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Milan: the Shopping Capital of the World

Milan: the Shopping Capital of the World

(Source: Pixabay)  Being the birthplace of renowned brands such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada, it is hard to dispute the view that Milan is a strong contender to be the fashion capital of the world. If you haven’t spoilt yourself in a while, and want a different experience […]

4 Reasons Yosemite is a Great Place to Live

4 Reasons Yosemite is a Great Place to Live

You may have heard that expression “I live where you vacation” and if you’re from Yosemite you know there’s some serious #ZipcodePride for the residents of Yosemite. It’s such a beautiful place, known around the world for the striking nature found here. I wanted to share […]

Some Great Road Trip Ideas for a Family Trip to Ireland

Some Great Road Trip Ideas for a Family Trip to Ireland

Headed to Ireland and wondering what you can plan to ensure the perfect family day out? One where the memories will be with your children for the rest of their lives? Well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created this great day trip itinerary to keep your kids of all ages happy and entertained. If you’re traveling with really young kids, under the age of 3, you may want to split the activities up over a couple of days in order to work around their nap times. These are destinations that are easily reachable by car, but if you’re traveling don’t forget to get some car insurance with a great company like www.chill.ie

Without further ado, here is our suggestion of family day trip activities in Ireland:

Dublin Zoo:
Zoos are a great place to go with kids especially when you have a few different ages. Little kids will love looking at all the animals, especially the baby animals. Older kids will enjoy the shows and learning about how the animals live. Dublin Zoo first opened in 1831 and ever since then has been delighting families of all ages. Every year Dublin Zoo plays host to over a million visitors. Situated in Phoenix Park in Dublin it’s easy to access and it’s well sign posted. Unfortunately there’s no parking at Dublin Zoo, but you can park in Phoenix Park.

Go Island Hopping:
When you think of Island hopping, Ireland probably isn’t the first country that pops to mind. Well, you’ll be forgiven for leaving it off your list. The Aran Islands are three islands that are located just off the mainland by Galway Bay. The islands have interesting names: Inishmore, Irishman and Inisheer, and are famous for their natural beauty. Here you’ll find gorgeous beaches, cliffs and interesting plants and animals. You can island hop between the islands to get the best experience. You’ll have to take a ferry in order to get to the islands, but don’t worry the ferries are regular! You can also take a boat between the islands, which creates a really fun and special family memory.

Doolin Cave:
Discovered around 55 years ago, this cave quickly became a tourist attraction and for good reason. Here you’ll find the Great Stalactite – the longest free handing icicle shaped formation in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a whopping 23 feet in length, which is sure to delight and impress kids of all ages. Doolin Cave is around three hours from Dublin, 2.5 hours from Cork or about 15 mins from the Cliffs of Moher. It’s easily accessible ensuring that you can’t leave this great attraction off your family travel list.

Include these activities in your itinerary, or just spend an entire day visiting all three. Ireland is a wonderful destination for a family holiday.

Are you Spending More on the Holidays?

Are you Spending More on the Holidays?

I don’t know about you, but over the years, I’ve noticed that I’m continually spending more on calendar events like Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas, and more. Recently, SwiftMoney released an interesting fact sheet about how much we’re all spending on the holidays.   SwiftMoney payday […]

When It’s Okay to Spend a Little Extra while Travelling

When It’s Okay to Spend a Little Extra while Travelling

Saving up to go on vacation can feel a little wince-worthy when you peek at your bank balance, but it helps to remember that each trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience something special. But what about spending money when you actually arrive at your […]

7 Tips For Choosing Accommodation in Wales

7 Tips For Choosing Accommodation in Wales

To many, a holiday is one of the most special times of the year. You can spend it with loved ones, from friends and family to your other half, and it’s a break from the cycle a lot of us find ourselves in for the rest of the year.

This is why finding the perfect place to stay is so important – staying in bad accommodation can be such a negative experience that it risks ruining the holiday.

However, if you’re thinking about staying in Wales, we’ve got some tips that will make sure you only stay in the best of the best.

  • Location, location, location

Wales is beautiful. It’s full of some of the most gorgeous sites in the United Kingdom and if you check the location of your accommodation before booking, you could end up staying near some of the best.

Stay near some of the tallest and most stunning mountains in the United Kingdom, or even stay coastal – either way, you’ll be absorbing some beautiful sights.

Simply decide which sights you’d most like to wake up to on a morning and have a browse – you’re almost guaranteed to find accommodation near the area of your choice.

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  • What kind of accommodation do you want to stay in?

There are many options for accommodation to stay in when you’re in Wales. From caravans to staying in castles, there’s something to suit everyone.

However, what about going for rural chic by looking for cottages in Wales? With so many low priced cottages available in locations across the country, it seems like a good move!

Cosy, comfortable and cute – what more could you ask for?

  • Decide on a budget

When you’re looking at places to stay, it’s easy to have a budget in mind and then just forget about it. Despite Wales not being the priciest of holiday destinations, it’s still possible to blow your entire budget on accommodation and have little left for actual recreational spending.

