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Great News For Holidaymakers As Favourable Changes Urged

Over the past few years the global recession and other contributing economic factors have gone a long way to limiting the amount of foreign holidays that people are taking. Whether or not they are in fear of losing their job imminently, the unstable economic climate has put many people off the idea of holidaying abroad, meaning that people are more likely to holiday at home, staying in hotels, tenting or ‘glamping’.

With the global recovery gathering steam, people are becoming more confident that their jobs are somewhat more secure, and are thus more inclined to want to actually spend out on a holiday. Recent developments have also buoyed the confidence of holidaymakers, including calls by many in education to revoke the ban on term time holidays for school children, and the landmark ruling which states that regular overtime should be considered when awarding holiday pay to workers.

Fair Pay for Overtime Workers

Earlier this month, a ruling made at the Employment Appeal Tribunal found in favour of workers who should be able to include their regular overtime in holiday pay. Previously it was the case that only basic hours counted when holiday pay was calculated, meaning that workers who were on contracts which were far less than the hours that they usually work are now entitled to holiday pay which actually reflects their normal working week. Similarly, the tribunal also stated that workers should be entitled to make backdated claims, leading to a lump sum being payable in many cases, although this only covers a limited time frame.

The landmark ruling was praised by employment specialist barrister Caspar Glyn, who stated that “normal pay is normal pay and that should be paid when you’re on holiday.”

Great News For Holidaymakers As Favourable Changes Urged

Calls for a Return to the Old System

In a deeply unpopular move from former Education Secretary Michael Gove, headteachers were banned in September 2013 from authorising parents taking their children from school to go on holiday, unless there were exceptional circumstances involved. This has resulted in fines and fixed term penalties being issued to parents who flouted this ban. The Local Government Association have called for this ruling to be overturned, saying that the rules are not in step with the complexities of family life.

David Simmonds, who is the chairman of the children and young people board at the Local Government Association called for a common sense approach, suggesting that a one-size-fits-all rule is too strict and unflexible and doesn’t take into account different circumstances for difference families.”

More holiday pay for workers who routinely work overtime and a potential return to the old system where parents can take their children out of school for up to 10 days are two potentially great pieces of news for people wishing to take a holiday. For your own personal holiday home, visiting a site such as can give you a wide range of options in a number of different destinations.

With the potential of this great news in the pipeline for many holidaymakers, all that is needed now is a guarantee of fantastic weather during your holiday!


Are you planning to tour or vacate in Split Croatia? Apart from being the largest city in Dalmatian and the second largest in Croatia, Split is a beautiful one-of-a-kind tourist magnet that attractions millions from all over the world annually. Its Adriatic shore is well developed and laden with exclusive resorts, harbors, and beaches. It also has many architectural gems, outstanding natural parks, and eye catching islands that are perfect getaway destinations for individuals who want to spend a quality time with loved ones, or relax with friends and or family. If you are vacationing is Croatia and exploring Split city is part of your itinerary, follow this Split travel guide for best holiday ever:

National Park Krka

One of the hidden gems of Croatia that is worth visiting when touring Split is the National Park Krka located near Sibenik. This amazing national park is among the best in Croatia. Once in the National Park Krka, you can do many things. You can take a guided tour of the amazing wildlife and landscapes dotted all over the national park. You can also go river swimming, go forest trailing, or share pleasantries on one of its many well-maintained lawns with friends or other tourists. 

Split Travel Guide

Brac Island (Otok Brac)

The Brac Island (Otok Brac) located off the coast of Split is another Croatian gem that you should not leave without visiting. Its main land is scenic and dotted with many world-class eateries that sell the best of the best Croatian cuisine. It also has swimming areas; isolated areas for kids; and eye-catching waterfronts where you can enjoy quality time with your loved one(s) as you watch the sun set. If you do not want to take a comfortable ferry ride that cruises to and from Brac Island, rent a yacht and explore the island on your own. Sail to the iconic shingle split. You should also visit the quaint villages that line the sandy shores of the Adriatic Sea and alight on your favorite spot to enjoy a game of beach volleyball with friends.

