Choosing the Best Holiday Destination

Working 9 – 5, raising a family, worrying about the mortgage and trying to make time for all the people, pressures and demands in your life can take its toll. You need a break from time to time and because it is so essential that you use your holiday time for completely unwinding and de-stressing it is absolutely critical that you pick out the best holiday destination each time and avoid wasting your days away, your hard earned cash and your quality time with loved ones.

This guide to choosing the best holiday destination for you covers the top ten points you should consider when planning that next getaway.

1) The Time Of The Year – when are you planning on taking your next holiday? Certain destinations are only attractive to holidaymakers at a given time of the year because of climatic conditions. Think carefully about when you’ll be travelling and then examine the rainfall and temperature charts for your shortlist of destinations and make sure it will be neither extremely too hot or cold or wet or windy when you plan to holiday.

2) Your Budget – your budget will have a major bearing on where you travel to and also when you can travel. Travelling out of season on a last minute package holiday will of course save you lots of money, but there are other ways to make your money go further. Travel agents nowadays offer early bird booking discounts for example, alternatively you could book each stage of the holiday separately and possibly save more by calling airlines, hotels and hire car companies direct and asking about any special offers or discounts they offer and maybe you could even consider a house swap to save on accommodation costs.

3) Distance – long haul flights are no fun unless you can travel business class! And what’s more, having to travel to your ideal destination over a 12 or even 24 hour period and then suffering jetlag when you arrive and upon your return will maybe eat up as much as half of your holiday in real terms. Think about the distance you would like to travel in terms of hours sat on a plane, in departures, on a bus, in the car or even on a train…and then research destinations accordingly.

4) Travelling Parents – if you have children and you’re planning a family holiday a whole load of new criteria come into the planning. If you have young pre-school children you may be able to travel out of the peak school holiday times and thus save yourself thousands…but you will have the added hassle of having to travel with half a tonne of baby paraphernalia! Research your airline and resort in terms of the facilities they offer parents. Also, you must consider the heat, sun and humidity factors when travelling as children suffer more and also tend to vocalise more than us when uncomfortable for long periods of time!

5) Facilities – what facilities are in or around the resorts you’re considering and what facilities to you require? If you can’t be more than a day away from the internet make sure there’s access from your hotel, if you’re travelling with children is there a laundry service offered – or better still if you’re on a budget, do they have a laundry room in the hotel that you can access? Do you need to carry an iron, a hair dryer, a carry cot or even a child’s car seat with you or will your hotel and hire car company be able to supply you with all the bulky items you need? Ask, don’t assume!

6) Amenities – if you want to keep fit when away is there a hotel gym, what about a spa so that you can make the most of your time away? Is there an onsite bar and restaurant, what about gift shops and a mini market? Think about all the amenities you would like to have access to before you begin your research and then when you find an attractive destination tick off your list of desirable amenities against what it offers.

7) Entertainment – when it comes to your idea of a good time does that include wild night life or easy access to sites of historic or cultural interest? Are you after pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants for a 24 hour party or would you like to be able to drive to a stunning castle, take a boat trip out to sea, wander away from the crowds and find entertainment in tranquillity? You will have a good idea of the entertainment requirements you and travelling companions require – just make sure you pick a resort that fits in with those requirements!

8) Beach Flop Or Activity Holiday – are you happy to flop on the sand and soak up the sun or would you be happier hiking in the Himalayas? Think carefully about what exactly would bring you the most pleasure from your time away. Don’t go with the flow and copy the crowds if your idea of a nice time is simply relaxing in your garden at home for two weeks then do that! Your holiday time is your own so make of it what you can and what you want.

9) Health Requirements – if you or your family have any particular health issues from asthma to diabetes, from a physical handicap to even a fear of flying you should take all of these factors into the planning. Certain destinations are less sophisticated in terms of medical facilities available and even in terms of access to prescription drugs, some are more inaccessible in terms of travelling to or even getting around than others. Also, some destinations carry disease warnings and require you to have inoculations before you travel or to take malaria drugs when on the ground for example. Consider your preferred destination in terms of the health aspects for your whole family.

10) Take Recommendations – listen to family, friends and colleagues when they tell you about where they’ve been that was good and where they’ve been that was terrible; learn from their experiences and disaster stories and take any recommendations from trusted and like minded sources. Such recommendations can be a great place to begin your research and if you find that the destination likely suits you to a tee you will be able to find out about the best places to eat, the must see sights and the friendliest staff before you head out which will give you an extra confidence boost and get your holiday off to a flying start.

Have fun!

Senior Citizen Summer Vacation – Vacation Destinations for Senior Citizens

Year on year, the travel and vacation market for senior citizens continues to grow in popularity.

A larger number of senior citizens are deciding to enjoy their free time by traveling and taking summer vacations instead of staying at home. Sometimes these vacations may only be domestically based. Perhaps this may be due to health reasons, budget or even personal preference.

We are noticing, however, that more senior citizens are looking overseas as the world seems to get “smaller” and vacation availability gets “bigger”. For sure, the internet has played a huge role in making vacation decision making and booking a much easier process.

