Monday, 19 October 2009

Island options for the approaching winter season

With blogs being used more and more by people looking for travel resources, making sure that people are aware of the opportunities that the Isle of Wight offers is important.

That said, an Isle of Wight hotel can make for a great getaway, either for a weekend or a longer trip. There’s plenty to do on the island; you’re not going to be able to see everything that might interest you. But with a decent, comfortable base of operations, you’ll be sure of seeing that much more, and hopefully enjoy it more too.

There are alternatives for Isle of Wight accommodation, but with winter approaching, camping and caravans are looking less appealing. Holiday cottages though, such as those offered by Gurnard Pines, will still offer warm, cosy places to stay.

Of course, one of the most important things to bear in mind whilst looking for somewhere is how you’ll reach it. Deciding whether you’ll bring a car to the island, and what form of transport you’ll use to get there (ferry, hovercraft or catamaran) are all important decisions as well.

With luck, somebody reading this will find it helpful, and they’ll shortly be stepping off a ferry (or hovercraft or catamaran) to discover the island for themselves.

This article was donated by Artavia.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Sometimes we all need a Middle Man

The Middle Man is a new Internet-based business which is helping a number of other businesses on the Island to compete for what trade there is left in the depths of a recession.

It can be a fallacy to suggest that, when times are hard, one needs to tighten one's belt and hope that when the clouds begin to clear there is still enough left in the bank to enable one to carry on where one left off. The counter argument, and it is a good one, is that when the potential for business declines one has to work harder, and smarter, to keep things going. That is where services like this one come in.

The Middle Man is basically an agent, painstakingly seeking out business opportunities for its clients who are then free to devote their own time to selling or producing. It uses Social Networking, cleverly exploits local Community Forums, scours the web for free advertising opportunities and acts as a helpful friend, generating the business that was always out there but which the proprietor often does not have the time to go out hunting for. What's more, it does it a price which even during a recession does not begin to pinch. At £30 for six months or £50 for a year, many businesses would need just one new customer to cover their outlay.

This new venture is currently in its infancy but it is already beginning to enjoy some deserved success. If it bring trade from elsewhere to the Island then let's hope it continues to thrive.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Dame Ellen MacArthur announces retirement

Round-the-world yachtswoman and Island resident Dame Ellen MacArthur has announced that she it to retire from competitive sailing to concentrate on environmental campaigning.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, she said the inspiration for her decision came whilst spending two months camped on a remote island off South Georgia in the south Atlantic.

Read the full story here.