A Griswold Holiday

A Griswold Holiday

One of the saddest, most pathetic scenes in holiday movies can be found in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase plays Clark W. Griswold, a hard working employee who, for most of the movie, is anxiously awaiting his holiday bonus. He spills the beans to all the relatives that he had already committed the funds to a new backyard pool. The movie takes a dramatic turn when instead of receiving the expected check, his company gives him a year’s subscription to the “Jelly of the Month Club.” This Griswold family crisis led to the revenge kidnapping of Clark’s boss and a predictable moral lesson.

Much has been written about holiday pressures on families, but business is not immune from holiday stress. Gifts, travel and parties all put financial and personal pressures on us. Kids are out of school for over two weeks, leaving working parents in a bind, and employees bring the personal and financial pressures with them to the workplace. They may look to their source of income to alleviate these pressures. But what about the pressures on the business itself?

Now, no one will defend “Scrooge,” “The Devil wears Prada,” SpongeBob’s “Mr. Crabs” or The Simpson’s “Mr. Burns.” They make mean and whimsical employment decisions. Most businesses, however, have good relationships with employees and as profits ebb and flow, there will be good and not-so-good years. Most smaller business owners personally bear the burdens of these changes, making payroll and covering expenses first. The workplace may be the first to go to escape with a Clark-like hope for recognition.

The American Psychological Association did a poll a few years ago that provided some insight into what causes us the most stress during the holidays. Big surprise that money was top of the list (61%), followed by gift giving, lack of time and credit card debt. Statistics from the American Management Association show that productivity drops significantly before the holiday. With more employees asking for payroll advances and time off, missing more work because of illness or family commitments, unhappiness may be more prevalent than joy during the holiday. Business owners are not immune to this situation as they themselves may be experiencing strain either personally or in the business at a time when clients and customers aren’t (or more than usually are) coming to call.

What does this mean for labor relations, Griswold and the boss? This two-way street requires understanding on both sides. If appropriate, employers should consider “lightening up” by planning for the stress employees will surely face from the home-front or frazzled customers. This may occur by making work an “oasis” from holiday frenzy. This might also come by removing expectations of high priced gift exchanges and instead add in some casual days, pot lucks, white elephant gift exchanges or even a company-wide charity project.

Employees also need to have a “pulse” on the company’s financial situation and holiday culture. They should realize that “the boss” may not be relieved of responsibilities during the holidays and may not revel in the holiday happenings at the workplace. He or she might even be more stressed as a result of a distracted or vacationing workforce. Planning ahead by making vacation requests early and assisting the management by offering suggestions on the festivities, can help. If money is needed more than time off, then volunteering to pick up an extra shift for an absent co-worker might be welcomed.

So whatever happened with Clark Griswold, the boss and the bonus? Well, the boss (albeit a captive) sees the light about the Christmas bonuses, but this is not in time to avoid the police raid. Communication is the key and if we’re lucky we have an opportunity to bring the peace to the office that we deserve and that is truly representative of the season.

Mary Louise VanNatta, CAE has received her Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives.

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Banishing Holiday Boredom

Banishing Holiday Boredom

As a child I can remember thinking that the holidays, especially the long summer holiday, seemed to last forever. The novelty of being away from school wore of fairly rapidly and spent many hours amusing myself or playing with friends.

Children these days seem to have lost the art of playing and keeping themselves occupied and entertained without the aid of technology in one form or another. They spend hours indoors watching screens of different sizes and quite often, when they aren’t playing they are simply playing the part of a willing audience.

It is important that children socialise and that they learn how to occupy themselves as well. However, in these days of disjointed family relationships it is crucial that we learn how to bond with our children. Playing is an essential element of the bonding process. It is essential that children learn to play on their own, with siblings, friends and at times, strangers. They learn to make friends, share and cooperate; all skills needed throughout their lives.

Occupying and entertaining children throughout the holidays does not need to cost a fortune; it can be done very frugally and even for free!

