Glamping in Yurts

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.

Checking your passport

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.

A traveling holiday in a VW Camper van

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.

Why chose an adventure 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!

Budgeting for a holiday

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.

Traveling light

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.

Essential tips for traveling

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!

Visiting Europe

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If you have always wanted to go to Europe, but have not been able to decide on location consider a trip on a train. There are various companies which sell train tickets taking you from country to country. This would allow you to visit all the places on your list without having to single out just one. You can stop off in places like Paris allowing you to visit all the sights such as the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and more. Stop in Amsterdam and visit the internationally renowned red-light district. Want to stop off in Prague? How about Berlin? You can tailor these holidays how you wish for as long as you wish allowing you to make the most of your trip. Shop around, and look for all the deals on accommodation and sight-seeing and these holidays can come out a lot cheaper than expected!

Family short breaks in the UK

Families in the UK are often taking short breaks in the school holidays to avoid the price hike in the summer months.  If you have a family to cater for then you may be looking for something quite exhilarating to keep the children entertained. With theme parks dotted all over the country you have a wide range of places that will hold their interest at reasonable prices.

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Alton Towers in Uttoxeter is a great place for children of all ages as well as adults seeking a thrill. With the recent addition of the CBeebies World, where young children can see their favourite characters, even the youngest can now enjoy the park.  There is also a fun themed resort there so if you do not live local and need to travel then you can relax knowing that you do not have to go far in the morning to get to the fun and excitement.

Weekend retreats in the UK for couples

Lots of holiday makers chose to go on a few weekend breaks throughout the year to be able to enjoy a number of different locations and types of holidays. These people often chose to stay in the UK, due to the smaller amount of travelling to be done meaning they can spend more time in their location. The UK has some many different things to do you could go somewhere new every weekend for years and still discover something or somewhere else to explore.

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If its shopping that you are in to why not take a trip to London, England’s capital with ranges of shops from high street, designer and little boutique shops that sell amazing clothing and home ware that you will be pushed to find elsewhere.

Maybe you fancy somewhere a little more romantic and relaxing, then look no further than the picturesque landscapes of Strathyre in Scotland.

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