Creative Ways to Travel Cheaply

If you’re anything like most people, you’d love to drop everything and go see the world for a few weeks, exploring and experiencing new countries and cultures while racking up the memories of a lifetime. The main thing that stops people in their tracks from traveling though is, you guessed it: money. But did you know that traveling doesn’t have to mean saving up a huge amount of money to spend all in a few weeks? You can use some creative strategies to make your dream holiday a reality. Here’s how:


 Use travel points

Collecting travel points are a great way to earn credit towards your travel experience while just going about your daily life. You can pick up Avios travel reward points, for example, by shopping at many different stores, buying groceries or even just filling up your gas tank. And these are points that you can put towards your next flight to your dream destination, or a hotel room from which to launch your trip!

Be a flight hacker

A flight hacker is someone who knows all the tips and tricks that airlines and airlines websites use so they can score the cheapest flights. Want to be one of these people? Use a site like Kayak to start your flight search, as they collect all the different airline searches into one. Then cross-check using another global site like Skyscanner. You’ll also find the cheapest flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so keep that in mind when booking.

When you’re flight hacking, don’t forget to think about multiple routes to your destination. It helps to do a bit of research on the nearby airports not only in the country you want to visit, but possibly even nearby countries. It sounds crazy but you might actually save money by flying to a different country then taking another short flight over, or even a train or bus to your destination.

Stay for cheap

Worried about exorbitant hotel prices? It’s true that accommodation can be a huge part of your travel budget, but not if you use creative methods to score cheap or even free accommodation. Look into Couchsurfing if you’re into meeting and staying with locals, and don’t mind crashing on a couch. Air Bnb is another great way to find cheaper accommodation than hotel rooms, and it’s more cozy because you’re actually renting someone’s home. Finally, if you are interested in volunteering while you travel, there are many great options. You can research hosts on WWOOF or Workaway who are offering the opportunity to stay with them in exchange for some set amount of work hours per day. You can do any kind of work from organic farming and animal care to teaching or even working in a hostel in exchange for a bed. It’s a great way to have a local experience and really get to know the place where you’re staying.


Getting through all your chores as quickly as possible  

Very few people enjoy housework – they call them chores for a reason, after all!  However, for those who spend the majority of their time at home (namely stay-at-home professionals and the retired), the idea of keeping the house tidy can often become all encompassing.  It is essential, therefore, for those undertaking their own housework to find a routine that works for them – a way of streamlining the chores so that they don’t dominate day-to-day life.


Streamlining those laborious chores


The idea behind streamlining chores is all about completing jobs in the shortest amount of time possible, getting into the rhythm of housework so that it does not become a laborious task that takes all day.  While some wish to conduct a deep clean at least once a week, day-to-day chores such as vacuuming, mopping, polishing, dusting, turning down the beds, cleaning bathrooms, wiping surfaces, and general maintenance jobs can all be completed with general ease on a daily basis, ensuring that the home is always ready for unannounced guests, or even clients.


The most important thing to remember when getting down to the housework is to settle into a routine by establishing an order in which jobs can be completed more effectively and efficiently.  This could involve grouping tasks together – working through the house progressively to ensure that no stone goes unturned – or starting with the bigger, more laborious tasks first, so that small jobs can then be completed quickly.  Streamlining chores is also about using and maintaining the right tools for the job; for example, using the correct products on a particular type of flooring, or ensuring the vacuum bag is always emptied to prevent it from clogging halfway through a decidedly thorough cleaning session.  It is also a good idea to tackle tasks on a rotational basis, particularly those chores that do not need doing daily; is it Monday?  It must be time to wax the floor!  Keeping a tight schedule ensures that the home is always kept spick and span with very little impact on the rest of the day.


Taking time in the kitchen


As the hub of the home, the kitchen is perhaps the most important room in the house when it comes to completing daily chores.  The kitchen is the room in which food is stored and prepared, the place where many families dine together and catch up on the day’s events, and also a dedicated room to be used when hosting friends and family.  The kitchen is also the room most likely to attract germs and grime –from food stains and smudges, to muddy footprints where the kitchen has been treated as a thoroughfare, just about any form of mess will be found in the kitchen at some point!  It is vital, therefore, that a thorough cleaning of the kitchen forms the backbone of each day’s housework, ensuring that it remains a fresh and hygienic place to be.


