Many more people are now dog
owners as the desire to have a pet has increased through the last year but what
considerations are there to plan for if I want to take a puppy on holiday?
If your puppy is less than twelve
weeks old then it should have had the vaccinations that are recommended for puppies
so that they can go outside and mix with other dogs. Older puppies and dogs
should also be vaccinated to ensure they are protected against the most common
diseases that affect them. Once they have these vaccinations you can
confidently take them away with you and walk them out and about.
Some hotels and guest houses allow
dogs in guest’s rooms as long as the animal is not left unattended, but many
people choose to stay in self-catering accommodation or camp if they are taking
their puppy with them as they may feel more relaxed.
It is important to try to keep the
puppy’s routine as close to the one they are used to at home for example eating
the same food as this will prevent the puppy becoming stressed in a new
Remember that it is law now that a
dog is restrained in the car whilst travelling so a puppy crate that will fit
in the boot of the car is a good buy and if used frequently the puppy will get
used to being in there.
As we look forward to the future
when we can all take holidays abroad again why not take the opportunity to
consider new places to visit as it is a fact that many of us simply visit the
same places time and time again.
If you have never ventured further
than Europe for holidays, then why not think about going on a long-haul flight
to Australia or New Zealand and having the holiday of a lifetime. It would be a
good time to visit New Zealand this year as it is the twentieth anniversary of
the Fellowship of the Ring movie and it would be an amazing experience to visit
some of the filming locations that appear in the film.
If travelling to the other side of
the world is not for you why not try a cruise. These are especially popular
with travellers who want to see lots of different countries or islands in one
holiday. Modern cruise ships offer a level of luxury that is second to none and
sumptuous menus that cater for all tastes. The onboard entertainment, superb
facilities and the opportunity to explore a variety of destinations ensure that
many holiday makers choose cruises over other holiday alternatives more and
The travel industry has been hit
hard this year with holidays cancelled and refunds having to be given but we
are all hopeful that in a couple of years’ time things will look far more
normal and we can get back to enjoying holidays abroad again. Now is the ideal
opportunity to plan and possibly start saving up for that longed for holiday so
that when it comes it will be truly amazing.
One idea is to find a map of
either the world or Europe and think about the places you would love to visit.
Take the time to research the destinations online to find out more about these
places and the attractions that they offer the traveller.
You could consider different types
of accommodation that each place has and even think about choosing somewhere to
stay that you will not normally choose for instance if you always go for all-inclusive
go for self-catering instead allowing you to sample the local restaurants and
Travelling around your chosen
holiday destination can be planned in advance even if you do not book anything
yet. Using the local transport system in a country can give you a much greater
appreciation of the country and its people so think about using the railway or
bus facilities that the locals use instead of hiring a car.
With England still in a second
lock down, the thought of getting away is not something that most of us can do
at present. Over Christmas it is likely that rules will be relaxed somewhat,
but no one knows for sure exactly what that will be.
Sometimes Christmas can be quite
stressful, it can put a financial strain on you and your family, you may worry
about who you are going to spend the day with as many people have quite a few
family members that they would like to see on the big day. This year even more people
are feeling the pressure of Christmas but many are also looking forward to
hopefully being able to switch off from the pandemic if only for a week,
You may decide that you do not
want to have the hassle of arranging who you can and cant meet up with and
instead will book a little getaway. It may be that you are not able to fly but
you should be able to find a place in the UK that you can rent for a few days.
Christmas in a little cottage in the Lake District or in Scotland can be
extremely enjoyable and allow you to spend some quality time with your loved
Some businesses are having to
restrict what their employees do and that may mean that a lot of travel that
was done pre Covid has now had to be stopped. For other businesses, travel is
an integral part of their business and they still need to do a certain amount
to allow them to keep trading.
If this is the case for your
business then you need to take the time to plan your travel or that of your
employee carefully. It may eb that you need to allow a lot more time as checks
and restrictions have been put in place which may add time on to your journeys.
It is important to ensure that the
member of staff that is traveling feels happy to do so and is well. Any signs
or symptoms of Covid and they should not travel and instead isolate. If travel
is required then you need to try and eliminate the number of people they come
in to contact with as much as possible. This may include not travelling at peak
times and staying in a hotel away from the city centres.
Travel can still be done safely
but it is vital you take as many precautions as possible to protect your
employee and those that they may come in to contact with.
This year has been a very
difficult time for holiday makers as they have had to cancel, rebook, postpone
and defer their holidays again and again due to the restrictions caused by the
Covid virus so is it safe to book holidays for next year at the moment?
The answer to this question is
perhaps, as no one really knows for sure whether the virus will be sufficiently
under control next year or not. One thing is certain, travel insurance should
be taken out before booking and the fine print of the policy documents needs to
be read to ensure that cancellation or delay due to the virus is covered.
If you feel that a holiday abroad
next year is a must for you and your family then try to look for a holiday
location that has a lower incidence of the virus and one that is welcoming
visitors from the UK. Greece and Turkey are two such places to consider for
next year as they have had fewer cases generally. Expect there to still be
certain restrictions in place next year such as social distancing and mask
wearing in indoor spaces, but hotels and restaurants should be operating
normally albeit with reduced capacity.