It’s Not Too Late for an End of Summer Holiday!

Children back in school? Drat, we guess that means you won’t be able to go anywhere. Actually, that’s not true at all. It’s never too late for a holiday, but you might have to modify when you go, how long you’re going to be gone, and what you plan on doing. The weather is changing, so paying attention to the weather reports is going to be more important. But just because you’re getting a little gloomy at home doesn’t mean that you can’t chase the sunshine!

If the kids are due back in school soon, you still have some time to plan things out. On the other hand, if they’re already back in school, you may have to weigh your options. Usually, if you talk to the teacher you can get all of their work, so that their absence won’t count against them. If the teacher seems hesitant, talk to the office staff. A lot of people take a few days of, but they just have to cover for the time missed. Your children are the same way. Unless the teacher has something that they absolutely have to be in class for, it’s usually okay to miss one or two days.

End of Summer Holiday

From here, you just have to decide where you’re going to go. This is the time of year where flights start to get cheap, because people are expected to be at work or at school. So if you wanted a weekend holiday, you could definitely take one of those.

We always remind people to take out travel insurance, but they don’t always listen. Please understand that you’re always free to make any decision you’d like, but carrying proper travel insurance goes a long way towards peace of mind. Make sure that you don’t mess that up by getting great travel cover well ahead of the time before your trip. You can get quotes online pretty quickly, so there’s really no excuse not to have travel cover these days.

We want you to have a good time and bring back memories you’ll love sharing with your friends. So don’t overthink things, okay? Pick a holiday getaway, check rates, make the reservations, don’t skip the travel insurance and certainly pack a digital camera or two. You’re bound to have a great time!


Building the Best Holiday in Greece

Holidaymakers, start booking your getaway: Greece’s economy may be in trouble, but that doesn’t mean that tourism is going to come to a complete halt. If anything the time is now to start traveling to the country. If you’ve never made holiday to Greece before, you’re truly in for a treat. Plenty of beaches, great sun, great people, and the food is out of this world. Some of the best wines in the world are found in the Greek Isles, and that alone is well worth taking the time to plan a trip.

Of course, if you’re looking for good deals it goes without saying that you need to do a little bit of research. Sensationalist headlines in the press means that everyone will be trying to get you to go to Greece for a holiday through t heir channels, which may or may not be the best deal. Here are a few things that you need to know in order to score the best deals, as well as have the best experience once you land.

holiday to Greece

First and foremost, make sure that you budget how much money you need to spend upfront. As the bailout situation for Greece looks dire, you have to also realize that infrastructure may take a bigger hit than you realize. For example, you probably think nothing about getting your money from a bank. But if you’re going to Greece, you’re going to have to think about taking the money you need with you. You cannot count on the exchange service to take care of you, and you will not be able to get money out of an ATM.

The solution? Carry cash with you into the country. Many in the hospitality industry are asking for cash up front anyway, so you might as well bring it with you. If you’re worried about reaching some kind of limit for traveling money as you enter or exit Greece, don’t worry. While there is no set limit on how much you can take in or out of the country, you still need to declare everything that you’re taking with you. So it makes perfect sense that you’d want to take what you can. [Read more…]


Top 4 Places to Visit in Europe

Europe is a vast and magical continent with dozens of stunning and picturesque countries to visit. Unfortunately, visiting all of these countries can be incredibly expensive, which is why it’s important to choose the ones you really want to see. Whether you’re travelling with your family, friends or spouse, there are many places to visit that will appeal to just about anybody. Here are some of the best places to visit in Europe:

Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona lies in the heart of Spain, to the north-east of the country, and is a beautiful place to visit. You can take a trip to the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, a landmark which has beautiful architecture inside and out. You can also visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, which is a must-see when visiting this city. There are also various museums that you can take a trip to, including those which features the works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Camp Nou is a football stadium, so the football fans can pay a visit to Spain’s largest stadium.

Brussels, Belgium


Brussels is the home of the European Parliament, but it is also a lovely city to visit if you’re in Europe. It’s a great place to visit with your family, and has plenty to offer, including Mini Europe, an attraction which displays the main landmarks in Europe in miniature form. The Musical Instrument Museum offers affordable admission prices, and you can view more than 8,000 instruments under this roof. To end your day, you can visit the famous Mannekin Pis and make a wish.

