Although the thought of having a
one or two week holiday seems an attractive proposition for some families this
is not always possible. It may be that the main earners are self employed so
therefore lose earnings when not working but all is not lost because there are
distinct advantages to taking mini breaks instead.
One of the main advantages of
taking short break holidays is that you have the opportunity to visit a variety
of places both home and abroad every time you go away. You could visit a UK
city and be able to see some of the magnificent cathedrals and castles and take
advantage of the wonderful shopping centres that are usually there then a few
months later go on a walking holiday in Scotland all for the same cost as a weeklong
holiday in one location.
As previously stated, if you are
self-employed the financial implications of having prolonged time off work
could be less by taking short breaks and also it may be possible to plan you
break for mid-week potentially making big savings on hotel or self-catering
accommodation. If you can be flexible on your holiday location some companies
offer last minute short breaks for a fraction of the cost of a holiday that is
booked in advance again saving you money and possibly giving you the
opportunity to take an additional break later on in the year. Looking online
for last minute deals is a good idea as travel companies often offer great
discounts when they want to fill the remaining seats on a flight.
Devon and Cornwall are top of the
list for many holiday makers as the hours of sun that they have is greater than
many other places in the UK. Devon is sometimes seen as a county that is passed
through when travelling to Cornwall, but it has a quality all of its own from
the rugged nature of the north Devon coast to the beautiful, sandy beaches on
the south coast there really is something for everyone.
Some people, who want to
experience the contrasting feel of Devon, choose to stay in one area for part
of their holiday and move to a different location in Devon for the remainder of
their holiday. The historic towns of Lynton and Lynmouth are a good place to
start especially if you like walking. The West Lyn and East Lyn rivers converge
here and a beautiful walk along these rivers is a must for every visitor. A ride
on the historic funicular railway which links the two towns is a brilliant experience
and is popular with visitors from all over the world.
The so called English Riviera can
be found on the south coast of Devon and is renown for its sandy beaches and
mild climate. If beaches are not your thing then the model village at Babbacombe
in Torquay, Devon is worth a visit. The model village was opened in the 1960s
and is a popular tourist attraction in the area.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.