20 Aug

Looking to book a last minute camping trip?

With the end of the summer holidays fast approaching, many people are looking to squeeze another few days or a weekend camping trip in before the children go back. Spaces are becoming very limited and you may find that you are left with little choice as to where you can go for a break away. Tent pitches without electric hook up are often the pitches that are most readily available, and if you are only going for a few days then you may feel that this type of pitch will be fine for you.

Although time is running out to book somewhere, you still need to carefully research a place before booking it. You may be surprised to find that not all sites have toilets and showers, and if you see the term “wild camping” then this is often the case.

It is important to read reviews of a site and check that their rules and regulations fit in with what you are looking for. For example, some sites do not allow BBQ’s or camp fires on site and others will have a no noise policy in place after 10pm.

If you have children you may want to check if they have a play area on site or a games room for them to use whilst away.

 

12 Jul

Avoiding a holiday from hell

So many people look forward to a holiday but there are often things that can go wrong on holiday that can turn it very quickly into a holiday from hell. When travelling abroad one of the most common reasons for an awful holiday is an illness. It may be that you have caught something before you go or that you become ill when away. This can really put a dampener on things and make it very hard for you to enjoy your time away. Often when people get ill on holiday its due to food. If you are eating a lot of food you are not used to, even if it is ok for the locals, it may cause you to have an upset tummy.

If you eat food from a café or restaurant and it has not been prepared correctly or cooked in the right way you may end up with food poisoning. This can cause an upset tummy along with sickness and make you spend the next few days in bed.

Always make sure you take some medication with you should you get ill. You may find it hard to get all the medicines you usually use when away on holiday.

 

05 Jun

Planning a holiday with children of different ages

If you are trying to plan a family holiday and have children that are of a different age, then you may struggle when it comes to choosing where to go and what activities to do. Children’s ideas of fun and what they enjoy to do can vary a lot from one age to another. What a three-year-old may think is great can be very different to what a twelve-year-old will want to do and you want to be able to try and please both whilst still enjoying the holiday yourself.

If there are two adults going it may be that for part of the holiday you can split your time and can do separate activities that each child will enjoy. This does mean though that you do not get to spend time with your partner or as a family all together. You could also try and find activities that vary dependant on ages such as swimming where the children can go on different slides etc depending upon their age and ability.

Research shows that the majority of children enjoy spending time on the beach when on holiday at varying ages. This is often free too so is a cheap day out for everyone. Even if the weather is not great, having a walk across the beach or paddling your feet in the sea can be done come rain or shine.

 

27 May

Trips away over the festive period

It may seem a bit odd to be thinking about Christmas already but it is actually only just over 6 months away meaning if you are planning a trip away during the festive period you may need to start planning it now. Sometimes Christmas can be quite stressful, it can put a financial strain on you and your family, you may worry about who you are going to spend the day with as many people have quite a few family members that they would like to see on the big day. It can be hard trying to fit in seeing everyone and this can actually cause disagreements between couples. If you have young children then they will probably want to spend time playing with their new toys and not having to travel around for hours in the car.

Getting away during the festive period can take a lot of the pressure off. Yes, it will, of course, cost you a bit more money, and you will have to pack to go away but it does mean that you will be able to spend time with your loved ones without having to plan exactly where you need to go on Christmas day. If you really want to spend time with all your family, then why not discuss all going away together. Once you have all gone to the location you can relax, and enjoy Christmas together without anyone having to travel. Also, it is often cheaper to rent a large cottage or farmhouse if there are multiple families.

 

21 Apr

Don’t let bad weather spoil your holiday

Unfortunately here in the UK we often have quite unpredictable weather. Some years April can be warm and sunny others it can be freezing cold and possibly even snow. This can make holiday planning in the UK a little tricky. If you do decide to go away in the UK then you may have to expect bad weather no matter what time of the year you chose to go. Although the UK has some beautiful locations and many attractions that will keep the family entertained, the weather is one thing that cannot be guaranteed.

Ideally, try and plan a number of activities that you can do that will not be affected by the weather. If you have young children you may want to research some local soft play areas. Aquariums are great for all the family as well as Zoos and theme parks. Maybe find a local museum that you can visit, many of them don’t even charge an entrance fee.

If you are not able to spend much on entertainment, take some games with you to play in your accommodation or dress up in your waterproof and go out in the rain for a stroll along the beach.

Even holidays that see little sun can be great fun and bring the family closer together.