17 Dec

Is it safe to book a holiday for next year?

So many of us are desperate to go on holiday that we cannot wait to get something booked. It may be that you were due to go this year but had to cancel or that you only go every other year and have missed out.

Holiday companies are starting to take bookings again for next year but there is still a lot of uncertainly at the minute. It may be that you struggle to get insurance that covers you for COVID or that will pay out if you have to cancel due to contracting COVID.

The rules and regulations are changing all the time so it is important to remember that what is said today may very well not be the same advice or rules in a few months’ time. Ideally you should wait until closer to the time to make your booking but there is likely to be a massive surge of holiday bookings so you may not get a place. Be sure to read all the small print and terms and conditions to ensure you know what protection you have and make plans should you have to isolate on your return or should you contract COVID whilst you are away.

14 Nov

Plan your spring break in the UK

For many of us this past year has brought disappointment when it comes to holiday plans as we have had to postpone or cancel our well earned holidays without knowing when we will be able to have a break away again. It is important however to look to the future and to plan a spring break to give us something to look forward to during the winter.

The most sensible destination to visit is one that is closer to home as any international travel may be still be restricted. There is an amazing choice of locations in the UK to suit all tastes so whether you are a fan of walking or just want to chill out and relax start planning now for the spring.

If you want to have a relaxing break away it is a good idea to have a look at country hotels where you can while away the hours reading, dining and sleeping in luxurious surroundings. Some country hotels have a golf course attached that can be used by guests if you fancy a spot of exercise.

Should your ideal break away involve more energetic activities, a walking or climbing holiday could be for you. The Peak district offers visitors the chance to indulge their passion for the great outdoors and enjoy the magnificent views along the way.

06 Oct

Holidays on your doorstep

It is often said that we do not fully appreciate our local surroundings choosing instead to travel miles and miles to other locations to spend our leisure time but what about spending time a bit nearer to home and exploring some of the attractions and locations on our doorsteps.

The advantage to keeping it local is that it can be cheaper as often an overnight stay is not necessary although there is nothing wrong with staying in a local hotel or guest house nearby especially if you are planning to dine out and drink during the evening. Local attractions sometimes offer special rates for locals, so it is well worth inquiring about this.

Another advantage to holidaying more locally is that travel time is reduced giving you more time to enjoy the attractions on offer, it may also be possible to visit more than one location in a day. For those who do not relish a long car journey this is a bonus.

It is important to support local businesses now more than ever and so holidaying locally is a good opportunity to do so. By visiting the tourist information website for the area, a whole range of attractions can be found perhaps some that you were not even aware of.

03 Sep

Do you want a bit more than a beach holiday?

For many, holidays seem to of been a lifetime away and for many of us there is still a good amount of time before we can go away again. Although you may not be comfortable about going away yet, that doesn’t mean you cant still plan for when you can.

A beach holiday can be fantastic, it can be enjoyable for all the family and just what you need when you want to relax. You can enjoy a beach type holiday with family and with friends and most beach resorts also have other places to visit during the evening.

For some, a beach holiday isn’t quite enough. They may want to do something a little more thrilling and try something more adventurous. If this is the case for you then why not try combined beach and adventure holiday. Many locations are now offering package holidays that give you the best of both worlds. You can spend some days on the beach but then others exploring national parks, thrilling rides or even going on a safari trip. These types of holidays may end up costing a little more but if you have not been away this year you may have more to spend next year, so why not treat yourself?

10 Aug

What to do with your pets when going on holiday

If you have booked to go camping this year then you may well take your dog with you but if you have other animals then you will need to find alternative care for them. It is important to consider what you are going to do with your pets prior to booking a holiday, especially if it is a last minute deal. It may be that you have relatives, neighbours or friends that can look after them, but if not, you may need to find alternative accommodation.

If you have a dog or cat then you may decide to put them in a pet “hotel” for the duration of your stay. Dog kennels and catteries do not have to be as basic, some places offer the pet a holiday too, treating them to long walks, pampering and luxury bedding. When choosing a place to leave your pet try and find lots of reviews and go and have a look round before you book. Animals can get separation anxiety so it is important to find somewhere that they are going to be loved and well looked after when you are away on holiday.

The prices for putting your pet in a kennel, cattery or hotel varies depending on the facilities they offer, but with all of them your pet must have all their vaccinations up to date.