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Don’t Let Rain Ruin Your Holiday

Author: Izzy Smith.

So you have spent all year planning and looking forward to your holiday in the sun, you’ve bought a nice new summer wardrobe and you think you are all prepared, but have you checked the weather in your destination for the week you are going?  Even the warmest of climates can be subjected to rain, sometimes the hotter the climate sometimes the more likely it is to rain.

If you’re lucky it will only rain for an hour or so each day, this then won’t affect your holiday much at all.  You may even quite like it, if you are overheating in the sun and warm temperatures the refreshing coolness of the rain can be quite welcoming. However, if you’re one of the unlucky few who has constant rain throughout the entire of their holiday you may feel like the holiday is ruined and was completely pointless, this is not the case.

Unless the rain is really heavy and is interfering with your activities you should try to have as normal a holiday as possible, for example, if you like swimming in the pool, then you can still do this, you’re going to get wet anyway so why should you let the rain stop you.  When the rain has a lighter patch why not consider going to the beach, it won’t be the most pleasurable experience you’ve ever had, but at least your beach holiday won’t be completely wasted.

If the rain is heavy and this means you really can’t go to the beach or do much other than going in the swimming pool, why not try going on some days out, rent a car and tour around the island.  Or see what excursions the hotel offers, there may be some indoor excursions you can do, or some excursions that aren’t affected by the weather.  Alternatively have a look at a local guide and see if there are any local museums or anything of interest to go and visit, the rain is an ideal time to soak up some culture and really get to know the place you are visiting. If there is a cinema or theatre nearby, why not take your family for an evening out, follow it up with a nice meal at a restaurant, you won’t even notice it’s raining!

The rain is ideal in some respects, it forces the family to spend more time with each other and entertaining each other, if there is nothing we can do outdoors then we must find something that we can do indoors, this often means playing games of some kind like charades or a board game like scrabble or monopoly, or even a game of cards. If your children are off playing with other children or involved in some kind of kids entertainment supplied by the hotel, then you can spend time in the lobby or the bar, not only will you meet new people, but you’ll also be able to enjoy a cocktail first thing in the morning.

If you are really bored and stuck for finding things to do, then consider catching up on sleep and turning the holiday into a relaxing, stress free holiday, book yourself an appointment at a spa and have yourself some treatments or a massage.  Or just enjoy the sauna, Jacuzzi and swimming pools.

Enjoy the rain, when you are home and you get wet it is more often than not an inconvenience, it means you have to spend the day at work in your wet clothes, or you need to get changed again before you can go back out, when you are on holiday none of this matters, you will be getting changed a number of times each day anyway, holiday is about fund and experiencing something new, even if that something new is the rain.

Student Guide: Accommodation for Students

Author: Izzy Smith.

There are multiple ways of finding proper accommodation when you are a student. Students usually do not have too many requirements and are tend to living in groups which will significantly lower the monthly cost per person when it comes to the rental price. That is why finding you the best student accommodation is one of the easiest things especially in case you are willing to invest your time in finding the best place to suit your needs.

The following lines will give you a basic idea on how to find the right accommodation for you and what you should look for in a place in case you want to hire it.

1.- Think about whether you want the place to be furnished or not. Unfurnished places will significantly lower the cost of the property but it is a bit more difficult for you if you have to transport the furniture by yourself. Besides, in case you are not going to live alone (which is a very common practice when it comes to students accommodation), you will have to agree with your room mates on what will every one of you take.

2.- Also decide whether you want to live in the university campus or in the city itself. Have in mind that living in the campus will be much easier in terms of finding the proper place to live. However, as living in the city centre is very often preferred compared to living in the campus, you might prefer finding a proper apartment or a house there. For that purpose, follow the next tips:

3.- Look for a real estate agency or at least a real estate agent who will help you with finding the place you want. Most real estate agencies require a commission – it is usually up to 50 percent of the first month hire. However, they will help you determine the criteria for the properties.  If you are lucky and find a reliable agency that will take care of your wishes and interests, you will save a lot of efforts, stress and last but not least money.

4.- However, as not all real estate agencies can be trusted many people prefer to look for accommodation by themselves. Students usually search the Internet or local newspapers to find an apartment or a house. They like an offer there and after that decide to go and see the place itself. This will help students save themselves money due to the fact that there are no commissions the agencies.

5.- No matter if you will decide to use the services of a real estate agency, or to find the accommodation by yourself, there is one very important thing you should do before signing the rental contract. Check the facilities of the place you are about to hire – whether there is a laundry, closets and fire exits. If even one of these is not order or is missing, you’d better do not rent the place.

Remember, hiring a student accommodation is no different than hiring any other type of accommodation. And if you carefully look for it, you will not regret your choice.

 

Spain: The Best Destination For Your Family Holiday

Author: Izzy Smith.

