For many of us, a holiday is something we look forward to and often it can be the thing that gets us through our every day working life. For some people, they like the security of returning to the same place year after year, knowing what to expect and not having to worry about what the accommodation or area will be like. Other people see it as an opportunity to try and explore a little and want to visit as many different countries as possible.
2015 is set to be a big year for holidays with many of us having missed out on a few when the UK was in the deepest stages of recession. Tour operators predict that this may be their best year since the recession hit and have gone all out with their marketing strategies to take advantage of this.
There are so many packages out there that it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Always do your own research and never just book a holiday based on pictures and reviews on the destinations website as these can often be biased.
On arriving for the first time, visitors to the enigmatic islands of Japan can feel like they have landed on another planet. There’s an otherworldly mix of old and new and the culture and traditions of Japan can seem strange to new comers. Whether you’re after culture, sightseeing or amazing food, a two week minimum trip is a must to get a flavour of Japan.
The futuristic capital city of Tokyo is a must, with loads to see and do and stunning views of iconic Mt. Fuji. The old capital Kyoto has some beautiful shrines and temples juxtaposed with stylish modern architecture. Make sure to research what you want to see before you go so you don’t miss anything. Top attractions include Sumo matches, Kabuki theatre, a wealth of shrines and incredible gardens, delicious cuisine like sushi and sashimi, beautifully preserved Edo era towns…the list is endless. A stay at a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, is also not to be missed. It’s worth noting that most establishments are cash only and cash machines are not always readily available. Make sure to research local customs and manners before your trip.
If you are looking for a fun adventure here in the UK for all the family then look no further than The Forbidden Corner. As its name suggests this is an intriguing place that is described as ‘the strangest place in the world’.
Located in Tupgill Park in the Yorkshire Dales this 4 acre site houses a huge maze of tunnels, chambers, hidden pathways and surprises at each turn. You will find yourself trying to work out where to go through the vast labyrinth of twists and turns whilst the children enjoy the numerous attractions such as water-shooting statues and hidden giants!
The park is not open to the public all year round so before going it’s always worth checking the website. Children under four get in free and it’s ideal for children around this age where their imagination will be captured by this well thought out mysterious place. My advice would be to take the children a change of clothes as it would be a miracle if they manage to stay clean and dry!
Glamping is the new trendy holiday choice of the masses with thousands flocking to numerous destinations around the UK to take part in this glamorous form of camping.
One fabulous way to take part in glamping is to stay in a luxury Yurt. A yurt is basically a large tepee style tent that you can stay in, a luxury yurt will come complete with a fitted floor a large (usually 4 poster) bed and a log burning stove to keep you cosy in the winter. Some companies also offer Swedish style yurts which take a similar shape to normal yurts but are made out of wood and are more like a log cabin.
The Yurts come in many sizes but most of the luxury ones are built to sleep one couple. You can hire large yurts for wedding receptions and private parties which is great if you’re after something a bit different that will definitely be a talking point.
It sounds so obvious but before planning a trip abroad you need to check your passport. It’s essential to check it with plenty of time to spare in case there are any issues.
You’ll need to ensure that your passport is in good condition and that the picture and all the details on your passport are correct and not too worn or damaged. You’ll also need to check that it’s not due to expire whilst you’re away, particularly if you’re traveling for a number of months or are unsure as to when your trip will end.
As part of the planning of your traveling trip you will need to check if you need to apply for a visa for any of the places you wish to visit and if so you’ll need to get your application in early as it can take a long time to process depending where you’re going.
If you find any problems with your passport or you require a new passport you will also need to do this well in advance of your trip as the application process can take 3 weeks.
If your passport is not due to expire for a few months don’t forget that you can carry over up to 9 months from an old passport onto your new one.
This once popular traveling option has recently gone full circle and become popular again amongst all ages of people after a holiday with a difference.
These vintage vans are fantastic for a camping holiday and are great for touring as you can pack up and stay in a different place each night.
But now comes a new campervan experience, the VW Doubleback. This van is like no other, the camper van whilst in motion looks very similar to the standard VW campers, however once parked up the rear end of the van electronically extends outwards to double the size of the living area!
The stabiliser feet for the extended part of the van also come down to the correct level automatically, gone are the days of a crank and a spirit level! In fact it seems as though Volts Wagon have thought of everything! This van can carry 5 adults and really does have plenty of room for a modern take on a traditional family holiday.
Most of us live day to day doing the same job, carrying out the same mundane tasks in the same boring setting so it’s hardly surprising that more and more of us are opting for a new more exciting style of holiday, an adventure holiday.
Whether it be scuba diving, white water rafting or rock climbing more of us are choosing to spend our ‘down time’ up and about partaking in adrenaline fuelled activities that take us away from the norm. A holiday that can suit all ages, these adventure holidays are our chance for a great escape and can perfectly demonstrate the theory that a change is as good as a rest!
So when deciding on a holiday this year why not put down the book, forget the beach towel and flip flops and get ready for the hair raising holiday of a lifetime, after all, you only live once!
Holidays are something that almost all of us look forward to every year. It is the one time when we can get away from the challenges of daily life and really enjoy quality time with our friends and loved ones.
Affording a holiday is often the thing that stops many of us going away more often and can mean that we end up going years without having a proper break away. I would recommend budgeting for a holiday as if it was an essential item such as your rent. Obviously if things got really tight then you may need to use the money elsewhere, but it is important to have that time away.
Holidays need not cost the earth, sometimes a few long weekends away in the UK are just enough to recharge your batteries. Some newspapers offer great budget camping holidays that can cost as little as £5 per person per night, and often these turn out to be great fun.
Don’t think you can manage going for a week’s holiday with only hand luggage? Here are a few tips to help you!
Don’t take toiletries – your hotel will likely provide the basics, and local shops should supply the rest.
Most hotels will provide a hairdryer, so check before you go so you don’t unnecessary items.
Decide if you really need to take straighteners or other similar items.
Try not to take too many pairs of shoes and wear your largest, heaviest pair whilst traveling!
Take a kindle rather than several books – you will save a lot of weight this way.
Plan your holiday and your outings and take clothes to suit. If you need to wash your clothes, hotels normally do a laundry service, or you can wash items in the sink/bath and hang dry them. By planning and removing unnecessary clothing you will save a lot of bulk and weight.
The essentials you need to take with you will depend on where you’re traveling and what your plans are whilst away. Essential toiletries will include many items, but make sure you remember sun-cream and insect repellent. Even if you are skiing sun-cream will be a requirement! Depending on where you go you may want to take a range of toiletries with you to cover for the entire trip, but if you know the location well, or if it’s in a well-populated area you’ll be likely to find a supermarket nearby. If you are staying in a resort you may even have a shop on site to cover you in this department.
Decided not to go all inclusive but like to treat yourself to the local beverages whilst on holiday? If you have a fridge/minibar in your room, then why not pop to your local store and purchase some local beverages – you will likely save a good amount on buying in bulk!