Worried about your holiday plans with Thomas Cook?

Over the last few days a huge number of people have been affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook. Thomas Cook is a tour operator and airline that has been running since 2007 after integrating with another travel company.

With Thomas Cook no longer in action, many holiday makers who were abroad with them at the time of collapse are desperately trying to get home. It is said that currently 60% of travellers are still stuck abroad many of whom say they are getting little information.

Luckily package holidays booked through Thomas Cook are ATOL protected meaning you will not lose any money and they will ensure you get home, but if you have a holiday booked for the next few weeks, you may not get your money back in time to book another holiday.

There is very little that can be done to prevent this type of rare occurrence happening, but taking out a good quality travel insurance package at the time of booking may come in handy.

Always check all flight and hotel details before you travel and try and prepare for a situation where you may be delayed getting home should something like this happen to you.

Short breaks for families

In the UK love a good beach holiday. Often, as soon as we see we are in for a warm few days, we pack up the car and head over to the nearest seaside resort, whether it be for the day or a short break.  Resorts such as Blackpool, Newquay, Barmouth, and Weston Super Mare are typical seaside towns that continue to draw thousands of tourists year upon year. As long as there is sun, sand and sea, the tourists will come.

If you are looking for a family holiday for a weekend or week away then you may decide to book a hotel or go camping in or near one of these seaside towns. If you fancy something that offers a lot of onsite entertainment come rain or shine, then you may opt for somewhere such as Butlins or Pontins. These are two of the largest family holiday resorts and they are situated all over the UK. They have resorts in beach locations as well as in shore and there’s plenty of activities for all the family. Minehead Butlins offers a wide range of activities for children and adults of all ages and has a golden sandy beach literally a stone’s throw away from the resort entrance.

These type of holidays often cost a bit more than staying in a caravan on a camp site but you will find that you spend less when there as most activities are included in the price you pay.

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.

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.

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.

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.