Weekend romantic getaways

With all travel and holidays cancelled for the foreseeable future, many of us are already starting to plan our next getaway even if it cannot happen until next year. There is so much uncertainly about at present that no one really knows when we will be able to go away again, but there is no harm in planning. It has been said that it may cost a lot more to go aboard in the short term following the lifting of lock down as the airlines and hotels will still have to adhere to social distancing so only be able to have a fraction of the amount of people on a plane compared to previous.

Having a romantic getaway can be just what a couple needs especially after having been stuck in the house for months on end. Depending on how long you want to go away for and how much money you want to spend will help you narrow down the selection.

City breaks are a great way to explore, enjoy night life and know that you have little travelling to do once there. They often offer a variety of accommodation to suit most budgets and have a wealth of activities to do. It may be the short flights do not see a massive hike in price so a city break to Italy, France or Spain may be perfect.

If you fancy a spot of shopping and a beach holiday then you may want to head to Barcelona which really does have it all.

fun holidays with all the family

Most adults have fond memories of going on holiday as a family when they were younger. It didn’t really matter where you went or even if the weather wasn’t great, it was just great to be altogether doing something that you enjoyed. Lots of children love just having a change of scenery and being able to spend time with their parents doing fun activities. These activities don’t have to cost a lot, it can be simple things like building sand castles on the beach or going for a walk in the woods.

Holidays can be expensive and therefore many people can only afford to go once a year or every other year, but you don’t have to put off going away because you only have a small budget. You can still have a great holiday on a tight budget if you are willing to go back to basics a bit. A ten pitch can cost as little as £5 per night in the UK. This will be on a very basic site but if you are only planning on being in the tent for sleeping you do not need to worry much about the entertainment on site and facilities. Do some research on the local area as you may be able to find a number of free places to visit such as parks and museums.

Have your travel plans gone into chaos?

With many of us in the UK being told not to travel unless it is necessary, holidays are being cancelled left, right and centre. Most of these holidays are being refunded by the travel companies although some people may need to make a claim off their holiday insurance to get their money back. Over the last few weeks the situation with the outbreak has worsened and we are seeing and increase in the number of people who have gone on holiday and are now finding themselves on lock down in their hotel rooms.

It may be that you were not going to be travelling abroad, but had a holiday booked in this country. You may still want to try and go but the truth is you may still find that you are massively affected by this and what should have been a relaxing time away with a loved one or with your family turns in to a time of worry and concern.

Many of the UK holiday destinations such as Centre Parcs have already decided to close their doors for the foreseeable future and it is looking like many others will follow soon.

What level of insurance cover do you need when planning a skiing trip?

Winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and sledging are often additional extras on our holiday travel insurance policies rather than being included as standard cover. The costs involved if you have an accident when on this type of holiday can be exorbitant as you may need to be rescued by helicopter if you injury yourself in an area that is inaccessible to vehicles, you may not be able to return on your scheduled flight, need to stay additional nights at your hotel and have to pay medical costs therefore it is definitely worthwhile purchasing additional cover which is not usually too expensive.

The fine print of your policy will need to be examined to check which specific winter sports activities are covered and whether there are any conditions for example some policies state that skiing off-piste will only be covered if you are accompanied by a guide or only recommended routes are allowed.

If you are a frequent traveller an annual multi-trip policy is advised as this usually works out cheaper and is more convenient.

As with most holiday travel insurance policies any pre-existing medical conditions must be declared, or the insurance could be invalid which would result in a huge cost to you.

Planning your caravan holiday

Holidaying in a touring caravan is very popular in the United Kingdom not only in the summer months but throughout the year as some caravan sites are open all year round.

If your holiday is to be enjoyable there are some essential preparations that need to be made.

Firstly, your caravan needs to be checked to make sure it is roadworthy. It may not have been moved for a few months, so the tyres need to be checked to make sure they are properly inflated and that they have sufficient tread on them.

Secondly, the heating and water systems should be checked and flushed through with a sterilising solution to ensure that the water pipes are clean and germ free. The gas and electric supplies need to be inspected and tested for any safety problems and any smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested as per instructions.

The brakes and electrical connections on the caravan hitch should be inspected and all the exterior lighting such as brake lights, indicators etc. need to be tried to make sure they are all working correctly.

If these checks are carried out before each journey with your caravan, a problem free holiday is more likely.

Planning your honeymoon trip

Planning a honeymoon can be an exciting time. You will have had your big day and now be looking forward to jetting off in to the sun for a week or two with your new husband or wife. When panning your honeymoon there are a few decisions you will need to make prior to starting your search. Firstly you need to know what time of year you want to go, are you going to go straight after your wedding or leave it a few weeks? Then you need to work out what budget you have to spend on the holiday. If you have a low budget then you may wish to wait and book a last minute holiday often saving hundreds of pounds and allowing you to go somewhere you may have thought was out of your budget.

If you have children then you will need to decide if you are going to take them with ou or if you are going to have someone look after the children for you. If you are not going to take them then you will need to check that you can arrange a friend or family member to have them whilst you are away.