Summer Holidays [Infographic]

We’re all going on a summer holiday… Oh wait, no we’re not, it’s freezing! Anyway, at some point I’m sure it will be summer again, which along with all the sun and fun, also means that the kids are off school and so need entertaining for the duration. See the infographic below for places to take the little ‘angels’ during the six weeks of ‘heaven’.

Summer HolidaysSummer Holidays [Infographic] is an infographic that was produced by Gumtree

Transportation While on Holiday

While on holiday and making your way through the countries of the world, transportation is surely an inevitable occurrence. Usually this part of the trip isn’t the most fun, it might take up a large chunk of time, it was probably one of the most expensive parts of the holiday, and really, the destination is, of course, the highlight. While getting to your holiday spot will have you at the edge of your seat and praying to get there already, the second you actually start your holiday, yes, that means when you enter the plane, train, car, or boat, you should start enjoying yourself immediately! Here are a few ideas to help encourage you to enjoy and make the “getting there” part more bearable.


OK, so this mode of transport is kind of the best of the bunch. Boats and cruises are perhaps the most scenic way of getting anywhere. Although one the slowest, how could you not enjoy disembarking from Florida’s ports and making your way to the Bahamas? Or what about picturesque French river cruises that flow past the Eiffel Tower and along the mighty Seine River? If you’re floating around the Mediterranean, seeing the stream of islands and islets pass you by will be a magical moment. Just walk out on deck and enjoy the scenery. If worse comes to worse, the boat will likely have a divine buffet to entertain your taste buds, at the least.


Cars are totally underrated nowadays. Cars are a sure way to see everything that you want to see and more. Yes, another slower mode of transport, but let’s give the car some credit. First, you will be the one navigating and we always trust ourselves more than anyone else. Next, if you see something of interest and would like to stop, guess what? You can! And you can spend as much time there as possible. Road trips are super fun for the family, if you’re prepared. Make sure to bring plenty of entertainment for the kids, otherwise this could be a nightmare. Driving yourself also can save tons of money since flights are often the pricer way of getting there.


Slow trains, fast trains, and anything in between are an experience for anyone, especially their first time. Trains really aren’t all that bad. Imagine that they are long grounded planes on the move. Some of them can be pretty fast, like the fast trains that connect Europe. You can find yourself going from Paris to Nice in a heartbeat. There’s usually a food cart, and on some longer journeys, you even get a bed! Not that bad, right?


Alright, finally, the plane. It’s often the most expensive, but also the quickest. Depending where you are and where you’re going, this just might be literally the only way to get there. So don’t make it a drag. Back some stuff to snuggle up with as we all know planes get cold. Charge everything so you can enjoy being productive and getting work done on your laptop or listening to music on your MP3 player. Download some movies for yourself if the plane doesn’t offer it, or if you hate planes that much, just go to sleep and wake up where you want to be.

Don’t let transportation be the downfall of your holiday time. Make it work, make it worth while, be productive, bring entertainment, enjoy the surroundings and the scenery, and make the best of it. After all, it is part of your holiday.

Hit the road … to the airport!

How do you get to the airport? Do you book a train or coach? Do you go through endless phone listings for airport taxis? Or are you lucky enough to live within a stone’s throw to the terminal building, so it’s simply not a problem?

Well, if you fall into one of the first couple of categories above, then maybe it’s time to think about changing your routine.

Nowadays I always drive myself to the airport, and I book airport parking, to make sure I get the best possible deal. Why do I do this? Well, through experience I guess.

Basically I caused chaos at the train station, but I really didn’t mean to. Picture the scene, if you will – one harassed woman, trying to drag a very large leopard print suitcase across a very crowded train platform, with oversized hand luggage to add to the drama. It basically caused bruised toes, stressed expressions, and my blood pressure soaring through the roof. This isn’t even an extreme example, as this is generally run of the mill, especially if you have to travel during rush hour.

If you’re booking a coach, you’re also very lucky if you go direct, because a lot of the time you have to stop and swap coaches, or it goes so far around the houses that you wonder if you’re ever going to get there.

Airport taxis? One word – expensive.

Believe me, I’m very well practised in this area, so learn from my mistakes and take my advice. I found getting to the terminal building became infinitely easier and less stressful when I decided to drive myself, and I also saved money too, when compared to the cost of public transport. If you’re travelling as a family, that cost saving is doubled, tripled, or even more.