Paris, France


The city of love – the perfect place to visit with your partner, is located in France and has much to offer. Whether you take a romantic stroll along the canal or take a trip up the Eiffel Tower for a beautiful view of the city, Paris is nothing short of spectacular. While you’re there, don’t forget to try out the wonderful French cuisine, cheese and wine and other local dishes.

London, United Kingdom


The capital of the United Kingdom, this city is full of hustle and bustle whatever the time of year. Among the things to do include a visit to the waxworks museum Madame Tussauds, a ride on the London Eye and a walk around the incredible Westminster Abbey. Don’t forget to finish off your trip with afternoon tea or a traditional British meal in a local pub.


A guide To Visiting The North Yorkshire Moors

Just north of York and slightly inland from the north Yorkshire coast, the wild terrain of the North Yorkshire Moors rises with a desolate almost entirely untouched beauty. You’ll find most of the world’s heather moorland in Britain, and the largest expanse of that moorland is right here in Yorkshire. The land is hilly, with vast green valleys dipping into ancient roadways and quaint flower filled villages with weather beaten crosses to mark the way. The people are very friendly so forget about the ‘up north’ cliches of flat caps and whippets – but do pay attention to the larger than life Yorkshire dialects, the clean air and the fact that the beer is quite simply..much better.

Walking The Moors

Rosedale Mineral Railway route

The moors are of course a walkers paradise with trails stretching from Ampleforth in the west and close to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east Yorkshire coastline. Most of the walking routes are very well signposted making it easy to join and leave a route at your leisure. There are several routes with easy access – our favourite of which is the Rosedale Mineral Railway route which offers sublime panoramic views of Rosedale and follows an old railway line which once fed the 19th century ironstone mines. If you’re a more seasoned walker looking for something a little more challenging then take the 11 mile route from Ravenscar to the beautiful Robin Hoods Bay – where you’ll pass through classic moorland scenery before following the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line and the infamous smugglers den of Robin Hood’s Bay. The views from the clifftop over the farmland and onto the North Sea is phenomenal.

Wildlife in the North Yorkshire Moors

Yorkshire Moors

The flora and fauna found across the Yorkshire Moors is diverse to say the least. In the woodlands it’s possible to spot everything from deer, adders and foxes to the elusive pine marten and goshawks, while on the coast there’s white-beaked dolphins, minke whales and seals in the waters and puffins and garnets on the cliffs. If you’d prefer a more hands on approach than simply watching from afar then you can try a spot of sea fishing, or scour the the coasts of seaside towns such as Brunswick Bay and Staithes with a fishing net (great option for young families) to find all kinds of crab, barnacles, cockles, butterfish and sea hares. There are some great wildlife safaris that take in the best bits of both on and off land – these start in the spring and are generally started from Seamer station near Scarborough. The end of the seamless that tub obj bb



Start by planning your visit by train. A number of rail companies offer a scenic route to and around the North Yorkshire coast including the North Yorkshire Moors. Train tickets to Yorkshire are available online all year long and the journey will give you plenty of time to take in some of the breathtaking scenery. Once there, cycling has always been popular in Yorkshire… Yes, even before the Tour de France had it’s opening stages here in 2014, and many of the best routes are in the North Yorkshire Moors. Our favourite route is the Moor to Sea network which connects several larger towns – both seaside and land – to moorland, forest trails and bridleways. The route takes riders across 150 miles of scenery and can be easily broken down into several stages for longer cycling holidays. If horse riding is more your pace then head to the beaches at Saltburn and Sandsend which are open to horseriding, while those with a more seafaring spirit should head to one of the sailing club’s between Whitby and Guisborough for a spot of sailing (be sure to check out the annual 3 day sailing regatta held in Whitby every August) or to Whitby or Saltburn for a bit of surfing. If you’re up for it, then you should take a shot at a bit of rock climbing at Winston’s or for some of the most stunning views available in England – take a glider tour from Sutton Bank and fly over the iconic Kilburn White Horse. [Read more…]


Top 10 European Destinations

With the largest concentration of different cultures and countries than any other continent it’s no surprise that Europe is the most popular travel destination.