One of the most laborious aspects of cleaning any kitchen is the sheer number of different surfaces that can be found in what is often a relatively small space.  These can include stone, plastic, or marble workbenches; tiled, wooden, stone, or laminate flooring, and furniture of all shapes and sizes – with all of these surfaces and textures to sanitize, it is impossible to impose just one method of cleaning, so tackling the kitchen can often seem a daunting task.  This is where it is essential to have the right tools for the job, and many people find themselves with a whole cupboard dedicated to squeegees, scrubbing brushes, wire brushes, mops, tile cleaner, disinfectant spray, and oven cleaner – they may only use a little of each at a time, but boy, does it make the job much easier!


Using the right products when cleaning can save trouble, time, and expense, helping the savvy householder to keep their homes well maintained.  Purchasing specialist stone care products, for example, will help to keep workbenches, furniture, and fixtures looking shiny and new, whilst ensuring that they remain hygienic and in a good working order.  In this instance, housework not only ensures the cleanliness of the home, but also saves homeowners from expensive repair and replacement costs further down the line.  It may be a chore, but housework is essential for keeping the home clean, tidy, and in a good state of repair.


Whistle while you work


Housework is one of life’s unavoidable tasks, that much is true; however, with the right attitude, the correct tools and materials for the job, and a carefully planned routine, it needn’t be a laborious chore that takes all day.


4 Tips for Eating Out When Traveling  

When you’re traveling, eating out at restaurants is just part of the deal. You’re naturally going to be eating out a lot more than you’ll have the opportunity to prepare your own meals. It’s more convenient and no one would argue that it’s enjoyable as well. Everyone loves having meals prepared for them, but most people don’t want to realize that a huge portion of their travel budgeting is going towards these meals eaten out at restaurants. But this doesn’t mean that you have to cut this luxury out of your travel plans. You can easily find the balance between enjoying some meals out, and saving your money for the things you really want to be doing, while still staying healthy all through it

1. Eat early

You might think that only old people eat at 5 pm, but you can actually save a bit of money if you go out to eat before the prime dinner hour. Many restaurants offer happy hour specials from 3-5 or from 4-6 during the week so you can get deals. You can also opt to go out for a drink and get some cheap appetizers during the happy hour time, then go out for a lighter meal later.

2. Skip the alcohol

Drinking can cut a huge hole in many people’s budgets. It can be very expensive to drink while you’re traveling, so to save your money for the things you really want to do on your trip, skip the extra booze at dinner. If you must, stick to one glass of wine. This way you’ll not only save money, but you’ll feel great the next day for your sightseeing.

3. Head out of the tourist center

If you always are eating in the center of town, you’re probably going to be eating at higher-priced restaurants. This is because many tourists eat at these restaurants so they are going to charge tourist prices. It’s okay to do this once in a while if you are really craving some food from home, but you might find your budget steadily dwindling. To combat this problem, head out of the center to the places where the locals are eating. You’ll know the food is great if it’s mostly locals eating there anyway! And you’ll be sure to find lower prices.

4. Grab some street eats

Not only is street food much cheaper than restaurants, but it’s often a great way to sample the local cuisine in a very authentic way. Grab a plastic table and chair and enjoy some Pad Thai and mango sticky rice in Thailand for $2- you won’t regret it! Southeast Asia is an amazing place to try incredible street meals for just a dollar or two and it’s some of the best food you’ll find there.

Accident in the clouds

Have you ever been traveling and felt unsafe on a flight? Was it due to the weather, your personal circumstance or the quality of the airline? When you take a flight you expect to be taken care of, but what happens when you are not? As a traveler, do you have the right to complain about your experience or should you keep it to yourself? What about if you suffer an injury while on board an aircraft, did you know there are specialists in personal injury aviation accidents? Here are some tips on how to proceed if you are unhappy with your airline experience.

What to do if you have a complaint

Read terms and conditions first – It is important to be well read on your transportation company’s policies before you pay them. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before booking your flight. If you know what is guaranteed in writing before you step onto the aircraft, it will save a lot of heartache in the long run.

Deal with it immediately – If you are dissatisfied with your flight, airline or experience deal with it as soon as possible. Try going straight to the customer service desk at the airport after you land and speak with a representative. At the very least get the name and details of a manager and a number you can call to file a claim. The longer you wait the harder it will be to get the respect and compensation you deserve.

