Globetrooper News: Group Trips
Britain is a small country, packed with so many things to see and do that it makes sense to pop in a car and go on a little tour. Whether you already live here or are thinking about travelling from abroad, I can’t rate a car holiday any higher. You take your car, rent one, or get a motor home and just go on a round trip, taking in everything from Land’s End to John o’Groats and all the magnificent wonders in between. It is quite a lot to think about it and can be quite tiring, though, so here are some tips that I have learnt that might help you make the most of it.
We might as well start with the most important factor of a driving holiday: the actual driving. Now, if you’re coming from abroad, you might want to make sure you’re prepared for driving on a different side of the road. Using a gear stick with the wrong hand can feel awful, so it’s best to either get an automatic, or practice in a carpark before you get on the road properly. If you’re a local you should be a very competent driver as driving the length of Britain will throw challenges at you that you might not have faced yet. My advice would be to brush up on your theory knowledge, by doing a couple of mock exams on toptests.co.uk, just to brush the cobwebs off, as you will find road signs and all sorts of situations that you might not see in your local area.
This is obvious to me, however you won’t believe the amount of people I’ve spoken to who just got in their car and went where the mood took them. It’s best to draw out a very specific map and time line and stick to it. This will mean that you will get to all the areas you need to get to and experience as much as possible. And on this topic, you should plan to see a variety of different areas, so don’t just stick to major cities, but go hunting for quaint Cotswolds villages and rugged highland lochs. There’s more to Britain than Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow.
A lot of people think that a car holiday would be cheaper than a regular holiday, but this isn’t always the case and so you will need to plan costs and try to find ways of doing this cheaply. Planning hotel stays in advance can be helpful as you will get good deals, or go with the motor home idea, which will drastically cut down on costs. It is also a good idea to drive a diesel car because even though it is more expensive for fuel, the fuel lasts a little longer for long journeys and so I would personally recommend it. Food is also another issue and you should be looking to buy as much food from supermarkets as possible and bringing it with you wherever you go, although don’t miss out on the local restaurants. If you want to try as much food from the various places as possible, I would check places like Trip Advisor first, just to see if people have already found bargains.
That’s the three main bits of advice I can offer you, but the biggest advice I can share is that you should see everything and anything as you never know when this little isle will throw another hidden gem at you.
Travelling to Europe with kids is one of the best travel experiences you can have. Kids are happening and they love exploring places and enjoy. If you’re travelling to Europe for the first time with your kids, then considering some points are essential. Though it’s an expensive matter to travel with kids to European countries, but you take them to places like zoo, theme park look for kid-friendly menu etc. However, there is much more to explore. However, it’s a great way of parenting and giving them the picture of the real world right from their childhood. This article presents you with some tips on how you can enjoy your Europe with kids.
Seek for Longer Holiday Trip: Travelling to Europe is everyone’s dream, and one cannot predict when will be the next trip. So take a long trip with kids, allowing them to explore more places. Though in the initial stage, it can be quite difficult to handle and keep adjusting, but after few days of travelling you’ll find it enjoyable. Creating an itinerary and shortlisting location will be helpful.
Keeping itinerary Kids Friendly: Whether you’re a family traveller or solo traveller, you need to create the itinerary accordingly. However, when you’re carrying your kids along you need to create the itinerary as per their comfort level. Keep it simple and impactful that can make it easier to travel around.
Select the Accommodation: Depending on the age of your kids, you need to select the accommodation that can make both you and your kids comfortable. Separate sleeping area, kids’ friendly management, location and other things should be considered. Moreover, some hotels in Europe offer concision for kids. So do good research while booking the accommodation in different locations.
Encourage them Learn about Places: If your kid is 6+ years, make them learn about the locations you’ll be visiting. Giving a glimpse about the place will create excitement in them. This can be done by making them watch videos, reading articles on Wikipedia or books.
Keep Structural and Parks visit in Balance: Babies and grown up kids get bored with excessive structural and monuments. While you visit Europe, keep a fine balance between monument and park visit, so that your kids won’t get bored and look for. Hit a park, square or village and simply hang out with locals to know more about the location. Allow your kids to get engaged with other kids.
No Need to Carry Too Many Supplies: European pharmacies have good amount of sources for kids. From baby food to baby care products, there are items available in every pharmacy. Moreover, these pharmacies are located in every lane of big cities and local villages.
Consider the Weather: Different countries in Europe have different climatic conditions which need to be considered while taking your kids along for the trip. Choose the climate or season that can make your toddler or growing kid comfortable without facing any health issues.
Your kid may forget things or places visited during Europe visit, but don’t get disheartened its quite normal and they may recall things as they grow up to cherish the memories.
If you are fortunate enough to be blessed with a large group of friends that are as incredibly adventurous and awesome as you are, you need to visit Munich with them the first chance you get. Munich is a place for large parties and amazing adventures that can be experienced with the people that you love to hang out with.
However, before you decide to globe trot with a large group of friends, it is very important to make sure that you cover all the bases to assure you enjoy the trip in its entirety. The most important thing is to select traveling companions that are independent, compromising and entertaining. Also, divide responsibilities between yourselves.
Transportation, accommodation, car rentals, plane tickets; all the reservations should be divided among individuals so that they can be taken care of accordingly. Make sure the people handling reservations can handle the responsibility and cross check everything before leaving; you don’t want to reach Munich to discover that a plan was never made.
Following are the tips that you should keep in mind before planning a Munich vacation with a large group of friends:
Where to Stay In Munich?
There are several hotels and rental homes or apartments that are available in Munich. It can be quite expensive if you opt for a hotel room when you are traveling with a large group. Not only will you have to rely on a hotel that can provide rooms for everyone but your room service bill will also be monumental. The best solution is to book an apartment in Munich. They are better alternatives to Munich hotels.
How to Get Around In Munich?
Choosing a car to get around in Munich is a bad idea as it can become quite busy, especially during rush hours and sitting in traffic is not how one wants to spend their holiday . Trains can be tricky but they’re a good bet if you want to travel quickly between places. Remember to buy a map or download an app and board the correct train to avoid getting lost. However, it may be complicated to keep everyone in a cohesive group while going from one place to another. Exploring Munich on foot is the best solution if you want to experience the raw beauty and cultural aura of the city.
What to Eat In Munich?
Munich offers great variety of food and cuisines that will surely satisfy the taste buds of each and everyone in your group. The stalls at Viktualienmarkt, Weisses Brauhaus and Ratskellar are some of the best places to eat in Munich when you are traveling with a large group.
What to Do In Munich?
This is the time when your group can be divided into smaller teams. Not everyone in your group will be satisfied with the same activity. Respect the wishes of everyone and give them a chance to independently fulfill their to-do list, while you can experience the things from your bucket list as well .
There are several iconic places and activities which everyone in your group can enjoy, such as, the Oktoberfest, where you can enjoy beer, food and numerous entertaining activities. Marienplatz, a day trip to the Alps and Englischer Garten are some of the places which can fascinate everyone as well.
Traveling with a large group requires finesse and compromise. There are also varying levels of energy and hunger. Keep in mind that you can master the art of successful group dynamics by managing expectations and agendas of each and everyone in the group.
Five European bloggers (myself included) will join Andy Jarosz (of the 501 places blog) in his hometown of St. Albans, just north of London, for a blog trip between 6 – 10 November. Read about the story behind this blog trip on St. Albans Blog Trip – Ingredients Locally Sourced.