On a piece of paper draw a shape (it doesn’t matter what shape or where you place it on the page); ask your son or daughter to turn the shape into a picture. This is a great activity to get children’s minds working. I’ve used it with great success with children of all ages from 3 to 18. It’s great fun to see what each child comes up with. Of course, adults can take part too! Create a gallery or book of the finished pictures. Extend the activity by getting them to colour the pictures and to give them a title.

Fresh air is good for everyone so don’t forget to go outside. Why not take part in a bug hunt? What about counting  the number of birds seen in 5 minutes? You could create a photographic record or a chart. Cloud watching is another fascinating way to pass the time. Children can describe what shapes they see. It is also a great opportunity to teach children about the different cloud formations and weather types in a fun and relaxed way.

Taking a long journey with children, often an essential component of holidays, can be a parent’s worst nightmare. However, with a little thought it doesn’t have to be fraught with tension. Eye-Spy is a perennial favourite of children and adults of all ages. Another favourite game that my family enjoyed when the children were younger, and indeed still do enjoy if truth be known, is Spot the Lorry. You play by calling out the names of different haulage firms as you spot the lorry. One point for being the first to correctly name the company. Incorrect naming causes a point to be lost. The winner is the person with the highest score at the end of the journey. This is a great game for helping to teach colours, shapes and reading.

These are just a few of the fun activities that you can use to beat the holiday blues and keep your children occupied; no money or technology required!

Amanda Davey is an experienced teacher, ex-childminder and mother who enjoys learning, teaching and creating fun and exciting experiences for children of all ages. For more ideas on how to prevent holiday boredom and to keep children amused visit http://my-personal-tutor.blogspot.com and download her first published free report: Beat the Holiday Blues – 32 Activities to Keep Your Children Occupied. A portfolio of her work can be found at http://amandadavey.webs.com

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Majorca Cheap Holiday

Majorca Cheap Holiday

Majorca, also known as Mallorca is lies off the eastern coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea and is the largest of the Balearic Islands. It only takes about to two hours to fly their from the UK and what makes it better still, is that there are various airlines offering budget flights to the capital Palma. The airport is large with all mod cons.

Majorca offers a range of attractions to suit all ages, but young singles interested in the nightlife will probably find the beach resorts on the south coast suitable. Palma is the cultural centre of Majorca and is full of history with its origins before Roman times. It as a large bay, but doesn’t have a beach, not that this is a problem as C’an Pastilla and Cala Mayor beaches are only four miles from its centre. There is a full program of festivals, exhibitions, ballet, concerts and theatre productions throughout the year. Palma has a selection of daily markets, the early morning fish market – Llotja del Peix, the lively craft market – Mercat Artesanal, a flea market – Rastro, fruit and vegetable market – Santa Catalina, flower market – Rambla and the main produce market – Mercat Olivar.

The old town of Alcudia is situated two miles from the coastal development and the tourist office offers excellent two hour walking tours. Cycle hire abounds and there is a cycle lane running the full length of the resort. Alcudia Bay has fine clean sand and warm shallow waters, which make it popular with families and also boasts good facilities a good variety of water sports.

Majorca has a coastline over three hundred miles long and the interior is an explorers paradise with mountains to the north and a landscape of almond and olive groves in the fertile south flatlands.

Lluc makes the perfect base for exploring the mountains of the North Serra and five hundred feet above sea level lays the famous monastery of Saint Moreneta where you can spend the night. Keen birdwatchers take the five mile hike from Pollenca to Castell del Rei along the Ternelles valley. The ruins date back to the 11th century and has some outstanding views.

East Majorca is well served with golf courses with two at Son Servera, another two near Capdepera and one in both Manacor and S’hort. All have an assortment of leisure facilities and are close to resorts suitable for families.

As well as resorts aimed and clubbers and families, the number of spa resorts and wellness hotels are increasingly rising. They combine luxury, beauty, alternative treatments and relaxation with numerous indoor and outdoor sports facilities including swimming pools, yoga, mountain biking, Tai chi, tennis and golf.

