Weekend Breaks For Those With Zero Hour Contracts
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
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
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.
Winter Holiday in Sunny Spain.
A perfect winter getaway would be to sunny Spain. The country has lots to offer; if you speak the language it has even more to give when you understand the locals. So where will you go?
There are three regions of Spain, all vibrant and welcoming with the different Spanish cultures; the Mainland, the Canary islands, and the Balearic Islands.
The Balearic islands:
The Balearic islands are an archipelago off eastern Spain, in the Mediterranean; these are Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
Mallorca (also known as Majorca), is the largest and is famous for its white sandy beaches, and the mountainous region in the north.
Ibiza is known for the party resorts, and night clubs where many young travellers have travelled too to party all night and have a good time; also known for its spas and yoga retreats. On its southern side there is a smaller island called Formentera, which is known for its sandy beaches and snorkelling and sailing adventures; also offering rental boating equipment and boat charters.
Menorca (also known as Minorca), is not as well known as its neighbours; but still has lots to offer with it’s white sandy beaches and pine trees along the coast. It has a series of smaller islands of its shores, most of which are small rock like formations; though one of them is a National park, on a small uninhabited island called Cabrera.
The Canary islands:
The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located just off the southern coast of Morocco, and are the furthest of Spain’s territories within the EU. The main islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, with a series of smaller islands and islets surrounding them.
Tenerife is a well known island for tourists looking for up-scale resorts, and the famous Mt. Teide volcano; which is among the largest of volcanoes in the world.
Fuerteventura is an island known for its water sports; windsurfing, surfing, water-skiing. As well as it’s white sandy beaches and sheltered coves.
Gran Canaria, is a popular island for cruise ships when stopping off at Las Palmas on the Northern coast; known for its white sandy beaches and mountainous regions.
Lanzarote is known for its white washed villas and coastal resorts; with a mostly volcanic landscape, and breathtaking cliffs; perfect for handgliding.
La Palma island is popular with adventurers, with its beautiful mostly green landscape, and breathtaking views; perfect getaway for those seeking adventure with real unspoiled nature.
La Gomera is the place to be for hikers; awesome craggy mountain trails leading to picturesque cliff side villages. Offering wild landscapes, unique floras, and black sand Atlantic beaches.
El Hierro is the smallest, and most remote of the Canary islands; boasting un-penetrable sea cliffs. forests, and lava features.
If you’re looking for a holiday on the mainland there are many places you could go; there are lots of places along the coastline, from the south to the north of Spain. Whether you’re looking for white sandy beaches, picturesque coastal villages, traditional villages in the mountains, a view of the Basque country, or miles of golf resorts; Mainland Spain has all this to offer and more!
The different Costas are: Costa de Almeria, Costa del Azahar, Costa Blanca, Costa Brava, Costa Calida, Costa Cantabria, Costa Dorada, Costa de la Luz, Costa de Marisco, Costa del Sol, Costa Granadina, Costa Vasca and Costa Verde.
Now we have given you a general overview of places to go in Spain, where you go now is up to you!
The right amount of holidays
Holidays can be expensive. In fact, let me rephrase that, holidays are very expensive – even the budget ones that we consider cheap can still put a decent dent in our monthly salaries or our savings. So to the people out there who holiday multiple times a year we say “enjoy yourselves!” because the rest of us need to work out what is the best thing to do with our budget and our needs.
We think about the amount of relaxation we get from a holiday and how much it costs us. We look at how stressed we get in the year and decide how many times we need to take a nice, lengthy break from work and our lives back home. The further you go, and the longer you go for, the more you will spend – so a hefty holiday might only happen once a year – but 2 or 3 small ones could well be in line for most of us.