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How to Spot an Excellent Family Holiday Resort

One thing that many families love to do every year is get away on a family break. This is not only the chance to spend some quality tie together, but also the opportunity to broaden horizons by travelling abroad or to a new part of the country. Whether the holidaymakers want to relax or want to explore, a holiday is the perfect time to do these activities.

However, getting away on holiday can be very expensive and for this reason it pays to be very thrifty when you are looking for a good holiday on a budget. Here are a few tips on how to spot the best all inclusive family resorts anywhere in the world, ensuring you get value for money and you all enjoy your holiday together.

One of the first signs of the best all inclusive family resorts is the fact that they offer a lot of family friendly packages, and this means offering great value for money. The best resorts will know that families often have much tighter budget than other holidaymakers such as couples or singles. For this reason, look for a company that seems to offer a deal that was created with you in mind.

This can save you a significant amount of money, and considering that many packages include full board, excursions, accommodation and other bonuses, chances are you will have saved a great deal compared to having organised and booked everything separately yourself.

With that said, price is certainly not the only thing that indicates value for money, and you should also look at the variety of activities for both children and adults to see if the resort is really going to keep everyone in your family entertained.

Many of the best all inclusive resorts will often provide a number of different clubs and activities for children, whether these are dancing clubs, painting clubs, sports clubs or something entirely different. In any case, you can rest assured that your children will be occupied and also doing stimulating activities so adults can have their fun or relaxation elsewhere.

The best resorts will of course also serve adults and this is why you can often find lounge bars right by the swimming pool, excursions such as water sports or hiking trips and much, much more. The best resorts are the ones that cater to everyone in your family, so no one spends a boring moment there.

The next sign of quality to look for is that security is a top priority for the holiday resort you are considering. This is mostly because of the fact that kids and adults will be enjoying themselves separately and they also therefore parents can worry about their children’s safety.

There are some truly gorgeous resorts all over the world, yet not every country might feel very secure and therefore doing your research beforehand is important. Aim to find out the safety and security measures in place before you book, so that when you arrive you can let go of any worry and truly unwind.

You can often judge the resort that you are thinking of booking on the levels of security present as well as the variety of fun things to do, the reasonably priced packages and the careful consideration of everything that a family might need.

If you are unsure about how to go about finding a great resort such as the one mentioned here, present your travel agent with a list of your needs and requirements so that they can help you find the perfect break together as a whole family. When presented with a shortlist of options, you can then choose your resort based on the above guidelines as well as your own criteria.

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The Power of a Checklist When Considering Vacationing

Regardless of how much time a person gives his or herself to begin the planning process for traveling, the day of departure seems to always sneak up. The key aspect to successful traveling is organization! There are many times where at least one thing is left behind, no matter how minor it may be, or how many times you “thought” the item was already accounted for. Planning for the days (and possibly week) prior to the departure day, the morning of, and last-minute, out-the-door packing is an essential responsibility to ensure that the trip starts out smoothly. Although there are times when help from others or past bad experiences does not motivate someone to plan ahead because of procrastination, having a checklist in hand can reduce the amount of stress that is caused by this last-minute rush.

Things to Do a Few Days Before You Leave

• Pay off your bills before you leave or schedule automatic payments for your bills. You definitely don’t want to be responsible for any late fees.

• Sort through your wallet and remove items you don’t need for your trip. Think foreign currency from your last trip, extra credit cards, or reward cards that only apply in your country of residence.

• Make copies of important items. Be sure to have copies of your passport and credit cards with you in case you lose them on your trip.

• Update your calendar. Be sure to check your work calendar to see what commitments you have made while you are gone. Reschedule them before you leave. Check what other non-work appointments you have.

• Put mail on hold. You don’t want strangers knowing that you’re away with the pile of newspapers at your door, so be sure to go to the USPS website to request to hold your mail, or speak with a neighbor about collecting and holding the mail while you are away.

• Call your bank. Let your bank or credit card provider know that you are going to be out of town so they should expect to see some charges from out of the area and will not put a “freeze” on our account to where you are unable to use it.

Things to Do the Day Before You Leave

• Arrange for care for your pets.

• Wash all dishes in the sink and run the dishwasher. Clean off all the kitchen counters and clean out the sink to be sure there is no food in the drain that could rot or attract bugs.

• Make sure all laundry is clean/pack clothes for trip.

• Water all plants.

• Get some cash out of an ATM, so you have it for last-minute travel needs.

• Charge camera/laptop/phone and all spare batteries.

Things to Do the Morning of Departure

• Close blinds and curtains.

• Double check that you have IDs and itinerary packed in carry-on bag.

• Make sure all windows are shut and locked.

