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.

Planning for a medical emergency when on holiday

It is one of those things that we hope we will not need to know, but it is always worth reading up about medical treatment in the area you are travelling too. This is most important when going abroad but you should also check even if staying in the UK. If you have a specialist medical condition then you will need to search for hospitals that could treat you should you need assistance. If you are pregnant, then you may want to find nearby maternity hospitals and also ensure you have your pregnancy notes with you at all times.

Many larger complexes have a doctor on site or nearby that you can see. Check with reception to see what you need to do if you should require a doctor as often there will be a dedicated phone number you can call.

When going away from home it is always best to plan for situations such as medical emergencies. It is better to know what to do and not have to use it than not have a clue and find yourself panicking in an already stressful situation.

If you need prescription medicine, be sure to take a copy of a recent prescription with you when travelling.

Should you take time out of education or work to travel?

Many people will say that one regret they have is that they wished they had travelled parts of the world before settling down and having a family or taking on commitments such as a mortgage which meant they could not afford to give up their job and take time out to travel.  

So how important it is to travel and what are the pros and cons. Did you really miss out if you didn’t go travelling or is it too late to start now?

 If you really want to explore other parts of the world, then you definitely should try to do it. You may find it easier to do this when you are young as you may feel you do not get the opportunity to have the experience again later in life. Very often students take a year out called a Gap year to travel around. When they come back they often say they have a better idea of what they want to do with their life and find it easier to settle down.

It is likely to be expensive when travelling especially if you are not planning on working whilst you are away. You should always make sure you have enough money to see you through your trip and always have a back up of money for a ticket home should you want or need to return early.

Holidaying with friends – to do or not to do?

Often when friends are having a social get together, the idea of holidaying together will come up. It may not be long before you are all sat down with holiday brochures planning your trip away, but before you book you may want to discuss your plans in a bit more detail.
Holidaying with friends or family can be great fun. It means you have other people to talk to, if you have children you can offer to baby sit for each other so each couple has a chance to go out on their own and you may be able to find a cheaper holiday if there is more of you going. It is important to set some ground rules before jetting off to ensure that everyone has a nice time.
Firth thing to sort out is paying for the trip. If you are booking a villa for example then you will need to split the cost. If one family is bigger than the other then you may need to work out the price per person.
It can be hard spending all your time together for a week or two, so talk about doing activities with your own family or just your partner so everyone gets time apart. This can help avoid fall outs.

How to get cheap flights

When booking a holiday, the flights can really bump up the price. Often when you look at the breakdown you can find that the flights costs a similar amount to the accommodation. This is why it often does not cost much more to go for 10 or 14 days as opposed to 7.

To try and save money on flights you need to be able to be a bit flexible. Some flights are much cheaper at certain times in the day or certain days in the week. When searching for your flights, tick the box that states you can be flexible up to 7 days and see what comes up. If you are booking quite far in advance then you can often scroll through the months to see the cheapest flights available in that time period.

Another way to save money on flights is by flying from a different airport. Some of the airports will offer more or less the same flight for hundreds of pounds less! Checking these two simple things can really help slash the price of the holiday and possibly allow you to go for longer. Flights prices change every day so it is important to keep checking if you want to get the best price.

 

 

Last minute camping holidays

Camping holidays can be the cheapest way to get away as a family. You can often pay less than £10 per night for a very basic site and around £20-£25 for a site that has more facilities. IF you have your own tent, you can often book a campsite quite last minute, although during summer holidays, popular sites and locations do tend to book up fast so if you want a pitch with electric hook up or an extra large pitch for example, you may need to book a few weeks in advance.

If you are not sure exactly where you want to go you can use search sites such as Pitch Up which allows you to easily compare a number of sites based on location, price or facilities. You can enter the dates you want to go and then select as many or as few filters as you like to narrow the results down.

You can often book the site directly through the website often paying a small deposit with the balance due a week or so before you go.

Always read plenty of reviews for a site before booking so you can get a feel for what it is like and what the facilities are like.