last few days a huge number of people have been affected by the collapse of
Thomas Cook. Thomas Cook is a tour operator and airline that has been running
since 2007 after integrating with another travel company.
Cook no longer in action, many holiday makers who were abroad with them at the
time of collapse are desperately trying to get home. It is said that currently
60% of travellers are still stuck abroad many of whom say they are getting
package holidays booked through Thomas Cook are ATOL protected meaning you will
not lose any money and they will ensure you get home, but if you have a holiday
booked for the next few weeks, you may not get your money back in time to book
very little that can be done to prevent this type of rare occurrence happening,
but taking out a good quality travel insurance package at the time of booking
may come in handy.
all flight and hotel details before you travel and try and prepare for a
situation where you may be delayed getting home should something like this
happen to you.
In the UK
love a good beach holiday. Often, as soon as we see we are in for a warm few
days, we pack up the car and head over to the nearest seaside resort, whether
it be for the day or a short break.
Resorts such as Blackpool, Newquay, Barmouth, and Weston Super Mare are
typical seaside towns that continue to draw thousands of tourists year upon
year. As long as there is sun, sand and sea, the tourists will come.
If you are
looking for a family holiday for a weekend or week away then you may decide to
book a hotel or go camping in or near one of these seaside towns. If you fancy
something that offers a lot of onsite entertainment come rain or shine, then
you may opt for somewhere such as Butlins or Pontins. These are two of the
largest family holiday resorts and they are situated all over the UK. They have
resorts in beach locations as well as in shore and there’s plenty of activities
for all the family. Minehead Butlins offers a wide range of activities for
children and adults of all ages and has a golden sandy beach literally a
stone’s throw away from the resort entrance.
of holidays often cost a bit more than staying in a caravan on a camp site but
you will find that you spend less when there as most activities are included in
the price you pay.
When staying in London you will quickly realise that travel is
very expensive, especially if you chose to use black cab taxis all the time.
Traffic can be horrendous and the complex box junctions and one way systems, let alone the impatient drivers can be enough to put
even the most confident drivers off using a car there.
underground system is a more cost effective way of travelling round although parts of it close earlier on.
The underground uses a system called the Oyster card which allows you to add
credit to it and pay for your journeys by swiping your card on entrance and
exit points. This makes getting on the train very straight forward
and means you do not have to carry cash around with to allow you to use the
They have recently installed WiFi on the underground making it easier for passengers to work whilst on route. You can connect up your phone or laptop and get another half an hours worth of work in on your commute to and from the office.
the underground is unused with stations closed off years ago but they are
slowly trying to reopen many parts of it to make it easier for commuters.
When you are
looking to book a holiday abroad you will probably assume that self-catering is
the cheapest way to go. The upfront cost of a self-catering holiday is often
quite a bit less than all-inclusive holiday but there are other costs you need
to factor in.
Even if it
is relatively cheap to eat out, you may find that drinks are a little
expensive. Often a couple will need around £100 a day for two of them for meals
and drinks. This means for a week’s holiday self-catering, you will need to
take in excess of £800 with you for spending money.
holidays include all you meals, most drinks and often snacks too. Even if you
decide to eat out a few times a week and go to a bar one of twice you may still
find that it is cheaper to go all-inclusive than if you had chosen to go self-catering.
going all-inclusive, you will find you get other perks too such as free pool
towels and mini bar in your room. If you do not have much spending money you
can still have an amazing time and ensure that you are feed well and can have a
It can often
be confusing knowing when the best time is to book a family holiday to get the
best deal but also ensure you get what you want. This is even more so if you
are planning on going abroad. Many families worry about booking a holiday a
year in advance as a lot can change over the course of a year and planning that
far ahead can be worrisome.
many advantages to booking your holiday early for example you may be able to
spread the cost over a 12 month period and saving money by booking far in
advance. Sometimes families can only afford to go on holiday if they are able
to spread the cost over the year ahead.
important to remember that when booking a holiday in advance that you take out
a good holiday insurance policy that will cover you should you need to cancel
the holiday. Some insurance this will
cover you for cancellations on your behalf others will only cover you for
cancellations that are out of your control. You also need to check the amount
they will pay out should you cancel the holiday as often there is a limit on
this which may be less than the amount you paid.
The Solomon Islands are a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific many of which have barely been discovered by the general public. If you are looking for a holiday where you really can get away from it all and enjoy time without the interruptions of social media and phone calls then the Solomon Islands are the perfect setting.
These islands are laid-back, welcoming and often surprisingly untouched. From World War two relics scattered in the jungle to leaf-hut villages where traditional culture is alive, there’s so much to explore that you certainly will not be bored. The scenery is like something you see on a David Attenborough documentary with lagoons, volcanic islands and emerald forests all on offer.
The Soloman Islands are not a place for luxury resorts but if you love the outdoors and are not afraid of a bit of exploring then you will not be disappointed. There is a number of different outdoor activities that you can do such as diving, rock climbing and surfing.
With less than 25,000 people visiting each year, these Islands have so much to offer. Do not expect to be hooked up to the WiFi unless you are in one of the larger cities, but look forward to the time where you really can get back to the basics.