The Best Places to Own a Holiday Property

Having a holiday home is something that many of us dream about, so if you’re in the position where you can make this dream a reality, you need to know where the best places are to own property abroad. A holiday home could be somewhere where you just take yourself on holiday, however, it could also be a nice little earner if you choose to rent it out to holiday makers. So where are the best places to own a place in the sun?

Spain

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Spain is the classic choice for Brits seeking a place in the sun so is therefore a fantastic place to have a holiday property either to rent out or enjoy yourself throughout the year – or both! Spain is cultured and has incredible weather and it’s not too costly! Typically the Mediterranean Coast is the best place to go; just take a look at the many beautiful properties available at specialist Spanish holiday property estate agents; Villaquest. Get yourself a property by the beach or in one of the small towns and your certain to find something outstanding.

Italy

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As the land of true beauty, fabulous food and wonderful heritage, it is the perfect place to own a holiday property. Whether you fancy a villa on the coast, in the mountains or near the lakes you can find the perfect property from www.italianhousesforsale.com – a fantastic website that has properties from right across the country. If you enjoy pizza and culture this is certainly the destination for you!

The Alps

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With luxurious forests and marvellous mountains for skiing, the Alps really is the perfect place to own a property if you’re more of an adventurer rather than a sun-bather! You can find some truly amazing properties here, especially in France, however, to find a range of properties based in gorgeous Alps, head to Latitudes to have a browse of some marvellous chalets and ski lodges for sale!

Greece

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If you’re looking for a cheap yet beautiful property in a gorgeous and hot location, then Greece is certainly the destination for you. Despite Greece’s economical troubles, it is still a fantastic holiday destination that us British folk love! The marvellous landscape, gorgeous waters and the country’s wonderful history continues to draw people to it. You can find a range of stunning Grecian properties at Homegreekhome, so whether you’re after a villa, a flat or a maisonette, you can find the perfect property for you.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect holiday home, find the perfect destination first, then find the most wonderful property for you and your needs. There are so many delightful properties out there so take a look at as many as you can before making your decision – good luck!

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4 Top Choices for a Relaxing Holiday

With winter approaching, now might not seem to be the best time to start planning your next holiday. However, booking a holiday in advance is a great thing to do, as it gives you something to look forward to as you drag yourself through the colder months of the year. When it comes to holiday options though, not everyone embraces the growing modern trend of hiking through the wilderness or conquering mountains for the fun of it; plenty of people just want to kick back and relax. Here are a few of our favourite choices for a relaxing getaway to help you unwind:

Beach Holiday

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When it comes to relaxing, going to the beach and watching the hours roll by still takes some beating. There are plenty of possibilities for a beach holiday on our very own shores, although if you can’t wait until the weather comes fine again you might be best setting your sights on foreign shores. With so many great beaches to enjoy around the world, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice.

Fishing Holiday

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Fishing is a fantastic way to unwind, and yet sitting on a riverbank eagerly awaiting your latest catch never verges upon being dull either. Things like carp fishing holidays in the UK are readily available, and best of all this is one type of holiday that you don’t have to wait to experience, as winter leases are very much worth considering. Just make sure you wrap up warm and take an umbrella!

Wildlife Holiday

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Following on from fishing, why not stick with the wildlife theme and broaden the scope a bit? Booking a cottage in the middle of nowhere, and then wandering through the hills and glens whilst indulging in a bit of goat-spotting (or something similar…) is sure to help you unwind, and you’ll always see something different regardless of the time of year you go. Definitely one to think about.

Spa Holiday

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We all like being pampered, and there’s something invariably relaxing about a bit of well-deserved ‘me-time’. Spa holidays combine the appeal of beach vacations with a few select health and beauty treatments, so you’ll feel the positive effects of your holiday long after you’ve returned to normality. If you’re in need of rest and rejuvenation, then you couldn’t do better than some time at a spa.

You don’t have to wait until summer to start planning your holiday break; in fact it’s often a poor decision to do so. There are so many things you can enjoy right now, and at the absolute worst you’ll give yourself a bit of something to look forward to by booking early. So many people dread the cold weather, so a bit of light at the end of the tunnel never hurts. Starting planning your next relaxing break now, and give yourself a reason to soldier on this winter.

 

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Escape On A Cretan Adventure

Ever had that feeling of just wanting to stick a pin in the map and jump on a flight? Whether you fancy a winter getaway or just want to start planning your summer holiday – we’re sure you’ll be wondering where to go!

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Discover somewhere you’ve never been before, or if you have, discover it all over again by choosing Crete. Crete is a beautiful holiday destination, offering something to suit all types of holidaymaker. Whether for a romantic escape, a family adventure or a solo expedition – here are just a few reasons why Crete is our voted holiday destination of the year. (And next!)

