Category: Holidays

Take your time when it comes to packing for your holiday

Lots of people look forward to holidays but not so many of us enjoy packing for a holiday.

When packing for a holiday abroad it can be very easy to get a bit overzealous and end up taking too much. All airlines have a luggage restriction meaning each passenger is allocated a luggage allowance. This allowance varies from company to company and depending on your ticket. If you exceed this allowance, then you will have to pay an additional charge, and this can be quite a lot.

Not only may you incur additional charges from the airline, but you should also consider how you are going to move your luggage about when arriving at the airport and travelling to your destination. If you have a lot of luggage and have four people in a taxi you may simply not have enough room for all your luggage as well so you will need to pay for an additional taxi or possible a minibus / 7-seater.

If possible do not pack items that you can easily pick up for a similar price when arriving at your location and do not get carried away with buying presents, as if you were close to luggage allowance on the way over, the chances are you will be over when you return and have to pay the excess baggage charge.

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.

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.

Leaving a review for a recent holiday you have had

Reviews are very important for people to be able to make a judgement on whether or not they wish to stay in said accommodation and can be important feedback for the accommodation owners.
Once you have stayed in accommodation you should, where possible leave reviews and try and share this with others, perhaps through social media sites.
When writing a review there are often a number of places you can post it. It may be that you leave a review with the accommodation provider either on their website, in person or in a review book or you can often post reviews on third party websites such as Trip Advisor.
You should always be honest and fair in your review and try to leave details of positive or negative feedback. It is equally important to leave feedback for good or bad stays to give a true reflection of the accommodation. If you encountered an issue when staying somewhere, report it first to the owners and allow them time to rectify the issue. If it was dealt with quickly and resolved then be sure to mention this in your review.
Reviews can read make or break a business, especially a small one so be sure to think very carefully about what you are writing and whether it is fair.