Travel

Things to remember before going on holiday

Whether you’re planning a short getaway in the city or making your travel dreams a reality, the last thing you want is for you to forget to do or check something and have that spoil your entire holiday. There’s a lot of things you may need to remember, so here is a short list, to ensure you’ve got all of the essentials sorted.

Check Passport Date

In addition to actually knowing where your passport is, and remembering to take it with you on your journey, you must also check its expiration date. Many countries require you to have a set amount of months left on your passport, for example, Turkey requires needs you to have six months left. Make sure this is checked before you even book your holiday, so that you don’t end up arriving at the airport, and not being allowed to fly anywhere.

Know Your Luggage Allowances

Regardless of how often you fly, you must always check the luggage allowances for your break. Different airlines have different policies in regards to how much luggage you’re allowed and how big your bags and suitcases can be, and some may have changed their policies recently, and you may not know about it. If you can’t fit everything into one case, most airlines allow you to add extra cases for a small fee, so don’t get caught out with an overweight suitcase at the airport.

Know Your Cycle

Your period can affect many aspects of your life, especially when you’re on holiday. You may not want to go swimming, partake in activities that you have planned, or may simply feel sick and have cramps the entire time, which isn’t fun in any way. If your holiday plans to fall on that week, you don’t have to endure it. You now have a solution. Period delay pills are exactly what they say on the tin, and can delay your period until after you return from your break, which can make your time away a whole lot more relaxing.

Have All Your Important Documents

There is a lot of documentation that you need to take on holiday with you, so ensure you have it all when you leave. Driving licenses, boarding passes, hotel confirmations, health insurance cards, and visas all fit into this category and should be kept together and organised, perhaps in a folder or a plastic wallet. Make a note of any important numbers and addresses too, in case they are needed for any reason. It’s always a sensible idea to have the name of your hotel, written in the language of the country you are visiting, on a piece of paper, in case you can’t find a cab driver that can speak English.

Make Sure Your Home’s Secure

The last thing that you want after a relaxing break away is to return home and realise that you have had a break in. To reduce the chance of this happening, and to make sure that your home insurance is valid if you are the victim of a break in, ensure that all of your windows and doors are properly closed and locked. You may even want to invest in security cameras or house alarms if you’re leaving for a while. It would also be a sensible idea to get a family member or a neighbour to check on the house every now and then, water the plants, and move any letters or deliveries.

Plan Your Journey To The Airport

It’s always best to know well in advance how you are getting to the airport on the morning of your departure (and how you are getting home when you return). If you are asking a friend or family member to drop you off, it’s always polite to ask them in plenty of notice, so they don’t make any plans beforehand or feel as though you’re springing it on them. If you are driving, you need to book your car parking space in advance, to ensure you don’t end up paying through the roof. For both of these, you need to leave with plenty of time to spare, in case you get stuck in traffic and end up missing your flight. If you’re traveling by train, booking well in advance is likely to get you the best prices here too.

These are some of the most important things that you need to remember before going on holiday. As long as you remember these, your holiday should be relatively stress-free, meaning that you can enjoy your trip a whole lot more.

Dreaming of a Honeymoon in the Maldives……

 

honeymoon in the maldives

Honeymoon in the Maldives

When someone says honeymoon, I instantly think the Maldives. I think that’s because, since being young I have always dreamt of a honeymoon in the Maldives. Unlike reality, which was a week in Devon (which was wonderful by the way).

honeymoon in the maldives

The Maldives

The Maldives are a collection of more than a thousand coral islands. The main island of Malé is home to a busy fishing market, lots of restaurants, shops and the airport for the islands. The Maldives are famous for their beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and stunning coral reefs.