Don’t be afraid to speak upAs a traveler you have more rights than you are probably aware of. This goes back to reading the airlines terms and conditions first. Don’t be afraid to complain if it is in the bounds of what was promised by the airline. Even if you are unsure, it does not hurt to at least voice your concerns to customer service. When you hold the airline accountable, you help ensure other travelers won’t face the same issues.

Types of accidents in the clouds

In-flight accidentsSome accidents are just that, accidents. They include tripping and falling while walking in the cabin or to the bathroom or falling on the way in or out of the aircraft.

Moving objectsA large number of accidents are caused by moving objects in the aircraft, such as luggage that falls from an overhead compartment or being hit by a passing service cart.

Turbulence This isa fairly normal occurrence on flights, but in some cases it leads to severe injury if the passenger is not wearing a seatbelt, is moving about the cabin or is not properly warned about the turbulence.

Personnel errorsInjuries can be caused by the negligence of the airline’s personnel, such as the pilot being overtired or impaired, flight attendants, ground crew members or maintenance workers failing to uphold their “heightened duty of care” that they bound to by law, since airlines fall into the category of “common carrier” or entities that transport the public for a monetary fee.

Types of claim

Making a claim for an airline accident is largely dependent on what or who caused the accident.

Negligence claimThis applies if the accident was caused by inattentiveness of airline employees or the Federal Aviation Agency,

Airline employeesAirlinepersonnel must have done something that caused the traveler to be injured such as fail to warn passengers about heavy turbulence, not properly stowing luggage or leaving hazards in the walkway

Federal Aviation Agency (FAA)This organization responsible for the airline industry as a whole. If they fail to warn a pilot about a hazard on the runway and a crash results, causing passengers to be injured, the FAA may be held responsible.

“Acts of god”- An airline cannot be held accountable for unforeseen natural events. Sometimes the pilot and/or the flight attendants cannot see heavy turbulence coming. If you are injured and the staff did everything in their power to prevent passengers from being injured it would be considered an “act of god”.

Product liability claimsAirline staff cannot take all the blame. Sometimes it is simply that the materials used to manufacture the aircraft were defective. In such cases your claim would be filed against the manufacturer of the product that malfunctioned and caused your injury.

How to file a claim

If you find yourself in one of these situations or something similar, don’t panic. Stay calm; there are plenty of people around to help.

Directly with airline – You always have the option of dealing directly with the airline by visiting the Customer Service desk at the airport. If your problem is more serious, it may be a good idea to simply note the Customer Service manager’s name and number and seek professional help before proceeding further.

Personal injury lawyer -There are a wide variety of personal injury lawyers available, many of whom specialize in aviation injury. You can search online to find firms and lawyers in your area. Getting help from an expert is always the safest bet.

FAA – If you are interested in reporting a complaint or problem about your recent flight experience, including a personal injury, the FAA has a toll-free hotline – 866-835-5322.

All-in-one Orlando

Orlando has been a regular favourite for Britons for years, and for good reason. Sun, shopping, adventure and relaxation – Orlando, Florida is an all-in-one kind of destination.

It’s no surprise that it’s such a popular destination. Orlando offers something for the young, the old and due to the warm weather, you’re almost guaranteed sunshine to do it in. Regular and affordable flights are in abundance and we were able to get a great deal for flights to Orlando, thanks to its consistent popularity.

Theme Parks

My first thought was a stereotypical one: Disney World is in Orlando and that’s why everyone goes there. In fact, I was wrong. The theme park is a huge pull for the state but it isn’t the only reason to visit.

Also, most of the visitors stay in the vicinity of the park, which isn’t as central as I originally thought. The theme park is actually near Lake Buena Vista. It’s a must-see for families and the young at heart, Orlando has. But none of the theme parks are in town. Universal Studios, Sea Wold, Gatorland and Ripley’s Believe-it-or-not are all outside of Orlando. They’re all accessible and all worth a visit, but if you’re not up for it there’s a range of other activities for the 52 million tourists that visit annually.


I was surprised at just how many golf bags came off the plane. Yours will be well looked after, Orlando knows how to welcome golfers. Hire a house and a van and pack your friends and clubs in the back and hit one of the many golf courses. There is something for every handicap and the fantastic climate is a golfer’s best friend. From stunning private resorts like Ginn Reunion Golf Resort – designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, to the infamous Grand Cyress Resort, you could golf for days.


