When you think of family holidays, Egypt will probably not be the first place that comes to mind but I urge you not to dismiss it until you have done your research. Egypt unfortunately has had a few issues recently with crime and in the past terrorism that has made many people stay well away, but under all of this is a country that has a wealth of history and places waiting to be discovered. Recently the Uk has started to fly to move and more destinations within Egypt. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and against all but essential travel to the Governorate of South Sinai, except the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier and the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, excluding the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh. Egypt can offer the best of both worlds, trips to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramids, a tour of the Valley of the Kings or a beautiful 5 star resort where you can enjoy the finest in food and accommodation.
As Christmas approaches, many of us are starting to think about the shopping that we need to do. The build up to Christmas is often the busiest time of the year for retailers and many will have offers and sales on to draw in as many people as possible. For some people, Christmas shopping is very enjoyable, and they are more than happy to make a day or weekend out of it. Turning your Christmas shopping into a weekend away may be right up your street.
Some popular destinations for Christmas shopping trips are London, Manchester, Birmingham or Chester. IF you are happy to go a little further afield then Paris, New York or Italy are perfect locations for shopping. Planning a shopping trip which is within the UK will reduce your travel time and allow you more time to shop but there are great savings to be had if you are willing to travel to America for your presents.
Always consider how you will bring any presents back with you on your return trip. If you are flying, you will have a luggage allowance and you will have to pay a fee if you exceed this. This may bump up the cost of all your presents meaning that you haven’t had such a great deal after all. Also, some items such as consumables may not be allowed to be bought back through airport security so always check before you make a purchase.
If you are thinking of travelling in a group to a destination then you may want to do some research into discounts you may be eligible for.
There are many benefits to travelling in groups to a holiday destination such as company, safety and being able to save money. Safety is the most important aspect of travelling with friends or family – as they say, safety in numbers. Going it alone cannot only be scary at times but can make you more vulnerable and likely to be a target of crime.
Many people forget to ask about group travel discounts and are unaware that most companies will offer these even if it is not clearly advertised. For example if you are looking to take a train journey to somewhere for more than 8 – 10 people then it is always worth contacting the train line company and asking if they can offer you a better price. This is also the case for accommodation where block bookings of parties of 10 or more can often save a few pennies. If you can also arrange for people to share rooms, this can cut the cost again. With group discounts you may find that if one or more of your party have to cancel then you may forfeit your discount and have to pay the full price. Always be sure to check the terms and conditions of any discount offered.
If you are looking for a cheap getaway for 2019 or even 2020 then now is the time to start looking. Many travel agents are already starting to promote summer holidays for next year, allowing you to place a small deposit and spread the cost of the holiday out over the next 8-9 months. If you are still looking to get away this year, then there is still a great opportunity to pick up an amazing deal. Booking in advance can have many advantages such as securing a good price, allowing you to pay for the holiday monthly and being able to have a wide selection of resorts to choose from but as things can often change in a year, it is important to ensure that you have some sort of cancelation cover that will allow you to recoup some if not all of the costs should you need to cancel.
You can also get great deals by booking last minute but you do need to consider if you have a valid passport if you have travel insurance in place or can get it and if you have got time to save money or already have money for spending. When booking last minute don’t be pressured into booking something without giving yourself time to really read through the small print and to find out if the holiday is right for you.
If you are going on holiday this summer and are going to be staying in a tent or a caravan, then you may need to start packing a little bit earlier than if you were going to be staying in a hotel or on a bed and breakfast. This is because often you need to take a lot more with you such as bedding and towels. If you are going to be towing your own caravan, then try and get it packed up as much as you can in the week or so before you go. This will allow you to enjoy more of your time when on holiday rather than having to unpack and find a place for everything.
When going on a self-catering holiday, you will often find that food is your biggest expense. Buying food from onsite shops is often not the cheapest way to fill your fridge, instead look for a local large supermarket where you can get the majority of your supplies from. You may have many items already in your cupboard at home that you can take with you to cook, rather than having to do whole shop when you are away.
The more money you can save on food the more you can spend on fun activities or treats or even put it towards saving for your nest holiday. Even taking items from home such as sauces, squash and washing up liquid will save you having to buy them again.