Saturday, April 15, 2006

Where to go on holiday

Cyprus or Sri Lanka, Thailand or Turkey, Spain or Sardinia, France or Florida or where?

When you choose your next holiday/vacation you may be thinking of:

1. safety 2. sunshine 3. friendliness 4. cost 5. excitement

1. SAFETY

"People are more likely to be mugged, burgled, robbed or assaulted in the UK than in America, Germany, Russia, South Africa or any other of the world's 20 largest nations." Telegraph News

Countries which reportedly have low crime rates include: Malta, Cyprus, Austria, Japan, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Denmark.

Accurate statistics are not available for all countries. Crime rates can vary greatly within one country.

Countries with high murder rates include: South Africa, Jamaica, Russia, Mexico, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Thailand, Seychelles, Poland,Bulgaria, United States.

2. SUNSHINE

Some of the sunniest destinations are Cyprus, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Malta and parts of Spain.

There are rainy seasons in countries such as Thailand, India, Malaysia and Singapore. It can be very wet at certain times of year although the rain may only fall for a relatively short part of the day.

3. FRIENDLINESS

Among the countries reputed to be friendly, in parts, are: Malta, Cyprus, Austria, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Denmark.

Percentage in 1990s surveys agreeing that people can be trusted.#1 Norway - 65% #2 Sweden - 63%(United Kingdom - 38%)

Proportion of people who answered the survey question: "Taking all things together, would you say you are: very happy, quite happy, not very happy, or not at all happy?" by stating that they were "Very happy": #1 Venezuela 55% #2 Nigeria 45% #3 Ireland 42% #4 Iceland 42% #5 Netherlands 40% #6 Philippines 40%

Scores based on responses to the following question: "All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life-as-a-whole now?"#1 Switzerland 8 #2 Malta 8 #3 Denmark 8 #4 Ireland 7.8 #5 Iceland 7.8

4. COST

Here is some advice on holidays to Malta, Greece and Cyprus:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g190372-Cyprus-Vacations.html
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g189398-Greece-Vacations.html
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g190311-Malta-Vacations.html

5. EXCITEMENT

How about Borneo? http://audleytravel.info/index.php/destinations/sea/borneo/borneo-country-guide/borneo-sarawak/kuching/

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Here are some suggestions concerning Greece, Malta and Cyprus:

For cultural Malta, Valletta is the best place to be. The best hotel is probably Le Meridien Phoenicia, Valletta, Island of Malta.

Larnaca in Cyprus is less popular than Paphos. But maybe consider the Antonis G Hotel Apartment, in Larnaca.

Kyrenia has been regarded as the most attractive place in Cyprus. One possibility for Northern Cyprus is the Hotel Sempati, Kyrenia.

There is much building work in both parts of Cyprus.

Chania is an attractive Greek town. Palazzo di Pietro, Chania, Crete

Tolon is a small Greek seaside town that is worth considering : http://www.tolo-online.net/

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6 comments:

Postman said...

Malta is a shit hole and Gozo has been ruined by the new ferry.

Cyprus is riddled with Russian Mafia, both sides. Crime is very much on the increase with illegqals from the CSR states. All the whores hotels workers restaurant workers are the same or Filipinos paid peanuts.

Tolon is beautiful. Beautiful beach, and lots of the beautiful people who esacpe Glyfada in the summer.

aangirfan said...

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1098.html

"The crime rate in Cyprus is low but rising. Visitors in urban areas should take the normal precautions they would take in a large city. Americans frequenting bars should avoid so called “cabarets” which sometimes employ women brought to Cyprus for sexual exploitation. These establishments can also present foreign patrons with grossly inflated bar tabs, threatening those customers that refuse to pay."

http://www.proximalconsulting.com/WhitePapers/WhitePaper16.htm

"In the Greek controlled part of Cyprus the Russians have found a safe haven - particularly in Limassol. More than 2,000 Russian companies are based in Cyprus. An estimated £800 million per month is washed through banks, trading companies and finance houses - making the funds appear in the global banking system as clean Cypriot cash."

aangirfan said...

British Hotel - Valletta - British Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g190328-d266897-Reviews-British_Hotel-Valletta_Island_of_Malta.html

South African Scenic Beauty said...

Try South Afriva, Cape Town is the safest.

Eleanor said...

I have had good experiences in France, Spain and Cyprus. Can't comment about the rest of the places as I have not been there.

Alan said...

This is a very interesting blog and so i like to visit your blog again and again. Keep it up.

Alan

http://holidaydestinationinindia.blogspot.com

 
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