Each country is worthy of a visit itself and the fact that it’s so easy to go from city to city and country to country means tourists are spoilt for choice on their dream holiday.

More and more people are choosing to take Europe tours as they can get so much more value from their money. Once in Europe visiting other European countries is a breeze. There are loads of cheap flights and airlines willing to take you anywhere in Europe at the drop of a hat.

There’s obviously far too many destinations and countries to talk about in one go but these are the Top 10 European Destinations which are simply a must visit.

1: France


Start off in the city of love with cheap flights to Paris making it the perfect first stop on your European adventure. Visit the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and all the other attractions which make this one of the most popular countries on the planet!

2: Spain


To the south you can move into Spain and there’s no better example of the cross section of cultures right nest to each other. Visit the beaches, experience the nightlife and if you time it right even run with the bulls!

3: Italy


To the east you’ll find Italy and with it some of the most glorious food and wine anywhere in the world. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local life and eat until you can’t eat any more!

4: Greece


After Italy you’ll want to relax and what better place than a gorgeous Greek beach. Get the true Mediterranean experience and hope from Athens through the Aegan Sea, if you’re up for it maybe even Ibiza!

5: Germany

Munichs Oktoberfest

Change pace once more and head back north to the heartland of Germany. The museums and historical tours are a must visit but so to are the Bavarian plains and of course Munich’s Oktoberfest! [Read more…]


What Travelers Must Know Before Reserving a Charter Bus

If you are traveling with a group on a long-distance trip or series of trips, renting a charter bus is ideal. These buses make it more convenient for an entire group of travelers to reach their various destinations and the comfortable seating can not be beat. But just as with any other type of transportation method, travelers must be savvy when reserving their charter bus. Here is what you must know before reserving yours.

Charter Bus Benefits

One of the major benefits to renting a charter bus is possessing the ability to prevent the travel group from being split up. Everyone will be able to enjoy cold air-conditioning, bathroom facilities, and movies while traveling between destinations. The average charter bus capacity is 47-57 passengers while mini coach buses can hold an estimated 36 people. While a mini coach may be ideal for smaller groups, a lot of these buses do not provide a bathroom; however, they are great for city tours.

The majority of charter buses include television monitor/DVD combos that put out sound through equally spaced speakers. In order to make your decision a little bit easier, the rental bus company will show you brochures complete with pictures of their bus fleet.

Charter Bus

Planning Is Key

It is important to already have your trip mapped out before you make your rental bus booking in order to ensure that everything is coordinated with your itinerary. Since you are booking this bus for entire group of people, be sure to collect every person’s portion of the rental fees before signing the rental agreement. You do not want to be left responsible for the entire cost.

Book in Advance

The general rule of thumb is to make a charter bus booking at least three months prior to the selected travel date. This is especially true during heavy tourist months, which are usually the months through March to May. Be aware that many bus rental companies require a 10% deposit upfront. [Read more…]


All about Holidays

Holidays are a time to let loose, have a good time and relax after a tough year at work or whatever. Getting away for a couple of weeks is all that’s needed to recharge the batteries and go back feeling refreshed and ready to face the world. There are so many types of holiday out there it can often be confusing, so here’s an overview of the most popular.

All inclusive holidays

All inclusive holidays are right up there at the top of the list and involve paying a certain amount for accommodation, food, drinks and sometimes flights. You can stay at a hotel or resort and essentially let someone else do all the work for as long as you’re there. They are popular as everything is right there, and you don’t have to lift a finger- simply show up in time for breakfast, lunch and dinner and do whatever you want the rest of the time. Popular with everyone, including families, you can go almost anywhere in the world, but the prime location for package deals is the Mediterranean- France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Portugal.

