Planning a holiday – where to start?

When looking to plan a holiday it can be hard to know where to start there are so many options of where to go and what to do and how to get there that it can all feel a bit overwhelming! The best way to tackle it is to break it down into more manageable task.

First you need to have a think about what type of holiday you’d like to have, adventure, relaxing, sightseeing or a city break.

Next you’ll need to think about your budget as this will effect where you go for your holiday and at what time of year. You may need to compromise on some things to find something that works for you so think about what’s most important to you from your holiday destination.

Next compare accommodation and flights by shopping around to get the best deals and read reviews to check what others are saying about the place as they may have some valuable advice to pass on to you.

Once you’ve decided don’t hang around about getting it booked as flight prices can change quite often so it’s best to secure your deal early to avoid disappointment.

Failing that you could of course throw caution to the wind and book a last minute break away and still have a fab time!

Don’t be scared to try new foods when on holiday

When staying in a foreign country you may want to try some of the local cuisine or delicacies but worry about what is in it, how it has been prepared and if it will make you ill. It would be a real shame to go to another country and not be able to sample some of the local cuisine and is perfect for those really wanting to explore new cultures and find out more about the local people and food on offer.

Making sure that you buy food from a reputable place is essential. Always ask your tour operator or local people of good places to eat. You may be able to find reviews online for a lot of the cafes and restaurants which will give you a good idea of what the food is like. Unhygienic kitchens and food that has not been stored or cooked correctly is the main cause of food poisoning. By choosing to eat at a reputable place, you should be able to avoid this happening to you.  It may be that some food that is perfectly fine for the locals to eat as they are used to it but it may end up making you have a tummy upset and nausea.

 

Exchanging money for your holiday

You will often need to take money with you when going abroad, even if going all inclusive as there will always be extras that you need to pay for or times when you may want to go on excursions or go out for a meal offsite. Often it is cheaper to convert your money in to the currency you need prior to travelling and using credit cards or debit cards for cash withdrawals can very quickly add up when abroad.

Before you leave for your holiday shop around to get the best exchange rate for your money. Some companies will offer you a great exchange rate but will charge you a commission on top to change your money. Other companies will offer you zero rate commission but the exchange rate is often poor. You will need to be able to compare a number of exchange bureaus to decide which one will give you the best deal. You do not want to exchange too much more money than you will actually need as you will then have to pay again to convert it back to pounds. You also do not want to take too little and then have to withdraw cash on a card costing you in bank charges.

 

A holiday to Thailand

If you are looking to book a holiday and don’t mind trying something new then why not make your next excursion a trip to Thailand. Thailand has some amazing sites to offer and a fantastic culture that can be seen on the streets. The capital of Thailand is Bangkok. Bangkok is a huge city that has a population of over eight million people. Bangkok is renowned for its restaurants and nightlife and is said to be one of the best places in the world for a night out.

If history and architecture is more your thing, then you will not be disappointed. There are a wealth of Buddhist temples all over the city which welcome visitors to come and have a look around. You will be blown away by the work and craftsmanship that have gone in to the temples and wonder at the exquisite decorations that can be found all over the city.

If you are not scared to try something new, then you may want to head over to the street market to pick up some local cuisine. Chinatown is probably the best place for street food and it is known as the birthplace of street food in Thailand.

 

 

The sun is always shining somewhere

Winter can be a depressing time of year – with grey and miserable skies and the days quickly becoming so short that you’re lucky to see daylight if you work a 9 to 5 job, it can be hard to maintain a sunny disposition without any sun… but remember, the sun is still there – you just need to find it!

It’s a well-known fact that the Southern Hemisphere enjoys the start of summer as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, and vice versa. However, flying around the world takes a long time and funding such a trip can be costly. If you can’t justify the expense or persuade your boss to give you a month off work, then maybe look for somewhere closer to home. For example, come November and December, destinations like Tenerife, Madeira, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are still benefitting from warm weather. Daylight hours are still a little short for some places, but the nights are also relatively mild so you needn’t dwell on it too much.

Get saving your pennies and outrun the rain this winter. You can look forward to sharing summery snaps on social media while your friends compare photos of snow and wind-damaged fences!

Travelling abroad with children

Flying with young children can be an extremely worrisome and stressful time for parents and carers. However the fear of how your children will behave on the flight does not need to rule your journey and does not need to put you off holidays abroad altogether. Each holiday journey is different so what worked one time may not work a second, especially as your children get older. For young children the best trick is usually distraction, so make sure you take plenty of activities with you to do or think up games you can play during the flight such as the “yes and no game” or “I Spy”.

Many younger children will sleep on a flight, so you may look to book a night flight where the cabin is usually quite quiet and dark. Don’t forget to take any special teddies or blankets with you that the child may need as a comforter.

Often children start to misbehave when they are tired or hungry. Take plenty of snacks with you for the journey but avoid anything that can melt or is sticky and anything with too many e numbers in or sugars, as this will often just make them hyperactive.

Talk to your children before the flight about the importance of good behaviour on the plane and set up a reward for them to be able to achieve if they have behaved well.