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.

 

 

Don’t be scared to try new foods when on holiday

When staying in a foreign country you may want to try some of the local cuisine or delicacies but worry about what is in it, how it has been prepared and if it will make you ill. It would be a real shame to go to another country and not be able to sample some of the local cuisine and is perfect for those really wanting to explore new cultures and find out more about the local people and food on offer.

Making sure that you buy food from a reputable place is essential. Always ask your tour operator or local people of good places to eat. You may be able to find reviews online for a lot of the cafes and restaurants which will give you a good idea of what the food is like. Unhygienic kitchens and food that has not been stored or cooked correctly is the main cause of food poisoning. By choosing to eat at a reputable place, you should be able to avoid this happening to you.  It may be that some food that is perfectly fine for the locals to eat as they are used to it but it may end up making you have a tummy upset and nausea.

 

A holiday to Thailand

If you are looking to book a holiday and don’t mind trying something new then why not make your next excursion a trip to Thailand. Thailand has some amazing sites to offer and a fantastic culture that can be seen on the streets. The capital of Thailand is Bangkok. Bangkok is a huge city that has a population of over eight million people. Bangkok is renowned for its restaurants and nightlife and is said to be one of the best places in the world for a night out.

If history and architecture is more your thing, then you will not be disappointed. There are a wealth of Buddhist temples all over the city which welcome visitors to come and have a look around. You will be blown away by the work and craftsmanship that have gone in to the temples and wonder at the exquisite decorations that can be found all over the city.

If you are not scared to try something new, then you may want to head over to the street market to pick up some local cuisine. Chinatown is probably the best place for street food and it is known as the birthplace of street food in Thailand.

 

 

The sun is always shining somewhere

Winter can be a depressing time of year – with grey and miserable skies and the days quickly becoming so short that you’re lucky to see daylight if you work a 9 to 5 job, it can be hard to maintain a sunny disposition without any sun… but remember, the sun is still there – you just need to find it!

It’s a well-known fact that the Southern Hemisphere enjoys the start of summer as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, and vice versa. However, flying around the world takes a long time and funding such a trip can be costly. If you can’t justify the expense or persuade your boss to give you a month off work, then maybe look for somewhere closer to home. For example, come November and December, destinations like Tenerife, Madeira, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are still benefitting from warm weather. Daylight hours are still a little short for some places, but the nights are also relatively mild so you needn’t dwell on it too much.

Get saving your pennies and outrun the rain this winter. You can look forward to sharing summery snaps on social media while your friends compare photos of snow and wind-damaged fences!