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.

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.

13 Jun

Short weekend trips

So many of us have already missed out on holidays we had booked for this year, it is important to try and get away once it is possible, even if it is only for a few days. We all need to get away from our day to day life and spend a bit of time relaxing and doing something that we really enjoy. Weekend breaks are perfect as they can often be fitted in around work or school if you have children that you are taking with you. Camping for the weekend can be very cheap and a great mini break. You can pick the kids up from school on a Friday and be setting up camp later on that evening

If you fancy a bit of luxury then you may decide to opt for a mini spa break away or a swanky hotel in one of the big cites. You can then decide if you want to do some shopping, hit the bars or find a nice restaurant to have an evening meal. Most cities have a variety of activities and places you can visit that will certainly fill up a weekend. If you want something a little more laid back then you could opt for a countryside retreat.

19 Oct

Christmas shopping trips

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.