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  A holiday should be a relatively carefree time, sometimes relaxing or active, but carefree. Not always so. Things can - and do - go wrong with holidays - sometimes through no fault of our own. But, sometimes when we make wrong decisions about where to go, when to go, and even who to go with.

Travel to distant lands was being rather taken for granted by some, but the choice might now be limited either by changed personal circumstances, or for reasons beyond our control. Costs are spiraling - especially for those newer, as yet undiscovered havens. Air travel and better road travel facilities might be the deciding factor. The weather also plays an important part in our decision making.

The number and type of holidays seems to be increasing year by year, as many destinations choose to opt for the tourist's pound. At the same time, many of those destinations are becoming less favoured simply because of their sometimes tack conversion from idyllic little spot to tourist hotspot!

The basic choice for holidays, is whether to go abroad or stay in the UK. There are advantages and disadvantages in both options.

Holidays UK

Holidays in the homeland can be rewarding, if you are prepared to do something a little different.  Many prefer to go to the same place – hotel even – year after year, and generally there is safety in that option. Better the devil you know.

One thing that appeals too many is the fact that you will be at home with the language and currency, and to a lesser extent, with the food!

Holidays Abroad

The choice of a holiday abroad is the one that appeals to those of a slightly more adventurous nature. Some will not feel that it is a holiday unless there are several hours of flying at start and end of the journey. Again, people often go back to that which they know. Maybe the hotel, resort or the mountain villa gave you everything you wanted last time.

Things change rapidly these days – particularly so with holiday destinations abroad. There is more need to change and present a better experience each year – both to please the ‘regulars’ and also to compete for the newcomers.  And of course people change! Staff, holidaymakers, or even the venue and surroundings might have changed. What was there last year – which you found so appealing – may now have changed so much that it is a totally different place.

Holiday Travel

If you holiday at home, there will almost certainly be journey snags or holdups.  Late night or early morning starts may alleviate the problem – as will mid week travel. Why the need to travel on Saturdays and Sundays. Holiday venues are starting to become flexible in when a week should start and finish. But getting off work on a given day is often the problem

If you are travelling abroad – whether peak or off-peak – there is always the risk of flight delays and their inbuilt problems. Baggage might or might not get to your destination. Lost baggage may be a problem for the minority, but one that needs to be borne in mind for all.

If you are travelling abroad – whether peak or off-peak – there is always the risk of flight delays and their inbuilt problems. Baggage might or might not get to your destination. Lost baggage may be a problem for the minority, but one that needs to be borne in mind for all.

General Considerations.

Whether home or abroad, your holiday will normally have to be pre-booked. At home, it is easier to deal direct with the hotel, camp, or whatever. Abroad, you will normally have to deal with a tour operator – even if just booking the basics.

Insurance will have to be taken care of – both for journey and stay. If it is all-inclusive, then pay a lot of attention to the exclusion clauses. There are generally more exclusions these days than ’inclusions’!

Nowadays, there is a huge range of choices for home and abroad holiday venues and types. There is also choice in how to holiday..

Whatever decision you come to, it should be after a great deal of thought – especially with those who are making up the holiday party. Far better to all go on holiday ‘together’ rather than simply go on a holiday as a ‘guest’!

On holiday, you will be thrown together with partners and family in a way that you are not used to. Bear that in mind when you look into what is available for all members of the holiday group, so that personal likes and dislikes are taken into account.

Holidays are meant to be times of fun and relaxation. They are not always so. Some holidays actually sow seeds of discontent that can eventually end up in unpleasant unforeseen events upon or soon after, return!



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