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.

06 Sep

Travel discounts for group bookings

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.

16 Apr

Finding things to do in the school holidays

Easter holidays are starting for many children this weekend and parents are already thinking of ways they can fill up the days without having to spend a fortune. Taking your children out to zoos, swimming pools and soft play can be a great day out for them, but as it all normally costs money, you can quickly end up spending a small fortune without even realising it.

If you still need to work then you may decide to book the children in with a childminder or a school sports club for a few days. The days you do have off with them can be spent doing a number of different activities and it is best to plan for all weathers.

Social media sites such as Facebook are great for finding out about activities that are happening in your local area. Often they will pop up on your news feed, but there is an Events section that you can visits to find out all the upcoming events near to you. From here you can register your interest or even book a place. Many of these events are either free or come with a small charge allowing you to plan something in for every day.  

27 Sep

Travelling without travel insurance

If you are in the process of booking a holiday, it is vital that you think about your travel insurance. A good travel insurance policy will cover you for a number of things from illness down to having to cancel your holiday.

When choosing who to go with for your travel insurance, it is important to think about what level of cover you need. Should the worse happen and you become ill or have an accident and require medical attention, you may find yourself left with a huge bill going up in to the thousands. If you have travel insurance then you should be covered for this a long as you have filled out your medical history correctly. Some policies will not cover you for existing medical conditions so to be sure, you need to double check this.

When going away make sure you have at least one copy of your travel insurance documents with you and that leave one at home with a friend or family member.

You can use comparison sites to compare travel insurance policies at a glance but be sure to check that it offers the level of cover you require as the cheapest policy is not always the right one for you.

 

 

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.