Holiday traffic tips for drivers

One of the most annoying issues that drivers face on our roads is traffic. This can be especially annoying when you are going to or coming back from a holiday. You may feel that you waste a lot of time that you could be enjoying at your holiday destination, stuck in miles of queuing traffic.  Some drivers have to sit in traffic jams every day they go to work where-as for others it may be when going on holiday or visiting relatives.

You cannot always avoid traffic but you there are things you can do to try and plan the best routes to take.  Aps such as Map on the Iphone or Google Maps offers a traffic overview using you a colour coded system to show what the current traffic flow is like on these roads. It gives you a prediction of travel time and will often show you alternative routes that are faster or shorter. You can opt to avoid motorways or toll roads too.

Some Sat Navs also have traffic information and they will re-route you to a better route should it pick up in delays in traffic ahead. Going on holiday should be an exciting time, so be sure to plan ahead and allow plenty of time so you can enjoy as much time as possible at your destination.

Are you getting bored of your usual holiday destination?

When booking a family holiday it can be tempting to back time and time again to a destination or resort you have been to before. For many parents, the idea of taking their child back to a place they are familiar with and know is perfect for them, is enough of a selling point to make them book a return trip often soon after they have returned home. For some people, this is exactly what they want from a holiday but in doing so you may be missing out on other great places that you have yet to explore.
Make a list of what it is you like about your usual choice of holiday location. It maybe that they have great facilities, the food is good or that they have a wide range of kids club activities. Once you have a list of what you like about it you can then start to work out what is important to you and ensure that if you do go elsewhere, they can offer the same qualities.
Read plenty of reviews and look at photos taken buy holiday goers, not just the ones in the brochure. This should give you a clearer picture of what you can expect and allow you to make a more informed decision as to where you want to book your next holiday to.

Multi activity family holidays

Holidays are often when families get closest to each other. With usual day to day life, it is easy to become absorbed with our own little worlds, whether that be your job, your school life or usual routines and it is often the case that families start to drift apart.

When on holiday you usually spend all of your time together and start to make memories of activities or days out that will last a life time.  There are some fantastic companies out there who also realise the importance of a family holiday, but especially for families that may not just want to go and sit round a pool or laze on a beach. For families that are looking for a bit more of an active getaway, there are often a number of activities to choose from that will be suitable for all the family to participate in.

Many of these types of tour agents will arrange a number of these types of holidays to run throughout the usual summer holidays. This means there is often a large number of other families with children on the same holiday as you. This allows the children to make friends and get to spend some time with people of their own age whilst the parents can also do the same.

 

How to make the best of bad weather on holiday

If you have chosen to holiday in the UK then you may have to expect bad weather. We have been very lucky over the last few months with some beautiful hot days but the last week or so has seen a drop in the temperature and some wetter weather approaching.

If you are camping then you will have to be even more prepared for the colder wetter weather. You need to take plenty of warm clothing that can be layered and also take a number of different foot ware options. Wellies are perfect for camping but you may need more than one pair as often one pair will get wet and take a number of days to dry out.

There is no point sitting in your tent or caravan moaning about the weather, it is best to get out and try and still have some fun. Why not wrap up warm in your waterproofs and head down to the beach. If you are holidaying with young children then they will often think there is nothing better. They are usually quite happy to play in the sand and paddle in the sea come rain or shine.

 

Eating out when abroad

If you are looking to book a holiday aboard then you may have the choice as to whether to have all or some of your meals included within your stay or to go self-catering and buy your food separately. There are advantages and disadvantages to both and you may decide to alternate your board type each time you go away. Some people say that they get bored eating in the same place day in day out when going all inclusive, so they opt for self-catering. Before deciding, have a good look through the information for the resort. Find out how many restaurants are on site that are included in the all-inclusive price and what types of food they serve.

If you decide to go self-catering, do not forget to factor the cost of meals into your holiday budget as this can very quickly add up. Spend a bit of time before you go researching local restaurants and reading reviews. Social media sites and places like Trip Advisor are often good for finding out what people really think of a place. If it is a popular restaurant then you may even want to book a table in advance to secure your booking prior to going.