Choosing the perfect holiday destination for you and your family is not the easiest task, but your choice can be narrowed down according to the type of holiday, the desired climate and your budget. If you want plenty of tourist attractions, glorious weather, rich culture, vibrant cities and beautiful small towns, the location is one – Spain. This splendid land of sun, fun and culture will make you want to come again and again. When you stay on a family holiday in Spain, you can rent a car and visit small villages of exceptional beauty, explore the countryside, try the wine and delicious cuisine and go to all the best beaches. The magnificent coastline, the vibrant nightlife and the hospitable people are only some of the advantages of a family holiday in Spain. The country has attractions for all ages, interests and budget. Here are the top destinations for your family holiday in Spain.

Barcelona: Definitely one of the favourite locations – a city of beautiful scenery and rich culture. Barcelona is one of the must-see sightseeing cities in the whole of Europe, full of galleries, museums and various entertainment. The street performers, the great food and the music will enchant you instantly. Barcelona has some of the finest Mediterranean beaches, only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the city.

Benidorm: Just outside of Alicante, it’s an ideal location for a beach holiday with your children. Terra Mitica Park is one of the biggest attractions – a theme park where you can stay the whole day. Other such spots are Aqualandia Water Park and Mundormar Marine Animal Park.

Galicia: Known as one of the provinces of Spain, Galicia may not be that popular, but it actually offers its visitors a taste of what Spain is really like – rich heritage and culture, a breathtaking landscape, coves and bays. You can relax in the sun or explore the area with your family. It’s also the place to immerse in the divine Spanish cuisine and taste the most delicious tapas in Spain.

Granada: A great destination where culture and adventure meet. Situated close to the ski resort of Sierra Nevada, Granada is the place to sunbathe and ski. The beautiful areas are full of cultural spots such as Generalife and Alhambra Palace.

Madrid: The capital of Spain is one of the popular cities for tourists in Europe. Favored for its numerous archeological and cultural sights, Madrid is the perfect family holiday destination. It offers a great nightlife, dining, shopping, entertainment, live scene and music. Some of the best European night clubs are in Madrid. A family can enjoy the calmer environment in some of the numerous local pubs.

Spain is one of those countries that are equally great for family holidays, romantic getaways and fun gathering with friends. The fine cuisine, the exciting nightlife and the beautiful sandy beaches attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. Its proximity to France and Portugal allow tourists to explore the neighboring cities by car or train and enjoy the beauty of Western Europe to its fullest. For an unforgettable family holiday, head to Spain and you won’t be disappointed – the country has everything a tourist could ever want.

Planning Your Next Vacation

Author: Izzy Smith.

Everyone loves going on holiday, but not many people enjoy the preparation for it. The reason is because there is a lot to think about and we tend to think we are forgetting something all the time. Especially when you are travelling somewhere new and taking your whole family, there is a lot you can worry about. However,
this stress is nothing compared to the stress we experience on a daily basis in our jobs.

Therefore, taking a vacation once in a while is just vital for your physical and emotional well-being and health. If you want to have the best time possible with your family, significant other or friends, make sure that you plan the holiday to the smallest detail. It may seem like too much work, but it’s best to be prepared before you leave than to feel lost after you arrive at the destination. Having a phrase book and especially a map is a must. Here are some useful tips which will help you prepare for your upcoming holiday.

The Place

If you’ve chosen the place you want to have a holiday at, find more about it and create a list of things to see and do. Moreover, you can check restaurants, clubs and pubs, especially if you want to travel on a budget. This way you save yourself some disappointment and paying a big bill. Check what currency you will need and bring some cash with you. If you don’t know the language, buy a phrase book and a map too.

Travel Documents

Keep your passport, visa and other personal documents in one folder. Double check if you have the travel insurance documents, the booking receipts and any
vaccine certificates you need.

The Luggage

Before you start packing you need to check the weather forecast. Take clothes which can be layered, in case it gets too cold. If it’s winter, bring a warm coat
and travel with your heaviest items, so you have more space in the bag for other things. Check the airline restrictions about things you can bring. If you are planning to do some shopping don’t take too much with you and leave space for souvenirs too.

Reservations

Confirm your reservations before you leave for the trip. Have a plan B, in case something goes wrong with the hotel or another accommodation you’ve booked. If you are travelling to a completely new destination, you might not be pleased with the conditions – these things do happen.

Essentials

Sometimes the excitement for the holiday makes us forget some of the complete basic things that we need – a toothbrush, phone charges, laptop cable, batteries, first aid kit, sunscreen, etc. It’s best to prepare a checklist in advance and then tick things off as you pack. Having a holiday planner is a great way to stay focused and organized at all times. You can keep this list for all your holidays and simply change it slightly.

Planning a vacation, whether it’s to the mountain resort, to the beach, a city sightseeing tour, a romantic getaway, a family trip, backpacking or camping, a road trip or an adventure holiday has the same basics – research, prepare, organize. It’s the best guarantee for a great holiday – simply knowing what to expect from the destination, the weather, the people, the sights and the entertainment.