Preparation for your family holiday abroad

We Brits all love holidays. They are a chance to get away from the daily challenges life throws at us and opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones.

If you are planning a holiday abroad, preparation is the key to ensuring it all goes as smoothly as possible. Prior to even looking for a holiday, check that you have valid passports for anyone travelling. Even babies need a passport to travel but it will be valid for 5 years. It can take up to 2 months to get your passport through, although it is normally quicker, but to avoid disappointment apply as soon as possible.

Once you have found a destination for your family holiday, you need to research the resorts and make sure that they are up to your expectations and also are family friendly. Some resorts will not allow children or allow hem but do not have adequate facilities to accommodate you on your trip.

Taking out travel insurance

Travel insurance is essential for all holiday makers wishing to travel outside of the UK. Travel insurance not only offers cover for medial fees but often as standard, compensation and refunds will be offered should you not be able to travel once you have booked a holiday.

You need to do your research when it comes to insurance and be sure to read the fine print. If a policy appears to be extremely cheap compared to others there is probably a reason for this and you should be cautious.

Comprehensive travel insurance should cover you for flight and hotel cancellations with overseas medical expenses, personal liability and baggage insurance also included.

Be sure to always read through your policy when you have taken out the insurance to check that all the details are correct as otherwise you may find your insurance invalid. You should always take a copy of your insurance with you when going away.

Finding low cost holidays

Going on holiday is a luxury for most of us and often it can seem out of our financial reach. If you are savvy and have a bit of time to spend shopping around you can save yourself a fortune when booking a holiday. Below I have created a list of tips for those wishing to holiday on a budget.
1)    Be prepared to go last minute. If you can go on holiday within a very close time period you have a great change of bagging yourself a fantastic saving
2)    Shop around – Compare similar holidays offered with other companies on and offline. Be wary of booking with a smaller company that does not have a well established good reputation.
3)    Be flexible in terms of your destination. If you can be flexible as to where you want to go, this again will mean there are more options open to you and this is one of the best ways of saving money.

Camping holidays in the UK

Camping in the UK can be a fairly cheap way of going on holiday, especially if you have a large family. Being one of four children we very often use to tow or caravan or load the tent in to the boot of the car and drive to Wales or Cornwall for the week to get away from it all. Most campsites now have great facilities and many caravans can be a home away from home with all the mod cons included.

If you  find a campsite that is close to the beach and don’t mind camping in a tent for a few nights then you will get to experience waking up to the sound of crashing waves on the rocks and seagulls flying over head. There is something quite fun and adventurous about camping and I believe it is something that everyone should try at least once in their life.

Packing your suitcase for a trip abroad

When it comes to packing for a holiday, people always tend to get a bit worked up about it. Have they got enough clothes, have they got the right clothes and will their suitcase weight to much. First thing to check is what luggage allowance you have. You can normally check this on the airlines official website. Remember in your hand luggage you are not allowed any opened liquids and a limit to which liquids you can take and also no aerosols, nail scissors etc. Again this will all be detailed on their website.

With regards to packing your main case, it all depends on whether your holiday destination is. If you are going abroad, check the weather forecast for that area and look back over the past few weeks to see if you can gauge what sort of temperatures you will be expecting. If it is a activity holiday you are going on, do you need any specialist equipment i.e. ski goggles or are these things you are looking to hire when there. The best way to start is to sit down and make a list of the items then tick them off as you have packed. Then you can sit back and look forward to your holiday.