Heathrow parking is now on my check list when it comes to booking a holiday and sorting out all my travel arrangements that go alongside it. Having said that, wherever you fly from you’ll no doubt find a service to suit your needs, as this is a nationwide arrangement, and like I mentioned before, one that will save you money and stress.

Starting a holiday in a hair-raising manner isn’t the best way to begin something that should be a happy and fun experience. Think about it, we spend so long saving up for our annual holidays that we owe it to ourselves to make sure every facet of it is enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons.

Listen to my advice, believe me, I’ve made plenty of travel mistakes to know what I’m talking about!

Finding Accommodations in Perth, Australia

You’ve done it. After months of saving and planning, you have finally booked a plane ticket to Perth, Australia. Now that the sheer excitement of your decision has faded, it is time to start booking the rest of your essentials…. namely accommodations. It is all well and good to fly to the capital of Western Australia – but you probably want somewhere to put your feet up at the end of a long day of sightseeing, hitting the beach, or dining out.

The good news? There are many different options available to travellers visiting this beautiful city. Accommodations range in both price as well as the type of places that you can stay. It all depends on what you want for your Australian vacation. Are you ready to find accommodations in Perth? Let this be your guide!

Hotels: From Budget to Luxury

One of places you can stay during your trip is a hotel. This is often the first choice for travellers. That is the benefit of Perth being home to 2.8 million tourists every year – there are hotels available for every budget and price range. If you are looking for a hotel that is nice but won’t break the bank, then opt for accommodations that have a three or four star rating. Or for comfort and luxury, stay at a five star hotel instead. For quality accommodations, you can always stay at the Crown Hotel in Perth. It provides guests with a variety of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and a casino floor. If that wasn’t enough, there is also a swimming pool and two hotels to choose from. Everything you need is right there at your hotel! Before you make the decision to stay at a three or a five star hotel – remember to consider the extras that go along with your accommodations.

Hostels: a Money Saving Option

Just because money is tight doesn’t mean you can’t find suitable accommodations in Perth. It just means you need to get a little more creative! An alternative to a hotel stay is booking a room at a hostel. This is an ideal choice for backpackers, people travelling in groups, or those who are simply looking to save some cash. There are many different hostels in the city. Some are located in the downtown core while others are a little further away. What you choose will depend on how you plan to spend your time in Perth – and how you will get around the city each day.

Alternative Accommodation Ideas

There is more to accommodations in Perth than just hotels and hostels. Yes, you have options – and lots of them. You may want to choose a motel, go the couch surfing route, or even try out AirBnB. The latter allows travellers to rent out lodgings. That might be a house, apartment, or another type of accommodations altogether. You can read reviews from previous travellers and look at response ratings. It makes finding somewhere to stay easier than ever.

There are so many things to see in Perth – and there are just as many places to stay during your trip. So, think about what you want, consider your budget, and determine what you hope to gain from your accommodations. Once you have it all figured out, your choice will be nice and simple.

Can You Travel With Electronic Cigarettes?

Technology is a wonderful thing. It allows us to learn new things and even travel comfortably. But it’s not just gadgets like smart phones and tablets that are making waves. Electronic cigarettes are also garnering plenty of buzz. So, what are they? And is it possible to travel with them? Here is everything you need to know about travelling the world with e-cigarettes.

What Are Electronic Cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes aren’t new but they are certainly growing in popularity. Originally created in 2003 by pharmacist Hon Lik, sales have increased by 4900% in the last five years alone. Also referred to as an e-cigarette or PV (personal vaporizer), they work to simulate the act of smoking a cigarette. This battery powered device produces vapour that looks an awful lot like cigarette smoke. Each ones requires a cartridges to work properly. Some of those cartridges have nicotine and other flavourings while others have just the flavourings on their own. This makes electronic cigarettes a key tool for travelling, cutting back, or quitting smoking altogether.

 Travelling With Electronic Cigarettes

As a smoker, travelling can be difficult. Whether you’re going on vacation or need to travel for work, there are so many things to worry about. For instance, can you bring your lighter on the flight? Will you be able to buy cigarettes where you’re visiting? What are the smoking laws there? This is where technology is especially useful. By bringing along your Intellicig electronic cigarette, you’ll have everything you need on hand.

Some good news? Depending on how you’re travelling, you may be able to use your e-cigarette on the way there as well as during the course of your trip. If you’re travelling by air, the Transportation Security Administration allows both electronic cigarettes and the necessary supplies to be packed in your checked or carry-on luggage. However, passengers aren’t allowed to smoke during the flight itself. You may be able to smoke within the airport, though. This rule varies from place to place, so do your research before you fly.