With so many apps and websites available to help you work out your spending such as NatWest’s Holiday Spend Calculator, it’s now far simpler to price up a holiday and individual spends – less stress when away always sounds like a good idea!

  • Food on the brain?

One of the main things to think about before embarking on a holiday is what you plan to do for meals. Do you go for all-inclusive and spend that little bit extra but not have to worry about meals, or do you go for self-catering, save some money and sort it out yourself?

The important things to contemplate when making this decision include how often you’ll be back at your accommodation for meal times, if they are hospitable to your dietary needs, and how far away you are from a local supermarket.

Many hotels are open to helping their guests have a bespoke experience with regards to meals, but this isn’t universal – it’s definitely worth a discussion.

  • Who’s going?

Accommodation for adults and accommodation for children are very different ends of the spectrum. If you’re going away for a family break, many choose a cottage or accommodation in a similar style to ensure that there’s plenty of room. Many also come with an outdoor area for the younger ones to have a run about in.

If you’re going away for a romantic getaway, you’ve got even more options. You could also choose a cottage and spend your break cosying up to your loved one, or you could go to a hotel that offers treatments for couples, including spa days and even wine tasting. The options are truly endless.

  • What is there to do?

The identity of who is coming with you on the trip also factors hugely into this. If you’re on a romantic getaway, then how about going on a walk around some of the most beautiful sights that the United Kingdom has to offer? You could even get a private tour of some of the most gorgeous parts of the country!

If you’re with younger members of the family, then what about visiting one of the many farms Wales has to offer? With many offering the opportunity to feed young animals and some even offering a pony ride, the kids will love it!

  • How long are you staying?

Are you staying for a long weekend, a week or even longer? The duration of your stay hugely contributes to what type of accommodation you should be staying in.

If you choose to stay in a caravan for a long period of time, it might end up feeling slightly claustrophobic – if you choose to stay in a cottage, however, you would have more room and the ability to make it feel even more homely.

With all of this said, there are no rules saying you have to stay in the one place – why not tour the entire country of Wales? Get the best of all worlds and create an experience that you will never forget.

 

Finding the funding for your travels

Finding the funding for your travels

Travelling is a fantastic life experience, everyone loves the awesome combination of taking a break and seeing new places, but the costs can add up quickly. Flights, accommodation and spending money all work together to make the dream of travelling seem distant. But a little […]

Timeless Skin Care Accessories

Timeless Skin Care Accessories

Some of our favorite beauty products would not be the same without our favorite accessories. Whether it is a favorite brush or a beauty blender, having the right tools can make the look. The same can be true for your skin care routine; using the […]

Should you make a personal injury claim?

Should you make a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim is when you use a legal process so you can recover financial compensation if you’ve been suffering through a personal injury and it wasn’t your fault.

Some examples of personal injury claims include accidents in public places or at work, trips and slips, accidents on holiday or abroad, whiplash injuries, and road traffic accidents.

If you’ve been dealing with a personal injury and it wasn’t your fault, there are two different types of compensation you can claim for. These are known as special damages and general damages.

General damages are when you’re paid a lump some. This compensates you for the suffering and pain you’ve gone through, along with the loss of amenity due to the accident. The court will decide what the actual amount you receive will be, and this will depend on the impact the injury had on your life, including how severe your injuries are, and the extent of your disability or symptoms.

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Special damages take into account the expenses you may have occurred due to the accident- both past and future. these include any rehabilitation and medical treatment, loss of earnings, medication and care costs, vehicle repairs, travel expenditure, and damage to personal belongings or clothing.

If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else being negligent or by breaching their statutory duty, you can make a personal injury claim. For fatal accident claims, the deceased’s personal representatives and financial dependents can also claim, for the loss of dependency- particularly if the person who died was the family’s main breadwinner.

It’s important to recognise that you will be dealing with strict time limits in order to begin legal action. These limits will vary and are dependent on the nature and circumstances of your injuries.

While it may be difficult simply getting through the day, in order to claim for damages it’s crucial that you get in touch with a personal injury solicitor as soon as you can. They’ll ensure you remain informed about the time limits that are applicable for your claim.

One of the most important things to consider is the lack of independence when the compensator and at-fault policy provider are the same. There needs to be a clear distinction between these services, so you can understand the relationships between the claims handler, the insurance company, and any lawyers you’re using that are appointed by them. For this reason, you should only seek advice from independent solicitors so you can be sure that you’re getting the best possible advice for your situation.

It can be stressful thinking about a personal injury claim when you’re recovering from an accident. But unfortunately, this is the time when you also need to be thinking about the future. By getting in touch with a personal injury solicitor, you can put your problems in their hands, and let them explore all of your options while you recover in peace.

For more information, talk to Slater & Gordon Personal Injury solicitors today.

Tired of hotels? Stay in a bed and breakfast instead

Tired of hotels? Stay in a bed and breakfast instead

Staying in a hotel used to be fun and exciting, but lately the opposite has been true. In fact,  the majority of the time when I’ve stayed in hotels these days, I’ve been disappointed by either the experience or the service. There was that hotel […]