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English: Taken during the evening on a sunny Orlando day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harry Potters casts his spell over Orlando

Universal Orlando is a popular Disney theme park and it is one holiday resort which gets better by the moment. Lots of holidaymakers favor Orlando Florida Vacations, knowing the kids will enjoy the Disney theme park. The world has been awaiting the opening of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” this particular attraction offers a trip on the Hogwart’s Express and a ride through the caves at Gringotts Bank. Disney has created a unique attraction and London’s Diagon Alley has been recreated magnificently. Is it any wonder that Orlando Florida Vacations are so popular?

The original Wizarding World was opened in 2010 and thousands of Disney fans attended. Naturally ardent Disney fans raved about the attraction and this was one of the main reasons for constructing Diagon Alley.

If you have been on many great Orlando Florida vacations you may know the latest Disney attraction lies close to the Universal Studios in Florida. In fact this site once housed the famous “Jaws” attraction. The press has leaked snippets of information regarding the new Disney attraction, but much remains hidden from the public eye. If you are a Disney fan who dreams about Orlando Florida vacations it’s time to book your ticket.

Hot August Nights In Negril Jamaica

13th May 2011
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Jamaica is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Vacationers will be greeted with warm weather throughout the entire year. During the summer, temperatures will reach up to 90F while winter can get as low as 67F. The rainy season occurs during June through October, with heavy and short bursts of rain throughout the day. These months are also the famed hurricane season, where it is not uncommon for massive tropical storms to hit the small island.

During the rainy season, prices are generally much lower. Resorts and hotels raise their costs during the early spring and winter. May is the best time of the year to visit, since it represents a perfect balance between cost and weather. During July and the other summer months, the weather is absolutely beautiful in between rain showers; Negril resorts and other hotels in Jamaica offer their lowest prices of the year during the summer.

Summertime in Jamaica boasts clear blue skies and fresh ocean breeze. Every once in a while there may be a heavy rainfall, but the sun comes out soon after. The entire island has luscious vegetation, thanks to the long rainy season. The colors of the different flowers and trees are absolutely stunning when the sun is out.

Negril is home to some of the greatest sunsets in the world. This laid back town will allow you to enjoy life and forget about the pressing responsibilities of work. To the locals, you are just a distant cousin who has not visited for a while. The entire area is relaxed and presents a friendly atmosphere to all visitors.

Although Negril is beautiful anytime of the year, summertime is particularly noteworthy. When the sun is out, the entire island is filled with a mixture of colors and fragrances. By hiring a friendly and reliable driver, you will be able to visit special spots that you could never find on your own.

Join the fun at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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If you’ve ever been to Edinburgh you will know that it offers a plethora of things to do and see for anyone visiting the city. The castle stands tall in the middle of the city, with plenty of shops, museums and beautiful parks scattered round about it.

If you’re planning a holiday in Edinburgh there are plenty of things I could recommend you do during your visit, but the best thing you could possible do is go to Edinburgh during the Festival Fringe.

The Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes over Edinburgh for three weeks every August. While it is mainly seen as a comedy festival, it hosts performers from every discipline, including theatre, dance, music and exhibitions.

An important piece of advice is to plan your Edinburgh trip as early as you can. The Fringe Festival is an extremely popular event, and accommodation in the city is snapped up fast as visitors flock from all over the world to experience the festivities. Not only that, but because the Festival is held in August, it means it’s the height of summer, and pretty much when everyone decides to go off on a break. I would suggest booking your accommodation and travel as early as you can, and then you can worry about the specific sights you want to see later, as there is always plenty to do.

The Festival Fringe programme launches in June, which is a complete guide to every show and event that is taking place during the Festival. It’s brilliantly set out and really keeps you organised. It usually comes with a little planner section at the back so you can plan out what shows you want to see and when so you can make the most out of your trip. While the programme is handed out for free in Edinburgh after it is launched, if you are travelling from further away you can purchase a programme from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website and have it delivered anywhere in the world. You can also view the shows and their details on the website if you don’t want to pay to get the programme delivered, and it will be really easy to pick one up somewhere once you arrive in Edinburgh if you want one to carry around.

One of the great things about the Fringe Festival is how easy locations are to find. Every Fringe location is numbered and gets a huge sign placed outside it telling you which number it is. This means you don’t need to wander around looking for a tiny hidden doorway down one of Edinburgh’s alleyways, as the huge signs make the venues hard to miss. The Fringe programme tells you exactly what number to look out for, so it makes it quite hard to get lost, as long as you’ve got a venues map handy, but again this is included in the programme.

If you fancy a party holiday, then the Fringe could be the perfect time to visit Edinburgh. Due to the fact that a lot of the shows go on late into the night, most clubs and bars have an extended license, with most clubs being open till 5am throughout the Festival. This is amazing if you’re out at a comedy show until about 1am but don’t fancy calling it a night because there are lots of places still open that you can head to. There are also a lot of food stalls still open well into the night, especially in central areas like Bristo Square, meaning you can stay out until you’re literally too tired to stand. Food served during the Festival is always brilliant too, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love 50 tiny doughnuts at 2am?

However, if you’re after more of a family holiday don’t rule the Festival out, as there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy, and not just the night owls. In fact, there are plenty of children’s shows on offer, from plays and puppet shows, to more interactive shows such as children’s discos and art workshops. There are even shows put on by kids TV favourites, such as Charlie and Lola, so your little ones can see their most-loved characters in real life.

Probably one of the best things about the Fringe is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time. If you’ve spent a lot of money on your accommodation and travel then you’re not going to have a lot of money left over to spend on seeing the sights and having fun. However, a lot of shows at the Fringe are actually free, meaning you can still take in the culture without worrying about your bank balance. The Fringe usually runs tents near the Princess Mall on Princess Street which offer half-price or at least cheaper tickets for shows that are taking place on that day. So if you decide at the last minute you’d quite like to see a comedy show, you can head along there and see if you can grab a bargain.

Walking around the city itself it can be quite a sight considering the Royal Mile gets completely taken over by street performers and people flyering for their shows. It can be great to get sit on the High Street and soak up the Festival atmosphere without even having to open your wallet.

The Festival definitely offers something for everyone, so it’s a great time of year to visit Edinburgh and experience the capital and the surrounding area. However, I would pack for every eventuality, because even though it is August, the Scottish weather can be a tad unpredictable.

 

Jennifer is a part of the digital blogging team at digitalcrosstalk.com who work with a growing number of travel brands. For more information about me, or to keep up to date with the latest in travel news, check out my posts at digitalcrosstalk.com or visit my Twitter account, @dcrosstalk