Majorca has something for everyone with nightclubs, discos, bars and restaurants galore, unspoilt countryside, water parks, caves, historic sites, waterfalls, mountains and an amazing coastline. The beaches are safe and clean and there are loads of apartments, houses and hotels to rent. You just have to choose whether you prefer to stay in a quiet village or a busy resort and how much you want to spend.

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Turkey Holiday Information

Turkey Holiday Information

With an incredible mixture of old and new, Turkey offers contemporary resort vacations, weekend getaways, romantic hot spots, secluded beaches and modern amenities. Turkey has always been a fantastic attraction for those interested in a fascinating mix of culture, history and sightseeing. Modern tourism has developed in Turkey over the past few decades, and now a vacation in Turkey can fit any budget and whim and promises an unforgettable getaway from the everyday grind. In fact, Turkey has seen some of the highest increases in number of tourists over the past 20 years or so, along with Egypt.

Travel to Turkey is relatively easy with flights taking off from all major European airports and landing in landing in Ankara, Istanbul, Anatalya and Izmir. Domestic travel is done by bus or train between cities and in taxies or city buses within metropolitan areas. Driving in Turkey should be done at your own risk, and can be best described as chaotic order that somehow works. Rental cars are an option, if you are willing to take on the local drivers and driving habits.

Most holiday seekers find fantastic deals that include accommodation, travel (either public, private or car rental) and access to some tourist destinations. Turkey offers a great range of resort vacations and relaxing hot spots all around its gorgeous beaches. Beaches and sunshine are in abundance and hot temperatures can serve as a much needed escape from the European weather. Marmaris and Antalya are known for their fantastic nightlife, local hospitality and luxurious resorts.

Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, includes must see attractions such as the world famous Bazaar, the Blue mosque, the Haghia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. The Nisantasi area is lively with cafes, restaurants, bars theaters, concert halls, and beautiful 19th century apartments. It offers fantastic shopping opportunities; from designer shops to the modest range ones it offers good choices. On the other side of the city, Bagdat St. represents the Asian and Ottoman influences of the city’s history and one could get lost for hours in the tiny allies and small streets.

In the winter, the mountain ranges to the north of Izmir offer fantastic ski destinations and the predictable seasonality makes planning a holiday fairly easy and consistent. Izmir itself offers an interesting glimpse into the history and cultural mix of the country. The entire country is full of archeological sites and historic landmarks, a testimony to the rich and complex past of the nation and its people as one of the most fought over regions in human history.

It is not surprising that Turkey has become one of the most attractive destinations for European and UK tourism over the past few years. Turkey offers a unique combination of relaxing resorts, fantastic beaches, culture, history and hospitality. With fantastic deals available and a great selection of accommodation, travel and activities, be sure to take a look and start planning your vacation in Turkey today!

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Dorset Holiday Cottages

Dorset Holiday Cottages

Dorset is an alluring county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The county of Dorset shares its borders with Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. Dorset has some of the most exotic beaches in England and that is why it is a very popular resort vacation spot.

Dorset has something for everyone; even your children would love this wonderful place. While in Dorset, you must stay in one of the cottages that are located here. These cottages would surely offer you all the best facilities and services to make your stay pleasurable and convenient.

1. Seahill House

This is a magnificent house which is located on the coastal position of Seatown, West Dorset. Seahill House provides the visitors stunning views from all bedrooms and gardens. Nearby to this house you would find the attractive beaches of Seatown, the Anchor Inn restaurant and pubs on the beach which are opened all the year around. While you are here you can enjoy swimming, morning walks, nature study and picnics.

2. Hotch Potch Cottage

This cottage has been recently renovated and it is surrounded by mesmerizing countryside. This cottage is the perfect place where you can relax to the fullest with your loved ones. The cottage has twin bedrooms, a large shower room a fully equipped kitchen, a large living room and a lounge area with TV, DVD, Free view and hi-fi patio area. The garden is very vibrant with barbeque facility available here. Your pets are also allowed in this cottage.