The Florida Mall is the largest in the state and it has everything you can imagine. The Mall at Millenia is Orlando’s most upscale and beautiful mall. It’s part of a new area that is seeing development and is worth a visit.


Everything grows in Orlando so it’s very green and there’s lots of nature around every corner. Be sure to spend time at Lake Eola Park, located at the centre of the city. Enjoy the music and drama in the amphitheatre or the farmers market on Sundays. It’s one of the best spots to view the city. Take a dip in the free-flowing natural spring At Kelly Park, Rock Springs or visit the University of Central Florida Arboretum. Both have no admission fee and both are a relaxing day morning or afternoon out.

And being America – the ultimate social meeting place – you’ll find every culture under the sun. And boy is there lots of sun. We had a wonderful time meeting new people, visiting more of the other attractions outside of the theme parks and we’ll certainly be back.

Next time with golf clubs.

Springtime is the right time for a Roman holiday

Rome’s ancient beauty is rarely more stunning than in the spring. For a few brief weeks each year the temperatures hover within a realm of lovely numbers and the heat of the sun brings new life to everything and everyone in the city.

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Rome hotels start to fill up in spring but there aren’t nearly as many tourists as will be swarming the city by June. The food is fresh, the flowers are gorgeous and the people watching is spectacular. Here are just a few of the reasons that the best time to visit Rome is in the spring.



Spring time is artichoke season in Rome. Roman artichokes (carciofi romaneschi) only grow from February to May meaning that when they appear on menus during other parts of the year they are imported from elsewhere. Sampling some freshly prepared fried (alla guidia) or braised artichokes with olive oil, garlic and herbs (alla romana) are the most delicious and authentic ways to indulge in this fleeting harvest.



There are some really great beaches within an hour of the city. During the summer months beaches are packed (especially at weekends) and enjoying the sun and sand is made somewhat more difficult with so many strangers attempting to do the same.

Spring is the perfect time to visit the beach as the sun is warm enough to spread out on the sand (even if the water is still a bit cold) and there are far fewer people to share it with.



The Spanish Steps are one of Rome’s most popular attractions and while it is delightful to stop and smell the roses, spring on the steps means Azaleas (and lots of them).

Every May, the city puts out buckets of blooming azaleas on the Spanish Steps. Once the blossoms have come and gone the pots do the same and are carted away to make room for the resident roses and cheap toy vendors. While it’s sad to see them go, they are a sight to behold mid-blossom and well worth a visit.



Let’s face it – there’s never a wrong time for gelato. But the great thing about spring time is that gelato is no longer seen as an ‘excusable’ indulgence during colder days, it legitimately feels right. Sampling a few scoops of your favourite flavours while strolling through the spring streets of Rome is perhaps the most enjoyable experience possible. Sunny spring days were meant for gelato.


Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is best experienced between the cold winter days and the boiling summer nights. Spring brings about new life for the city and that makes it such an incredible time to visit. Before the busy summer crowds and the after shorter days of autumn and winter, springtime is the perfect window for the perfect holiday in Rome.

How to plan for family vacations

Family vacations can be fun when family members are included to be part of a journey. Travelling together raises a fair amount of challenges and travelling abroad requires even more amount of planning. There are lots of details to consider when you plan for a trip that there is a checklist which one needs to follow in order to make the family vacation fruitful. A well planned vacation will go smoothly and will be more enjoyable than an unplanned one. Family vacations are a great time to bond with the family and can create lifetime memorable experiences. Planning is vital for a successful family vacation. Let us have a look at how to plan a family vacation

Firstly, Plan in advance before the trip. This can be fun process as discussing and planning on destinations and activities to do together would make it fun and exciting for your family. Planning can give you better possibilities for good deals. If you spend time surfing on net then you can find lots of family travel deals which are fantastic offers which are available due to last minute cancellations. Spend time researching on hotels and flights for your vacation. You can choose to go for an inexpensive flight and spend more money on hotels and sightseeing. You can collect all information from a person who has already visited the location because he can give you tips on how to make the journey and family vacation more fun and exciting. You can also give your kids a budget for themselves. They can save a part of their allowance in order to prepare for family vacation. This will make them develop responsibility and boost their spirits for the upcoming vacation.

