Chasing the sun for your holiday all year round

Most of us try to take our holiday in the summer months however that is not always possible and can be costly so here’s a mini guide of where to go for each month of the year to get that much needed sunshine!

January – Cuba is lovely and hot this time of year with plenty of beautiful unspoiled beaches to relax on.

February – Gambia is perfect for winter sun and has temperatures around 33⁰C in our winter months.

March – Mexico is very popular this time of year sun, sea and tequila!

April – Egypt, this is a great time to go and see the pyramids and all of the amazing things Egypt has to offer.

May – Turkey this is great if you want a taste of the Mediterranean for a fraction of the peak season cost. Turkey is beautiful and a great place to take an early summer holiday.

June, July, August – these are the peak seasons so places like Greece, Portugal or Italy would all be fantastic here however the price will be the highest of all the year.

September – Ibiza not just for the party goers, Ibiza also has a much quieter side that is picturesque and boast beautiful beaches too.

October – Cyprus is still plenty warm enough this time of year and starting to get a little quieter in touristy areas.

November – Florida with its theme parks and abundance of things to do is great fun for all the family and has the bonus of being nice and warm too.

December – Cape Verde is the ultimate place for winter sun, white sands and lots of relaxation, this could be a real Christmas treat!

Traveling abroad whilst pregnant

The outdated opinions of most used to be that a pregnant woman should try to do very little during pregnancy and rest at home, however recent studies have actually proved that during a normal healthy pregnancy you are much better off staying active and continuing with exercise and day to day tasks as usual whilst you are able to do so.

In many ways traveling is the same however there are some things to consider prior to traveling if you or your partner are pregnant.

The first thing that you would need to do would be to notify your doctor or midwife of your travel plans to see if they feel you would be fit to travel. Where possible it’s a good idea to obtain a copy of your medical notes so that you can take them with you in case you need any treatment whilst away.

You’ll need to check the rules of the airline regarding traveling whilst pregnant with regards at what gestation they consider you fit to fly.

Getting really good travel insurance has never been more important and it’s vital that you check the terms and conditions to ensure that should something happen and you have to have your baby delivered abroad the insurance covers all medical cost of the unborn child as well.

Activities to try on your next holiday

For most a holiday involves little more than a beach, a book and a lot of lying around in the sun however this doesn’t always have to be the case and if you are board of the same old boring holiday then maybe it’s time to start planning some holiday activities.

Why not try:-

Scuba diving – this is a great activity to do whilst abroad and often the shallower beginner’s dives are the best places to see the most colourful reefs and interesting marine life.

Kayaking – this water activity is great fun and you don’t necessarily need any experience, most of the kayaking experiences tend to start with an instructors session briefing you on technique and safety information before you start.

Cycling – this can be an exhilarating activity that you can do with your family on holiday and a great way to get about to see the sights without hitting traffic or being stuck on public transport in the heat. It’s also a great way to burn off those extra holiday calories.

Holiday industry for 2015

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.

Visit Japan

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.

A real adventure right here in the UK

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 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!