My Favourite Holiday Moment

When our thoughts turn to Spring, a lot of people also turn their thoughts to their Summer holiday. Whether you are planning a long haul trip, something with a short flight, or even a UK break, a holiday is a time to create wonderful new memories, and our choice of destination can often be influenced by previous, fabulous holidays. I have yet to book for this year, but have been browsing and have often found a cheaper deal here. One of the places we have been considering is Cyprus, where we not only spent our holiday over the last couple of years, but also watched my little brother get married.

Cyprus is a place that is full of wonderful holiday moments for my family. For a start, it was the first time my whole family had been together for a holiday since I got married in Rhodes in 2005, and this time there was the added joy of having my son and niece here too. Every element of the trip was fun, from drinking Prosecco on the plane and browsing around the duty free, to the leisurely days spent by the pool, or the long meals that seemed to go on forever. It is a place where I would love to spend a longer amount of time in a five star hotel, it would definitely be a place to spend a bit of money on if I won some money on a bet or bingo game.

Cyprus was experiencing a heat wave, but floating around the lazy river at our hotel, that didn’t really seem a problem, and with lots of mocktails during the day, and cocktails when the night had fallen, it really did feel like paradise. We stayed in Coral Beach, but loved to travel to the Paphos area for the bars along the harbour, and the air conditioned shopping centres, where, lucky for us, every shop seemed to be having a sale.

And then, of course, there was a wedding to attend. On a beautiful jetty stretching out to the sea, with crystal clear waters reflecting the perfect blue of the sky, my brother married his beloved surrounded by family and friends. It was a beautiful, romantic occasion, complete with poems, doves, lots of Champagne, lots of swing music, a just all round lovely occasion. It brought back lots of memories of my own wedding, and was just perfect, in a wonderful setting with an idyllic atmosphere.

 

Travel Tips for Short and Long Distance Trips

People travel often between different cities and countries and for many different reasons that including business and pleasure. When you are ready to pack your bags and leave, make sure that you are well prepared to pave the way for a smooth trip. The following are some useful tips that you can use to ensure a positive outcome whenever you travel.

Packing

  • Packing is a major aspect of traveling and you should focus on carrying essential items. Whenever you pack your bag or suitcase for a trip, remember that the less you pack, the more manageable your luggage will be.
  • Packing everything that you want will lead to the inconvenience of a heavy bag and the increased risk of losing your items during the trip.
  • Write down what you need in advance and use a checklist to make sure that you have all the important things. Pack what you need according to where you are going and how long you will be away. You may be able to take your pets with you but if this is not an option, make timely arrangements to ensure that your pets are taken care of when you leave for your trip.
  • Prepare the items that you want to have close to you at all times, such as your money, phone, charger, headphones and diary.
luggage full and ready to travel

luggage full and ready to travel

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Research

  • Go online and find out more about your destination, the weather conditions and the activities that are available there. If you have a limited amount of time between bookings and traveling, make sure you know what the current weather conditions are.
  • If you are traveling to a destination where the national language is different, spare some time to learn the basics. This will make it easier for you to communicate, interact, ask for directions and order for food.

Travel Costs

Use online travel guides that provide useful suggestions regarding different activities and costs. The information provided is usually accurate and reliable. Select activities that everyone you are traveling with will enjoy. The earlier you begin planning for your travel, the more time you will have to save money for it. Find out how much you will need for various aspects of your trip and plan for unexpected costs as well. Look at where to save and where to splurge, for instance, if you are travelling for business, it may be worth using a chauffeur service to travel to and from the airport. This creates the perfect first impression for a new client and ensures that you will arrive punctually and feeling great. A chauffeur service like Driven WorldWide also provide WIFI in their cars so you are not going to miss out on important emails and zoom calls on route to the airport, and offer an international service which means you can have an efficient service at both ends of your trip.

Quick Travel Tips

  • If there are special events that you want to attend, it is advisable to make prior reservations especially during busy seasons.
  • Walking around is a good way to learn about your destination while you enjoy scenic walks.
  • Make sure that you have enough leisure time for fun and unexpected experiences that you will remember for years to come.
  • Maintain a cordial atmosphere during your travel and avoid any unnecessary altercations.

 

5 Best Family Day Trips in the UK by Car.

For many of us currently losing the will during the quarantine period, one of the things that is keeping us going is the idea of planning a trip for when we get out. Summer is only just around the corner, and with any luck some of the restrictions will have been lifted by then, giving us the chance to hopefully enjoy some sunshine, ice cream and pleasures that a getaway offers.

We cancelled our Summer holiday to Cyprus last week due to worries about losing all of our money if we were to pay in full, so now I am very much thinking of the UK, and places that could be visited by car, either as a day trip or a road trip.

Sandown Mercedes tasked me with thinking about my top five destinations for a family day trip in the UK, and it has to be said it is difficult to keep it to just five, but here is my guide to enjoying some of the beauty the UK has to offer.

The Lake District

The Lakes are absolutely one of my favourite places to visit in the UK. The combination of the little Lake towns and the stunning scenery make them a place that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. Add in the association with Beatrix Potter and you have a place that is filled with fun and beauty that all can enjoy. My favourite town is Bowness-on-Windermere where you can take a number of boat trips around the lakes on a sunny day, or just enjoy some amazing ice cream as you admire the scenery.

Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital is a truly majestic city, one of peerless architecture, including the castle and Holyroodhouse, the seat of Scottish royalty. You can enjoy a city tour on the hop-on/hop-off bus, or, if you are feeling athletic and energetic, you could take a trek up Arthur’s Seat, the extinct volcano that looks across the city and gives the best views.

An amazing tour to take is that of the Former Royal Yacht Britannia, which is now situated at the Ocean Drive Ocean Terminal in the city, and is a fantastic experience for anyone with an interest in the Royal Family.

Oxford 

The City of Dreaming Spires offers a lot for those who love vibrant cities and art lovers. Oxford is worth a visit for the Ashmolean Museum alone, where your family can enjoy meeting the Egyptian mummies either through an organised tour or at your own leisyure.

You can take a trip to the world famous Bodleian library, or enjoy a leisurely riverboat tour of on the Thames, and don’t forget, Oxford is a dream destination for fans of Harry Potter fans, with a myriad of tours of destinations within the city that have been used as Hogwarts.

York

York is another city that offers lots of experiences that a family can enjoy. From the magnificence of York minister, to the gory go there if you dare York Dungeon, York takes its history and packages it in a number of ways to appeal to all.

For those who are interested in the Vikings, there is the brilliant Jorvik centre, whilst shopping lovers can enjoy a ramble in The Shambles, a treasure trove of small and independent shops in a beautiful setting. Take a walk to the city walls, or enjoy York Maze, which has lots of activities for warm Summer days.

Bath

My favourite city of them all. Bath is wondrous, a beautiful city that boasts the incredible, still working Roman Baths, the Regency elegance of John Nash’s Royal Crescent and glorious afternoon teas at the Pump Room. You can get your best views of the city from Bath Abbey, where you can do the Tower Tour to enjoy the panoramic views (212 steps, so not for the faint hearted), but my own personal favourite place in Bath, my must visit since I was a little girl, is the brilliant Fashion Museum, which has both a permanent collection and brilliant featured exhibitions including their dress of the year.

Where would you like to visit once the quarantine is over.