Be sure to confirm all of your holiday arrangements

If you have just booked a holiday then you may start to get excited and plan things that you would like to do when you get there. You would think that once everything is booked and paid for you should be able to switch off and only worry about the packing but unfortunately it is possible to experience issues with your travel or accommodation, which if not sorted out quickly can cause havoc and delays and risk spoiling your break away.

If you have booked accommodation yourself rather than through a travel agent, then it is worth ringing ahead at least a week in advance just to confirm your booking and double check what you may need to take with you. By doing this, you can pick up on any problems such as errors on the booking system which may not have recorded your booking correctly.

If you are flying, then you will need to check your flight details to make sure it has not been cancelled or delayed. This can often only be done 24 hours or so prior to your flight time. If you are unsure, then you can always call the airline direct to confirm.

 

Plan our travel using a sat nav

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.

 

Planning a holiday – where to start?

When looking to plan a holiday it can be hard to know where to start there are so many options of where to go and what to do and how to get there that it can all feel a bit overwhelming! The best way to tackle it is to break it down into more manageable task.

First you need to have a think about what type of holiday you’d like to have, adventure, relaxing, sightseeing or a city break.

Next you’ll need to think about your budget as this will effect where you go for your holiday and at what time of year. You may need to compromise on some things to find something that works for you so think about what’s most important to you from your holiday destination.

Next compare accommodation and flights by shopping around to get the best deals and read reviews to check what others are saying about the place as they may have some valuable advice to pass on to you.

Once you’ve decided don’t hang around about getting it booked as flight prices can change quite often so it’s best to secure your deal early to avoid disappointment.

Failing that you could of course throw caution to the wind and book a last minute break away and still have a fab time!

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.

 

Exchanging money for your holiday

You will often need to take money with you when going abroad, even if going all inclusive as there will always be extras that you need to pay for or times when you may want to go on excursions or go out for a meal offsite. Often it is cheaper to convert your money in to the currency you need prior to travelling and using credit cards or debit cards for cash withdrawals can very quickly add up when abroad.

Before you leave for your holiday shop around to get the best exchange rate for your money. Some companies will offer you a great exchange rate but will charge you a commission on top to change your money. Other companies will offer you zero rate commission but the exchange rate is often poor. You will need to be able to compare a number of exchange bureaus to decide which one will give you the best deal. You do not want to exchange too much more money than you will actually need as you will then have to pay again to convert it back to pounds. You also do not want to take too little and then have to withdraw cash on a card costing you in bank charges.

 

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.