TRAVELLING with kids can be fun and memorable – but can cost a packet, too.In fact, the average price of a week-long family holiday is just shy of £3,000, according to M&S Bank.Here, we team up with mother-of-two and thriftymum.com founder Hollie Gregersen to find out how to save a little cash on your next trip.Pack the basics. Take key items such as sun cream and shampoo to avoid expensive shop prices when you get to your destination.Explore the outdoors. Find out where the nearest parks are. Children can enjoy simple pleasures such as cloud-spotting, daisy chain-making and building a den there.Plan meals in advance. Always take a packed lunch. Places such as theme parks make their money from the high cost of food and drink.Teach kids about money. Give the children a small amount of spending money for the day on the understanding that once they’ve spent it, it’s gone. It will stop children asking for treats every two minutes.Take advantage of … [Read more...] about We share tips for how to plan a budget holiday with your children — plus find out how to get our Holidays From £9.50
laI FIRST travelled to the Algarve 35 years ago on a family holiday.It is something I will always remember because I went to play golf with my dad and remarked that the green was a strange square shape — only to discover it was the world’s most finely manicured tee.For a kid used to rain-swept and boggy courses in England, it was an easy mistake to make.It’s that sort of quality and attention to detail that has since turned Portugal’s Algarve into a Mecca for golfers — and made prices go through the roof at the same time.Five-star hotels are aplenty, as are restaurants for fine dining and top-end shops.But now there is a lower-priced alternative for golfers on a budget.The Magnolia Hotel in Quinta do Lago, which boasts three of the best courses in the area, is undergoing a major transformation to offer excellent affordable accommodation.There are 74 rooms, three suites and seven self-contained cottages, along with a large swimming pool which will soon be … [Read more...] about Head to the Algarve for a top-notch golfing holiday that won’t break the bank
The Christmas Holidays, a time traditionally spent by thousands every year eating Christmas dinner, spending time with loved ones and joining in widely celebrated festivities. Yet, behind this façade of Christmas celebrations emerges a more sinister reality for students all over the country – approaching January deadlines and exam stress; thus, turning Christmas from a season of happiness to a season of overwhelming panic and anxiety. The Christmas break is of paramount importance in order for our brains to recharge and wind down. During this holiday in particular, late nights, unhealthy eating and lack of exercise are extremely common, yet are key contributors to our stress levels. Therefore, with the stigma around mental health decreasing in modern society, and heightened awareness surrounding mental health issues, it is vital that time is spent ensuring students take care of themselves to ensure that external pressures, such as examinations, can be approached … [Read more...] about Work vs Play : How much work can students handle during the Christmas Holidays?
A MAN’S testicle “exploded like a volcano” after he got a rare disease on holiday.David Worsley, 59, caught African salmonella, a strain of the infection which was confined to his genital area, in Tunisia.The grandad was in agony as his privates swelled to ten times their normal size when he got home.His left testicle then burst as he had a bath and he is now taking legal action against tour operator TUI.He said: “I was told that I had a rare form of salmonella called African salmonella."After the holiday, my testicle had swollen to the size of a grapefruit and it was so heavy it was like it was made of glass.“The pain was so bad I thought I was going to die.“When it finally exploded I felt fantastic. It was such a relief."The doctor said I was highly contagious and that I wasn’t allowed to sleep with my wife. I was walking around holding them all the time, it was so heavy.”“A few days later, I woke up at about 5am with the most … [Read more...] about Grandad’s testicle ‘exploded’ after contracting African salmonella on dream holiday to Tunisia
HOTEL chain Holiday Inn has been blasted by a Hindu priest for selling a curry called “Holy Cow.”Dilpesh Kotecha, 44, says the name of the hotel restaurant dish is a “gross insult” to Hindus, who believe cows to be sacred.On the menu the meal is displayed next to a picture of a cartoon cow with a halo.Dilpesh said: “It’s not OK to take the mick out of someone’s religion. It’s offensive that a dish that people can order and eat is being called Holy Cow.”The 44-year-old, of Leicester, saw the menu when he was at a local Holiday Inn.He added: “I told the staff my feelings but they just took it as a joke."There was no apology or understanding there. It should be taken off the menu”The curry is supplied to Holiday Inn by a firm called Holy Cow — who are British Hindus themselves.Anu Sharma, boss of the family firm, said the name was a nod to the “British sense of humour”.She added: “I am sorry to hear … [Read more...] about Boss apologises after Hindu priest rages at Holiday Inn’s ‘Holy Cow’ curry