City Breaks

City Breaks are a fantastic way to spend your time off, as you can experience all the action and see the sights of some of the liveliest urban areas in the world. There’s really no limit to where you can go, but London, Paris and New York are some of the most popular destinations. While you don’t necessarily have to go outside of Europe, every country has its own character and wonderful experiences on offer. Of course the main reason to take a city break is to shop, but going to fabulous restaurants or shows is also on the cards. From romantic getaways to weekend trips, cities are so full of life you can’t help but get excited.

Private holiday villas

Private holiday villas are also hugely popular, especially in summer. The great thing about booking a villa is you can do things at your own pace and take it easy all the time. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool or checking out the local towns, you’ll be able to experience the culture and cuisine to your heart’s content. Mostly self catered, villa vacations are the ideal chance to get creative in the kitchen and have an incredible time. There are loads of villas around the Med, with France being the most popular destination by far, however Cyprus and the Greek Islands are also up there. For a relaxing pace of life for a week or so, there’s nothing better than a holiday home!

Spa holidays

Spa holidays are the ultimate in relaxation and will leave you feeling like a totally new person. Whether you’re looking to detox, get pampered or just generally recharge your batteries, there’s no better way than at a spa. Popular with both men and women, there are a wide range of options- from health farms to day spas, but the bottom line is that you’ll feel absolute relaxation. The great thing is that you don’t even have to leave the UK to experience it as there are some brilliant places right on your doorstep. For those looking for a more luxurious experience however, looking further afield is a good option too. Spas really are heaven on earth!


Cruises have been around for a while, but they have put the cheap and tacky reputation behind them. These days you’re able to set sail in total luxury as modern cruise liners are like floating palaces. With all the furnishings and luxuries you’d expect from a 7 star hotel, popular cruise destinations include the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Red Sea and even Scandinavia. Sunbathing on deck while holding a cocktail in the middle of a Fjord is surreal, but nonetheless a lot of fun. Most ships even visit some exotic ports for a few days where you can see the sights and experience something totally different. Good food, good company and great weather make cruises a brilliant way to spend that hard earned holiday.

The fact is that there are many holiday options to suit all kinds of people. Whether you’ve booked well in advance or are looking for something last minute, jetting off to the sun is very doable, and low cost holidays are widely available. There’s something for everyone, so all you need to do is look online and find the one that’s right for you!


If You’re a History Buff, Ukraine Should Definitely Be On Your List!

Ukraine is a stunning country with a long history. You should realize up front that no history of a country is without its downsides, negative points, and terrors. But that’s what makes a country interesting in the long run. We should all have a healthy respect for the history that came before us. As they say, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

Traveling to satisfy your thirst for knowledge isn’t always easy. But if you really want to expand your historical tourism footprint, a stop in Ukraine’s capital could be what you’ve been looking for.


Why the capital and not another town? The capital of Ukraine has its own place in Ukrainian history. It’s one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, as well as being one that attracts plenty of visitors already. Everyone is very friendly, but you may want to brush up on some Ukrainian catch phrases in order to get around. Russian is definitely on its way out, as the country has experienced a new rise in nationalist feeling. It’s a good day to be Ukrainian, even though the country is plagued by conflict and tension with Russia. The Ukraine was part of the USSR until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. That’s not a very long time to be an independent country, and people take it very seriously. They want to be known as Ukrainians, not Russians. Talk to people about their history, rather than Russian history.

As far as things to see in the city, there are a few sights that we can definitely recommend:

The Kiev Pechersk Lavra, otherwise known as the Cave Monastery. It’s an incredible sight to see, because it’s completely underground! You get to tour the whole place for free, with the only expense being a small candle to light your way. It’s a small donation for the church, but it’s truly worth it. Some people like to leave a little more, given that it’s a holy place.

Sophias Cathedral

You should also check out St. Sophia’s Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in the region. There’s also a brilliant reproduction of the Golden Gate, which was destroyed during WWI.

It would be virtually impossible to get into all of the places you should see and go without making this guide longer and longer. It’s tough to cover an area so rich in culture and historical significance. If you’re going to go to Ukraine, make sure that you give everyone your respect. The country has gone through some significantly hard times, and it’s important to avoid making assumptions about anything. Let the people tell you their heritage and background. Let the places actually speak for themselves. You’ll get a lot more out of the experience that way.