When travelling by car, you can use e-cigarettes as much as you like. Without ash or smoke, the other passengers in your car won’t have to worry about inhaling secondhand smoke or rolling down the window. Thank goodness for that! If you’re taking a cruise, electronic cigarettes can also be used with ease. Many major cruise lines have no problem with this type of cigarette because they don’t pose a fire risk or give off any harsh odours.

Where You Can – And Can’t – Bring Them

Since e-cigarettes are a fairly recent, there are certain countries that still ban their sales and may even confiscate your supplies at the airport. This completely depends on the airline itself and the discretion of airport security. Those countries include: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Columba, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Oman, Panama, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Venezuela. If you’re planning to travel to one of these places, just be aware before you leave. When you’re travelling elsewhere, you likely won’t run into issues.

Packing Your Electronic Cigarettes

It’s never easy to pack your suitcase for a trip. You don’t want to leave anything important behind, right? When it comes to your electronic cigarettes, though, there are a few things you’ll want to add to your checklist. Be sure to bring enough replacement cartridges for the duration of your stay, extra batteries, and of course, your charging device. That way, you never have to worry about finding the right part for your e-cigarette or running out of power.

The next time you travel, leave behind the worries and fears – and bring electronic cigarettes instead. They can help you stay comfortable and embrace technology.

Getting Around Cairns Made Easy

Travelling is always exciting. It gives you the chance to explore somewhere new, take in breathtaking sights, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Have you been dreaming about a vacation to Cairns? (I don’t blame you. All of that crystal blue water? Yes please!) Then you’ll need to figure out how to get around the city once you arrive. Transportation in an unfamiliar place can be daunting, to say the least…but don’t worry. Here is getting around Cairns, made easy!

Why Travel To Cairns?

Cairns is one of the most northern cities in Queensland, Australia. It has become a popular tourist spot thanks to its tropical climate and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Indonesia. This makes Cairns the perfect place to visit! You can stay and enjoy the views or use it as a stopover spot on your way to another fabulous destination. There are so many possibilities.

Getting Around By Car:

Getting around Cairns doesn’t have to be difficult. It just requires a little bit of planning before you go. The most convenient option to get around is by car. It makes getting from place to place faster, easier, and more affordable. While there are certainly plenty of taxis to be found in the city, they can wind up being pretty costly. There goes your trip budget! That is why it is a good idea to use Cairns airport car hire services instead. Renting a vehicle for the duration of your stay can help you see and do more. To save money, be sure to look online for great deals. Nothing could be easier!

Getting Around By Bus:

Public transportation isn’t the simplest – even for the experienced traveller. So, how can you make it easy? Do your research before you step foot on the plane. It might sound a little crazy, but trust me…it works. If you know what you want to see during your trip, print out bus maps to help you get from place to place. Map out your route from the hotel to the attraction and back. You can also check out the Cairns Transportation website to find out how much the fare is, how often the busses run, along with any important contact numbers that may come in handy.

Getting Around By Scooter or Bicycle:

For a unique (and easy) way to get around the city, why not try a scooter or a bicycle? They are available for tourists to rent for the day. Renting a scooter requires a driver’s license and a bicycle requires…a little legwork! Some thing to keep in mind? The scooter isn’t going to work for highway driving, but if you are planning to stay in the heart of the city, you should be fine navigating the streets. Just remember to plan your route and pay attention to all road signs. If biking is more your speed, be sure to stick to the specified bike lanes and wear a helmet at all times.

Cairns is a truly beautiful city to explore. With warm weather, beautiful scenery, and plenty of relaxing beaches, you can unwind – and get around – in style.

Top 5 Things To Do In Ireland

If you listen to the stories about Ireland, you will spend your break drinking, dancing and looking at hills. For many people, this would actually be a brilliant holiday and there would be no need to uncover different activities and past-times. However, in the classic words spoken by Alan Partridge, “there’s more to Ireland than this” and you may be pleasantly surprised by the amount of great holiday options and attractions there are to enjoy in Ireland.



Don’t think that Dublin is the only city to choose for exciting nightlife. Galway is a great destination for trips to Connemara and the Aran Islands but with even young Dubliners heading West for a weekend away, you will find plenty in the way of exciting and entertaining bars to party the night and days away. And who knows, you may even find your very own Galway Girl.

