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.

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.