Would you go away at Christmas time?

With Christmas right around the corner now, many people are already thinking about putting their decorations up and spending time with family and friends in the comfort of their own home. That said, there will also be a number of Brits who are heading overseas for Christmas 2017, whether that’s to enjoy a spot of sun in the Bahamas or the snow slopes in a location like The Alps. Going away for Christmas isn’t for everyone, and the majority of people stay at home for Christmas with their family and close friends, but with so many cheap last minute deals, even around Christmas time, it could be worth visiting a Christmas market in Europe or travelling to a beach location if you’re completely fed up with the feeling or the weather here in the UK. Let us know if you’re heading away for Christmas this year, and if you are what is prompting you to do so?

Top destinations in Thailand

If you are lucky enough to be able to explore south east Asia, make sure these Thailand destinations are at the top of your list:

Koh Phangan- Although this island is known for its full moon, half moon, dark moon or any type of moon parties, it is also a very beautiful island with picturesque beaches. Hiring a moped is a must, and you can explore the entire island in a few days.

Koh Tao- The home of deep sea diving and chilled out lifestyle. Head here for a few days and sign up to do your diving course and see the stunning underwater world that Koh Tao has to offer. Relax on the beach in the evenings with a beer and watch the Thai men dance with fire.

Chiang Mai- A popular city in Thailand offering you amazing temples and spend some time learning about the Thai culture.

Pai- A place like no other, relax in a hammock or hang out in one of the many quirky coffee shops. Hire a moped and explore the mountains and the stunning views they have to offer, and dip into one of the famous rock pools to cool off from the sun.

Krabi & the islands- If you love beaches then head here to do some island hoping and see the beautiful views from the many stunning lookout points.

Managing your foreign money while travelling

Your next travelling adventure may include a mixture of different countries and currencies, that’s why planning your budget and amount of cash you need is so important.

Changing all of your travel money before you go will probably give you the best rates, however it isn’t wise to carry lots of cash around with you, as it is more likely to be stolen and of course difficult to keep track off.

The best thing is to exchange some currency for your first destination before you go, and then simply withdraw your money out of ATM’s as your go. One important thing to do before you set off is to inform your bank of your travel plans with date that you will enter and leave each country, that way you avoid getting your card blocked due to unusual activity.

When it comes to taking out cash withdrawals you shouldn’t take out too much at one time as you increase your risk of losing it or getting it stolen. It’s always better to lose a small amount rather than a large amount of cash. Always remember to carry your bank card in a separate place to where you keep your cash.

Make the beautiful highlands of Scotland your next holiday adventure

If you are after an adventurous holiday with breath taking views, there is no need to travel far as a Scotland highland adventure may be the perfect holiday for you.  

Scotland is one of the top holiday attractions in the UK for foreigners, and that’s why every Brit needs to explore this beautiful country too. If you love chasing the sun, then perhaps this isn’t the right holiday for you, but for those seeking something a little different from their usual, grab your hiking boots and get ready for a fantastic adventure.

With so many scenic mountains and views in Scotland there is always a reason to go for a long walk. Scotland is also home to some of the best seafood restaurants, whisky distilleries and unusual valleys. Driving around Scotland is your best option, as the winding roads are all part of the adventure, and it also gives you the freedom to explore as many places as you desire.

A highlands adventure doesn’t come cheap as accommodation and food can be a bit pricey, and that’s probably why so many of us opt for a summer holiday abroad. That said, the Scottish Highlands is a once in a life time adventure and can open your eyes to how beautiful the UK really is.

Bali: A top travel destination

Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. It is a famous tourist destination that has topped TripAdvisor’s best destination list for 2017. Bali is popular for its white beaches, great diving and jungle treks in its forests.

The Indonesian island is more famous for its well developed, modern and traditional dances. Every year the Indonesian film festival is held in Bali. This island is found in the coral triangle whereby several coral species are likely to be found.

The main tourist locations in Bali are the towns of Kuta because of its sandy beaches and its outer suburbs of Legian and Seminyak, offering great oceanic views. Dolphin sightings at Lovina, places Bali at an advantageous position as compared to other tourist destinations. Tourists also participate in mountain climbing on Mount Kintamani which rises 1700 meters above the sea level. Bali has rose to be a renowned tourist destination that has grabbed global attention. It is likely to see an increase in the number of tourists in the coming years.

Overcoming language barriers during your travels

Many more people are exploring countries that speak little of the English language. Language can become a massive barrier during your travels but can sometimes be avoided if you plan ahead.

It is nice to hope that most people know enough of the English language for you to get by with everyday questions, however this is not always the case. The best way to overcome this hurdle is by using a language card, this can be found as a small pocket size book. The book has simple pictures and small words that you can point at to try and get someone to understand your needs.

Another alternative to a handheld book is to add a language translator on your smartphone, this can allow you to input your question in English and it will translate it to the language you choose. This is a great option, however in some countries reading isn’t always learnt, so they won’t be able to read the translation.

Saving money on flights by booking them last minute

If you are backpacking around the globe or are looking for a spare of the moment get-away, booking your flights a couple of days before you want to take off could save you money. There are many companies that compare flight prices with many different airlines, all you have to do is enter your destination, your departure location and the dates you want to fly, and they will show you all the flight prices and the cheapest fares available.

The prices shown do not include any added extras, so if you need to add check-in luggage, or add a meal or seat selection you may have to pay a little bit extra.

The great thing for backpackers is that by not booking flights in advance, you gain flexibility with your travels. You may find you like a particular place more than you expected and wish to stay their longer, by not having a flight date to leave by you open yourself up to more spare of the moment adventures.