Going On Holidays

Things You Need To Learn Before Going On Holidays

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The experts at Ottawa Valley Travel tell us it is easy these days to just step on an airplane and within a few hours of travel find yourself in a whole different country and culture.  In many countries, English is not the usual language and if spoken it is often with an accent that is difficult to understand. The laws are also quite different from many English speaking countries and so is the clothing and the food. That’s what makes it so fascinating to visit such a country.  We can learn from people of other nationalities if we open ourselves to doing so.

However, rather than going off unprepared, it is wise to take some time to learn a few things before you go.  Here are some tips to get the most out of your overseas holidays.

  • Learn a few phrases of the language so you can at least say yes please and no thank you.
  • Find out what the climate is likely to be for the time you will be there so you can pack appropriately. Also check the weather just before leaving. You don’t want to head into a tornado or hurricane.
  • Learn about the most common laws and don’t break them, particularly those about drugs – even those that are normal to us, such as painkillers – and drunkenness.
  • Learn about their dress code and respect it. Many countries require a woman to have her knees covered in a temple.

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Holiday Destination

8 Tips for Choosing a Great Holiday Destination

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A report out this week regarding Bali villas says that it is sometimes difficult to choose a holiday destination to please everyone in the family. It may also be hard to choose one to suit yourself, let alone anyone else. If no one in your family can agree about where to travel for the next holiday, here are 8 tips to help.

  • Rather than thinking about where to go, start thinking along the lines of what you want to do during the holiday. If you want to lie on warm sand or go surfing, you choice of destination will be limited to places that have great beaches. Not all countries are lucky enough to have them. Make a list of those that do, and eliminated all those you’ve already been to, unless you enjoyed it so much you simply must go back there. But if you feel like that, you wouldn’t be reading this.
  • If you are going with friends or family, find out what they want, otherwise the holiday may not be as pleasant as you expected. It’s important to go where everyone can have fun. Get everyone to write down their two or three most important activities to do on holiday. If children are included, make sure the holiday is one where they can do things within their capabilities. Extreme activities like abseiling or parasailing are limited to teens or adults, not little children.
  • If you are still having trouble, think about past holidays and what you liked most about them. Also remember those things you hated so you can avoid them in the future.
  • Consider your budget. No holiday can be truly successful if you run out of money – during the holiday or afterwards. Responsible budgeting will take care of present and future needs. Remember to take into consideration the exchange rate, which can give you more than you expected in some countries; less in others.
  • Take into account your physical limitations. Not everyone is in good health or fit. If you plan to do extreme activities or go on long hikes, make sure everyone is fit enough. Carrying weary children is not the best fun, nor is becoming too exhausted to what you thought would be great from your armchair at home.

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Volunteer On Holiday

Volunteering as a Holiday

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The professionals at travel accommodation company Easy Villas tell us that for those who like to put something back into a community or just help others less fortunate, volunteering may be the answer to what to do on your holiday travels.  There are many different ways you can volunteer and many different countries where people can go to offer their services. Of course, you don’t just turn up somewhere and ask if you can volunteer. There has to be some sort of arrangement and structure.

There are many opportunities for voluntary work and you can find a lot of them on the Internet or by contacting charitable organisations.  Here are just some of the opportunities. Choose one that interests you, whether it is to do with sports, animals or conservation.

There are also opportunities for families to have a volunteering holiday and this can be a great way to teach your children about other cultures. Having children along on the trip is a good way to get the children to open up to you quickly, as children often make friends in such situations very easily.

  • You can be placed in a school in India to assist with coaching sports or even just to help the children practice their English speaking skills, since many schools now teach English. Project coordinators ensure you can make the best use of your skills and that the children you work with a the right age for your experience.

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