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Pink Pearl is still for sale

For a mere USD 500.000 this beautiful island paradise can be all yours. Pink Pearl Island lies just outside the coast of Nicaragua and is my favorit island for sale at the moment. If I had the cash I would 100% buy this little gem.

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From privateislandsforsale.com:
Pink Pearl Island is situated approximately 3 miles off of mainland Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast, amongst the Pearl Cays island groups. Surrounded by white sand beaches and turquoise water this private island is currently operating as a turnkey tourism business, yet could also be used as a personal retreat.

This is an ideal location for Sports fishing and diving. The island is protected from high seas by surrounding reefs and outlying islands. Coated in coconut palm trees, native fauna, and soft white sand, the beach is a popular nesting/hatching area for turtles, during season.

For an investor looking to start a diving business or Eco-tourism, this is an ideal location, to simply retire into paradise or own a unique holiday home investment.

So, if you got the cash and need someone to work there on a 5-year contract – I am your man!

Swedes are heading to Jamaica

Jamaica, home to rum and reggae, is set to welcome many more Scandinavian travellers this winter with the introduction of two new, direct flights from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Montego Bay through the charter tour operators Ving and Fritidsresor.

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From 23 November 2013 until 15 March 2014, holidaymakers choosing to travel with Ving will be able to fly direct into Montego Bay airport on the fortnightly flight which will depart on a Saturday. Ving also offers a range of hotels for visitors looking to book accommodation for 14 nights, including Couples Negril, Sandals Montego Bay and Iberostar Rose Hall. Fritidsresor will also begin a fortnightly flight departing on a Monday from 16 December 2013 to 10 March 2014, which will offer travellers flying from Stockholm a second direct flight into Montego Bay and six hotels to choose from.

Ving will serve the route using an A330-200, which offers a seat capacity of 323 passengers, and Fritidsresor plan to use one of their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the second route.

Norwegian takes you now to Florida

Norwegian launches Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as a new destination from Copenhagen and Stockholm. At the same time, tickets for the winter season from Oslo and Stockholm to New York and Bangkok are made available for sale.

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“Long-haul flying has for way too long been characterized by expensive fares and limited flexibility. The great reception Norwegian has received after launching low-fare tickets to New York and Bangkok shows that there is a need for competitive fares from Scandinavia to the U.S. and Asia.” says Norwegian spokes person.

When checking flights to Bangkok and Florida the cost is no less than other airlines. Approximate price to Bangkok is 850 Euro and to Florida 780 Euro. Check prices here.

SAS open new route to Madrid

Scandinavian Airlines launches a new route between Stockholm Arlanda and Madrid. This new route will complement the service that SAS already offers from Copenhagen to Madrid. SAS will now provide up to ten departures a week between Scandinavia and Madrid.

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SAS will start direct flights between Stockholm and Madrid twice a week from 1 July.

World’s best airport

Airports Council International announced the recipients of its annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards for 2012.

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Seol Incheon airport

Best Airport by Size: Millions of Passengers Per year:
Hohhot (2-5m), Nagoya (5-15m), Seoul Gimpo (15-25m), Seoul Incheon (25-40m),
Singapore (over 40m).

Best Airport by Region:
Cape Town (Africa), Seoul Incheon (Asia-Pacific), Moscow Sheremetyevo (Europe), Cancun (Latin-America-Caribbean), Abu Dhabi (Middle East), Indianapolis (North America).

Read more here.

Tourist warning – Something is wrong in India

There has been many articles lately depicting the sickening gang-rapes that has happened in India in recent months. The government has tried to enforce stricter laws and meet international political pressure with a harder line. None of this seems to have helped.

Just last week another gang-rape took place, and this time the victim is a 39 year old Swiss tourist. A gang of eight men allegedly raped a the tourist and beat her husband with sticks while they were holidaying in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Friday night.

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The Swiss woman who was allegedly attacked (centre), is escorted by policewomen for a medical
examination at a hospital in Gwalior, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The couple had been cycling from Orchha to Seonda and decided to camp near a village for a night.
The pack of men pounced on the couple, beating them with wooden sticks before overpowering the man and gang-raping his wife.

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The attack on the 39-year-old woman is one of many violent sex cases that has swept the subcontinent

Something is wrong in India! There seems to be a cultural core that runs through India where its men believe in the act of rape as a means for something bigger, or rebellious, or both. Where they take a soul for the sake of taking without regard of the consequences, even the newly imposed death penalty.

Tourists beware and think twice before visiting this otherwise wonderful country. There is something wrong in India and before this evil has been brought to a halt there are other places to visit.

UPDATE:
A spokesman for Madhya Pradesh police caused anger by suggesting that the Swiss woman and her husband were partly to blame for the attack. Inspector Avnesh Kumar Budholiya said the tourists had been careless in travelling to a remote part of the country they knew little about. Read more here.

Neerja Ahlawat, sociologist and deputy director of the women’s studies centre at Maharshi Dayanand University in Haryana said: “This is typical of all the cases that take place in India. The police don’t want to take responsibility. Indian women are not safe, in small towns, villages or the big cities, partly because the police are not assuming responsibility for keeping women safe. They blame the dark, the clothes a woman wears, everything but their shirking of their duties.”

Cheap flights to Australia from Europe

Travellers flying between Australia and Europe now have a markedly cheaper option – through China.
China Southern Airlines is offering standalone flights from Sydney-London at prices up to 34 per cent lower than Qantas.

