Through the year, the majority of us do exactly the same thing…start saving for our annual summer holidays. This year would appear different, the savings account has been dipped into and the credit cards are maxed out! With the credit crunch affecting most of us, finding enough spare cash to book a holiday with can prove very hard, if not virtually impossible.
I like to have my holidays booked well in advance of travelling, it gives me time to start saving, book my holidays in at work and leaves plenty of time to look forward to it. At the moment I’m panicking because I have no holidays booked, nothing to look forward to and a bank balance which is not looking promising.People tend to think that because we are in a recession, tour operators will be dropping the prices of all holidays, this is not the case. Tour operators pay for the hotels in Euros, therefore lose out on the terrible exchange rate as much as we do. Hotels are not dropping their prices therefore the tour operators cannot drop theirs. Flights still charge the same compulsory taxes, use the same amount of fuel and have not become cheaper to fly overnight. The pilot and crew still need paying as do the airport and ground staff….unfortunately holiday reps don’t work for free either!
When looking ahead to book a holiday for 2010, the prices look very expensive. I have searched a number of operators but can’t find anything close to my budget. I think that tour operators are keeping holiday prices high in the hope that things will turn around and people will start booking. I personally can’t see the end to the current recession in the fore seeable future, therefore will not be able to consider booking my next summer holiday anytime soon.
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The commercials show a family all smiles enjoying a meal laughing and enjoying great conversation. They all look relaxed happy and well rested. The truth is that the holidays can be a stressful, depressing and hectic time of year. However, with a little planning and setting a few priorities you can enjoy your holidays and not look like you just trained for a marathon.
Make bedtime a priority. You will feel better if you go to bed at the same time every night. This does not mean you should never go out and enjoy a night out with friends, but this should not be an every night. Sleep deprivation will make you fuzzy, grouchy and tired the next day. You can sleep in the next day and you will make up for some of the lost sleep.
Take time to unwind. With all the excitement going on during the holidays we take very little time to relax and unwind. This is the time of year when a sleep routine is most helpful. Take twenty minutes to relax, read a little, journal, and do a little stretching to help you unwind. It will be one of the best ways for you to fall asleep faster.
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If you need a quick reference for planning your next family holiday an ultimate cheap holiday travel guide will help. An effective guide will offer accommodation, pricing, sites to see and travel options. Knowing what is available ahead of time is a good piece of information when planning your holiday.
A variety of travel destinations are vital for an ultimate cheap family holiday travel guide. If you are considering a Caribbean holiday the guide should address the major and not so major destinations in the islands. If your holiday tends toward the Alps the travel guide should have a range of accommodations for those that may care to ski and for those that may want to shop and eat. City accommodations are an essential part of a good travel guide. So many popular city destinations have multiple possible sites and restaurants to visit. Knowing which restaurants, museums and sites may intrigue you before the holiday allows for good planning.
A guide will also offer options located about the destination for your holiday. Just a short distance around the selected location may offer potential new and exciting day trips for you and the family. Visit the intended location for the family holiday and find expected and unexpected added adventures as you explore your holiday surroundings. Festivals and local events are a good way to get to know the destination. Your holiday travel guide can be your access to unknown cultures and possibly new tastes to temp your palette.
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Are you thinking of booking your next summer holiday? Then why not go to the Island of Tenerife, packed full of sun drenched beaches from golden sands to the famous black sandy seashores from the ash coming off the renowned mount Teide. Tenerife is a real holiday hotspot which gets return tourists every year.
Tenerife is the largest of the 7 Canary Islands and is hugely popular all year round especially with the British tourists, with a fantastic annual temperatures averaging 20 degrees the holiday Island is one of the best holiday destinations in the world, catering for the young holiday revelers to people searching for a more relaxed holiday, whatever type of vacation you are after Tenerife has it all.
Tenerife has some fantastic and varied resorts to stay suiting all types of holidaymakers, Playa De Las Americas is renowned for it’s lively nightlife and is the largest of the resorts in Tenerife, Las Americas resort is aimed towards the 18-30’s crowd with so many clubs and bars it really is a fantastic night out and during the day you can relax on the golden sands which were imported from the Sahara desert. Next door to Las Americas is the resort of Los Cristianos, this resort offers tourists a quieter and more relaxed holiday, originally a fishing village it is more traditional with a very charming location but still has that modern feel with it’s shopping mall offering fantastic duty free shopping. Other great little resorts in the suburbs are Costa Adeje and Playa Paraisa which are modern but still offer that traditional and charming Spanish life.
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Say that it’s been one of those weeks. Your kid came home with a snake in his backpack; the toddler set the kitchen on fire thanks to a Poptart and a toaster oven incident. You’ve had a horrible day at work and need a breather. You have one hundred sick days and your boss is insisting that you use at least half of them sometime soon to help relieve your stress. Your dog has been running around all day, back and forth, through the house, you can’t find the phone and you think it was somehow flushed down the toilet and, in reality, you don’t feel like cooking dinner.
This is just one of many examples where someone is in need of last minute holidays. We all have days that are at least somewhat similar to the above-and even if you haven’t before, chances are that you will have one eventually. The point? Sometimes it’s better to just take a breather and just go!
First of all, you need to do a lot of last minute research. Find out all that you can on a location that you feel is appropriate and that you will all enjoy. Look both online and off-you never know when you may find an area that is nice, good for you and the family, and really cheap to visit.
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