The Food

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One of the most known reasons for visiting Crete is to discover the flavours and aromas of traditional Cretan cuisine and dining. Enjoy a seaside view whilst relaxing at one of the local tavernas, or taste the flavours of local produce from Cretan markets and shops. Crete provides something to suit all taste buds and is a haven for foodies and dining tourists. Whilst on holiday, be sure to try the local meats, cheeses and various Cretan delicacies that give the island its tasty reputation. To get inspired by the flavours of Crete in the comfort of your own home – try some of these traditional Cretan recipes from Eat Crete.

The Culture

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Crete is an exciting island with plenty of cultural goings-on and things to discover. No matter if you are a first-time visitor or a returning holidaymaker, Crete provides something new to see and enjoy. If you’re the adventurous type, the arty type, the calm and relaxed type or even the discovering type – Crete highlights something for everyone. Need some ideas? Here’s a lovely big list from Trip Advisor with plenty to see and do during your holiday. Why not visit Aquaworld Aquarium - suitable for all the family, or add a touch of organic relaxation to your trip by visiting the Botanical Park of Crete?

The Cretan way of life is heavily focused on enjoying life and the simpler things; an attitude that shines throughout its culture, society and lifestyles. Visit one of the blue sea beaches and relax in tranquil scenery, go hiking throughout the White Mountains or explore the history of Crete and its traditional villages. Be sure to check out the local markets within the hearty city of Chania; discover the hand-made crafts and souvenirs, and take a piece of the beautiful island home with you!

The View

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Whatever your holiday style and taste, there is the perfect Cretan village to reside in during your Cretan adventure. Whether you enjoy being by the sea and enjoying a coastal home, or lounging amongst the White Mountain ‘scapes and the vineyards in a private villa home – there are plenty of options to surround yourself with the view you desire! Visit Freelance Holidays and discover the perfect location to suit your getaway. If you need any more convincing, here’s a full guide as to the Crete villages and what they have to offer.

Whatever your holiday style, Crete offers something to all. Whether a honeymoon getaway, a family holiday or a group retreat – escape to the beautiful island all year round and enjoy the scenic views, flavoursome cuisine, and discover the history of Crete.

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Essentials for Winter Camping

Whether you’re planning on tenting or caravanning in winter, there are certain things that you shouldn’t forget! Camping is enjoyable in all seasons, but only if you’re prepared – if you’re caught out, you could end up shivering away – not having a good time at all!

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Camping can be a cheaper alternative if you fancy a skiing holiday, so before you head out make sure that you have the following essentials…

Warmth & Comfort

Only a fool would think that camping in winter wouldn’t be cold, it is, but you’re also blessed with beautiful views and gorgeous mornings – so it is worth it. However, you don’t need to suffer at the hands of Jack Frost, just ensure that you purchase a well insulated sleeping bag; this will keep you cosy and warm in the night to make sure that you have sweet dreams. Sleeping bags from Nemo Equipment are available in all shapes and sizes, plus they have options for all weathers.

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Airbeds and floor mats can also make you feel much more comfortable at night time; that is if you’re camping in a tent – if you are; read these how to keep warm at Night when camping tips from Campr. Alternatively, you could be camping in a warm camper or caravan where you will have a comfortable bed, therefore you can just take an extra thick duvet and loads of layers!

Food & Cooking

When it comes to food, you’ll need things that keep your energy and blood sugar up, especially if you are heading out hiking. It is therefore important to pack loads of readymade or ready-to-eat snacks. Of course, you will also need to take cooking implements and a quality stove for your large meals. If your campsite allows campfires you could have loads of fun trying out cooking on a campfire – it really is an experience, although it can be difficult and take a long time! But, there are loads of foods you can cook when camping.

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Many campsites do not allow campfires, so an alternative is to choose a gas barbecue; you get that same flavoursome taste, however with fast efficiency – it’s really easy to light a gas barbecue. The funny thing is that when camping with this style of barbecue many people forget the gas! But without it you will be in trouble. You can buy calor gas from Adams Gas; it’s affordable and won’t let you down – so don’t forget it!

All Weather Outfits

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When it comes to winter weather, you never really know what to expect, so if you can make sure that you have a selection of outfits with you that include the following:

  • Wellies
  • Puffy coats
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof coats
  • Jumpers
  • Hats, scarves and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Jeans
  • Tracksuit bottoms
  • Warm pyjamas

Before you begin winter camping, ensure that you include all of these in items of clothing. Stock up with outdoor clothing from Cotswold Outdoor. If you are going skiing, remember you’ll need specialist clothing! Too many people attempt to conquer the great outdoors without suitable equipment.

