To get the most out of your holiday, preparation is the key whether you are travelling abroad or around the UK. When you have decided what you want you want from your holiday, the next step is find a location and accommodation that will meet your needs...
Driving Tips for Visitors to the UK
If you're planning to drive during your UK holiday, you'll need to do some homework before you set off....
Maps and Guides
It can be a terrifying feeling to discover that you are lost. It is even more upsetting when happens during vacation traveling. One good way to ensure that this doesn't happen is to use maps and guides of the local area...
Travel Insurance UK
If you are going to travel for holiday, then travel insurance should be a must have before you go. It does not matter if you are going skiing, relaxing on the beach, or rock climbing; you need some type of travel insurance. It is very important that you look into getting travel insurance so that all of your bases are covered...
Should you be flying into the UK, you can choose from a wide selection of airports. London Heathrow is the most flown to airport in the UK, and is easily accessible from across the globe. However, the UK has several regional airports - while these may be a little harder to fly to; most are accessible via direct flights, or with a change of aircraft en-route...
Weather And Climate
When you are traveling you need to make sure you look at the weather of the place you are going to visit and pack accordingly. The climate can vary from place to place and knowing what you are likely to encounter is better than packing blind...
Staying in Touch
When you go on a trip you meet new people and want to stay in touch with them. It's not as hard to do with today's technology. You can stay in touch with all the new friends you or your family make. It could be someone that lives in the area, in another region of the country, or maybe even across the globe...
Health And Safety
When you go on a trip you pack and make a checklist of all the things you need to take. Just to make sure you don't forget anything. You think you're ready and everything is on track, but have you thought about the health and safety of your family...
Currency is an important factor in most overseas trips. The UK Pound (Sterling) is unique to the UK and, if you are visiting these shores, you will need to ensure you have a ready supply of the local currency...
Disability and Accessibility
Anyone with a disability knows how hard traveling can be. How can you make your UK holiday a success and manage your disability at the same time...
The rating system for catered and self-catered accommodation varies extensively throughout Europe. In France, room size is a major factor in whether it will receive a high rating. To gain four stars the room must measure at least 15 square feet, or for smaller establishments, 10 square feet. To gain four stars or more in Austria, all floors of a hotel must be soundproofed.
In the UK, the rating system takes into account cleanliness, service, comfort and facilities, hoping to provide a well rounded view of what a good hotel should aspire to.
Until recently, the accommodation ratings provided by the English Tourist Board were not fully congruent with those prescribed by the AA and RAC. Now, the English Tourism Council together with the AA and RAC have created a single, coherent rating system that applies to hotels, guesthouses, and caravan or camping sites across England.
Serviced tourist accommodation undergoes annual checks by independent, trained assessors to an attempt to provide you with an accurate picture of what to expect, and also shows what the accommodation owners themselves should strive for.
The old English Tourist Board classifications as applied to serviced accommodation mean that establishments were rated on the décor, fittings and furnishings as well as standard of hospitality.
The Crown system rated from 1-5 also gave an indication on the range of services and facilities available; 5 Crowns being the highest standard.
The classifications as applied to self-catering accommodation rate the quality of the furnishings and equipment available, with the same approval standards as above. To rate the facilities however, the system ranges from 1 Key for acceptable, to 5 keys for excellent.
English hotels are rated by stars from 1-5.
Red Star - Awarded by the AA. Red Star hotels are in the top 200 in the country.
Guest accommodation receives diamond ratings from 1-5, and covers accommodation such as guesthouses, B and Bs, and farmhouses.
Red Diamond - Awarded by the AA to the top 10% of guest accommodations.
Like hotels, self-catering accommodation is rated 1-5 stars.
Are given a rating of from 1-5 Stars - the more Stars, the higher the quality and the greater the range of facilities and level of services provided.
The English Tourism Council award Gold and Silver Awards are given to establishments which go beyond the achievements of their rating, also achieving top quality in important areas desired by guests.
The RAC Sparkling Diamond award recognises especially high standards in cleanliness.
Scotland and Wales are award stars instead of the previous English Crowns on a similar basis as above. They also divide the accommodation into separate categories which are then rated between 1-5 Stars.