Is a last minute deal a good idea?

With the world thrown into chaos recently with the Covid outbreak, many people have had to drastically rethink their holiday plans. Many flights are now resuming allowing you to travel to certain countries but this is changing daily and countries are moving on and off the safe list.

Holidays can be expensive, especially if you have a large family, so you will probably be looking to save as much money as possible when booking one. Many people use the internet now to book holidays but there can still be some great deals to be had in travel agents. Now may be a good time to grab a bargain but there are also still quite a few ricks that you need to weigh up. If you arrive at the airport and you or a member of your family has a temperature, even if it is just from a cold, you will not be allowed to fly. Most travel insurance policies are not covering Covid if taken out since the outbreak so you may lose out on your money and your holiday. It may be that when you first go on holiday that country is classed as safe and so there is no reason to self-isolate upon your return. This problem that many tourists have encountered recently is that this information can change within 24 hrs so you may all of a sudden be told you will need to isolate upon your return. This could cause you to miss work or your children to miss their return to school.

Ever fancied getting away from it all then why not try a retreat?

For many of us the opportunity to get away from the busy lives we lead for a short while is an attractive proposition and can leave us feeling refreshed and energised. Some people may think of a retreat as being a religious experience one where there are strict rules and regulations to adhere to but this is not the case as a retreat experience is often concerned with wellness and mindfulness and is a chance to recentre ones thoughts.

The choice of the type of retreat you choose depends upon the experience you want to have. Some offer the chance to learn a new skill or embark on a weight loss programme whilst others simply give you the opportunity to do nothing for a few days. Many spa retreats give you the option of choosing treatments which can help with relaxation and sleep whilst also giving you the opportunity to exercise in their gyms and swimming pools.

There are some companies that offer retreats based on food, that is they design a meal plan for you during your stay that they say will improve digestion and wellbeing. They have nutritionists available to discuss your particular needs and to advise you on any dietary changes you need to make.

What level of insurance cover do you need when planning a skiing trip?

Winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and sledging are often additional extras on our holiday travel insurance policies rather than being included as standard cover. The costs involved if you have an accident when on this type of holiday can be exorbitant as you may need to be rescued by helicopter if you injury yourself in an area that is inaccessible to vehicles, you may not be able to return on your scheduled flight, need to stay additional nights at your hotel and have to pay medical costs therefore it is definitely worthwhile purchasing additional cover which is not usually too expensive.

The fine print of your policy will need to be examined to check which specific winter sports activities are covered and whether there are any conditions for example some policies state that skiing off-piste will only be covered if you are accompanied by a guide or only recommended routes are allowed.

If you are a frequent traveller an annual multi-trip policy is advised as this usually works out cheaper and is more convenient.

As with most holiday travel insurance policies any pre-existing medical conditions must be declared, or the insurance could be invalid which would result in a huge cost to you.

Planning your honeymoon trip

Planning a honeymoon can be an exciting time. You will have had your big day and now be looking forward to jetting off in to the sun for a week or two with your new husband or wife. When panning your honeymoon there are a few decisions you will need to make prior to starting your search. Firstly you need to know what time of year you want to go, are you going to go straight after your wedding or leave it a few weeks? Then you need to work out what budget you have to spend on the holiday. If you have a low budget then you may wish to wait and book a last minute holiday often saving hundreds of pounds and allowing you to go somewhere you may have thought was out of your budget.

If you have children then you will need to decide if you are going to take them with ou or if you are going to have someone look after the children for you. If you are not going to take them then you will need to check that you can arrange a friend or family member to have them whilst you are away.

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.