The Guinness Storehouse

The tour is quite decent and the advertising campaign section is really entertaining but let’s be honest, if you’re going to Ireland, you need to sample the local wares. The best place to do is at the end of the Guinness tour in the Gravity Bar. Even if you don’t like the drink (and many don’t but you get a free pint), the panoramic views of Dublin afforded by the bar area will delight every guest.

Croke Park

As a deeply religious country, Ireland has plenty sacred places and where people go to pray. The most popular place of this nature is Croke Park, an 80,000 capacity stadium where games such as hurling and Gaelic football are played. These games are mainly amateur games although in recent times, the GAA has given authorisation for “foreign games”, such as rugby, to be played on the hallowed turf at Croke Park.

Croke Park was also the setting for one of the most shameful acts in British history when the Black and Tans and the RIC opened fire on the crowd at the stadium, killing 14 innocent civilians, in 1920. One of the stands at Croke Park was renamed the Michael Hogan Stand after a footballer who was killed that day. This incident played a major part in turning general opinion in Ireland against the British and the Crown.


Cliffs of Moher

Life in Ireland may seem a little relaxed and casual for your liking so if you want to get your heart racing, take a trip to the Cliffs of Moher. This can be found in County Clare and there is a terrifying drop off the edge and there are not too many handrails around the top. People have fallen off the edge so be sure to approach with caution but if you are keen to experience stunning views and to get the smell of the Atlantic in your nostrils, this is the place to visit.

With the massive drop off the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, your thoughts will no doubt stray towards holiday insurance and you’ll be hoping that you have some in place just in case!

The Blarney Castle

One thing you’ll soon learn about Ireland is that the local people love to tell a tale or two. Whether you choose to take the stories at face value or not is entirely up to you but there is no doubt that you’ll have a hugely entertaining time listen to them talk. One of the ways that the Irish have been given the gift of the gab, so they say, is through the magical powers of the Blarney Stone. Blarney Castle was built over 600 years ago and it is a stunning example of an ancient castle that is well worth checking out in its own right. However, if it is here you will find the Stone of Eloquence, the Blarney Stone, and if you kiss this, you will be gifted the ability to talk and weave a great story for the rest of your life.

The fanciful nature of the story ties in wonderfully with the Irish way of life and if you are keen to retell your stories with the strongest possible delivery after you return home, this may be the helping hand you need.

Greg is an avid travel writer who enjoys trips around Europe. One of his favourite places to visit is the west of Ireland and especially the county of Mayo with its rugged scenery and great coasts.

Tips to Choose the Right Hotel for You

Planning is a necessary part of travelling. It helps keep your organized and ensures that every aspect of your trip is a positive one. One of the most important things you’ll need to think about before you go anywhere is your hotel. There are so many different places you can choose from. That is why it is so important to plan ahead and find the right hotel for your needs. Start planning the right way by considering these hotel tips.

Think About What Really Matters To You

Not every trip is the same. So, it stands to reason that not every hotel will suit every trip you take. That’s why it is so important to start by thinking about what really matters to you. Are you budget conscious on this trip? Is there a certain place or attraction you’d like to be nearby? Do you need to have a gym available to you? It’s all about narrowing down your most important requirements. You don’t want to choose any hotel and then wind up disappointed or unhappy. Avoid that altogether by thinking about what really matters before you book.


Nothing says opulent like gilded mirrors!

Know Your Budget

Sometimes, there isn’t a lot of money to spend on a hotel room. Other times, you may want to splash out and really treat yourself. To choose the right hotel for your trip, be sure that you know how much you can – and are willing – to spend on accommodations. Most travel sites will organize search results based on the price, so you can easily narrow down your options that way. There are websites with great discounts on hotels, so be sure to look around.

Consider the Location

You may be able to get a great deal on a hotel. It’s important to think about the location realistically, though. If you’re staying twenty minutes away from everywhere you’re planning on going, the money you ‘saved’ will likely be spend on transportation costs. Weight the pros and cons of the hotel location.

Think About Who You’re Travelling With

Before you choose a hotel, you’ll need to consider who you’re travelling with. For instance, are you taking children along? Then it’s important to think about the hotel you’re choosing. Some places are kid-friendly and can give children a positive overall experience. Others are less accepting of having a bunch of kids running around the lobby. Take a look at hotel websites for their policies or any family deals they may offer.

Read Reviews Carefully

Few travellers book anything without reading online reviews. There are so many places that you can check out reviews from fellow travellers. What did they think of the hotel? Were the rooms as advertised? What was the customer service like? You can learn from others by carefully reading travel reviews. Be aware that not all reviews are totally accurate. It’s better to read many different reviews before you make up your mind.

