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Many people when they go on holiday venture to hotter climates and places full of sunshine. Adults love it and kids love it. But there are inherent risks associated with being out in the Sun, but the good news is there are plenty of ways to negate this problem and be able to have an enjoyable holiday.
Sunburn is a painful and very common problem when visiting hotter countries, or even in your own back yard. It can be prevented through use of sunscreen. When choosing what product to use, sun protection factor (SPF) is the most important consideration; Higher is better. Essentially it blocks out the UV rays of the Sun which cause burning.
It is very important that children are protected well with a high-SPF sunscreen, as they are very susceptible to being burnt by the sun and often spend a lot of time out in the open. Clothes can help reduce the chances of burning, but exposed areas should always be covered liberally in sunscreen to prevent any burning or discomfort.
Many holidays put children close to either the sea or a pool. Children often love swimming and being around water, and while swimming and being around water can be very fun and beneficial activities, they come with inherent risks that should not be ignored.
Children who are in water no matter how deep should always be supervised. Younger children and children with little swimming ability should always be accompanied, and even a child with a strong swimming ability should be watched carefully. Pools and especially the sea are not always supervised fully and are done with the expectation that parents or guardians will keep a look-out for their own children, and while many places have very dedicated and able lifeguards, it is important not to rely completely on their supervision and make sure that your child is safe and not having any difficulty in the water.
Signs and warnings along beaches, pools and the sea should always be respected and if in doubt about any aspect, lifeguards should be asked or swimming or wading should be avoided.
Resorts or many areas in unfamiliar locations can quickly become crowded. Some countries or areas work on different times of the day, making sudden rushes of people happen unexpectedly. These can be problems for groups of people and families, especially large ones, where throngs of people may separate people quite easily.
Protecting children from being separated in a crowd is easy but important. It is essential to keep an eye on where a child is, and if they are starting to get lost in a crowd or if eye line is starting to get obstructed by groups of people, immediately stand with or carry the child. If walking into or expecting a crowd, always carry or hold the hand of younger children. Older children who might not like holding hands can be walked with, perhaps talked with, ensuring constant communication and keeping awareness of their whereabouts.
It is important to always keep an awareness of where your child is, especially so in a crowd, and to be aware of the crowd’s mentality – A simple work time rush, or a loud group of football fans, can make the difference in how easy or difficult it is to reach your child should the need arise to escort them out of the crowd, and in the general safety of the situation.
Now that you know how to keep your kids healthy on holiday, why not visit a holiday supermarket site like Directline and book a great break away!
Delighted to share this video produced for the anniversary of the Dartmoor National Park Authority. Enjoy!
Since it was first discovered by the great explorers and adventurers of the 13th century, Asia has been like a magnet for travellers of all ages and nationalities. A trip through the Asian continent has become synonymous with exoticism, romantic landscapes, and first-class scenery. For the most part, travelling in Asian countries is extremely budget friendly, and the activities on offer suit all preferences, from adventure trips to romantic breaks or quiet beach retreats. However, travelling in Asia is not for the faint of heart, and finding yourself immersed in a totally different world can be a total shock to the system. In this article we list a few useful tips to make your journey through this fascinating continent worthwhile and more enjoyable.
Sampling new cuisines is one of the best things about travelling abroad. We do not need to extol the virtues of Asian cuisine, as thanks to its mesmerising flavours it is one of the most renowned at global level. The first thing that first-time visitors to Asia need to know is that eating out is inexpensive. Unlike in Europe or North America, eating out in Asia does not necessarily mean going to a restaurant, as food carts and food courts are virtually everywhere and offer delicious dishes at very affordable prices. However, it is always a good idea to ensure that food is cooked right before you and not left to sit in a pot during most of the day, especially if you are ordering meat or fish-based dishes. Because dairy products are not common in this region, it is better to avoid them as they might not be fresh or safe to eat.
Trains, rickety buses, VIP buses, rickshaws, ferries, and budget airlines all cover the depth and breadth of Asia. Travelling overland is safe in most countries, but it is important to get used to the idea that punctuality is not so important in this part of the world. Some bus routes might not even depart according to a schedule, but rather leave when enough passengers turn up. Be prepared to wait, and if you are not, it is a good idea to rent a car during your stay in Asia. If you choose this option, go for an international company, like National Car Hire, which will have better safety records.
There are some great accommodation deals to be had in Asia, and even if you are the type of traveller who tends to stay in hostels or guest houses, the low prices and great value will mean that from time to time, you can also afford a hotel stay. Check sites like Agoda for the latest deals at your chosen destination. Also, bear in mind the dates of popular festivals like the Chinese New Year, Ramadan, or the country’s national holidays, as high demand can make it next to impossible to find accommodation on the spot.
The weather in Asia can be described as extreme and unpredictable. Most of the continent lies within the tropics, so expect hot temperatures and humidity, along with extended rainy or monsoon seasons. However, mountain areas can be as cold as certain parts of Europe during the winter, so research your destination carefully and pack accordingly.
The view from the top
It’s a cliché for a reason. The top is the highest you can possibly go, and the view is always spectacular. This is why we climb mountains. And why we invented the airplane. And why we build skyscrapers and launch astronauts into space. We humans, we love the view from the top.
