1. Should these people be banned from travelling?

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      Source   Do we moan too much as a Nation?  I know we’re all a bit guilty of having  silly little complaints whilst on holiday but most of us “normal” people keep them to ourselves or have a little joke around the pool with our fellow travellers. Not this lot! Have a read of some of these genuine complaints made to Thomas Cook Vacations! Do you think they should be banned from travelling abroad for their own safety and maybe ours too?   1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”   2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.” 3. “On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that Read more…

  2. Top 5 Spooky Places to visit across Europe this Halloween

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      Most of the kids break up this week and they’ll be bored within days as the weather keeps them indoors. So what are your plans? Obviously this depends on how old your kids are! If your bunch are a bit older and the usual Legoland or Alton Towers days out have been switched for something a bit more ‘grown-up’ then the following might be just what they need. With Halloween fast approaching, there are sure to be plenty of ghoulish celebrations throughout the UK, from traditional ‘Trick or Treating’ to creepy local ghost tours. For those who are brave enough to venture a little further afield however, our European neighbours have a fiendish array of attractions, guaranteed to send chills down the spine of even the most hardened ghost-hunter.   Source Leap Castle, County Offaly, Ireland Often considered to be the most haunted stronghold in Ireland, Leap Castle has a gruesome and terrifying history, rife Read more…

  3. Beware of the Holiday Blues!

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        What’s the first thing you do when you get home after your holiday? Obviously this differs greatly depending on whether your male or female! If all you do when you get home if get the suitcases out of the car and then go straight to catch up with ‘normal’ telly  then you’re going to have more time to think about it. If you spend the next 3 days washing sand, sun cream and sangria out of everybody’s clothes, then re-stocking the cupboards, fridge and then getting everybody ready to go back to work or school…well your holiday blues won’t hit you for a while!   Source So what do you do when the blues hit? Upload all your pictures onto the computer to remind you what a wonderful place it was. Stick you pictures on social media to show all your friends what a wonderful place it was? Visit your friends and relatives to Read more…

  4. Win Kids Travel Games for October Break

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      Do you have a road trip planned with the kids during the next holidays at the end of October? If so, but the thought of a four hour drive with the kids sends shivers down your spine then you should enter our new competition starting on Monday 13th October to be in with a chance to win 1 of 3 travelling games. ‘Are We There Yet’ is a classic I-Spy game for kids on the move!  Hopefully it will keep them occupied for most of the journey?   What do I need to do? Simply like our Facebook page and enter through there or fill in the form below. Don’t forget to share with your friends on Facebook to receive 3 bonus entries aswell!   Title Mr Mrs Ms Miss Dr Given Name (forename) * Family Name (surname) * Email Address * Confirm your email address * Postcode * Date of Birth * Enter what you see in the image * I Read more…

  5. Stop being that annoying passenger!

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        We’ve all seen the posts on social media regarding naming and shaming passengers on airplanes who do revolting things with toe nails clippings and feet. So I thought it would be good idea to have a list of things NOT to do on your next flight! We all know that we don’t get much room as it is on board so a little bit of etiquette goes a long way.   Source Do NOT clips your nails, fingers or toes, revolting. Going along with the personal hygience thing, do not get your ladyshave out and shave your legs or armpits either! This applies to men aswell – no shaving! Please remain fully clothed throughout the flight. Nobody wants to be trapped on a plane with you if you have your moobs on show! Your picture will be all over Facebook and Twitter within minutes and the comments won’t be pretty! There are better Read more…

  6. Trying to avoid ‘Out of Hours’ fees?

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      None of us like paying more than we think we should, do we? Sometimes these fees are inevitable and trying to avoid them only leads to stress and delaying that important start to your holiday.     I’m talking about ‘Out of Hours’ fees. Most of the Rental Desks close for the evening, it’s their least busy period and manning them 24 hours a day would only increase everybody’s fee. So if you’re flying in on the 23.30 from Manchester you have to let them know, by entering your Flight Number when you make your booking. They’ll then get one of the staff to drag themselves out of bed, get into the airport and wait for you to process your pick up!     If they close the desk at 8pm and you’re landing at 7.30pm, please don’t think that you’re going to be able to get off the plane, go through customs, reclaim Read more…

  7. Britain’s Beaches


      We all love to go to the beach to relax and soak up the sun, normally us Brits have to get on a plane to enjoy the sun part though. Not this year! Luckily this year has seen Britain basking in summer sunshine. Those who live close to a beach have been blessed and none more so if you live in Bournemouth (pic above). With it’s stunning seven miles of award winning golden beach, it’s no wonder that Bournemouth gets on average 3.5 millions visitors during the summer season! According to tripadvisor Bournesmouth’s Hengistbury Head is number 4 in the best of Britain’s beaches.     Number one you may ask? It was Rhoshili Bay on the Gower Peninsula in Swansea. One of the reviewers called it ‘a pearl in the oyster of the world’, but I think he was Welsh so obviously biased. I had a look at some of the pictures and he Read more…

  8. Life Hacks to Try On Your Holiday

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      “Life hacks” are simple tricks and tips designed to make your life easier, often using every day objects in ways that you’ve never thought of before. In this week’s blog we’ve gathered together a selection of the best ideas to try on your holiday- you’ll be surprised at how effective these simple tips can be!   A Little Music? You downloaded all your favourite holiday tunes onto your mobile phone, but you forgot to pack your speakers? Don’t waste money buying another set, just pop your phone into a clean, dry glass or glass bowl and its volume will be instantly amplified.   Chill Your Drinks in a Flash After a long hard day of sunbathing and sightseeing, there’s nothing better then sitting back and relaxing with a nice cool drink. But there is a problem – you’ve just done the shopping and the drinks aren’t chilled. Simply place your bottles in a sink Read more…