22 Feb

Going away with the girls

It may be that you want to get away somewhere with your friends but are unsure of where to go. Often groups of friends go away to celebrate a hen or stag party, baby shower or special birthdays. It can be hard knowing where to go and what to do if you are inviting a number of friends as they may all have different interests and hobbies.

You firstly need to consider what your options are. If you and your friends don’t mind getting dirty then paintballing weekends away can be great fun, but if you would rather go somewhere you can relax then a spa weekend could be just for you. Often groups of friends will go to another city for a few days, this can allow you to spend some of the time doing one activity and then move on to something else. It can also mean that the group could split up and do different things if they wanted to.

Trips away can be expensive and some may struggle to be able to pay for a holiday with little notice, for this reason it is advisable to book a holiday or at least plan it well in advance to allow everyone the time they need.

30 Dec

Choosing a spa holiday

Holidays are great for relaxing and rejuvenating so why not go the whole hog and book in for a spa break away. Many discount deal websites offer money off spa packages all over the UK and occasionally abroad too.

With so much choice it can be hard to make a decision but there are some key things to look out for.

Many spas will offer a ‘spa day’ that only includes use of the facilities, these can be quite costly for what you get and its worth remembering that the price could go up very dramatically if you then want to book in to have some spa treatments done. Sometimes it’s cheaper to just book a treatment at the spa as most places will let any customers use all the facilities after your treatment anyway, it’s not a given but defiantly worth checking out.

As with any holiday it’s always worth checking the reviews of the accommodation and of the spa to ensure that you know what you will be getting included in your offer.

Before you attend your trip it may be worth giving the spa a call to check the timings for things such as your treatments and ask questions such as what you’ll need to bring with you on the day. This way you can relax and enjoy your stress-free spa break.

29 Nov

Saving money on overseas trips

If you are planning an overseas trip, then take some time to consider your options and book wisely. Those of us who take the time to shop around and do some research often end up with the best deals.

With the pound so week at the moment, everything we want or need to buy abroad will be costly, so below are a few hints and tips to help you save on everything from flights to purchases in local shops when on holiday.

If you need to use a credit card when abroad, be sure to check how much you will be charged. Many companies add a 3% fee on top of the exchange rate when you use your card abroad and this can all add up very quickly. There are a few cards out there that don’t do this but you need to make sure you apply for one in time and always try to pay it off in full so not to incur further charges.

You may be surprised to know but some airlines actually work together to sell spaces on the other airlines planes. Often you may find exactly the same seat being sold by the airline the flight is one and also a competitor, the competitor may actually be able to sell the seat for less, allowing you to save.

25 Oct

Family holiday tips

Planning a family holiday can be daunting. You may worry about ow your little ones will cope with the travel arrangements or how you can keep them safe when playing in the sun or in the pool. With any holiday, planning will only make things easier. Obviously there are certain things that you cannot plan or you may not want to plan such as activities you are going to be doing on a daily basis, but a certain amount of research should be done to make the whole experience more pleasant for everyone.

When choosing your accommodation, see what on site facilities there are. It may be that you want a resort with a toddler pool or one that has a games room on site. Looking carefully at all the details and also reading reviews of a resort will give you the best view of what you can expect if you stay there.



28 Sep

Choosing holiday accommodation

When looking to book overnight accommodation you need to consider what factors are important to you such as cost or location.  If you are just wanting a place to get your head down after a good night out then cost and possibly location will probably be top of your priorities but if you are looking for an experience that is a little more luxurious and perhaps somewhere that has a little more to offer then facilities and star rating may be more important.

It may be that you have the option of staying in a B and B or in a hotel in your chosen location, in which case you will need to consider if there is a 24hr reception if you are thinking of going out and what the checking and check out / breakfast times are.  Most hotels have 24 hour reception and check in making them more accessible where as some B and B’s have a strict opening and closing time.