Choosing the right hotel doesn’t have to be difficult. The most important thing is to take time to think about what you really want and need. A little planning ahead will help you to find the very best accommodations.

5 Tips to Enjoy France on a Budget

France is a dream destination for most people; however this dream can be cut short due to the fact that it is not a cheap destination. Its allures include historical sites, culinary delights and gorgeous views; these and more may leave most people strapped for cash. It however possible to explore France on a budget that will not leave you starved for the rest of the year if you follow some of our tips:


Who said you have to stay in hotels? You will be amazed to find out that staying in mobile homes will go a long way in cutting off costs as well as allowing you to explore areas that would be otherwise unreachable if you stayed in hotels. The mobile homes range from camps, motor homes to campervans which allow you to move from one part of France to the next without spending too much. You will also meet different kind of people and groups who also opt for this experience and end up making lifelong friends.


Paris is the capital of France with spectacular attractions and landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower which in time has become synonymous with the city of love. It is also an expensive destination but if you get the Paris travel pass you will enjoy hopping on and off buses at will during your stay and also get free entrance to some of the attractions as a discount on your pass. Some passes will also give you access to free meals in some restaurants or enjoy discounted rates. A city pass is important if you are travelling on a tight budget.


France may boast of some of the world most luxurious and splendid hotels which may be a no go zone for most budget travelers but it is also has some wonderful bargains. In recent years there has been a rise in boutique accommodations even within the cities offering wonderful original designs with pristine bathrooms, at a budget of course, and ideal for the family vacations.


Free camping in France is an exciting experience where you can just pull over at a beach side, in the mountains or even a lakeside and stay for a day or a few weeks. It is a fantastic experience as you get to explore any region of your choice provided you are armed with a good map and ready to be adventurous. However, you should be careful about camping along the roadsides as it may not be safe. Other places such as permitted parks are safe and you are probably going to find other campers along your route.


You may not think of falling ill whilst travelling, in fact it is a bad omen to think about infirmities before travelling. All you want is a fantastic experience of France but a budget traveler should always be armed with the basics. This card allows you to enjoy reduced or free medical care in most European countries and this will ensure that you will not incur losses when you are taken down by sickness.

The 5 Best Travel Apps to Download Before Your Next Trip

ipad5_2There’s nothing like a good app to make your next trip a little easier. If you’re bringing your smartphone or tablet along with you, there are so many travel apps you can download. Do you want something for directions? Language translation? Last minute deals? Well, there’s an app for that! Here are some of the best travel apps to download before your next trip:

Say Where

Do you worry about getting lost? Not being able to find what a decent place to eat while you’re travelling? The Say Where app is one easy (and free!) way to travel worry free. Simply press down the button on your screen and say where you are. From there, the app will pull up a map of your location, give you a traffic report, the Yellow Pages, or even a Yelp review of nearby attractions. This app is super handy if you don’t want to ask a stranger for directions. Plus, if you have this downloaded on your phone, you won’t need to download the Yelp app as well.


Want to remember every part of your vacation? It’s possible with iTalk. This handy app allows you to record the sounds around you. Whether you want to save a conversation or the sound of a live street band, it’s all at the touch of your fingertips! You can record several minutes of sound before you even notice any change in your memory. Simply press the record button and get ready to hold onto some of those once in a lifetime memories.

Sit or Squat

When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go! Unfortunately, when you travel, you need to think about where the nearest washrooms are. That is where this next travel app comes in handy. Sponsored by Charmin, Sit or Squat is a database of the nearest locations of free washrooms to use. It doesn’t just list the locations, though. You’ll also get user reviews and an actual photo of the facilities. Yes, you can be a little choosey…. even on the go.

Lingolook Flashcards

For just $4.99, you can have a little extra help dealing with foreign languages. This next travel app is all about providing flashcards with simple words and phrases, like: “Speak slowly” and “I need a taxi.” It comes in a number of different languages, like Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, and Chinese. Best of all? It doesn’t require a data plan to work.

Packing Pro

Do you worry about your suitcase going over the weight allowance? How about bringing back more goods than you’re allowed? With the Packing Pro travel app, you won’t have to worry about that anymore. This program sets up a to-do list and helps you to keep track of everything you’ve got with you. Everyone in your family can make use of this. There are settings for women, men, and children, so that every packing list is customized to your individual needs.

Make the most of the latest technology by downloading some of these useful apps. When you’re travelling the world, you’ll be glad to have a little back up!