We have also experienced an increase in senior citizens looking for something that bit different…

  • a specially organized tour
  • a unique customized vacation
  • a personally escorted and chauffeur driven tour
  • a customized art tour
  • a special wine and cuisine tour

This is just a small example of the tours and summer vacation options that some of the senior citizens have requested.

I am European, living in southern Spain and, like many people, I have my preferences. However, if you are a senior citizen and you are interested in taking a summer vacation, you may be wondering which summer vacation destination is best.

There are literally millions of summer vacation destinations all over the world. With a large and ever increasing selection of destinations, attractions, and activities, you may be wondering how you could ever make a selection and decide on just one place.

The first step in choosing a destination is by deciding which activities you would like to participate in while on vacation. These could either be some of your favorites or something new that you have always wanted to do but have never had the opportunity until now.

Apart from the memorable examples mentioned above, we have also found that senior citizens enjoy a wide variety of different activities. If you enjoy golfing, a golf resort may be an ideal location for your next vacation. If relaxing by the beach is more your style, you have a large number of beaches to choose from. Perhaps you have always wanted to take a summer vacation cruise.

Deciding what you would like to do while on vacation is the best way to find the perfect summer vacation destination.

This is not as daft as it sounds but the other very important aspect to consider is what activities do you not want to do or be near to. As with many things in life, vacation marketing tends to target younger groups, promoting related activities that you may not care for. This may be another reason why we are experiencing an upward trend on providing that something a bit different.

If an overseas vacation is possible (taking health and budget considerations into account) and sounds appealing, you have an unlimited number of destinations to choose from. Popular destinations include France, Italy, and Spain. Many of these destinations are famous for their rich history. While vacationing overseas, you can visit a number of well-known tourist attractions. You can explore many of these attractions by yourself, with a tour guide, or as mentioned, customizing your own summer vacation and being escorted which can save a lot of worry or anxiety.

Of course, to those of us who are not from the United States, North America is overseas and offers a wealth of summer vacation destinations such as beaches, golf resorts and amusement parks.

Most of the golf resorts found in the United States cater to mature crowds. Where resorts do not provide facilities and activities, this may appeal to some senior citizens as they often provide a safe and more relaxing environment that seniors prefer.

Over and above the actual golfing, some of the resorts provide more private accommodation, dining and health facilities.

With a large number of vacation destinations designed with senior citizens in mind, you are sure to find the perfect location for your next vacation. Whether you choose to spend your vacation at the beach, travel overseas, or stay at a well-known golf resort, we sincerely hope you have a wonderful and memorable time.

Are you bored with the same summer vacation routine? Struggling to find that vacation of a lifetime? Then open your mind to the unique possibilities by visiting us below. You will be delighted by the choice and the great comments made by clients from North America and other countries.

Holiday Health For Long Haul Travel

Those going on long haul travels should pay close attention to their health, especially if travelling to high-risk destinations such as Africa. You will need to be thinking about your health requirement weeks before you travel.

The first place to start is by researching your destination. What injections are required by law for entry into the country (e.g. yellow fever) and what injections are highly recommended? Your GP will be able to help. Common vaccinations are: cholera, diptheria, polio, hepatitis A and hepatitis B. If you have had vaccinations for some of these diseases before you may still be protected or may be able to get a booster that will top you up for years to come.

Depending on your destination you may also need antimalarials. Malaria tablets should be taken one to two weeks before departure to build up some protection and to check there’s no adverse side effects. Depending on which antimalarials you are prescribed, side effects can range from extra sun sensitivity to hallucinations. You will still need to take other preventative measures against mosquito bites as antimalarials cannot prevent infection with malaria – they inhibit the parasite’s development.

If you are going to be coming into frequent close contact with animals on your travels you may also need protection against rabies but this isn’t standard practice for most travellers.

Obviously you will need to make sure you have plenty of personal medication and a first aid kit that suits the type of trip you are going on. Take more medication than you think you will need in case you are delayed in your destination country.

You must make sure that you have adequate health insurance – trying to make savings here is not advisable. It would be awful to be stranded in a foreign country with medical bills racking up because you didn’t bother with insurance or thought you could get away with not taking it out. Repatriation can cost vast sums of money and you need to be covered. For travel within Europe, a European Health Insurance Card (available from the Post Office amongst other places) entitles you to free or reduced cost medical treatment.

Air travel may also cause you problems such as dehydration (due to re-circulated air-conditioned cabin climate) and DVT due to immobility. Deep vein thrombosis isn’t very common but can be lethal. Make sure you drink plenty of water on your flight, don’t drink too much alcohol or coffee, keep your skin moisturised and keep your body as active as possible with walking up and down the cabin or moving your feet about. It is also a good idea to purchase special flight socks that help prevent the blood in your legs pooling, giving you some protection against DVT.

On arrival at your destination, follow good hygiene practices and don’t take silly risks. ‘Boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it’ is a motto that will see you through in areas of poor sanitation. Make sure your hot food is properly hot and that you stay away from ice cubes if you are not sure if the water they have been made from is safe. Only wash food in boiled or sterilised water and don’t use water from the tap to drink or brush your teeth. Ensure bottled water served to you is opened in your presence.

If you do suffer from an upset stomach it may not be that you have caught anything nasty but that your body is not used to the new food and different water. If you feel really ill then seek medical advice as soon as possible.