What You Get For Your Money in Malta

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 13-07-2012

Malta was part of the British Empire for more than a century, only becoming an independent country in 1964. The new Government eventually abandoned the British pound, shillings and pence on May 16 1972, replacing it with a new decimal currency. Today, Malta is a member of the Euro, and one of the most affordable holiday destinations for British tourists. The cost of a week-long holiday has risen by just £1 from last year. So, why not stretch your holiday cash further with Malta holidays in 2012?

Buses

Holidays in Malta begin at the airport, which offers a great bus service to the major tourist areas. The number 8 bus will take you straight from arrivals to the centre of Valletta for just 0.47 euros, although the bus driver may charge you extra for heavy luggage. An express bus will get you to your destination slightly quicker for 1.16 euros – just don’t expect to receive the correct change!

Taxis

Maltese taxis operate on two separate license systems. White taxis are generally older and more expensive, whilst black taxis (which can be any colour) are cheaper and harder to find. A white taxi will cost around 20 euros on a meter for most destinations from the airport, compared to around 35 euros on holidays to Gran Canaria. Try learning a few words of Maltese ahead of your holiday to give yourself a chance of spotting a black taxi, which offers a fixed rate to most resorts.

Car hire

Driving is on the left in Malta, and a road trip is a fantastic way to explore the island’s eclectic mix of cultural sights.  Car hire prices are amongst the lowest in Europe, starting from just 11 euros per day, including mileage and insurance. Although the driving age is 18, some car hire firms don’t insure tourists under 25. It’s advisable to check whether you’re eligible before arriving.

Food

Self-catering apartments are a popular option for holidaymakers in Malta, and there are plenty of supermarkets to choose from. A 1.5 litre bottle of mineral water will cost around 1 euro, with a loaf of bread coming in at about 50 cents. Restaurant prices are similar to those found on holidays to Tenerife, with a plate of pasta and salad coming in at about 10 euros. Night owls can tuck into a midnight snack of burger, chips and a drink for 6 euros. If you’re planning a self-catering trip to Malta, keep an eye out for food vans selling fresh fish, vegetables and fruit at unbeatable prices.

Things You Don’t Want to Forget When Planning for Your Holiday

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 09-07-2012

It’s always exciting when planning for a long-awaited holiday, but oftentimes the excitement can get in the way of good preparation. Never count on your memory when it comes to packing what you need. Make a list and check it twice, and then check it again. Don’t become the crabby traveler everyone else talks about, here is our list of must do and pack essentials!

Important Documents

If you’re traveling abroad, the most important things you’ll need to pack are your passport and visa, if applicable, and of course, your I.D., tickets, and a print-out of your flight confirmation. There’s no worse feeling than discovering that you don’t have the necessary paperwork you need to get on your flight or into the country you’re visiting, then knowing you’re going to be delayed. Put these documents in the carry-on you plan to take with you well in advance of leaving for your trip to save some huge headaches later.

Things to Keep You Occupied While Traveling

While traveling you’ll want something to fill those long hours of sitting on a plane or for those extended road trips. If you like to read or listen to music bring a couple of books or an e Reader and your music player. Most importantly, don’t forget the camera and spare batteries and charger. If you’re traveling with the kids, be sure to have a portable DVD player and hand-held games on hand. This will keep the kids happy, at least for a while. Bring plenty of toys for baby too.

Medical Supplies

If traveling by car, a first-aid kit is a must. Check it prior to leaving to be sure it is well stocked. You’ll want to have items such as band-aids, bandages, eye wash, antibiotic ointment, and pain relievers. Don’t forget any prescription medication and only transport it in its original prescription bottle. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, don’t forget the sunscreen so you won’t come back burned and miserable. If you’ll be spending any time on the water, bring along medication for motion sickness, even if you think you’re immune. Also be sure to pack copies of immunizations and medical information if you or a family member has a medical condition or allergies. Pack plenty of diapers, rash cream, bottles, and other essentials for the baby. If you do have a serious illness or accident when you are away, consider iusing a holiday compensation claims consultant when you get back to the UK.

Personal Hygiene and Snacks

Bring along travel-size soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouth wash, hair brush/comb, shaving kit, and feminine hygiene products. You never know when you might be stuck somewhere and in need of basic hygiene products. If you plan to bring a hair dryer or curling iron, consider bringing along compact versions so they’ll take up less space in your suitcase. Bring lots of snacks and drinks to save money and time, especially when traveling by car.

Clothing and Accessories

Bring enough clothes to last through your holiday, including clothes for any weather situation you may encounter. If it’s warm where you are and you’re heading to a colder climate, those t-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops aren’t going to do much to keep you toasty when its snowing outside. Of course, a parka and fuzzy boots will look silly on a tropical beach too. Don’t forget plenty of undergarments and proper footwear.

Make a list well in advance of your trip and gather up what you need at least a day in advance to be sure you have everything you need for a smooth trip. Check your list one more time before you head out the door so you can concentrate on enjoying your holiday with the peace of mind that you’re prepared for any eventuality.