Category: Holidays

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.

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.

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.