Planning your caravan holiday

Holidaying in a touring caravan is very popular in the United Kingdom not only in the summer months but throughout the year as some caravan sites are open all year round.

If your holiday is to be enjoyable there are some essential preparations that need to be made.

Firstly, your caravan needs to be checked to make sure it is roadworthy. It may not have been moved for a few months, so the tyres need to be checked to make sure they are properly inflated and that they have sufficient tread on them.

Secondly, the heating and water systems should be checked and flushed through with a sterilising solution to ensure that the water pipes are clean and germ free. The gas and electric supplies need to be inspected and tested for any safety problems and any smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested as per instructions.

The brakes and electrical connections on the caravan hitch should be inspected and all the exterior lighting such as brake lights, indicators etc. need to be tried to make sure they are all working correctly.

If these checks are carried out before each journey with your caravan, a problem free holiday is more likely.

Cheap family holidays abroad

Many parents would love to take their children abroad on holiday but often this is not possible as the cost is too high, but there are ways to find low cost holidays that everyone can enjoy.

Prices are hiked up during the school holiday periods which will mean you either end up having to pay more or risk getting a fine if you take your children out of school during term time.

Make sure that you get plenty of quotes from different holiday brokers or direct with companies often you can find the same holiday for over £200 less than on another website, allowing you to make g a huge saving by just doing a few searches. When you find a holiday that you like, be sure to read all the information regarding what is included in the price quotes. It may be that the transfers to and from the airport and not included along with hold luggage. Once you have added all this in, it can often bump the price of the holiday up quite a bit. This is why is it very important to ensure you are comparing like for like when looking at price comparisons.  

Travelling in London using the underground

When staying in London you will quickly realise that travel is very expensive, especially if you chose to use black cab taxis all the time. Traffic can be horrendous and the complex box junctions and one way systems, let alone the impatient drivers can be enough to put even the most confident drivers off using a car there.  

The underground system is a more cost effective way of travelling round although parts of it close earlier on. The underground uses a system called the Oyster card which allows you to add credit to it and pay for your journeys by swiping your card on entrance and exit points.  This makes getting on the train very straight forward and means you do not have to carry cash around with to allow you to use the underground system.  

They have recently installed WiFi on the underground making it easier for passengers to work whilst on route.  You can connect up your phone or laptop and get another half an hours worth of work in on your commute to and from the office.

Much of the underground is unused with stations closed off years ago but they are slowly trying to reopen many parts of it to make it easier for commuters.  

When is the best time to book a holiday for your family?

It can often be confusing knowing when the best time is to book a family holiday to get the best deal but also ensure you get what you want. This is even more so if you are planning on going abroad. Many families worry about booking a holiday a year in advance as a lot can change over the course of a year and planning that far ahead can be worrisome.

There are many advantages to booking your holiday early for example you may be able to spread the cost over a 12 month period and saving money by booking far in advance. Sometimes families can only afford to go on holiday if they are able to spread the cost over the year ahead.

It is important to remember that when booking a holiday in advance that you take out a good holiday insurance policy that will cover you should you need to cancel the holiday.  Some insurance this will cover you for cancellations on your behalf others will only cover you for cancellations that are out of your control. You also need to check the amount they will pay out should you cancel the holiday as often there is a limit on this which may be less than the amount you paid.

A trip to the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands are a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific many of which have barely been discovered by the general public. If you are looking for a holiday where you really can get away from it all and enjoy time without the interruptions of social media and phone calls then the Solomon Islands are the perfect setting.
These islands are laid-back, welcoming and often surprisingly untouched. From World War two relics scattered in the jungle to leaf-hut villages where traditional culture is alive, there’s so much to explore that you certainly will not be bored. The scenery is like something you see on a David Attenborough documentary with lagoons, volcanic islands and emerald forests all on offer.
The Soloman Islands are not a place for luxury resorts but if you love the outdoors and are not afraid of a bit of exploring then you will not be disappointed. There is a number of different outdoor activities that you can do such as diving, rock climbing and surfing.
With less than 25,000 people visiting each year, these Islands have so much to offer. Do not expect to be hooked up to the WiFi unless you are in one of the larger cities, but look forward to the time where you really can get back to the basics.

How to get cheap flights

When booking a holiday, the flights can really bump up the price. Often when you look at the breakdown you can find that the flights costs a similar amount to the accommodation. This is why it often does not cost much more to go for 10 or 14 days as opposed to 7.

To try and save money on flights you need to be able to be a bit flexible. Some flights are much cheaper at certain times in the day or certain days in the week. When searching for your flights, tick the box that states you can be flexible up to 7 days and see what comes up. If you are booking quite far in advance then you can often scroll through the months to see the cheapest flights available in that time period.

Another way to save money on flights is by flying from a different airport. Some of the airports will offer more or less the same flight for hundreds of pounds less! Checking these two simple things can really help slash the price of the holiday and possibly allow you to go for longer. Flights prices change every day so it is important to keep checking if you want to get the best price.