Make sure you book your camping trip early to avoid disappointment

Camping holidays are not for all families but if you want to get away for a cheap week then this is certainly the way to go. It may be that you are used to camping or that it is your first time. If it is your first time then you will quickly realise that often you learn as you go along and next time will feel more prepared.

Camping may not be the easiest type of holiday, but if you are well equipped then it can be lots of fun and a great way to make memories – kids tend to love it!

Camping pitches can often fill up pretty quickly especially in popular tourist areas so it is important to book in advance if to ensure you have a good selection of sites and dates. If you leave it till last minute you may find that you are left with some of the less favoured sites, which may be ok if you are looking for a basic pitch but not so much if you want a few more home comforts and luxuries.

There are some great websites that allow you to search areas for your selected dates and they will show you a list of campsites available. Often you can book just by paying a small deposit and paying the remainder when you are there.

Taking your puppy on holiday

Many more people are now dog owners as the desire to have a pet has increased through the last year but what considerations are there to plan for if I want to take a puppy on holiday?

If your puppy is less than twelve weeks old then it should have had the vaccinations that are recommended for puppies so that they can go outside and mix with other dogs. Older puppies and dogs should also be vaccinated to ensure they are protected against the most common diseases that affect them. Once they have these vaccinations you can confidently take them away with you and walk them out and about.

Some hotels and guest houses allow dogs in guest’s rooms as long as the animal is not left unattended, but many people choose to stay in self-catering accommodation or camp if they are taking their puppy with them as they may feel more relaxed.

It is important to try to keep the puppy’s routine as close to the one they are used to at home for example eating the same food as this will prevent the puppy becoming stressed in a new environment.

Remember that it is law now that a dog is restrained in the car whilst travelling so a puppy crate that will fit in the boot of the car is a good buy and if used frequently the puppy will get used to being in there.

New year, new places

As we look forward to the future when we can all take holidays abroad again why not take the opportunity to consider new places to visit as it is a fact that many of us simply visit the same places time and time again.

If you have never ventured further than Europe for holidays, then why not think about going on a long-haul flight to Australia or New Zealand and having the holiday of a lifetime. It would be a good time to visit New Zealand this year as it is the twentieth anniversary of the Fellowship of the Ring movie and it would be an amazing experience to visit some of the filming locations that appear in the film.

If travelling to the other side of the world is not for you why not try a cruise. These are especially popular with travellers who want to see lots of different countries or islands in one holiday. Modern cruise ships offer a level of luxury that is second to none and sumptuous menus that cater for all tastes. The onboard entertainment, superb facilities and the opportunity to explore a variety of destinations ensure that many holiday makers choose cruises over other holiday alternatives more and more.

Lift your spirits and plan for that amazing holiday

The travel industry has been hit hard this year with holidays cancelled and refunds having to be given but we are all hopeful that in a couple of years’ time things will look far more normal and we can get back to enjoying holidays abroad again. Now is the ideal opportunity to plan and possibly start saving up for that longed for holiday so that when it comes it will be truly amazing.

One idea is to find a map of either the world or Europe and think about the places you would love to visit. Take the time to research the destinations online to find out more about these places and the attractions that they offer the traveller.

You could consider different types of accommodation that each place has and even think about choosing somewhere to stay that you will not normally choose for instance if you always go for all-inclusive go for self-catering instead allowing you to sample the local restaurants and cafes.

Travelling around your chosen holiday destination can be planned in advance even if you do not book anything yet. Using the local transport system in a country can give you a much greater appreciation of the country and its people so think about using the railway or bus facilities that the locals use instead of hiring a car.

Are you thinking of getting away during the festive period?

With England still in a second lock down, the thought of getting away is not something that most of us can do at present. Over Christmas it is likely that rules will be relaxed somewhat, but no one knows for sure exactly what that will be.

Sometimes Christmas can be quite stressful, it can put a financial strain on you and your family, you may worry about who you are going to spend the day with as many people have quite a few family members that they would like to see on the big day. This year even more people are feeling the pressure of Christmas but many are also looking forward to hopefully being able to switch off from the pandemic if only for a week,

You may decide that you do not want to have the hassle of arranging who you can and cant meet up with and instead will book a little getaway. It may be that you are not able to fly but you should be able to find a place in the UK that you can rent for a few days. Christmas in a little cottage in the Lake District or in Scotland can be extremely enjoyable and allow you to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Is it safe to plan next year’s holiday?

This year has been a very difficult time for holiday makers as they have had to cancel, rebook, postpone and defer their holidays again and again due to the restrictions caused by the Covid virus so is it safe to book holidays for next year at the moment?

The answer to this question is perhaps, as no one really knows for sure whether the virus will be sufficiently under control next year or not. One thing is certain, travel insurance should be taken out before booking and the fine print of the policy documents needs to be read to ensure that cancellation or delay due to the virus is covered.

If you feel that a holiday abroad next year is a must for you and your family then try to look for a holiday location that has a lower incidence of the virus and one that is welcoming visitors from the UK. Greece and Turkey are two such places to consider for next year as they have had fewer cases generally. Expect there to still be certain restrictions in place next year such as social distancing and mask wearing in indoor spaces, but hotels and restaurants should be operating normally albeit with reduced capacity.