3. Well cottage

This is a very well appointed cottage located in the conservation area of the peaceful country village of Bradpole. Nearby this cottage you have superb coastal walks where you can enjoy with your near and dear ones. This place has a large living room with open fireplace, a modern kitchen, Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and a large shower room. The garden has small paved area and garden furniture.

4. Willow Farm Cottage

This is a delightfully dethatched cottage located in the in the beautiful Blackmore Vale on the Dorset and Somerset border. The interior of the cottage is lavishly decorated and it caters to all the needs of international travelers. Here you would find two well appointed bedrooms with spacious beds and baths. The lounge area has good furniture, television with DVD player, the kitchen is very well equipped with essential equipments and the garden is fully enclosed and has a patio.

Well these are some of the best holiday cottages that are located in Dorset.

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Holidays In Jamaica

Holidays In Jamaica

If you have been undecided about where to go for your holiday, then you should consider a Jamaica holiday. The beauty of Jamaica continues to inspire people to take holidays there. Although holidays in Jamaica were in the past considered the preserve of a few wealthy individuals, today things have changed and many ordinary people are choosing to take their holidays in Jamaica because the country has quite a lot to offer to its visitors. Indeed, very many tourist resorts in Jamaica are abuzz with activity thanks to the many people that are taking Jamaica holidays.


Remember that people have different interests and Jamaica holidays offer you the chance to do what interests you most. If you are looking to have a very relaxed holiday, then a Jamaica holiday will offer you just that, as there are very many places where you can enjoy such a relaxed holiday. For other people, Jamaica holidays are a great choice because of the laid-back atmosphere of the country as well as the strong cultural and reggae background. Indeed, Jamaica has a very rich history as well as culture and no one can dispute that.


You can also have an all inclusive holiday in Jamaica featuring great restaurants as well as live shows. As a matter of fact, the Jamaican local cuisines as well as its great beer are all worth trying out when you take a holiday to Jamaica. In addition, you can also enjoy tropical fruits of your choice because there are very many such fruits in Jamaica.


As you set off for your Jamaica holiday therefore, make sure that you choose the right place to stay from the many resorts and hotels available. Remember to do some good research so that whatever place you finally settle for, you will ultimately enjoy the experience of being in Jamaica.

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Holiday On the Beach

Holiday On the Beach

If all you have to deal with in your personal life makes you stressed, then you should consider going on a Beach Holiday. This does not cost much, as there are cheap alternative to those luxury resorts, which make you pampered and renewed. Renting a small hut or a small room in a beach resort will be perfect because you will not need this to be able to find something that will allow you to relax and feel renewed.


The warmth of the sun will immediately give benefits to your body, like Vitamin D, that you rarely get when you are stuck inside the four corners of your work area early in the morning. It gives you a different feeling that does not only benefit your pale skin but also warms the insides of your body, specially your heart. This is the cheapest alternative to sauna and spa treatments that provide us a sense or warm feeling inside.


Crystal clear blue water of the ocean provides a soothing feeling that instantaneously gives us a cool clear mind. The deep blue sea mesmerizes our eyes with its mysteriousness and gives us a chance to re think about things in our life. This alone gives us a chance to relax and free our minds from all the problems that we are dealing with when we are dealing with our regular regimen. Renting a cheap boat will allow you the luxury of communing with the sea and give you a chance to be one with nature.


Being a great alternative to really expensive foot massages and spa treatments that costs a fortune, the soft sand massages our feet and gives us an utter sense of satisfaction that allows us to be closer to nature. Walking barefoot on the sand draws out all the heavy baggage that we are carrying and relaxes our feet and legs. Soothing feet massage and at the same time a different kind of exercise without the fatigue is a good benefit of walking on the shore.