Split Travel Guide

Live Museum Split, Ulica Kralja Tomislava

If you like history, the Live Museum Split in Ulica Kralja Tomislava is a must-see event during your stay. This live show has Diocletian characters and is really entertaining. Once the show is over, you can take photographs with the cast of the show, try on costumes (armor, helmet), or go for a snack at the Victorian market in its vicinity.

Ivan Mestrovic Gallery, Setaliste Ivana Mestrovica

Mestrovic is a reputable Croatian sculptor who gained global recognition of his stellar works of art. Once you have appreciated nature at the National Park Krka, sailed the Adriatic Sea, and cracked your ribs at the Live Museum Split, visit the iconic Ivan Mestrovic Gallery in Setaliste Ivana Mestrovica to see good art. At this site, you will see many Biblical themed sculptures. You will also see grandiose sculptures and dazzling traditional ones that will make your jaw to drop.

The Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace, Dioklecijanova Ulica

If you are touring Split, Croatia, your trip will never be complete if you do not visit the iconic Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace in Dioklecijanova Ulica. Its fourth century Roman architecture is eye-catching. In its vicinity, Emperor Diocletian’s mausoleum is a major draw, while the performances and daily shows organized on the main square will make your vacation a memorable one.

Split Travel Guide

It really doesn’t matter whether you are a veteran diver or a beginner who is trying scuba diving for the very first time – Hawaii is one of the best places to explore the world that waits beneath the waves. There are so many different spots to visit that it can be difficult to choose where you want to explore. There are some great places to explore off the shore of every one of the Hawaiian Islands and each island boasts at least one ‘must see dive’! With that in mind I have put together a list of my top 4 places in Hawaii to go scuba diving so that you can start to narrow down your choices.


Great Scuba Diving Spots in Hawaii

  • Kealakekua Bay : This popular scuba diving site is located off Hawaii’s Big Island and offers calm waters shielded by towering cliffs. Aside from the plethora of marine life to be discovered during your exploration, many divers also like to kayak out to the monument in honor of Captain James Cook, the explorer who first discovered the islands back in 1778! As an added bonus, you can also snorkel around the base of the statue for some interesting sights
  • Hanauma Bay : At the South East tip of Oahu you will find one of Hawaii’s most popular spots for snorkelling and scuba diving. The bay is actually a Marine Life Conservation Area due to the fragile ecosystem that exists there so there are some restrictions in place. However, it is worth complying with them to enjoy the stunning reefs teeming with colourful fish!
  • Kee Beach: Over on Kauai, Kee Beach offers a sheltered lagoon with some beautiful offshore reefs. However, this spot is only really suitable in the Summer months since the conditions in Winter can be dangerous due to strong winds and currents. There are plenty of kauai rentals to choose from in the summer months as well.
  • The Sea Tiger : If you are interested in wreck dives, then one of the most interesting is the ‘Sea Tiger’ which lies off the Southern shore of Oahu fairly close to Honolulu. It is more suited to experienced divers and offers a really exciting place to explore.  The 165 foot wreck creates a great artificial reef. The top of the wreck is around 65 feet under the surface although you can dive to around 120 feet if you are looking to spot Tiger Sharks or Hawaiian Stingrays during your dive. One of the most commonly spotted residents is a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle that makes his home in the former cargo hold of the ship!

Getting The Best From Your Scuba Diving Experience

If you have never been scuba diving in Hawaii before then you may not know where to start even once you have picked your dive site. However, there are plenty of local dive tour companies who can lead a scuba diving trip for you. One of my favourite places to go for scuba diving tours in Hawaii is Living Ocean Scuba, you can read about them here if you want some more information about them. Choosing to go with a tour rather than going it alone has a number of advantages including the fact that your guide will know exactly where to look for the best examples of local sealife.

Hawaii is the ideal place to enjoy some scuba diving thanks to the many varieties of marine life that make their home among the reefs. There are also a number of wrecks that can be explored which are always great for an exciting dive! The waters around the Hawaiian Islands are fairly warm pretty much all year round and the various islands all offer there own type of dives each with plenty to experience. It is well worth looking into organised dive tours in order to make the most of your trip to Hawaii as this is going to help you fit in all of the dives that take your interest.