Holidays to Egypt

Egypt may not be the first places that comes to mind when you think of going on holiday aboard but before you dismiss it you should give it a chance and do a bit of research. Egypt has a lot to offer in terms of beautiful weather, fascinating culture and some stunning resorts but people often think about the issues the country has had with violence and it is sometimes enough to put them off. Egypt does border with countries such as Israel, Libya and Sudan which have all had recent conflicts but resorts in Egypt are very hot on their security. Hurghada is a beach resort town in Egypt that is specifically for tourist. There are check points that are patrolled that you have to go through to get in and out of the area. It is renowned for scuba diving and has a number of different diving schools located along the beaches. It also offers a lot of trips out of the bay to go and swim with dolphins or view the sea life through a glass bottomed boat.

Prices to Egypt are often quite cheap and you get a lot for your money. The resorts are often listed as four or five start and although the communal areas are often lovely the rooms may be a little more basic but still perfectly acceptable.

Christmas getaways

Some people like to get away during the festive period, whether this be for Christmas day itself or just after. It can be nice to have Christmas at home and then go away for a few days or even for new year. It may be that you decide to go somewhere hot for Christmas. If this is the first time you have done this it is likely to be quite different to any Christmas that you have experienced before.

If you are planning to go abroad then you need to make sure that you have all your documents in place in plenty of time to avoid disappointment. In the run up to Christmas, there are often delays in the post and this could mean that you are not able to go away if you have not got your passport back for example.

Packing for a winter holiday in the sun can be a little confusing as the last thing you may think about doing is getting your bikini and sun cream out. It is easy to forget items such as sun cream, sunglasses and flip flops as they may have been packed away for the winter.

If you are looking for somewhere to go just before Christmas with the kids, then Lapland has to be top of the list. There is nothing more magical than seeing the big man himself in the place where it all happens.

Make sure you book your camping trip early to avoid disappointment

Camping holidays are not for all families but if you want to get away for a cheap week then this is certainly the way to go. It may be that you are used to camping or that it is your first time. If it is your first time then you will quickly realise that often you learn as you go along and next time will feel more prepared.

Camping may not be the easiest type of holiday, but if you are well equipped then it can be lots of fun and a great way to make memories – kids tend to love it!

Camping pitches can often fill up pretty quickly especially in popular tourist areas so it is important to book in advance if to ensure you have a good selection of sites and dates. If you leave it till last minute you may find that you are left with some of the less favoured sites, which may be ok if you are looking for a basic pitch but not so much if you want a few more home comforts and luxuries.

There are some great websites that allow you to search areas for your selected dates and they will show you a list of campsites available. Often you can book just by paying a small deposit and paying the remainder when you are there.

Travelling abroad for a wedding

Sometimes couples choose to get married abroad. This can be for a number of reasons such as it being a specialist place for them, wanting to get married somewhere hot or on a beach or because it is cheaper for them. Weddings abroad can be beautiful and you may be able to rely more on the weather but there are extra complications that come with it and you may find that not all your guests are able to go.

If money is not an issue then you may be able to offer to contribute towards people’s flights or accommodation and this can be quite costly. Lots of people that come may decide to make a holiday out of it and will stay for a week or so. If you cannot contribute towards the cost or even if you do, you may still find many of your guests are not able to attend.

You need to find out what all the laws are for the country you are going to and if you will then need to register your marriage when you get back home. You need to plan which caters you are going to use and also how you are going to transport all your luggage such as dresses, suits and accessories.

How to make your staycation a success

Holidaying in the UK is not everyone’s cup of tea as the unpredictable weather and expensive prices cause many people to jet off abroad to the sunnier climes of Spain or Greece, but this year is different. Many holidaymakers have been faced with no choice but to holiday in the UK and while some have been lucky enough to book into a hotel or find self-catering accommodation others have had to fork out for a tent and other camping equipment and get back to basics with a camping holiday.

Although a camping holiday with a family may not be as relaxing as a holiday abroad it can still be fun even if the weather cannot be relied upon to be dry for the whole of the holiday. The important thing is to be prepared -that means packing clothes for sunny weather and for rainy days too. Wellies may not seem necessary but when the grass is wet, and the kids need to go across the field to visit the toilet block it saves getting wet trainers but equally crocs or flipflops are useful.

Most campers tend to light up the barbeque for meals which is an easy way to cook if the weather is dry but during inclement weather eating out or visiting the local fish and chip shop is a better option, and there is no washing up.

Are your travel documents safe?

When holidaymakers are again able to travel abroad the documents that they need to take has increased as many travel companies may want to see evidence of Covid vaccinations and tests along with the routine documentation that is required. Hotels may also want to see these documents along with the normal booking confirmations and passport documents. Keeping these documents safe is a concern but there are a few ways of making sure that your paper documents are secure whilst still being easily accessible if needed.

Using a plastic A5 size zip close wallet is a useful way to keep your documents in one place, test results, passports, holiday confirmations and insurance documents can all be kept together but they are easy to get to if required to show them on your journey. This size should fit easily into a handbag or a pocket in your hand luggage. Additional documents such as boarding passes can be put in the plastic wallet when they are issued ensuring that they too are kept safe.

It is important to take care of your documentation as you are travelling but also when you arrive at your holiday destination. Most hotels provide a room safe sometimes for a small additional charge and it is advisable to secure your documents and travel money in the safe for the duration of your holiday as some insurance companies insist on this in order to cover you for any theft of money or valuables.