting.
  5. A pleasing personality is a combination of your thoughts, spirit and physical mannerisms and is the key to success.
  6. Personal initiative: This is the ability that very few people have – the ability to finish what’s started, to start what’s planned.
  7. Positive attitude – As in case of life in general, every project has its ups and downs. positive attitude helps one emerge a winner when other would quit, or give up hope. Positive attitude attracts success, negative attitude attracts failure.
  8. Burning desire: You can hear it in some people’s words, see it in their actions. Burning desire is enthusiasm or faith in action. It radiates and has the ability to persuade people to believe in you and your ideas.
  9. Self discipline: The art of controlling your desires, doing not what you want, but what needs to be done. It involves balancing the desires of your heart and the logic of your brain.
  10. Thought process: The power of thinking is the best reward or worst trait given to man. Use it wisely.
  11. Controlled attention: Keep your thoughts focused on the goal. People often get distracted or excited by something new. The challenge is to control your attention and maintain the focus.
  12. Voluntary teamwork: When you give in abundance, you receive people’s faith and support. This is unpaid, voluntary teamwork which is imperative for success.
  13. Defeat brings success. The art of accepting defeat, learning from it brings a man success. Accept defeat not to be disheartened, but to make it a stepping stone to success.
  14. Creative vision is not a skill that you’re born with. You develop creative thinking by being open, fearless and free. Be creative.
  15. Good health – Good health is important. Good health is often an image of your consciousness or the health of your spirit.
  16. Time and money are never available in excess to successful people. When you believe you have any one in excess, you’re going down the ladder, not up. It is the constant utilization of time and desire for money that makes a person monetarily successful.
  17. Habits, thoughts and deeds craft your life, the way you are, the way you think. Learn and strive to develop positive habits and thoughts and do good to self and others.

In my next post I’ll list the 13 secrets of success by Napoleon Hill.


Google Latitude – There goes our privacy in shatters!

First you could email and get your messages across to your mates. Then came online messengers – instruments to disturb your peace resulting in unnecessary, useless chatter. Yahoo invented the “invisible mode”. Never been visible since. Google Talk, however, maintained my peers’ right to know when I’m online. I somehow managed with that. All my searches, chats were being logged every second. And just because all that wasn’t enough, now Google has come up with Google Latitude.

Google Latitude - Privacy killer
Google Latitude - Privacy killer

Google Latitude – Track your friends on a geo-satellite map. For God’s sake! Why would I need that? Why would I ever want my girlfriend to know that I’m not actually in a meeting, but out there somewhere meeting mates? (or doing whatever!!) Why would you want the world to be able to find out exactly where you are and when!!?? I fail to understand. Court room – “Your honour – this man wasn’t  present on the scene of crime.” Judge: “Check his Google Latitude records.” Indeed he was – hang him!

I had thought of a concept in 2005 – People with geo-tracked mobile phones where you’d add friends and if a friend was within a 100 meters you’d start hearing a beep.. and the beep’s frequency would increase with respect to your closeness to your friend’s mobile phone. People literally stopped talking to me for having the gall to even think of an idea like that. And today, voila! Google has almost done it.

Next will be geo trackable tablets inserted into your body to track your movement for your lifetime. Very useful for the Police! Thank you science!!!! Whatever!

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I love Bret “the hitman” Hart

Following is the letter I wrote to Bret Hart – Known as Hitman during his WWF wrestling days:

Bret "The Hitman" Hart
Bret “The Hitman” Hart

Hey Bret, since this form doesn’t have image verification and you’re a popular man, you must get a lot of spam mail. That’s why that attractive title.

I am Arjun, presently in London but originally from India. I’ve grown up with you as my hero and role model. The good guy among those bad guys – the Man who knows the importance of not cheating, even if it means getting beaten up, yet strong enough to beat any other man.

Bret, I read about you in detail. I’m sad for what happened and happy that your book’s out.

Just want to say that you’re a great man and my prayers are with you. It would be better if there was a way – website or something where I could read more about you. I guess you want to stay away from the limelight, which is understandable.


Take care Bret
You’re the best there ever will be!!


Anti Piracy action by Indian Navy at High Seas – Gulf of Aden

Indian Navy Press Release

19 Nov 08; Kartika 28, 1930

INS Tabar, which is currently in the Gulf of Aden for Anti-Piracy Surveillance and Patrol Operations, encountered a pirate vessel, 285 NM South West of Salalah (Oman) on the evening of 18 Nov 08, with two speed boats in tow. This vessel was similar in description to the ‘Mother Vessel’ mentioned in various Piracy bulletins.

INS Tabar closed the vessel and asked her to stop for investigation. On repeated calls, the vessel’s threatening response was that she would blow up the Naval Warship if it closed her. Pirates were seen roaming on the upper deck of this vessel with guns and Rocket Propelled Grenade launchers. The vessel continued its threatening calls and subsequently fired upon INS Tabar.

On being fired upon, INS Tabar retaliated in self defence and opened fire on the mother vessel. As a result of the firing by INS Tabar, fire broke out on the vessel and explosions were heard, possibly due to exploding ammunition that was stored on the vessel. Almost simultaneously, two speed boats were observed breaking off to escape. The ship chased the first boat which was later found abandoned. The other boat made good its escape into darkness.

INS Tabar is on Anti-Piracy Mission in the Gulf of Aden since 02 Nov 08. The operation is being controlled by Western Naval Command since mid Oct 08. During this period, she has successfully escorted approximately 35 ships, including a number of foreign flagged vessels, safely during their transit through pirate infested waters of the Gulf of Aden and also prevented two hijacking attempts on 11 Nov 08.

The Indian Navy has been patrolling the piracy infested water in keeping with the Government guidelines to protect our sea borne trade, instill confidence in our sea faring community as well as function as a deterrent for pirates.


Which New York City sculpture is not located in Central Park?

Welcome everyone to the 25th and last day of Marriott World of Rewards quiz. Today’s question is:

Which New York City sculpture is not located in Central Park?


Charging Bull

(suggested by Eric – thanks Eric)

Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modica at Bowling Green in New York City.
Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modica at Bowling Green in New York City.

The Charging Bull was sculpted by Arturo Di Modica, weighs 3200 Kgs (7000 pounds) and is made from Bronze. The Bull represents financial stability in America. There’s a very interesting story about how the $300,000 Charging Bull ended up near Wall Street. Read at Wikipedia.

I have to admit – I don’t really understand the question. There are tens of other sculptures located in different parts of New York. Can the answer be Statue of Liberty? Do they want to ask “not located on mainland” or something? or is it multiple choice?

Please help me with this one guys. First 24 questions made sense. This one doesn’t.

Eric’s suggestion – Charging Bull.

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Approximately what percentage of Costa Rica’s land area is in protected areas?

Today’s question on Marriott World of Rewards:

Approximately what percentage of Costa Rica’s land area is in protected areas?


23 percent

(Obtained from Wikipedia)

A little about Costa Rica and its protected areas

Costa Rica lies in that little strip below Mexico between the two continents – North America and South America. Surrounded by the Pacific ocean and Carribean sea on either sides, Costa Rica has plenty of beaches and the weather every holiday maker dreams of.

A fantastic place to live, Costa Rica was ranked 4th among Latin American in terms of HDI (Human Development Index) and 1st in all Americas and 5th world-wide in terms of Environmental Performance Index with 23% of its area preserved in protected areas.

No wonder the question about Costa Rica had to do with its protected areas.

Good luck to everyone! Have received almost 50,000 participants on this site, and never once has anyone claimed winning a prize. Hope we hear something today. Tomorrow is the last day of the quiz 🙂