Worried about your holiday plans with Thomas Cook?

Over the 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.

With Thomas 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 little information.

Luckily 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 another holiday.

There is 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.

Always check 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.

Short breaks for families

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.

These type 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.

Travelling in London using the underground

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.  

The 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 underground system.  

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.

Much of 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.  

Is all inclusive actually cheaper than self-catering?

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.

All-inclusive 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.

Often when 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 few drinks.

When is the best time to book a holiday for your family?

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.

There are 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.

It is 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.

A trip to the Solomon Islands

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.