Secondly, ensure everybody has their say in the planning process. Planning the vacation should be something where everyone should be involved. Process should be enjoyable for everyone. At the same time there should be any fights when the planning process happens as a fight would loom over a vacation and there will not be any fun in the process. Ask everyone on vacation dates and budgets and then for destination suggestions. After presenting all the options, narrow down the choices to 3-4 choices only. If the choices are difficult to choose, then list the pros and cons of each vacation choice.

Thirdly, look for locations which are family oriented. Ski vacations, beach vacation and cruises are popular family oriented vacations which has lots to do for everyone. You can choose to book your beach vacation from many agents which have various options for your great family vacation. There are also great resorts for small children which offer activities for them. Once you have taken an input from everybody in the family then you can decide on a destination which offers everything which your family needs. If you like hiking, surfing or skiing then consider places where such activities can be participated in. It is important to record a trip as you would not want to regret when you are back that you don’t have a record of the trip you had taken.

Top 5 best beaches in Turkey

Turkey boasts over 8,000 kilometres of coastline and over 383 award-winning blue flag beaches, so it’s no wonder that it is one of the most popular sun holiday destinations in Europe all year round.

Pristine white sand beaches can be found all along the Aegean, Mediterranean, Marmara and Black Sea coasts of Turkey. From bustling coastline resorts to quiet, secluded stretches of sand, there’s a beach for everyone, whether you want to get away from it all or enjoy resort amenities and water sports.

There’s also plenty of bargain holidays to make the most of, and Uk travellers can escape the questionable weather of the UK and be sunning themselves on a beach within four and a half hours from most UK airports. For more information visit this website.

Here are five of Turkey’s best beaches:

Oludeniz Beach

Oludeniz Beach, along what is known as the ‘Turquoise Coast’, is arguably the most famous beach destination in Turkey. Situated near Fethiye, or the Blue Lagoon, it is a postcard-perfect crescent of sand, leading into impossibly turquoise ocean. With gentle, lapping waves and warm waters, it is an ideal bathing spot for all the family. It also has a lovely promenade backed by restaurants and bars, for sunny afternoon strolls.

Patara Beach
Located near Kalkan, Patara Beach is another popular spot for sun-loving travellers. One of the longest beaches in the Mediterranean at approximately 18km, it features undulating sand dunes, crystal-clear waters and is a protected area, due to the nesting of turtles on the beach. There’s also beautiful surrounding landscapes and ancient ruins to explore.

Iztuzu Beach
This long stretch of golden sand is located near Dalyan, in the Ortaca district of the Province of Mugla in southwestern Turkey. The beach is a narrow spit of land, which forms a natural barrier between the fresh water delta of the Dalyan river and the Mediterranean. It is one of the main breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean and is therefore often dubbed “Turtle Beach”. Not as touristy as some of the other beaches along the coast, it’s a great spot for all the family.

Butterfly Valley Beach
Butterfly Valley Beach is arguably Turkey’s most photogenic beach, situated between two towering cliffs. It can be reached by boat from Oludeniz and Fethiye, as well as down a rocky path from the main road, for the more adventurous. It is  called Butterfly Valley Beach due to the thousands of butterflies that live in the colourful flora and fauna behind the beach. The best part is that it feels secret and there aren’t any built up buildings in sight. A photographer’s dream!

Situated in the Datca peninsula, in a line of bays stretching from Hayitbuku and Kizilbuk, Ovabuku is one of the most stunning beaches in Turkey. A small but perfectly formed stretch of shingle beach surrounded by quaint restaurants, it is a lesser-known beach and perfect for those that want to get away from the crowds and bustling resorts.

What You Should Do in Budapest

If you’re looking for a bargain on your next holiday, you should consider a trip to Budapest where you can delight in a thermal bath, go shopping, or dine in some of the most wonderful restaurants in the world.  You can enjoy exciting nightlife, walk through the historic district, or take a guided tour so that you won’t miss anything that the city has to offer.  If you are bored chances are you haven’t done your research or you just aren’t looking in the right places for a memorable holiday experience.  Let’s take a look at some of the activities that you should do in Budapest.

