My grandmother – or a friend, or some wise guy on Facebook – once gave me this travel-packing advice: “Always take half as many clothes and twice as much money as you think you’ll need.”
If you’ve heard that one before, you’ll know it’s much harder than it sounds. Much, much harder.
Whether it’s the late-night stuffing of a large cabin bag or the frustration of forgetting your flip-flops and your camera charger, holiday packing is by far the least relaxing thing about going away.
But help is at hand.
If a hangover and a lazy lie-in are not your idea of a well-spent New Year’s Day, then you’ve come to the right place.
Escape from the usual boozy countdown to midnight, and start 2016 as you mean to go on. From Sussex and Norfolk to Fuerteventura, our New Year getaways will let you begin with a fresh mind and a spring in your step.
Think we’re giving you too much notice? Don’t be fooled – it may only be September, but New Year getaways are getting booked up fast, so don’t miss out.
Tired of half-burnt turkeys, bloated bellies and woolly socks at Christmas? Looking for a better way to spend the holiday and escape its pressures?
We have the answer. From India to the Canaries via Devon, here are some champion Christmas crackers for you, in the form of five awesome Christmas yoga retreats. Relax, recharge, and do as little or as much as you like.
Booking your wellbeing holiday is one thing; getting ready to go, and making sure you make the most of your getaway, is quite another.
We know most of you are armed with the essential survival kit that is the smartphone. That’s why we’ve researched travel apps to help you reduce the stress of planning, packing, navigating and managing your finances while you’re away.
In a series of travel apps reviews, we’ll bring you details of nifty tools that could make your trip even more enjoyable.
Here’s our pick of apps to help you get organised before you set off. To make sure you don’t miss future posts with travel apps reviews and other travel tips, sign up for our regular email updates.
Trip up stress with travel apps?
Ever struggled to find that flight confirmation, hotel reservation or the details of the car-hire pick-up in the maze that is your overflowing inbox? Ever lovingly prepared a neat stack of printed travel arrangements, only to leave them neatly stacked on your desk? Yes?
Well, this one is for you. Just forward all your confirmation emails to TripIt, and this free app will ‘automagically’ produce your very own personal itinerary to make sure you never lose track again. Start banishing stress before you even land at your holiday destination. Free Read more…
Think there’s nothing to look forward to in wet and windy October? Well then, better knuckle down for some DIY this autumn half-term, or plan a few day trips to keep the kids entertained.
Ach, who are we kidding! The truth is, as the days start to get visibly shorter, we’ll all be needing a little boost to keep us going. And what better way to get it than an autumn half-term wellbeing escape to lands that the sun won’t have forgotten yet?
Most of us know it’s better to be safe than sorry – even if many still choose not to get good cover when they go away. But how do you find cheap travel insurance that’s right for you?
Flight delays and medical treatment abroad are among the most common disruptions to our coveted getaways, and compensating for those can be pricey enough.
But holidaymakers face other, much wider challenges too. Like financial instability and the threat of strikes in sunny but tumultuous Greece. Or natural disasters, from storms and tsunamis to eruptions of volcanic ash.
So unless your credit-card provider or your bank already covers you for these eventualities (check with them directly), be smart and buy piece of mind in the shape of a good, cheap travel insurance package. Read more…
Alright – so you can’t get away and recharge the batteries in July or August. Perhaps work, or family commitments, or work (did we mention work?) are getting in the way. Or a house move. Or a trillion other reasons.
Come September, have you lost your chance to go on a summer break?
So it’s finally summer, with longer and – fingers crossed – warmer days. Time for school and family holidays. And the best time of year for one of our oldest and most treasured of pastimes: cycling.
Think about it: no need to layer up for that weekend ride with friends or worry about your lights lasting all the way home. Just fresh air, good company, and the feeling of freedom.
And if cycling rolls back the years and reminds you of your younger days, scientists may have discovered why. Read more…
Above-inflation hikes in UK train fares may just be coming to an end, but ticket prices are already making a dent in wallets up and down the country. So here are some ideas for making your pennies go further on train journeys.
From swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas to the warm hospitality of rural Turkey, at Neal’s Yard Holidays we have a great line-up of luxury retreats to choose from.