The Rockies are light on skyscrapers
The tallest building in Colorado, and the rest of the Rocky Mountain West, is Republic Plaza in Denver. It’s tippy-top is a whole 728 feet high. When it comes to skyscrapers, that’s nothing. Chicago’s Willis tower stands 1,451 feet high. But what the Rockies lack in tall buildings, they more than make up for with tall mountains. Mt. Elbert has a prominence of 9,093 feet.
The best view in town
Not everyone has what it takes to climb mountains. Colorado is hard country. Those mountains are made of granite. People have spent their lives mining gold in those hills. There are bears, too. And bears are ruthless killing machines. Mountains are difficult to navigate. You have to give it up for the early American pioneers who boldly made their way west. It wasn’t easy. Even with all of the equipment in the world, hiking the Rockies is tough. The best view in town, therefore, comes when you’re standing tall in the wicker basket of a hot air balloon.
14,000+ feet is a long way up, baby
It’s hard to get a feel for the scope of the mountains when you’re visiting mountain towns and traversing passes. Mountain passes can get downright claustrophobic. Out of sight, out of mind. But what if you had the bird’s eye view? You would see that the mountains extend all the way out to the horizon, their peaks poking out of the ground like gigantic ice-cream cones. It’s breathtaking. High elevations combined with breathtaking views means people pass out when they don’t drink as much water as they’re supposed to. Hot air balloon operators sometimes have extra oxygen to help people with the altitude.
Fox News ranks Rocky Mountains #1 ballooning destination
Taking a ride in a hot air balloon regularly ranks on top-100 “bucket list” things, i.e. things to do before you die. And the number one place to do it? According to Fox News, it’s the Rocky Mountains. And it’s easy to see why, even if you haven’t done it yet. The Rockies are spectacular from the ground, from the air, from inside the mountains themselves, from on top of a 14,000 foot peak. Why wouldn’t they be doubly as breathtaking from a hot air balloon? They are. It’s worth doing.
At around $200 a person at most outfits in the Rockies, a balloon ride is about as expensive as a cheap plane ticket and a whole lot more fun. Colorado air is crisp. There’s very little humidity. The air feels lighter, even if it’s just your imagination. When you get down, it will be like someone took a brush to your soul and scrubbed it clean. So get to it already. Put it on your bucket list and make a plan to put a little check mark next to it sometime soon.
Austin Reynolds writes for Summit Cove, a vacation property company in Summit County. He has lived in the Denver area for years and spends most weekends in the mountains.
Business trips can be the perfect opportunity to take a break from the norm and enjoy travel at the company’s expense, but Frankfurt isn’t likely to be top of many people’s lists when it comes to European city breaks. The city’s association with finance is well earned, but that doesn’t mean your trip needs to be all about business, especially if this is your first visit.
Frankfurt is located at the crossroads of Europe, which has made it an important trading city for over 1000 years. Today, Frankfurt is a thriving business hub that’s earned it a reputation as a ‘city that means business’ – but if you’ll have free time on your visit, you owe it to yourself to explore what the city has to offer beyond the boardroom.
Whether you’re a first-time business traveller or hardened by experience, you shouldn’t get complacent when preparing to visit this esteemed financial centre. When packing for the trip, don’t be tempted to leave your best suit behind or go business casual, as you can be sure your German counterparts will be dressed to impress and will expect the same from you. While you won’t be expected to know German, learning the basics of German business etiquette will go a long way towards making the right impression – and yes, that includes punctuality. Addressing delegates on a first name basis should be strictly avoided, even for closer acquaintances.
Food and Drink
Frankfurt hotels ensure international travellers will feel at home with menus offering a range of familiar options from all over the world, but it’s well worth stepping outside of your comfort zone to try local specialties, especially if you’re invited on a business dinner or want to impress your contacts by proving you have what it takes to stomach the local cuisine.
Frankfurt food and drink isn’t as off-putting as some first-time visitors may expect though, and in fact there can be many pleasant surprises, especially if you’re a meat lover. Local dishes include Grüne Sosse (literally ‘green sauce’) on beef and boiled potatoes and Handkäse mit Musik, curdled quark cheese balls with a combination of vinegar and onions. Like many other German cities, you’ll also be spoiled for choice with beers and other alcoholic drinks, from the two best known local pilsners Binding and Henninger to the fermented apfelwein (apple wine).
Things to See
If you have free time between meetings or you treat yourself to an extra day in the city, there’s more to see in Frankfurt than you may have been led to believe. First and foremost a financial city, there are of course skyscrapers offering stunning views over the cityscape, with views from the 650-feet platform of the Main Tower being recommended and a restaurant on the premises. Historical sites are sadly in short supply following the devastation of World War II, but some of the most significant buildings have been lovingly rebuilt for visitors interested in exploring the city’s heritage, the most notable being the house of writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the Römerberg, the charming square in front of City Hall.
Where to Stay
You’ll never be stuck for a well-appointed business hotel in Frankfurt, with options to suit all budgets. High-speed internet access and conference facilities can be found at competitive rates throughout the city centre, though many people visiting purely for business opt to stay at hotels close to the more convenient Frankfurt Airport, the hub of the Lufthansa airline which has its own dedicated terminal.
Have you considered what Frankfurt has to offer for a business trip?
Victoria Carter is an expat currently travelling around Europe. She writes about european business and travel for a digital marketing company.