Monthly Archives: April 2012

4 good reasons why you need a holiday!

I’m sure you don’t need any convincing, but just to make it even easier for you, we’ve put together 5 excellent reasons why you definitely need a holiday. We know it’s hard – you have to get the time off work, pick somewhere to go, and it can be expensive. But you can do it cheaply, and if you get leave you might as well take it, so…

1. Relax

It might seem obvious, but getting away from the office will help you unwind and you’ll work better when you get back. Even a workaholic needs to take a break, and has to acknowledge that they’ll do a better job when they’ve recharged their batteries.

2. Get your fitness back

We tend to overindulge when we go on holiday, but this is often offset by the amount of exercise we do without even realising it. In our normal day to day life, we sit in the office in front of a computer, and on holiday we walk to the beach, see the sights, go for a swim – it’s exercise and it doesn’t even feel like it! A holiday on the horizon might persuade you to get your beach body back in advance too, so we figure holidays are good for your health and fitness.

3. Sleep better

You’ll sleep better when you’re physically removed from the stresses of daily life. You can lie in as much as you want to on holiday as well. Most of us don’t get enough sleep, and it’s one of the top courses of stress.

4. Spend some quality time with your friends or partner

Whether you’re on holiday with your loved on or friends, you’ll be surprised how much better you get on when you’re relaxed. Rekindle that spark or remember your young self and have fun, it will do you the world of good!

 

Spotlight on: Bordeaux

Summer is just around the corner, and what could be more relaxing than a trip to France for fine wine and fine dining? Bordeaux not only has both those things, but it’s also very beautiful as well. Whether you’ve got a couple of days there or a week, here are some things you can do to make the most of your stay.

1. Wine Tasting Lesson

If you’re going to be drinking loads of wine, you might as well learn how to do it properly. Head to the Ecole du Vin in the centre of Bordeaux, and you can learn more than you ever imagined about the history of wine, how it’s produced, and taste some really gorgeous ones too.

2. Take a trip to the vineyards

For a reasonable price, you can take a day trip out to two vineyards. You can book these from the tourist office in the centre of the town, right opposite the Ecole du Vin, and they’re really helpful in there. The vineyards that they travel to differ from day to day, but you’re sure to be in for a treat. You can see how winemakers grow and process their wine, and of course a tasting is included!

3. Go to the seafront where you can find bars and restaurants with a wonderful view of the shoreline. These guys know their wine, and rather than pick off a list, you’ll probably be invited down to the cellar (see below) to choose your own bottle from all they have!

If you decide to go to Bordeaux, prepare to spend money on food and wine – but you won’t regret it. Bordeaux is also a beautiful city, with fabulous architecture and it really comes alive at night, with tucked away bars and musicians playing together in the side streets. You’re sure to have a wonderful trip.

Our Top Summer Destinations

I think we’re all starting to look forward to our summer holiday now, if we’re lucky enough to be going on one. Whether you’re off for a couple of days or two weeks in the sun, there are some destinations for everyone.

1. Sitges

Sitges is a Spanish seaside town not far from Barcelona. It has 17 beaches, and from 5th to 9th July is Sitges Gay Pride – only the second they have ever held, but it’s guaranteed to be a blast.

2. Milan

You don’t have to be a football fanatic to visit the second largest city in Italy. If you go on holiday to find art, culture and architecture, this is the place for you. And if you’re a football fan, all the better!

3. London

With the Olympics set this year, we’re pitching London as one of our top summer destinations for 2012. As if there isn’t enough to do in London already,  this year will be choc-a-bloc with extra things to see and do. One of those is at the Tate Modern, where Damien Hirst will be showing until the summer.

If you’d like to tell us about any of your favourite destinations, we’d love to hear about them!

Steve’s trip to Bali

You might have noticed by now that we’re mad about travelling. Any chance we get we hop off in search of an adventure. Steve from Gay Homestays went to Bali last week, and had some amazing experiences.

Bali is an Indonesian island, between two others called Java and Lombok. It is famed for its beautiful beaches and is a popular tourist location. There are tourist spots all over the island, but mostly located in the south.

Steve stayed in Ubud, which is a small bohemian town located in the centre of the island, quite far away from the popular tourist spots and busy beaches. The town is full of arty types – dancing, music, sculpture, metalwork and painting are all popular. Below is a typical side street in Ubud, with the decorations from a Hindu festival still hanging form a couple of weeks before.

Bali is surrounded by coral reefs, and very hot as it is only 8 degrees away from the equator. It is home to 280 species of birds, and until recently also the leopard and the Bali tiger. The wildlife is still thriving despite the recent surge in tourists. Ubud is famous for its monkey forest where you can walk amongst the monkeys and take bananas in with you –  if you’re brave enough!

If you like sun, art, music, culture and wildlife, Bali is the place to go!