Warm Drinks 

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After a long walk in the cold, take a minute to have a rest and warm up with a hot beverage. Ensure that your cupboards or backpack has a range of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate powders there – it will surely help you to have a relaxing holiday in a winter wonderland. Alternatively take a Thermos flask with you full of your favourite hot drink – there is no better way to warm yourself up when out in the cold!

So before you go camping in winter, make sure that you have the essentials with you, or you could find yourself in a bit of a pickle! Be warm, be cosy and most of all enjoy yourself!

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Great Island Holidays Right on Your Doorstep

Island holidays really are beautiful, especially if you love the sea! You may think that you need to fly for hours and hours to find stunning islands that are worth visiting; well you’ll be pleased to know that there are gorgeous islands that are excellent for holidays, closer than you think (if you live in the UK that is!). We’re sure that you’ve heard of them, but let’s introduce them anyway; the Isle of Man, Jersey, and the Isle of Wight…

Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man is a stunning little island based off the coast of North West England. Picturesque and full of history it is the perfect place to enjoy a getaway. You can do anything here from walking, to exploring old castles and relaxing on the beach. Whilst here you must visit Peel Castle; as a ruin it’s absolutely incredible, you can really let your imagination run wild and think about what it was like in times gone by. If you’re more into modern entertainment, visit when the world famous TT Bike Race is on.

How to Get There:

Steam Packet provide a regular ferry service from Heysham and Liverpool to the Isle of Man throughout the year – it is recommended that you take a car though to get around, although their bus links are very good.

Top Accommodation Choices:

There really are many different places to stay whatever the type of holiday you’re after.

  • For those looking to embrace the outdoors, choose a campsite on the Isle of Man, Peel is a great place to stay if you’re looking to explore the history of the island.
  • If you desire a little bit more luxury, choose a beautiful guest house in Douglas. Douglas is a fantastic place to stay as it is right next to the port.

Jersey

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Jersey is one of Channel Islands and is situated between England and France – it really is a sublime destination where you can relax in style! There are lots of gorgeous beaches in Jersey. Plus with being situated between England and France, you get to experience a mixture of culture – you can order a delicious croissant without being able to speak a word of French.

How to Get There:

You can travel to Jersey by sea, so if you’re scared of flying you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to fly. However if you don’t mind flying, you’ll be happy to know that Easyjet have regular flights from the UK to the island.

Top Accommodation Choices

Whatever type of holiday you’re after, you can find it all here:

  • If you crave luxury, relaxation and comfort, choose a B and B in Jersey. With a B and B you are offered all the comforts of home, with breakfast made for you, but you can also enjoy the local cuisine by having a meal out at night.
  • Alternatively try camping in St Helier; this is great for families and those who just love the great outdoors. If you’re after a holiday with nature this is the best option.

Isle of Wight

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The Isle of Wight is a wonderful destination for all ages, whether you’re after a family holiday, a romantic getaway or something a little bit different. One of the most famous events that attracts people to the island is the Isle of Wight Festival which happens annually in June. There are many different things to do here including farm visits, zorbing and of course, visits to the beach!

How to Get There:

Many ferries run from the south of England to the Isle of Wight, you could even get there via hovercraft, which is certainly an exciting and unique way to travel.

Top Accommodation Choices:

  • A spa hotel on the Isle of Wight is definitely an optimum choice. You can recline and relax in true tranquillity and then go and explore this fantastic island.
  • Alternatively, choose a self catering cottage in Newport, for a central location. This option is fantastic if you want the freedom to travel far and wide!

Shetland Isles

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The Shetland Isles is the perfect destination for any solo, couple or small group holiday aiming to escape from the mundane routine of life. It’s relaxing and tranquil atmosphere with beautiful seascapes and beach views provides the ultimate calm getaway for many a visitor. There are plenty of gorgeous beaches in Shetland with many being considered amongst the best in the UK.

How to Get There:

The Shetland Isles provide great transport links to the rest of the UK, and the most popular methods of transport include flight and ferry although there are various other easy and affordable ways to travel to Shetland.

Top Accommodation Choices:

  • For the perfect home-from-home accommodation, try a local Shetland hotel located in the area of the Island you wish to relax. This gives you a great opportunity for sight-seeing and exploring the gorgeous landscapes and nature reserves.
  •  Alternatively, why not camp out to add a little adventure to your stay? Make sure you rent a car though for ease of exploring!

So, if you fancy a holiday to a beautiful island, you don’t really have to travel far; these islands are spectacular and full of exciting things to do whether you visit in spring, summer, autumn or winter! Get booking and enjoy your holiday!

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