You won’t have to pay for expensive treatments to feel all these. Nature provides us with amenities that are free for us to enjoy. The only things that we have to take care of are cheap accommodations, food and transportation and we are off to a really cheap beach holiday destination.


Holiday in Spain

Holiday in Spain

Have you ever thought about a cheap holiday in Spain? This is definitely possible in fact. Spain is a great country to travel to, and there are lots of interesting things you can do and see.

This is the reason why a Spain holiday should be your first priority when you next decide to go on holiday. Spain is located in the south western part of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula just incase you are not too sure about its location.


Spain has a vast geographical area hence making its climate rather diverse. This ranges from a subtropical climate to a Mediterranean climate. The difference in climate allows different types of people to take holidays in Jamaica. If for example you are looking to have a great winter destination, then a Spain holiday should see you visit the Canary Islands which have sunshine all through the year.


Also, the Benidom of the Costa Blanca is a destination with great popularity both with the young and the old. Traditional festivities are held throughout the year and as a holiday maker you can be part of these festivities whose themes revolve around religion, music, dance and food. You can enjoy your holiday to Spain by getting a feel of Spanish traditions at such festivals.


There is also an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty and you can enjoy your holiday to Spain by walking around to see all this as well as having excursions throughout the national parks. The varying wildlife is a sight you will enjoy. Indeed, the wildlife in Spain is a major tourist attraction because not many countries are endowed with such wildlife.


Your holiday in Spain will be made even more interesting by the people that you will meet. The people of Spain are very warm and friendly and you will sure enjoy being amongst them. In general, your holiday in Spain will be a worthy experience.


Holidays In Sharm

Holidays In Sharm
When you fly to Egypt to start your holiday, after travelling across miles and miles of sand dunes, your plane starts to approach the coast of the Red Sea and suddenly an unusual sight approaches. As if from nowhere you are faced with a highly modern development of luxury hotels sitting on the shores of golden sand. Sharm really is a unique location. It’s almost as if a section of a big city somewhere else has just been picked up and placed here. It is difficult to compare the Sharm skyline with that of other cities though, due to its unique nature. It could be San Francisco but the buildings are much newer. It could be New York but there are no skyscrapers. It could be parts of a modern Spanish city, but Sharm is made up almost entirely of hotels and there are very few office buildings. The new and emerging city of Dubai is perhaps the closest comparison, but again there are differences, because Sharm is a resort developed purely for holidays. So let’s start with the sun or the amazing weather that Sharm benefits from. Sunshine is what most people come here for and they are rarely disappointed. Even during the middle of winter Sharm has an average of seven hours of sun each day and because that is about the length of daylight during the winter months, that means sunshine all day long. The same holds for summer too. At this time of year the days and nights are equally long and that usually means plenty of warmth too. During June and July the daytime temperature can reach the high thirties, sometimes even reaching forty degrees Celsius, which means these months may not be the best for family visits. Evening temperatures do reduce slightly but in the summer this drop is limited by the low humidity in this part of the world. The temperature at night can still be in the high twenties, which would make sleeping uncomfortable for those not used to this weather. But thankfully this is a location designed for tourists; conceived and built for people who don’t have this type of weather normally, so air conditioning in the hotels is the norm. You may have heard about desert temperatures dropping considerably at night, but in Sharm this is not the case. The warmth absorbed by the Red Sea has a significant impact, acting like a storage heater and preventing cold temperatures at night. Moving onto the sea or, more accurately, the Red Sea. This is a 1400 mile inlet stretching from the Indian Ocean in the South up to Egypt in the North, with Asia, namely Saudi Arabia and Yemen on the Eastern side and Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea bordering the Western side. The prime attraction of this sea, apart from the weather mentioned above, is its suitability for diving. Since it was discovered in the fifties and made famous by the TV programmes of the Frenchman Jacques Cousteau, divers from all over the world have travelled there to dive in the warm waters to observe the plant and animal life and to test their skills on several of the shipwrecks that lie in the waters. Sharm is particularly well suited for divers, with most of the larger hotels running their own diving schools, with on-site instructors providing tuition for everyone from beginners to those training to be instructors themselves. The dive schools also organise day trips to the many dive locations on the peninsula, including wrecks such as the HMS Thistlegorm, the Dunraven and the Carina. The Dunraven is the closest of these wrecks to Sharm, while the others are around 60 Kilometers away. Dive trips to wrecks in this area are normally part of a two day programme from Sharm and some include a night dive at the end of the first day. The ship was sunk by one of two German Heinkel bombers that were on a long-range mission from Crete. The wreck site was discovered again by Jacques Cousteau and many regard it as one of the best wreck dives in the world. Finally there is the sand in Sharm and there is certainly no shortage of that on the inland side of the resort. The Egyptian desert starts almost immediately behind the hotels and continues uninterrupted for up to six miles before the rocky landscape arrives and the ground starts to climb up towards to Mount Sinai, fifty miles to the north. The hotels along the coast in Sharm tend to have their own private beaches which are meticulously maintained. For tourists looking for a relaxing holiday, these are perfect places. You can just lie on the best in the uninterrupted sunshine and enjoy the five-stat service by some of the world’s most luxurious hotels. This really is a resort that can provide the ideal beach holiday for most people.

