Who Books the Holidays in Your House?

When it comes to booking your holidays abroad, do you do it yourself, or do you leave it to your other half?

Well, according to a recent survey by Owners Direct, 82% of women admit to taking sole responsibility for booking the family / couples holiday abroad, and one of the main reasons they do so, it that they just don’t trust their other half to get it right!

Men, it seems, like to be involved in the initial decision-making on where to go, and which hotel to stay in, but once a decision has been made, they are happy to take a back seat and leave the booking, organising, shopping and packing to their partner/wife.

In addition to the 82% of women that said they confirm all flight, hotel, and car hire arrangements, a further 64% said they arranged travel insurance, 55% order the foreign currency, 80% buy the holiday essentials such as sun cream, and 69% arranged for the plants to be watered!

When asked why she didn’t trust her husband with the family holiday arrangements, one Lady recalled, “I gave my husband responsibility for passports one year and he informed me on the way to the airport that mine ran out whilst we were away! No flight for me, just a trip to Glasgow passport office, and then the travel agents. £450 later, I was able to join them in Portugal.

Fun stories, but this is certainly not the case in our household – I quite often find out about our holidays for the first time when I receive an email with our e-tickets!  I do, however, prefer to do the shopping and packing for our trips abroad, as while my husband has ‘packing light’ down to a fine art, I really couldn’t manage a holiday with 3 items of clothing and one (yes one!) pair of shoes!

Who books and packs for your holidays?  Drop us a line and let us know!

Travel Essentials – Don’t forget your toothbrush!

When packing for a summer holiday it can be easy to get carried away, and if you are one of many who pack everything but the kitchen sink, you might be surprised to learn that 41% of travellers forget to pack at least one important holiday item in their suitcase.

A study, carried out by Viking River Cruises, found that almost 15 millions holiday essentials were left behind every year, and as a result, travellers were spending up to £118 million (yes  million!) to replace items such as mobile phone chargers, suntan lotion and flip-flops!

Stress and haste are to blame for our forgetfulness, as those questioned during the survey revealed that they were “too busy to pack mind fully in the run up to their break”.

Books, sunglasses, toothpaste and toothbrushes all made the top 10 list of those items we are most likely to forget, but many holidaymakers claimed that they never leave the ‘real’ essentials behind, and that food favourites including marmalade, pork pies and brown sauce always make it into the suitcase, along with a fancy dress costume for ‘good measure’!

A second survey by Post Office Travel Money shows that Spain is the cheapest destination to replace your forgotten travel essentials, but if you are heading to Cyprus, you could be in for a hefty bill.

For us, there are only three important travel essentials – Passport, credit card and toothbrush, but ultimately, as long as you have the first two, you can travel anywhere in the world!

Beach Bag Essentials – Protect Yourself this Summer

Holiday season is officially upon us, and if you are one of the many millions of holidaymakers heading off somewhere warm and exotic this weekend, we are sure you are busy washing, packing, and trying to squeeze those extra summer essentials into your shrinking suitcase!

A great time of year to get away from everyday life, relax on the beach or by the pool, and indulge in more cocktails, ice creams, and desserts that one would normally dare, summer is all about fun and frivolity, but it can be easy to forget to protect ourselves from those UV rays.

Every year over 80,000 people in the UK, (2 million in the US) are diagnosed with skin cancer, and while it is considered one of the most treatable cancers if caught early, it can be very serious indeed, and even though we are not Doctor’s, we are pretty sure that “prevention is better than cure!”

Lying in the sun is soothing, revitalising, and relaxing, but without the right protection it can lead to all types of skin problems, so to help you stay sunburn free, and bronzed to perfection, we have compiled our list of Summer Beach Bag Essentials:

Suntan Lotion or Sunscreen

Contrary to popular belief, applying suntan lotion does not prevent you from getting a suntan; in fact, we feel we get a better tan when using a high-factor sunscreen and never use less than SPF 30.  Apply 20-30 minutes before you head off to the beach for the day, and then re-apply regularly (especially after swimming), and you will soon be a bronzed goddess (or god!)

A Hat

Thankfully, the wide-brimmed straw hats trimmed with artificial flowers have now been replaced with modern, cool, cowboy hats and trilby’s!  A great way to prevent your head, ears, nose and face from those scorching summer rays, a good sun hat should be squeezed into every beach bag.


Having lived in the sun for many years, we can hardly go outside without a good pair of sunglasses! Protecting the eyes from UV rays, sunglasses are ‘a must’, and every cool beach babe needs to own a pair with high UV protection lenses (that prevent squinting – i.e. wrinkles!)


A bottle of water will help prevent you from dehydrating, and while we are not saying it should replace tropical cocktails, it’s definitely worth keeping a bottle in your beach bag!

Doctors will tell you to avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun’s rays are most harmful, and, as that just happens to coincide with lunchtime – that is good enough for us!