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Well it has nearly happened and it is not unexpected that it is Richard Branson who is all but there. This daring entrepreneur, who epitomises the great British spirit, hopes within the next 12 months to launch a commercial vessel into space. He has confirmed that the mother ship is complete with rocket tests going to plan and is more than confident that an official launch will take place within a year. Virgin Galactic, his company fully expects in the future to send people into space and launch satellites for read more > >

Centreline Air Charter has been helping discerning travellers avoid the stress of travelling on scheduled airliners for 22 years.  Whilst carrying an approval from the UK CAA for the delivery of private jet flights ensures a safety standards are met and often exceeded, Centreline has nurtured additional operational capacity to make sure every flight is on time and stress free. Private Jet users rarely return to the low cost or regional operators due to being able to avoid parking queues, check in queues, security queues and so on. Simply turn up read more > >

With a backdrop of turquoise water that breaks on the powder-white beaches lined with lush vegetation, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives offers the ideal setting for creative inspiration.  This December, both budding artists and experts can join contemporary artist and athlete Gregory Burn’s 90-minute customised art classes to develop their artistic talent and learn how to sketch from nature. From 10th until 28th December 2010, the resort will host its first artist in residence programme in Addu Atoll, Maldives.  To celebrate the event, a complimentary class for one is offered when read more > >

These days more and more women are opting to travel alone, unfettered by a travelling companion who may cramp their style or bicker over holiday plans. This said though, it does take a special kind of woman to set out alone, conquer her fears and take on the world by boat, plane or train. For while most people think of holidays as time to spend with family and friends the solo female tourist has no one but herself to consider or please. There is a huge sense of freedom for read more > >

The Wow House company offers bespoke stays in an eclectic range of over 30 exclusive properties for hire throughout the UK and Ireland. Their deluxe portfolio includes an art-deco beach house, a Jacobean Grade I listed manor house, a hilltop castle, a Victorian vicarage and a luxuriously appointed former gentleman’s residence. Exquisite interior design, quirky historical value, beautiful surroundings – from valleys and nature reserves to rolling parkland – and bespoke elements such as quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, a private Chef and butler combine to offer that ‘wow’ factor. read more > >

Eating out abroad, especially in some of the more remote tourist areas, can be one of life’s more annoying paradoxes. For while you may desperately want to sample the delights of exotic or unusual dishes it is the very fact that the cuisine is more daring than you would experience at home that it could prove risky or even life threatening. In many parts of the world food and water sources will almost certainly cause health problems for travellers and while there are plenty of relatively safe foreign restaurants in read more > >

Someone quoted recently “It is easier to travel now but much harder to be a traveller”. How true! Given recent world events and an ever growing crime problem the traveller is no longer shown the amount of hospitality and respect that our grandparents enjoyed, but rather is regarded as a product to produce an income. Therefore it is necessary to be prepared for any eventuality and to be able to deal with it swiftly and efficiently to avoid problems before they occur. One of the best ways to ensure that read more > >