Summer Holiday Ideas

Posted by admin | Posted in Guest Articles | Posted on 16-03-2011

It may be early in the year, but many of us are already looking forward to the summer and our annual holiday break. Sun, sea, sand, exploring new places and cultures, it’s an exciting time.

We’re thinking about where we want to go, what we can afford, and how to get the best deal we can. There’s lots of choice and it’s a nice feeling to be planning ahead and have something fun to look forward to over the next few months.

For those of us with kids, there’s another side to the holiday that we have to think about. We need to plan how to keep our young family occupied on the journey and how to arrive at our destination feeling fresh and ready to enjoy ourselves instead of wound up and fed up of hearing ‘are we there yet’, ‘how much longer’ and all the other phrases that kids can come up with.

Most of us know to take bits and pieces with us for the journey to help keep the kids amused in the car and on the flight. It’s the overall length of the travelling day which can prove hard, especially for younger children.

Something I think many parents might find useful is the idea of booking a Heathrow hotel the night before your flight. This might seem to many like an expensive option, but if you’re planning on driving to the airport, then you’ll need to park your car while you’re away anyway, and by booking hotel and Heathrow airport parking in advance it often doesn’t cost much more to stay for the night this way than it would to park the car only. For an example of one of the parking options available at Heathrow airport please watch the video below:

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The amount of hassle it saves is huge too. You get to drive to the airport hotel on one day, and for most kids the fun of staying in a hotel means this then becomes part of the holiday rather than just part of the journey. There’s also then time to go and explore the nearby area, and at Heathrow there are a number of options close by such as visiting Thorpe Park, or going to Legoland, or maybe seeing the animals at Chessington Zoo. Then you can head back to the hotel, get a good night sleep and be ready for your flight the next day which if it’s an early flight means you don’t have to haul the kids out of bed too early either.

Overall, this option can make for a very relaxed journey for the whole family, and the break between travel to the airport and the flight means parents get the chance to arrive feeling fresh, relaxed and ready to enjoy themselves. For more details, information and a quick and easy booking process visit Holidayextras.co.uk.co.uk.

The Red Sea Is A Fantastic Year-Round Destination With Something For Everything

Posted by admin | Posted in Guest Articles | Posted on 10-02-2011

Sales Director for Red Sea Holidays, Jason Hilton has been with the company since its launch in the UK in January 2009. Always working within the travel industry Jason has held a number of exciting sales and development roles with Thomson Holidays and also My Travel overseeing the sales for both their charter and scheduled business (Airtours, Panorama, Manos, Cresta, Bridge and Tradewinds). Prior to joining Red Sea Holidays he has also spent time at the Co-operative Travel as Head of Product and Commercial for the direct side of their business.

FANTASTIC, YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

It may sound clichéd but the Red Sea really does have something for everyone when it comes to holidays.

For those in search of a traditional holiday in the sun, there’s nowhere better, with year-round temperatures above 20°C, between eight and 13 hours sunshine daily and a balmy sea that’s as inviting in January as it is in July. Many hotels offer an all-inclusive package which is ideal for families – no nasty pocket-money surprises for parents – and are geared up to entertain the youngsters leaving some important ‘me time’ for Mum and Dad.

But there’s also plenty to attract those who are interested in getting under the skin of their holiday destination, adding a good smattering of culture to the guaranteed sun-tan. Nile cruises are growing in popularity with the combination of five-star relaxation and the chance to visit some of the world’s most spectacular historical sights proving a draw not just to the older age range but also to younger couples and honeymooners looking for something different to a traditional sun, sea and sand holiday. And for those who really want to get off the beaten track and ‘discover’ Egypt for themselves, there are plenty of independent and escorted tours taking in not just the attractions of the Nile valley but also exploring deeper into the deserts and lesser-known areas.

And with the Red Sea being within a flying time of just 5 ½ hours from the UK, all this choice and this guaranteed good weather can be had without the need for an energy-sapping long haul flight.

The Resorts

Sharm el Sheikh
The best-known and most-visited of the Red Sea resorts, Sharm el Sheik offers not just a choice of excellent hotels and super beaches but also, perhaps lesser-known, some great activities, excursions and entertainment.

Available as day excursions from Sharm, the area between Tiran Island and Ras Mohammed National Park boasts some of the world’s most amazing underwater scenery, much of which can be seen just by snorkelling although scuba divers will obviously be able to explore further. Other excursions bookable in resort include such varied themes as a camel safari with desert star-gazing , day trips to Cairo or Luxor and jeep trips into the Sinai desert…most definitely something there for everyone.

In the resort itself the Old Town is great for an evening out with plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants for all tastes and pockets and an array of shops selling everything from spices to handbags! Soho Square, in White Knight’s Bay, is a real alternative to the ever-popular Na’ama Bay; this complete entertainment centre has restaurants, bars and clubs – including a Queen Vic pub – together with Africa’s first ice-bar, a great place to ‘chill out’ as the walls, bar, seats, tables and glasses are all made of ice.

Hurghada
Hurghada is increasing in popularity from the UK with the addition of more regional departures and I believe that the resort will become a key gateway over the next few years.

It’s a great option for those wanting a ‘Nile cruise and stay’ holiday as the transfer time is four-to-five hours from Luxor; there are also major developments taking place at the airport which, once complete in 2011, will mean it can handle over 7.5 million passengers a year and these passengers will have access to a wide range of duty-free shops and restaurants.

In the resort itself, the new Senzo Mall – covering 60,00 square metres and open until 1 am in the morning- is a great addition offering a wide range of ‘fixed price’ shops – for non-haggling British visitors – as well as restaurants and fast-food outlets. Downtown Hurghada is a little like a mini-Cairo with its shops, restaurants and cafes while for a totally different atmosphere, Marina Boulevard has a much more European feel and a great place to kick back and do some ‘people watching’ during the evening.

Makadi Bay and Sahl Hasheesh
Makadi Bay, just south of Hurghada, is home to some superb new hotels which have been built to appeal to couples and families alike, while for Sahl Hasheesh it’s a case of ‘watch this space’ as a spectacular new development from Red Sea Hotels scheduled to open in 2012 will see the area become a cross between Las Vegas and Dubai!

It seems that the UK market is at last waking up to the fact that the Red Sea offers a real alternative to the Mediterranean in terms of quality, value-for-money and accessibility….not to mention that fantastic year-round weather.