Here’s How To Make Traveling Troubles Far Easier

You could be interested and desperate to go traveling. But there might be concerns and fears that are stopping you from fully committing to this idea. You’re certainly not alone here and there are lots of people that do get nervous when traveling. The trick will be to make sure that you take the right steps to ensure that you cut the stress out of the equation. 

Here are some of the options that could be worth exploring if you are a little nervous about traveling because of the typical concerns. 

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Nervous Flyer

First, it’s possible that you get nervous about flying. You’re not alone here and the trick is to explore options that are going to make flying far less stressful. You could speak to your doctor about the right solutions here. They may be able to prescribe something that will deliver the benefits that you want. 

Or, you might want to think about booking seats with a little extra room. These can be available at the same cost as regular seats if you decide to book early. We’ll talk about costs a little further down. 

 

Missed Flights

It’s possible that your concerns surrounding flying are tied to issues with missed flights and delays. The problem with missed flights is that they can spoil the overall feel of your vacation. To avoid this, you should make sure that you are arriving at your airport several hours before a flight leaves. You might also want to avoid booking too many connections. If you are delayed, you need to make sure that you’re going to be comfortable in whichever location you are stranded. You can do that by packing a bag to carry on the plane with you complete with all the key accessories like hotel quality robes. These are available to buy online. 

 

Security Concerns

Perhaps the reason that you are struggling to commit to traveling is that you are concerned about your home security. It can be a nightmare to think about what would happen if your home isn’t secure enough while you are out of the country. Luckily, these days, there are tech options that will put your home security fears at ease. For instance, you might want to think about investing in a cloud CCTV system. With an option like this, you’ll be able to make sure that you are monitoring things even while you are far away. 

 

Money Woes

Some people find that it’s money concerns that stop them from traveling as often as they would like. If you are worried about money and the cost of traveling, then you might want to think about some of the ways that you can make the cost easier to manage. 

There are lots of options that could be worth exploring here. For instance, you could think about setting up a travel blog. This is a great way to pay for your travels. You just need to complete a little research online to find the right ways to monetize it. 

 

Safety Issues 

It’s possible that you are nervous about safety when traveling. You might have heard the horror stories of people getting into danger when visiting unknown locations. This is just a matter of researching where you are traveling to as thoroughly as possible. You need to make sure that you are aware of any potential dangers. For instance, if you’re traveling in certain parts of Africa, it is going to be beneficial to ensure that you have a guide. This is true if you are thinking about going somewhere like Victoria Falls. 

 

Low Quality 

Finally, you could be concerned that you spend a lot of money only to end up with a low-quality experience. To avoid this, you need to make sure that you are checking out reviews and the different resources that are available online. By exploring the reviews, you will be able to guarantee that you have peace of mind that you are paying for the right experience. 

You could think about more options too. For instance, you might want to consider looking at travel blogs from people that have actually traveled to certain locations or perhaps stayed in particular hotels. 

We hope this helps you embrace traveling more and guarantees that you can journey further than before or that you feel free to travel more regularly. From money issues to problems with flights, when you explore your options, you’ll find there’s a solution to every struggle that you might be facing with traveling right now. 

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What Commonly Goes Wrong When Preparing For A Vacation

If you are thinking about preparing for a future vacation, you will obviously want to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible. There are a lot of things to bear in mind on that front. One of the most important is that you are probably keen to ensure your vacation doesn’t suffer any particular issues or problems, which is something that can indeed happen if you are not careful. The trouble there is that there are a number of things that can often go wrong when you are preparing for a vacation.

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In this article, we are going to take you through some of the things that can most commonly go wrong when you are preparing for a vacation. By being aware of these things, you should be able to ensure they don’t happen to you, and that you will therefore have a much better and easier time of preparing for your next trip abroad.

 

Not Getting Your Work In Order

Most people will need to think far in advance if they are going to make their vacation work well with their work life. Attending those two different aspects of your life can be tricky, but it’s important if you want to make sure that your vacation goes off without a hitch. The last thing you want to do is cause trouble at your work, either. So it’s important to make sure that you are getting your work in order as effectively and as fully as possible. How can you make sure of that?

One of the main ways to achieve this is by doing as much of your work as possible before you go, so that you are not leaving anyone in the lurch after your absence. You might also want to delegate some tasks where possible, training people up where necessary to ensure that this is possible to achieve. As long as you get your work in order in this way, you are going to find it a lot easier and simpler to go on any vacation you choose, whenever you like.

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Forgetting To Take Particular Items

One of the most frustrating things that can happen is to arrive at a hotel to discover you don’t have everything you thought you would have. This is much easier to do than you might think, and it can put a real damper on your whole trip from the very start – especially if the item in question is particularly important or pertinent to enjoying yourself or being able to fully relax on your holiday. If you find yourself doing this regularly, you need to try and do all you can to avoid it in future, and fortunately that is quite simple to achieve.

