With many of
us in the UK being told not to travel unless it is necessary, holidays are
being cancelled left, right and centre. Most of these holidays are being
refunded by the travel companies although some people may need to make a claim
off their holiday insurance to get their money back. Over the last few weeks
the situation with the outbreak has worsened and we are seeing and increase in
the number of people who have gone on holiday and are now finding themselves on
lock down in their hotel rooms.
It may be
that you were not going to be travelling abroad, but had a holiday booked in
this country. You may still want to try and go but the truth is you may still
find that you are massively affected by this and what should have been a
relaxing time away with a loved one or with your family turns in to a time of
worry and concern.
Many of the
UK holiday destinations such as Centre Parcs have already decided to close
their doors for the foreseeable future and it is looking like many others will
whether in a car on a train or on a plane can be a little boring especially for
younger children who may not be used to spending long periods of time having to
stay in their seats. You may find that what was supposed to be a quickish
journey turns in to an extremely long one due to delays that are out of your
are a great way to keep children entertained whilst often also entertaining the
adults in the car too. There are many travel games that can be played to pass
the time such as Eye Spy. This game has been around for years and the beauty of
it is you don’t need anything to play it.
if you have
younger children that cannot spell yet you could play it with colours instead
of the letter it begins with.
like “who am I” are great, where you think of an animal or a character (if you
want to make it a little harder) and the other members of the family have to
ask questions to find out who or what you might be. The person who guesses
correctly wins a point. Often when playing travel games children will be so
wrapped up in the game they will forget about the journey and you won’t hear
the dreaded words “are we there yet?”
will say that one regret they have is that they wished they had travelled parts
of the world before settling down and having a family or taking on commitments
such as a mortgage which meant they could not afford to give up their job and
take time out to travel.
important it is to travel and what are the pros and cons. Did you really miss
out if you didn’t go travelling or is it too late to start now?
If you really want to explore other parts of
the world, then you definitely should try to do it. You may find it easier to
do this when you are young as you may feel you do not get the opportunity to
have the experience again later in life. Very often students take a year out
called a Gap year to travel around. When they come back they often say they
have a better idea of what they want to do with their life and find it easier
to settle down.
It is likely to be expensive when travelling especially if you are not planning on working whilst you are away. You should always make sure you have enough money to see you through your trip and always have a back up of money for a ticket home should you want or need to return early.
Sat navs have been used for a good number of years now and where as previously you had to buy a separate satellite navigation system to use in your car, you can download apps for your phone or tablet which can used to navigate you to your chosen location.
One of the most popular sat nav apps is the one by Google. It is free to use and is often very reliable and up to date. It can show you traffic on your route and divert you a different way if it picks up delays. You can usually change the settings within these apps to avoid toll roads, selected fastest route over shortest and avoid motorways. This allows you to still have control over which way it is going to take you.
With these apps you can also look over the whole route before you set off meaning you will have a rough idea of which direction you will be heading in. It will also tell you how far the journey is, how long it will take you to get there and estimated time of arrival which will update depending on driving speeds. You can even view the route in street view which will allow you to look out for places that you can use as markers for turning or to view where nearby parking is.
Flying with young children can be an extremely worrisome and stressful time for parents and carers. However the fear of how your children will behave on the flight does not need to rule your journey and does not need to put you off holidays abroad altogether. Each holiday journey is different so what worked one time may not work a second, especially as your children get older. For young children the best trick is usually distraction, so make sure you take plenty of activities with you to do or think up games you can play during the flight such as the “yes and no game” or “I Spy”.
Many younger children will sleep on a flight, so you may look to book a night flight where the cabin is usually quite quiet and dark. Don’t forget to take any special teddies or blankets with you that the child may need as a comforter.
Often children start to misbehave when they are tired or hungry. Take plenty of snacks with you for the journey but avoid anything that can melt or is sticky and anything with too many e numbers in or sugars, as this will often just make them hyperactive.
Talk to your children before the flight about the importance of good behaviour on the plane and set up a reward for them to be able to achieve if they have behaved well.
When booking a holiday you have the option to book the accommodation and the flights yourself or as part of a package. When booking your flights you may find quite a drastic change in the prices from company to company. It is always worth looking at flying from different airports as sometimes you will get a much better deal from one to the other. The other thing to check is the date you are flying as again you can often save even hundreds of pounds by flying a day or two either side of your original selected date.
Many people use flight comparison sites to check which company is offering the cheapest flights but they may not always give you all the information upfront and you will often need to look in to exactly what is included in the price.
Often there is no baggage allowance included in the cheapest flights apart from cabin baggage. With additional suitcases costing on average £25 per 15kg each way, this can very quickly add £100 or so on to your holiday price. You should also check to see if transfers to and from the airport are included as again this can push the price up.