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China Southern’s cheapest economy-class fare between Sydney and London, with a three-hour stopover Guangzhou, for a two-week trip starting May 4 was 1.100 Euro.

The lowest price for a non-Chinese airline, on Malaysian Airlines, was 19 per cent more expensive at 1.320 Euro. Emirates tickets started at 1.450 Euro while Singapore Air’s was at 1.500 Euro. The cheapest Qantas ticket was 51 per cent more than China Southern, at 1.670 Euro.

Another benefit flying China Southern is the added legroom in all classes.

Ryanair to expand its fleet and destinations

Irish budget airline Ryanair has placed an order worth $ 120 billion to buy up to 200 Boeing aircraft.

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The deal is Ryanair’s largest to date and one of the largest orders ever for Boeing. A welcome turnaround after all the battery problems for Boeing Dream Line in recent months. The aircraft model that Ryanair plans to buy is 737-800 and are used for short and medium-haul flights. Ryanair has 305 planes of this type already.

Holiday snaps stay in the digital world

Remember the era of handing in your roll of film to the photo-shop and then pick it up several days later to  find that most pictures where “not that good”. Well, that era is gone and will never return.

A recent study found that holidaymakers take on average 300 pictures on a week-long trip abroad, but nearly all of them stay locked in the digital world. Only 10% of those that participated in the study deemed their images to be satisfactory enough to be shared on social media sites, of those 82% posted them on Facebook.

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Nearly all of the participants (97%) never print images in order to display them in photo frames or albums.

A total of 2,162 people over the age of 18 took part in the study.

Visa on arrival to India

More countries are now being granted Visa on arrival to India. Travellers from Germany, France, Spain, Poland and Russia should all benefit from the proposed changes to the scheme, which is being extended in a bid to boost tourism to the country.

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At present, travellers from 11 countries are eligible for visas on arrival, including Sweden, Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Phillippines, Laos and Burma.

The visa costs around 45 Euro and tourists can stay a maximum of 30 days. It is only valid for a single entry.

Thousands of sharks attack Florida

Tens of thousands of sharks have been spotted along South Florida’s coast, closing down beaches across the area and forcing swimmers out of the water.The sharks are heading north after migrating to the south for the winter in such droves that experts believe swimmers could be within 60 feet of a shark while in the water in the Palm Beach area.

Several beaches have been closed to swimmers as red flags dot the sand.

Stay at the best Spa and Resort

Qualia was voted best resort in the world in the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. When the expert therapists at Spa Qualia get their hands on you, you’ll understand one of the reasons this retreat is so highly regarded. Try the Signature Ceremonies White Haven, which includes an exfoliation, mud wrap, massage, facial and silk caressing your skin (a delightful sensation!). With dazzling sea views, this sublime adults-only retreat affords all the peace, pampering and relaxation you could ever wish for.

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You will find Qualia on Hamilton Island just off the coast of Queensland in Australia. Check their web page here:  qualia.com.au.

Sleep like a mermaid

Poseidon Undersea Resort is planning to open a 5-star underwater hotel in the crystal clear waters of a lagoon near a coral reef at one of Fiji Islands. There will be 24 rooms on the seabed in 12 meters depth. The hotel is mostly made ​​of acrylic plastic which guarantees a phenomenal view of the fish life. Rooms are modules that are connected to a corridor, a large tube. It looks like a string of transparent bubbles.

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Guests get there via an underwater lift. Preliminary advertising is a couple of nights on the ground as part of a package tour to the island offering diving, wine tasting and other activities. Price per person is, according to various reports, 15 000 dollars per person.

Pocketknives on a plane

The US Transportation Security Administration will let people carry small pocketknives onto passenger planes for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks, along with golf clubs, hockey sticks and plastic Wiffle Ball-style bats. Passengers will also be allowed to board flights with some other items that are currently prohibited, including sticks used to play lacrosse, billiards and hockey, ski poles and as many as two golf clubs.

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The good old trusty Swiss army knife will finally be able to travel in Economy.

Emirs go hunting for bargain in Greece

The Emir of Qatar is just one of many that recently snapped his own piece of Greece. He just bought six Greek islands for the bargain price of just £7.35 million.

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One of the world’s richest men, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, fell in love with the islands in the Ionian Sea four years ago and after 18 months of wrangling has convinced the eurozone’s poorest country to sell the idyllic isles as a job lot.

The privately-owned islands, known as the Echinades, had been put up for sale as crisis-hit nationals struggled with the high real estate taxes imposed on them by the state.

Best job in the world

Tourism Australia has had a massive response to its “Best Jobs in the World” campaign, with more than 31,000 applications received since the competition launched.

Tourism Australia is spending $4 million on an expanded ”Best Job in the World” global campaign with each of the winners to receive a $100,000 six-month ”salary package”, including living costs.

The six ‘Best Jobs in the World’:
• Chief Funster (New South Wales)
• Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory)
• Park Ranger (Queensland)
• Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia)
• Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne)
• Taste Master (Western Australia)

Read more here.

Sexy pools from around the world

Hotel swimming pools have been through a few fashion trends: whirlpools, plunge pools, wading areas, swim-up bars and the apparently here-to-stay infinity pool. Sexiness in swimming pools is hard to define, but in this article you can check out some of the very sexy from around the world.

Check out the sexy pools here.

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Jungle hills and rice paddies surround the 25-metre pool at the Chedi Club outside Ubud, Bali.