The simple solution is to spend some time making a list. The beauty of a list is that you can offload your thoughts and ultimately see whether you are actually making the right decision or not, and this is something that is really going to help you to remember to pack everything. Don’t overlook this for its simplicity, as it really could make things a lot easier for you on the whole.

 

Not Securing The Right Documentation

It might sometimes feel as though travel is becoming more and more restrictive, and that is thanks in large part to the fact that there is always more documentation that you need to think about when you are travelling. Every country you go to you have to ensure that you have what you need before you can be let in. The main thing to remember here is the importance of doing your research; as long as you find out beforehand what you are going to need, you are less likely to get caught out.

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Sometimes you will need to fill out and pay for a visa on arrival, in which case you must have the necessary funds on you otherwise you can’t get in. And sometimes you might need to get a region-specific visa before travelling, as you can see at europe-visa.com for example. There can be other things you need to bring too, such as proof of vaccination against covid, or many other viruses around the world.

All in all, the important thing is to research what you need before you go, and to do all you can to secure the right documentation. This is going to save you a lot of headaches in the long run.

 

Not Leaving Enough Time

Remember too when you are planning for a vacation that you need to leave enough time between booking your holiday and actually going on it. This is important for a variety of reasons. First of all, it allows you to get everything ready that you might need to get ready – and this can take longer than you might think. It also means that you are going to have much more of a chance of planning out some fun and unique things you can do while you are on the vacation itself, thus helping you to get more out of it. These are both very important things.

On the other hand, if you don’t leave enough time between planning for a trip and embarking on it, you will feel rushed and stressed, and you’ll be more likely to make a range of other mistakes too. This is all going to impact on your enjoyment of the trip in a variety of ways, so it’s really important that you don’t make these kinds of mistakes if possible.

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Those are just some of the things that very often go wrong when people prepare for their vacations. If you can manage to avoid these issues, you are going to find that you are much more likely to have a great time and keep the stress at bay, and this is going to really make a huge difference on the whole. Do what you can to prepare for your vacation in the best possible way, and it will all come together.

UK Staycations

Summer is well and truly here and while we aren’t out of the woods yet regarding Covid-19, people are starting to head out and enjoy a little bit of what summer has to offer. If you’re anything like me then you may be beginning to think about UK Staycations – be it somewhere new or somewhere familiar and close to home.

As a Kent girl born and bred, I would recommend my county as a great place for a staycation because it has a little bit of everything – countryside, coast, great pubs and attractions… plus it is under an hour away from the bright lights of London!

Given that the weather is warm and many indoor attractions are still closed due to government guidelines, I can recommend many wonderful outdoor places to go. I recently wrote about a few beautiful countryside gardens which are open for business and have introduced one-way systems to ensure safety for staff and visitors. Some elements may be closed (such as castles and country houses) but there are still lots of walks to enjoy, flowers to admire and ice cream to eat! Kent has an abundance of lovely gardens, which isn’t surprising given its nickname as ‘The Garden of England’.

Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden

If you’re more of a beach babe than a plant lover, then you can head down to the coast. Of course the likes of Folkestone, Margate and Broadstairs are ever popular but one of my favourite coastal walks is from Seasalter into Whitstable. Seasalter is the quieter, more tranquil cousin of Whitstable so is the ideal place to park up and then take a stroll along the pebble beach and reward yourself with a yummy fish and chip lunch once you reach bustling Whitstable.

Enjoy a stroll from Seasalter to Whitstable

Kent also has an excellent selection of zoos and animal parks for a great family day out. One of my personal favourites (because I used to volunteer there) is Howletts Wild Animal Park where they put in tremendous efforts towards the conservation of endangered species. It is also on the doorstep to Canterbury which is a tourist haven in itself with the cathedral, theatre, shops, cafes and river punting.

Capybaras in the sun at Howletts

I could go on forever about what Kent has to offer for UK Staycations but we don’t have all day so I would say go check it out for yourself. Just be sure to follow government social distancing guidelines and check each attraction’s website for up to date information.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own.

Where to go in Kent during lockdown

Where to go in Kent during lockdown

Where to go in Kent during lockdown

Hands up who’s got cabin fever! Me!

If you’re like me and still on furlough but not quite sure where you can visit now some places are open and some aren’t, fear not! I have compiled a little list here of where to go in Kent during lockdown to give you some sunny summer inspiration.

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle is a 14th century castle surrounded by beautiful gardens situated in Lamberhurst near Tunbridge Wells. The National Trust have organised the site so it’s a one-way route around the moat so you can view the scenic castle from different angles – perfect for that insta snapshot! At present you must pre-book before you visit (tickets are released every Friday) and you cannot go inside the castle, you can only walk the grounds. There is a little kiosk on site selling drinks and ice cream, plus Bewl Water is a 6 minute drive away if you want to make more of a day of it.

Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate is a winery in Staplehurst. Under normal circumstances they would be offering vineyard tours, wine tasting and lovely food, which we wish we could have enjoyed. However, at time of writing, they have opened their doors for FREE self-guided tours of their estate. This basically means you can pop along and wander the grounds (following the designated social distancing route), pre-booking is not essential and you can buy a bottle of wine after your walk if you wish to. Our walk lasted around 45 minutes, we didn’t buy anything but we’d love to come back for some wine tasting once things return to normal.

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Mount Ephraim Gardens

Mount Ephraim Gardens is a lovely estate near Faversham consisting of a country house and gardens. Due to Covid-19 the house is closed at present but the gardens are open to visitors Wednesdays to Sundays. Pre-booking is not required but do check their website (as with all of these places) for the most up-to-date information. We enjoyed a couple of hours here and took a picnic with us too.

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Named after some of the plants from the Himalayas, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is a pretty, historic estate in Sevenoaks. Dogs are welcome and entry is via pre-booked timed tickets available via their website. The social distancing one-way system is a little haphazard in my opinion as we did end up crossing paths with people but as the gardens are fairly large, we weren’t too concerned. There are plants and garden ornaments available to purchase at the entrance, so we bought a peach blossom (which looks like candyfloss!). There’s also a cafe selling a few takeaway items but I wouldn’t bother as they charged me £5 for a Calippo and a Fab. £5 for a bit of what is essentially flavoured ice seems quite steep to me, so pack a picnic instead.

Penshurst Place and Gardens

Penshurst Place

Just a 15 minute drive away from Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is Penshurst Place. Under normal circumstances there’s a few different things to see such as the house and toy museum but thanks to Coronavirus it’s just the gardens you can visit at present. Bookings are separated into morning and afternoon slots and must be booked online. We booked an afternoon slot and visited the same day as we went to Riverhill. Despite furloughing most of the gardening team, the gardens were still well kept. We packed a picnic and enjoyed it in the shade overlooking the lovely gardens.

Where to go in Kent during lockdown

Note: due to current circumstances I would advise checking each garden’s website before visiting for the most up-to-date information. Also note that I was NOT given any freebies or anything, so all opinions are fair and my own.

Stay safe x


If you liked this you may enjoy some of my other posts about South East England.

4 of the best UK destinations for nature lovers

For many, holidays conjure up images of jetting off into the sunshine and sipping on a cocktail beside the pool, so it may surprise you to learn that an estimated 41.7 million tourists visited the UK in 2018. There is clearly plenty to love about the UK, so why not consider a ‘staycation’ for your next break? With a coastline stretching over 7,000 miles and 15 national parks covering nearly 9,000 square miles, the UK is the perfect place to get closer to nature and discover an abundance of wildlife.

Anglesey
The isle of Anglesey is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. Accessible via the Menai Suspension Bridge, off the coast of mainland Wales, this island is known for its beaches. In fact, in 1966, the entire coastline of Anglesey was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, protecting its varied landscape and habitats from inappropriate development. You can actually walk along the coastal path, taking in limestone escarpments and sand dunes on the south coast, with dramatic sea cliffs in the north. From Anglesey, you can also take a boat trip to the uninhabited Puffin Island, a special protection area for wildlife.

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The Lake District
Home to vast lakes and magnificent mountains, the Lake District in the northwest of England is certainly deserving of its status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Of the sixteen lakes that make up the Lake District, the largest, Windermere, holds an astonishing 300 billion litres of water! The landscape here varies greatly with the seasons but, regardless of when you choose to visit, you will marvel at the natural beauty the Lake District has to offer. Cosy up in a lakeside café and sip on a hot chocolate as you peer through the mist towards the snow-capped mountains on a winter’s day. Visit in summer and enjoy a lake cruise as the sun glistens on the waters below.

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Jurassic Coast

With rocks that record 185 million years of the Earth’s history, this 96 mile stretch of coast from Exmouth to Dorset feels like a walk through time. The fossils and layers of sedimentary rock here can tell us a lot about prehistoric life and how the landscape was formed over time. As a result, this spectacular coastline became a World Heritage Site in 2001. There are plenty of things to do here, from coastal walks and fossil collecting to visiting the museums that delve into our natural history.

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Snowdonia

This mountain range in the north of Wales offers breathtakingly stunning views of the open landscapes and valleys below. Whether you choose to climb to the summit of Snowdon at 3060 feet or take a more relaxing journey on-board the mountain railway, you will certainly be in for a treat. Mountains are not the only feature here; Snowdonia is also home to an abundance of Lakes. The largest, Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), also has its own railway allowing you to take in its natural beauty at ease.

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Written by Clayton Miller