Holidays

Preparing to travel to India

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Travelling to India has become increasingly popular over the last 5 or 10 years. The backpackers and gap year students have been visiting in their droves since the 1960s but it is now becoming a destination for the more ordinary, more mature, yet adventurous tourist who wants more from a holiday than just lounging by the side of a pool near Alicante.

However, it is absolutely vital to make sure all routine vaccinations are up to date before departure. In addition, some vaccinations, like hepatitis A and B, require a course of 3 injections over 3 months so do allow enough time for this to happen. Other courses and boosters which are also highly advised include tetanus, diphtheria and typhoid. Depending on the area to be visited, you may also require a course of anti-malarial tablets and to be vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis, especially if you are spending prolonged time in rural areas.

If you are staying in India for a long time, it is also worth considering a rabies shot too. However, providing you allow enough time before departure, your GP or practice nurse will be able to give up-to-date relevant health advice for the area of India to which you are travelling.

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Everyone needs a holiday

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Some people look at a holiday as a luxury, but I think we should all try to budget in a holiday as if it was a necessity. The reason for this is that without having a break away from it all it is quick to become run down and can make us less productive in work and home life.

Holidays do not necessarily have to be expensive; just a weekend away in Wales camping can be all we need to recuperate from the daily chores and challenges that life throws at us.

If you have children, it is great for them to experience new things. If you have always stayed away in a resort or hotel then why not try braving the great outdoors. Although these holidays may not be as relaxing it can bring you closer as a family and actually make you appreciate the things that we have at home and possibly take for granted.

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An Affordable Summer Break in Majorca

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Majorca is a really popular holiday destination in Europe, it’s big among teens on clubbing holidays, couples and families, and that’s because it has an awful lot to offer. Magaluf is the home of the clubbing strips and bars, but there are a wide range of water sports on offer here too so you can head out on a banana boat with your friends and then finish up with a bite to eat and a glass of wine in a quality restaurant.

Palma Nova is another popular area and it really does offer holidays makers the chance to experience white power beaches and turquoise waters. There are also some ancient ruins to visit if you want to take advantage of the history on offer. For a little bit more excitement the water park attracts a great deal of attention, yet there are plenty of wonderfully situated hotels and complexes so finding deals has never been easier.

Majorca has different hotels for different budgets, and you don’t necessarily have to spend a great deal here to enjoy a holiday in the sun.

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Where Can I Take My Family in Africa?

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

A safari is definitely one of the most exciting family getaways you can choose. Filled with adventure, wildlife, education, and even relaxation it’s a perfect break from daily life. There are many excellent options for school holiday safaris in Africa. Below are just a couple of country ideas and what they might offer for a family looking for a safari holiday.

Kenya

Kenya is a superb safari destination for families with younger children. When you think of Africa images of huge, beaming red sunsets, rolling plains and iconic wildlife all come to mind and you’ll find all of these in Kenya. Many lodges are family orientated here and have staff specially trained in working with children. You could have your own private vehicle for game drives and children can get involved in lots of extra activities such as learning to become a Maasai warrior, baking animal biscuits and bug safaris! Kenya also has a superb coastline with some excellent family hotels, ideal for relaxing in after your days in the bush.

Rwanda and Uganda

Most people visit to see the mountain gorillas, our closest living relatives, that live deep in the forest. Finding them can involve some fairly serious hiking through the rain forest, so you need to be fairly fit and in good health to take this kind of holiday. When you spot them it’s an incredibly rewarding experience, watching as the tiny ones play with one another under the watchful eye of the magnificent silverback. There’s also opportunities for you meet local people, find other primates (including chimps!), go birding, take boat cruises, climb volcanos, find waterfalls and visit various community projects including hospitals, orphanages and coffee cooperatives. Children under 15 are not allowed to trek the gorillas and so this kind of holiday is best suited to an active family with older children.

South Africa

Malaria-free reserves in South Africa make it a popular choice for families who don’t want to give their younger children medication. Both accommodation and wildlife in these reserves are fantastic. You’ll see lots of game, accompanied by an experienced, specialist guide. This is undoubtedly an extremely educational experience, as well as an enjoyable one. South Africa is an incredibly diverse country so there’s more to do than just safaris. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, relive history at the sites of the Anglo-Zulu battles, go whale watching or even look for meerkats in the desert.

 

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Scuba Diving Holiday

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

There are a lot of activities to enjoy that a holiday presents a great opportunity for. Scuba diving is one such thing, and is a great way to experience the wildlife in our oceans.

The best way to experience scuba diving is by going to a coral reef; that way, you can see an entire ecological environment in its micro climate. The diversity of wild life in coral reefs is higher than anywhere else in the oceans, and the different forms of life are sure to make an impact, and create memories which will stay with you for the rest of your life.

There are other ways in which you can experience the ocean through scuba diving. One such way is by joining a scuba diving tour, touring through communities of some of the bigger marine wildlife. This may mean diving with sharks, dolphins, whales, or seals. Being able to interact with some of the big mammals in our ocean is a singularly amazing experience.

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