Biking and Hiking Holiday

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    Great Britain has a lot to offer, and if your feeling fit and active then going for a biking and hiking holiday across the vast and beautiful landscapes of this fine country would be an ideal holiday for you.

    On your bike you can truly appreciate the great views and stop to see the small towns and cities along the way depending on the route your taking to get to where you want to be.

    By taking a lightweight compact pop-up tent you can stop and pitch your tent wherever your brave enough to set up; if you think smart you will take only the essentials with you as you travel, and stock up with the stuff you need to eat and drink for a few day’s at the local shops of the towns you pass though.

    Once you reach your destination you can hike up the hills and trails and take in the breathtaking views from the mountains, see the vast countryside, glance at the lakes and more.

    The best thing about a biking and hiking holiday is that you set your own pace and go wherever you want without restrictions, for as long as your stamina and drive keeps going; make sure to save enough and plan well though for the different environments of places like Scotland and Wales.

    Should You Travel Abroad Or Local Holiday?

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    With recent political events that divided half the country people are worrying too much about things that may never happen and the effect of their actions by not doing something or panic buying is only going to make things worse; perhaps it’s time for a nice holiday somewhere out the way.

    The question now is whether you travel abroad or find some place nice here that’s out the way of people, and just make the most of it. It’s probably best to have a holiday locally and give people peace of mind that everything is still ok at the same time.

    Where you go really depends on budget and the type of holiday you are looking for, such as a quite cottage by the sea or in the country, something for the weekend by the sea; or a yurt in the forest; you may even decide you want a family holiday over the weekend, which would be great because the weather has been so nice lately and not too hold either.

    So go on, take a local break and clear your mind for a few day’s or more.

    Weekend Breaks For Those With Zero Hour Contracts

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    We all love holidays, and when we can we want to get away for a couple of weeks and just escape from the norm and forget about our daily woes; just kick back relax and be free for a short while. But with the rise of Zero-Hour contracts in hospitality and retail type roles, and constantly changing and rotating schedules it’s not always going to be easy to get time off.

    If you have worked in retail, or a hotel for more than a few years then it might be possible to get other members of staff to cover for you during your time away, for upto a week or two. But if it’s less than that, your more likely to be refused any holiday’s and you probably did not read your contract, as it may state that you are limited to the number of day’s you can take off. If this is the case then you will only get about 3 days off at a push and will almost certainly have to agree to cover somebody else’s shift if they have to cover yours whilst you are away.

    Don’t be discouraged if you are stuck in one of those awful contracts with a minimum number of hours to work each week, as you can still get time off and go for a short weekend break away and just let loose during that limited time and make the most of it.

    Secret Escapes website have some really great weekend breaks away throughout Great Britain, and better yet they even have a 70% sale on at the moment, so it’s a really good time to start planning and booking a nice short break weekend holiday.

    Going on Glamping Holiday

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    Glamping (Glamorous Camping) is a type of camping in pre-fabricated tents or Yurts on a fixed camping site; sometimes they are in trees.

    Usually Glamping accommodation will include most of the usual stuff you would find in a hotel room, including lighting and a solid based floor, though there won’t be a bathroom inside the tent/yurt and Glampers will have to travel to a central amenities block for showering and using the bathroom.

    Be aware of sites that pop up at random locations with the yurts, as they may not have good facilities due to their pop up anywhere nature; you may find yourself in a very open shower block that’s exposed to the elements with water that might not be hot or warm.

    On some sites they will have a local shop, which is probably going a portable truck of some sort if the site regularly moves around. In other instances the site may be on a local camping ground or country park and there will a series of fixed based shops for that site.

    There may be some options available for self-contained pop up pre-fab units with a small kitchen area, bathroom (with a similar water and septic tank system like an R.V), bedroom/central space, though they may be costly and the location remote and far away from anything; designed as the perfect get away from civilisation.

    Holiday to South Holland

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    When people think of Holland, many think of Amsterdam, though it has gained a reputation for sex, drugs and gaydom; more so than the actual culture.

    But there is so much more to Holland than Amsterdam, and if you travel further down south towards the Belgium side, you will find a beautiful culture that is just waiting to be explored; the more south you travel the less English will be spoken, so take that into account.

    Holland is an unusual country filled with eccentric thinkers who are always finding new ways to think. The style of their buildings is typically Dutch, but the urban street is an amalgamation of Americanised style, British Style and Dutch, perfectly blended together to create a unique style all in its own.

    It’s also a country obsessed with Bikes, and making the most of how to use those bikes; and how to get things on a bike from the supermarket and cycle home with it.

    Train travel is average and cheaper than in England, and with a better service, but trains are more for long range travel, rather than short distances in the areas further south.  Bear in mind that you have to buy the tickets from the electronic ticket machine prior to getting on the train or you will have to pay more when the conductor comes to check tickets; don’t expect the ticket offices to be open, or manned, as many are not and the ticket machines are the way to go.

    They have Arriva buses that are all electronic card operated and you can’t pay the drivers using cash, so if you don’t know any Dutch and unsure of where to get these cards from you’re going to be in for a tough time. The best way to get these cards is at the local Albert Heijn, or ask at one of the larger train stations. Don’t get a taxi anywhere in Holland if you are a foreigner, as they will try to overcharge you and the service will be lousy.

    Places to visit have to be Rotterdam for shopping and for stay, and Dordrecht to really get a feel of a Dutch town, the local cultures, the people and more.

    When you’re in Rotterdam, please be aware that not everybody will be friendly and you will sometimes get random people driving by shouting and swearing at you out of a moving car for no reason; don’t be bothered by this as they are mostly speaking another language you don’t understand so no harm done. Also be on the lookout for pickpockets and thieves, they will tail you for miles looking for the right opportunity, so if in doubt just go to a cafe and people watch and they will get bored and find another target.

    There are so many lovely places in the city of Rotterdam to go to, and no matter what you are looking for when shopping you will always find what you are looking for and need, but be smart and savvy of get ripped off.

    Travel safe and have fun, don’t be deterred by the less finer points, as Holland has so much more to offer.