Many private islands are covered in beautiful white sand and surrounded by the clear blue ocean. Lots of the islands have their own coral reef. So there are plenty of amazing diving and snorkelling opportunities to be had. With their own personal reef, you don’t have to swim out far to find yourself submerged with marine life. Some of the best in the world.

honeymoon in the maldives

Stunning Accommodation

There are so many styles of accommodation to choose from. All-inclusive hotel resorts, with every kind of facility you could ever want. Exclusive pool villas, set within resorts so you have access to hotel facilities. Tiny boutique hideaways. Garden Villas set in the stunning gardens of the resorts. Beach side bungalows, where you can step out of your bungalow straight onto the beautiful sand, and of course the amazing over-the-water bungalows, set out in the lagoons.

accommodation types in the maldives

accommodation types in the maldvies

Top things to do in Maldives

I’m sure that when people think of the Maldives, they think about drinking cocktails on the beach, and jumping into the sea for a swim whenever the mood takes them. However there are so many other things to do while in the Maldives. I have put together a list of ‘musts’ while you’re there.

  • The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – off the Island of Rangalifinolhu.
  • Underwater Spa.
  • Private candlelit beach dinner.
  • Diving – the Maldives offer some of the best diving in the world.
  • Learn to dive.
  • The Dolphin excursion.
  • Island Hopping.
  • Surfing – people travel to the Maldives to enjoy some of the best surfing around.
  • Paddle Boarding.
  • Beach side Balinese couples massage.
  • A scenic flight over the islands.

top things to do in the maldives

underwater restaurant maldives

With so many different islands to choose from, which one will you choose for your honeymoon destination?

 

TravelShades for travel sickness relief

travel sickness relief

As a child I, along with my younger sister, experienced travel sickness. Unfortunately she still suffers now. Like most childhood motion sickness cases I grew out of it. For adults it can cause concern when travelling in everyday circumstances but also when wanting to travel on holiday. Cars, boats, planes and trains can all be a struggle for suffers.

TravelShades travel sickness relief

We all know someone that can read whilst travelling as a passenger in a car, with no ill effect. Yet others suffer terribly. It is thought that motion sickness occurs when there is a conflict between what your eyes see and your inner ear balance. Both sending different confused messages to the brain, leaving that feeling of motion sickness.

It can be caused when:-

  • Motion is felt but not seen
  • Motion is seen and not felt
  • Both seen and felt but detected by the brain in different ways.

Motion sickness can give the sufferer many different symptoms: dizziness, nausea, vomiting, cold sweating, headaches, extreme tiredness, increased saliva and rapid, shallow breathing. So dealing with this is not a pleasant thought when planning a holiday, especially your honeymoon.

Imagine planning your honeymoon around your motion sickness or never being able to go on a plane to your dream destination. Well, TravelShades are a new product that are designed to help relieve or in some cases cure your travel sickness. It means no more travel sickness drugs to take.

TravelShades

travelshades

TravelShades are a sunglasses style product that has one translucent lens. It allows light illumination but you are unable to see movement. The TravelShades are also designed so they can be flipped upside down to allow for the other eye to be covered. By doing this it can help to prevent symptoms of motion sickness. Sounds very simple when you think about it.

TravelShades advise you to try them out for 2-3 days at home, before going on your journey. Putting them on for 3-5 minutes at a time, several times a day. This will allow you to get used to having the reduced sight but giving you the best chance of getting results.

There are 3 different TravelShades available to buy:-

  • Horizon and Horizon Junior models can be worn over your own glasses.
  • LoLight are designed for low light travel conditions, like night time.

TravelShades also provide protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, but as with most eyewear they should not be used to view the sun directly.

TravelShades

While wearing these glasses your vision will be restricted so no driving is allowed. It is recommended that you do not walk or run, consume hot drinks or hot food, be careful when handling fragile or breakable items and make sure you take care when judging distances.

TravelShades have an rrp of £39.99 for the adult models and rrp of £29.99 for the junior. With a 30 day money back guarantee, you have nothing to lose.

My sister is looking forward to trying these out on her next trip away, to see how they help with her travel sickness.

travelshades

So, with these new travel sickness glasses launching February 28th it will allow people to make more exciting travel plans. Planning your honeymoon now may not be quite so restricting. The world is your oyster. Full of fabulous destinations, with a travel sickness free journey!

Where will you travel to?

*Thank you for sending me out some TravelShades in exchange for this post*