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.



Planning a sightseeing holiday with children

A holiday can mean different things to different people. For some, they want to go away to a hot country and spend their days lazing by the pool or sunbathing on the beach. For others, they may want something a little more thrilling and look to do some sightseeing. Sightseeing can sometimes involve a lot of walking and so it may not always be as easy if you have younger children as this simply may be too much for them and you may quickly find that they become tired and no longer want to go on.

If you are planning some sightseeing when on holiday with children, especially young ones, then you need to plan ahead a little. Rather than just going off on a walk, try and plan out your route and check out the terrain. It may be that you can take a pushchair with you or take a push along bike that will allow your child time to sit down and recuperate whilst you power on.

Some children can find sightseeing a little boring, so try and plan in some activities for them to do along the way such as hiding stones that you have painted for others to find or making a den out of branches.


Going self catering to a holiday resort

Self catering holidays are a perfect way to slash the cost of your trip away. Many resorts offer self catering options where you are basically paying for your room but nothing else. Butlins, for example allows you to go and stay in one of their rooms or apartments on a self catering basis and then gives you the option to buy a food package on top. This package usually includes your three main meals but unlike all inclusive, not your drinks and snacks.

It is worth working out how much you will spend if you take your own food with you or if you take some food and chose to eat out at other times as this can quickly creep up above the amount of the food packages and mean that end up spending more on your holiday over all.

It is important to read reviews for places where you are going to opt to eat in their restaurants as you want to know that the food is going to be good as once you have committed to it, you will have to pay extra if you then decide you don’t want to eat there.



Checking what is included in your flight price

When booking a holiday you have the option to book the accommodation and the flights yourself or as part of a package. When booking your flights you may find quite a drastic change in the prices from company to company. It is always worth looking at flying from different airports as sometimes you will get a much better deal from one to the other. The other thing to check is the date you are flying as again you can often save even hundreds of pounds by flying a day or two either side of your original selected date.

Many people use flight comparison sites to check which company is offering the cheapest flights but they may not always give you all the information upfront and you will often need to look in to exactly what is included in the price.

Often there is no baggage allowance included in the cheapest flights apart from cabin baggage. With additional suitcases costing on average £25 per 15kg each way, this can very quickly add £100 or so on to your holiday price. You should also check to see if transfers to and from the airport are included as again this can push the price up.