• Take out garbage/recycling from every room in the house.

Out-the-Door To-Do’s

• Pack up any last-minute things you need to take (eyeglasses, retainer, water/snacks from refrigerator, phone, wallet, medicine).

• Turn off all power strips/unplug any electrical devices you won’t be using. This protects your electronics from power surge and reduces the energy use.

• Turn off the heater/air conditioner if you live somewhere temperate.

Once you finally shut the car door and pull out of the driveway and onto the street, the sense of relief overcomes you of not having to scurry around the house to gather last minute things, and you are now ready to begin your desired vacation. Without proper planning and organization, a vacation or trip can start out with negative motives, causing you or the people traveling with you to miss out on the excitement one should be acquiring from this intended memorable experience. By simply taking the time to create and follow a checklist, such as the one provided above, more value is added to the trip because you can ensure that you have all of the necessities as well as leave home with a positive outlook for the trip.

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Five Reasons to Hire a Travel Agent

Planning a trip usually starts with a search of online options. However, you do not always get the best deal. In fact, if you contact a travel agent, you may be surprised at what he or she can do to make your vacation more enjoyable and more affordable. If you are still not sure, here are five good reasons you should make the call.

These Professionals Have Connections

Of course, when you go online you may think that you are getting the best deal because this site or that one collaborates with the different hotels and airlines to be able to offer a great price. That is not necessarily the case. Travel agencies actually team up with resorts, airlines, and hotels to get the best deals for their clients. These relationships are cultivated over many years.

Experience Adds Fun to Your Trip

A seasoned travel agent knows where the best spots are because he or she has taken the time to find out. While cultivating their connections, these professionals visit the locations and know first-hand where the best spots are. They also have tips on how to avoid busy lines in popular museums or find that diamond in the rough that might be overlooked on a search engine.

Knowledge Is Invaluable

In addition to having traveled to the areas in which they book, an experience travel agent has a wealth of knowledge about how to make your trip as stress-free as possible. This information can be invaluable to you and your family as you navigate to your destination. A good agency will also ensure their workers attend ongoing education training about the trends and technology to help expand their knowledge base. It will make the entire process much smoother for you.

A Travel Agent is Your Advocate

While your agent will do everything in his or her power to make your trip go as smoothly as possible, a problem may arise on occasion. If this happens, your booking agency can work for you to resolve the issues that you had. This is especially helpful if you are traveling to a foreign country and do not speak the language. If you decide to do all the booking yourself online, you are your own advocate and the issues may not be resolved easily.

Personal Service Makes for the Perfect Vacation

You can do all the searching you want, but an Internet site cannot listen to your needs or desires for your dream vacation. However, your agent is able to listen to what you want and help match you up with the right location. In fact, you could describe exactly what you want, thinking that you want to go to one location, and your specialist will point you in the direction of a completely different area. This new location may be a better fit for your desires.

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How To Plan A Trip With Ageing Parents

Plan Ahead:

Planning is very important in travelling. Ask your parents where they want to go so they will feel good, pack lightly so that it will be easy to carry. It will be difficult for your parents to move with a wheelchair and for you to rush in a connecting flight so if possible book a direct flight.

Request travel approval from a physician:

If your ageing parents have any major health issue, be sure to get travel approval from his or her primary care physician. Find out if your parent requires any vaccinations or prescriptions prior to travelling. Keep documentation with contact information for doctors with you when you travel with your ageing parents in case of an emergency.

Make arrangements for any special need:

If your parent will require wheelchair at the airport or any special seating, contact the airline you are flying with and arrange for these considerations. Make your loved one wear shoes that can easily be taken off and put back on. Let the agents know about any surgical implants that may be detected when you are going through security.

Label all medications:

Be sure that all medication taken on a trip for your parents is clearly labelled with the name of medicine, dosage and administration instruction. The medications should be approved through airport security checkpoints. It will be easy for you to help your parents with their medication while you travel together.

Make arrangements for dietary needs:

Older adults have dietary restrictions; they can only enjoy the limited list of foods, so make sure there will be appropriate food available or you are taking some special food with you for your parents.

Provide your elderly parents a way to contact you:

Provide your parents a way to contact you just in case you get separated. Giving your parents a prepaid mobile phone is a great way to ensure that your parents can get in touch with you whenever it is necessary. Make sure that your parent has written down your cell phone number somewhere.

Proper time to rest:

Whenever you plan a trip you focus on enjoying as much as you can, but planning a trip with elderly parents you focus on the ways in which they are comfortable. Go out have a look at the world around you; try out new things with your parents. But make sure that you are giving your elderly parents a proper time to rest. Avoid scheduling anything late night as elderly individuals are early to bed so it will disturb them.

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