Sharm el Sheikh is the perfect place for a sunshine break. Travel writer Mark Bartley describes the resort and offers advice on finding low cost flights to Sharm whatever the time of year.

Indian Beach Holidays

Indian Beach Holidays

Article Body: With Sun and sand Indian beaches – a treat to life!

Many things make India a convenient destination. It’s rich in heritage and can boast of a lot of splendor with not a pinch of exaggeration and when it comes to a beach holiday you just can’t ignore the fact that India is full of mind boggling and superb beaches.The beauty of the beach is not all about the surf and sand but the seafood lovers have a wide range of cuisines and those who are not are bound to become one after they have a taste of prawns, mussels and lobster to name a few. Other than the seafood cuisine there are spas and massage parlors to steal your attention as you feel relaxed like never before. Then comes the water sports that completes the holiday as it ranges from scuba diving, water skiing, wind surfing to snorkeling which sure is some adventure sports.

Indian beaches offers you a glimpse of swinging waves-Clear and diminished pealed on the shore, diamond drops in the blue beach, having the most tempting combination of sun, sand ,sea and surf that is irresistible and the list is never-ending.

The list of such locations in India is endless. Whether you’re looking for your own little private stretch of sand, or a sport adventure hang out for a weekend, or a honeymoon spot, India has a little paradise for you. Here’s a short list of examples:

” Goa

Without a doubt the most popular beach holiday-destination in India is Goa. It is the honeymoon capital of India and many other countries. The tropical sunbathed beaches of Anjuna, Calangute, Baga and Dona Paula have something to offer to everyone.If you’re looking for the vacation by the beach that you hadn’t thought of yet, Goa is probably it – truly international.

” Kerela

Kerela just don’t mesmerize you with its backwaters and sweet coconut water- it is the land of elephants and palm trees and kathakali. It is a place where ayurveda got its importance and the boat races made a mark.Talking of beaches Kovalam beach,Varkala beach,Thanagasseri beach,Cheria beach to name a few and Kovalam beach is undoubtedly the most beautiful amongst all.

” Indian beaches

If you are searching for a perfect destination then its going to be a very tough decision as it has Juhu in Maharashtra,Gopalpur on sea in Orissa,Marina beach in Chennai, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshwadeep are splendid in its isolation that has green waters, coral and ofcorse you cant miss picturesque beaches like Puri on the east coast.

Sand, surf, adventure and more – Indiabeachholidays.com will help you to get to the place for beach fun and island atmosphere. Indiabeachholiday.com offers various tours and tourists visiting India, you name it and they have it for you as every beach in India makes a picture perfect holiday destination.