Swimming Safety Tips For All the Family

Posted on: July 25th, 2011 Posted by

Statistics from The International Life Saving  Foundation suggest that internationally 1.2 million people die each year through drowning, and over 50% of those are children. These sobering figures only show one side of the story – many more people are rescued and live to tell the tale.  It makes sense then, to take some time to ensure that your family understand the need for safety around water before you go on holiday. Kids and adults can all benefit from learning how to avoid unnecessary risks and what to do if they find themselves in trouble. Read the rest of this entry »

Staying In The UK?

Posted on: July 18th, 2011 Posted by

According to a recent study by Experian, around 28% of British people will replace their usual annual vacation with a break in the United Kingdom. Choosing to forego sun, sand and sea abroad is becoming a popular way for families to cut back on expenses but can Britain really compare with a holiday overseas? We look at the benefits of staying in Britain instead of travelling abroad, and discover why more and more people are saying yes to the UK.

No More Airport Queues

One of the most frustrating things about travelling abroad is the drawn out process of getting through the airport, onto your flight and collecting your baggage at your destination. Staying in the UK means that you can avoid all this and get on with enjoying your holiday. And of course, no worries about excess baggage weights or lost passports!

Beaches, Mountains, Lakes, Cities & History

For a relatively small country, the United Kingdom has a vast variety of things to see and places to go.  Whether your dream holiday involves surfing, visiting castles or hitting the shops, you will find  all these options without leaving the country.  Rural Britain offers varied country-side and coastline, while her major cities are host to top retailers and offer entertainment from cinema to theatre, art galleries and more. It is easy to forget that Britain has numerous world class attractions, and turning tourist in your own country can give you a whole new perspective.


While some people enjoy the variety of foods available when they travel abroad, it can be difficult for others to appreciate foods they are not used to – and those travelling with fussy children or elderly family members may find this stressful. When you choose to stay in the UK, you’ll be able to access all your favourite brands and national stores without having to pay excessive prices.

No Language Barrier

A  huge bonus of remaining in the UK for your holidays is not having to struggle with a foreign language in shops, on public transport or at your accommodation. While some people may enjoy picking up a new word or two while they are on holiday, this can be a source of worry and stress, particularly for those who are new to travel.

Driving on the Same Side of the Road

Every year, tourists are injured or killed in accidents caused by driving on the wrong side of the road while travelled in Europe. If you choose to stay in Britain, there are no concerns regarding this matter, and of course there are no worries about understanding unfamiliar signs or rules of the road.

Accommodation to Suit Every Pocket

Whether you are counting your pennies, or want to splash out, you’ll find accommodation to suit your needs in the UK. Self catering options are numerous, and range from luxurious country retreats to cosmopolitan penthouse suites and even tree-houses and yurts!


If your job or lifestyle mean that 2 week long trips abroad or not a possibility, you’ll find plenty of options for long weekend or short mid-week breaks throughout the UK. This can be ideal if you fancy a getaway but haven’t the spare time for a full blown vacation!

The Weather?

Britain’s weather may not seem like a strong point, particularly for anyone who likes to travel to foreign climes and catch a few rays of sunshine. However, it is worth considering that many popular destinations such as Spain, France and Italy can become almost unbearably hot at the height of summer, and you may spend your break trying to stay cool instead of exploring the local area.

The Self Catering Guide to Shopping At Markets

Posted on: July 11th, 2011 Posted by

Weekly street markets are an important part of the weekly routine in towns and villages throughout Europe. When travelling on a self-catering basis, these food markets offer an ideal opportunity to sample local food-stuffs and delicacies and usually at an excellent price. Individual markets may have a historical significance due to location and are worth visiting if only for the atmospheric hustle and bustle of locals going about their business and traders doing their best to sell their wares. Read the rest of this entry »

A Taste of Germany

Posted on: July 4th, 2011 Posted by

If your self catering vacation is taking you to Germany, you have many culinary delights to look forward to. Beef, pork and poultry are mainstays of the German dining table, served with plentiful vegetables and one of the many varieties of bread which are produced in the European country. Freshwater fish such as perch, trout and carp are served in inland areas, while those of you who visit the coastline to the north will be able to sample preserved fish dishes such as pickled herring. Desserts also play an important role on a typical German menu, with cakes and tarts displaying  beautiful, fresh fruit such as cherries, apples, plums and strawberries. Read the rest of this entry »