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Samantha | Holidays and Vacations

23 May

Keeping safe from the sun on holiday

A summer holiday can be so relaxing especially laying back in the glorious sunshine. However too much sun and you could end up with sunburn or even heat-stroke. So how can you protect yourself and your family whilst still getting to enjoy the sun?

One of the most underrated accessories on holiday is a proper sun hat. A good sunhat should offer some shade and protection to your eyes, face and neck area. They help to keep the sun off your head avoiding sunstroke.

Sun cream is a must for all skin types and choosing a high SPF number cream such as 30-50 offers you better protection. Always look out for cream that has a high star rating as well as this shows the quality of the cream. Always re-apply sun cream generously in line with the recommendations on the bottle and don’t forget to reapply once you’ve been in the pool or the sea. Some creams offer protection from just one application once a day however these creams tend to be quite expensive so you may want to shop around.  

Always remember to keep hydrated and drink plenty of soft drinks, resting in the shade at regular intervals when you can.

14 Mar

Book a villa for your family holiday

Many people when planning a family holiday abroad choose to stay in a hotel complex with a swimming pool and restaurants on site catering for all tastes but these holidays do place restrictions on visitors in terms of dining times, space around the pool or in having to share communal areas. A much freer experience can be achieved by booking a villa with a pool and self-catering for meals.

Booking a villa could not be easier as there are plenty of online sites that offer secure booking. This is preferable to booking independently unless you know the owner of the villa and can trust them. The tricky issue is finding flights that tie in with the dates that the villa is available, and you may need to book well in advance to ensure you have flights and accommodation that match.

Taking a holiday in a villa gives you the freedom to be able to eat when you want. You will probably need to hire a car so that you can pay a local supermarket a visit and stock up on essentials. Many villas have a barbeque in the garden that can be used, and local shops usually sell a good range of fresh produce so dining in is not a problem. You will also be able to visit local restaurants and try local traditional dishes perhaps not served in hotel buffet restaurants.

Having your own swimming pool is definitely a plus point for renting a villa and thankfully someone will usually be on hand to carry out routine maintenance on it during your stay.

14 Feb

Should you book that camping holiday now?

The last few years have certainly been very strange for the travel industry. Rules and regulations have come in and out multiple times and this has caused chaos for families trying to get away for a long overdue break. At the start of the height of the pandemic, travel in and out of many countries was banned to try and reduce the risk of the spread of Covid but overtime many countries have started to relax rules. At times over the last few years even holidays within the UK have not been possible due to lockdown restrictions. When holidays were allowed to resume again in this country, many people found that they simply couldn’t get a spot whether it be for a touring caravan, static or even a tent. So what’s going to happen this year? Should you be booking up your camping holidays to avoid disappointment or can you leave it until closer to the time? No one knows exactly what is going to happen and it may be that this year still lots of people choose to have staycations rather than go abroad. If you want to ensure you have a holiday, then it is advisable you book early but be sure to check where you stand should you need to cancel it.

26 Dec

Memorable holidays are here to stay

The frustration that many holidaymakers have felt over the last couple of years has been immense as travellers have had to cancel or postpone special holidays that they were planning to take for anniversaries, birthdays and honeymoons. The fear of becoming stuck in a foreign country either because travel rules have been changed at short notice or because of infection has made people wary about booking holidays abroad. Hopefully, as countries increasingly get their vaccinations sorted out travellers will be able to confidently book these special holidays again.

Destinations that previously would have been ditched for beach resorts such as visiting the Taj Mahal in India or taking an Antarctica cruise are being chosen by more travellers as they seek to fulfil lifetime ambitions. It is true that the pandemic has made everyone more aware of their mortality and so they look for holidays that will be memorable.

Taking a safari holiday or combining it with a beach holiday has become popular for many honeymooners as they are getting the best of both worlds. Part of the holiday may be spent camping in one of the reserves and the second part of the honeymoon will be enjoyed experiencing the luxury of a top class spa hotel.

25 Nov

What to pack for a winter walking holiday

Visiting the Lake District in winter is an amazing experience for anyone who loves walking and enjoys the magnificent scenery that the Lakes have to offer. The weather in that area of the UK is usually going to be cooler the further north you travel but as long as you pack the right clothing this should not be an issue, remember there is no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing.

The key to keeping warm in the great outdoors is layers and plenty of them. Thermal underlayers are a good idea both for the upper and lower body and remember that lots of thin layers are better than a couple of thick ones as body heat is trapped between the layers keeping you warmer.

A waterproof and windproof coat as a final layer is necessary as the weather can change quickly and you will be more comfortable if you are warm and dry.

Having the correct footwear is vital to the comfort of your experience. Walking boots or shoes should be worn in if possible before any long-distance walking is undertaken and should fit well to avoid rubbing. Socks should ideally be made from a natural fibre such as cotton or bamboo to prevent your feet becoming too hot and sweating.