Thermal Baths

Are you stressed, frustrated, or just plain tired?  If you answered yes, then perhaps you should enjoy a thermal bath where you can unwind, rest your feet, and rejuvenate for tomorrow’s adventures.  Find the style of bath that suits you best and go to experience that one; you may want to visit the locations personally to get a first-hand view of the amenities that the thermal bath offers to you as a weary tourist.

Let’s Go Shopping

You’ll have a plethora of shopping options in Budapest; from the mall to unique shops to flea markets you’ll find just what you need for the perfect gift to take home.  Visiting Vaci Street is a must to begin your marathon of shopping; you’ll meet plenty of locals and visitors here who can direct you to the perfect area for your purchases.


If you enjoy a nice cocktail in the evening or prefer dancing the night away, Budapest has a dynamic nightlife that is filled with bars and social clubs for your enjoyment.  You can research the venues on the Internet or ask your concierge for a suggestion based on your likes and dislikes.  Also locals can steer you to unique clubs with a flavour of the Budapest culture.  Be sure to use common sense and go with friends instead of going alone in a new environment.

Cafes or Coffee houses

Enjoying a perfectly brewed cup of coffee in a local cafe is an excellent way of learning what to do in Budapest and what to see while you’re visiting.  You’ll find a myriad of locations that serve your favourite blends along with pastries and other goodies to polish off your shopping trip or end your perfect day of sightseeing.

To be assured of seeing and doing everything that interests you, booking one of the Budapest Tours can help you to find your way around the area and expose you to activities and sites that you may want to go back and explore further on your own.  You’ll be able to ask questions and take advantage of the knowledge of your tour guide which is very helpful when in a new location or city.  You may also want to book some day trips and excursions outside the city of Budapest itself so that you’ll have a wider understanding and appreciation of the countryside.  Plan before you go so that your holiday will be the best one that you’ve ever taken.

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Does the traditional Christmas still exist?

For most of us in the UK, a traditional Christmas means sitting around the dining room table tucking into a hearty turkey roast before collapsing on the sofa to squeeze in as many mince pies and chocolates as is humanly possible.

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But, that’s not the only option. Actually, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are moving away from this kind of Christmas and making their own traditions – often which involving going overseas in search of a little sunshine and relaxation.

If you’re considering shaking up your seasonal celebrations this year, you can find a little inspiration for doing so below.

1) A Christmas cruise

My number one recommendation is going on a Christmas cruise. Why does this make the top spot, I hear you ask? Well, I think the major reason is how special it makes your time away – Christmas cruises typically feature loads of great festive events (though you can, of course, give them a miss if you’re hoping to get away from Christmas entirely!). Plus, luxury is the order of the day, which means you can completely relax and indulge yourself.

Cruise directly from the UK (there are plenty of Christmas cruises from Liverpool in 2013) and you’ll be able to enjoy every single moment of your getaway, avoiding the hassle of airport queuing and long flights. And of course, you’ll also be able to escape to the sun, with the sun-drenched Canary Islands being a popular Christmas cruise destination.

Visit islands like Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife to enjoy the beautiful beaches, water sports and natural attractions, while you’ll also be able to visit places like Madeira en route.

2) A winter holiday

Another option is to book a standard winter holiday to the Canary Islands instead – a good alternative if you’re not into cruising (though if you’ve never been on one before and simply assume you won’t like it, I’d thoroughly recommend ignoring your preconceptions and giving it a go – there are few people who don’t like it once they’ve tried it!).

This will give you all the sunshine of a cruise, though of course you won’t get to travel to lots of different places (unless you arrange all the transfers and stays in several hotels yourself). You also won’t get all the Christmas events on the cruise itself, though as a way of countering that, you can make sure you’re aware of local festivities that are going on instead.

3) A cosy staycation

My final suggestion is a staycation. The obvious difference with this one is that you won’t be bathed in sunshine – but that’s not what all of us are looking for anyway! A staycation is, I think, a really good choice if you’re just looking for a breather away from the Christmas rush back home but don’t want to head overseas.

If you’re planning to go away with the family in tow, you might want to consider booking a cottage rather than a hotel for that cosy feel – though it’s worth remembering that you may well end up cooking Christmas dinner as usual! If you’re worried about that, make sure you do plenty of research in advance and book a table at a local restaurant.

A staycation like this is also quite an affordable way of giving the family a Christmas treat, especially as you can stay in and cook whenever you please, and eat out when it comes to big celebrations.