Author: Parker

Turning your hobby into an adventure holiday

Some people have hobbies that include rock climbing, gorge walking and canoeing which can make for an excellent adventure day. But you may find that a day simply isn’t enough and you would like to make a holiday out of your hobby.

Adventure holidays are a great way to pack in lots of activities but still give you time to relax and unwind and explore your surroundings. Some activities you may want to do may require you to set off early in the morning or late at night. If you are only going for the day you may not feel at your best especially if you have had to travel a distance. Staying overnight will allow you to get a goodnights sleep and not have to spend hours in a car before you get to embark on your adventure.  Many adventure companies have accommodation either on site or nearby that can be booked as part of a package. Some companies have bunker houses which are similar to dorms, for those just looking for somewhere to get their head down or you may wish to book something a little more luxurious to really make it special. Weather often does play a part in these types of sports, so it may be worth booking during the summer months when the weather is often better.

Taking your dog on holiday

Many people love the idea of being able to take your pet with you when you go on a camping holiday but you do have to consider your options carefully before committing to taking them along.

Firstly you should check that the campsite allows dogs. Many do, but sometimes you will have to pay extra to take them with you. Secondly, you need to consider how long the journey is to and from your destination and what your dog is like at travelling. If the dog is not particularly happy travelling in a car then it is often not a good idea to take them on long journeys if it can be avoided.

Some beaches restrict dogs altogether others may restrict dogs at certain times of the years or on parts of the beach. This is important to check as if you get there and find that dogs are not allowed on the beach it may spoil your holiday, meaning that you have to find other things to do.

Sometimes having a dog with you can be very restrictive. If you are planning on spending much of your time on a campsite or going for walks then taking your dog may be ok, but if you are wanting to go to attractions, go out for meals or visit zoos or amusement parks etc then it may be better to find someone to look after them at home.

Ensuring you stay safe when on holiday this summer

Holidays are something that we all look forward to. It may be that you have been saving up for a while or booked your holiday over a year ago, and the time has finally come to jet off.

When people go on holiday they often relax more which can mean they get a bit complacent at times. It is very important to still think carefully about your safety when on holiday and possible even more so than when you are at home, as you may be unfamiliar with your surroundings.   

If you decide to go out for a few drinks or to a club in an evening when on holiday, try and avoid travelling alone. Try and meet up with your friends at the hotel and then all travel together. Be sure that if you do go anywhere on your own, that someone knows where you are going and what time you will be back. Be sure to take a phone with you so you have a way of contacting someone should you need help.

If you have children with you, make sure that they are not out of your sight for a second. There may be many more dangers than they are used to when on holiday, such as, as the sea/swimming pools, traffic or crime.

Why is Fuerteventura the perfect family location?

Fuerteventura is a Spanish Island just off the coast of Africa. It is the perfect setting for a family holiday all year round. With temperatures rarely dropping below 18 degrees, even in the winter months it is relatively pleasant.

There is a wealth of activities to do and sights to see on the island as well as exploring the vast shorelines and blue seas. The island can get a bit breezy so in the evenings you may need a cardi or a light jacket. The cool breeze allows you to spend a little bit longer in the sun without being over whelmed with the heat, but beware that the UV factor is often very high even when its breezy so it’s essential you wear a high factor sun cream.

There is often activities for the children to do at the resort and most have a children’s pool as well as a small play area. Be sure to do your research to find out which resorts have the right facilities for you.

If going with children you may want to go all-inclusive so they can eat and drink when they want to without it costing the earth, but there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the towns if you do opt for self catering.

Taking your children abroad – what you need to know

If you are wanting to take your children abroad but are separated from their other parent then you may need to get permission to do so. Over the last few years stricter rules and checks have been put in place to protect children and to avoid them being removed from the country without the proper consent. Anyone with responsibility must give consent to take the children aboard even if it is just for a week’s holiday unless there is a court order in place that overrides this.

Often all you need is a letter from the other person or people that have parental consent, giving authority for the trip. This letter needs to be specific to that trip and have details of the trip along with their contact details on. You may also need to take proof of your relationship to the child such as birth or adoption certificates with you to show at the airport.

When booking a holiday it is important to ensure that you have this in place or if not, that you know the process you need to go through with the courts to obtain permission to take the children out of the country.