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Travel tips to help you make the most of your European trips. Tips on the best things to see, places to stay and eat in European destinations.. The lowdown from locals and experienced European travellers to help you plan your travels.

Walking Around the Seafront in Anstruther, Scotland

I stayed in Anstruther on the Fife coast in Scotland on a Sunday night in Novembmer. I arrived in Anstruther around 3pm to check in at The Waterfront. It free to park in the car parks in Anstruther in the low season. The short stay car park close to The Waterfron was full. But I found a space at the long stay car park a bit further along.

After checking in at The Waterfront, I decided to go out for stroll along the seafront and have some fish and chips before dark.

It was really sunny when I first went out.

You can take a boat trip out the Isle of May from Anstruther. The trips had finished for the day. In any case, I get seasick, so wouldn’t be going out on a boat.

The Anstruther Fish Bar is well known locally and has won many awards.

There was such a good view from where I had parked my car, that I decided to have a take-away to eat in the car.

Even on a Sunday evening, there was a long queue at the Anstruther Fish Bar. My haddock and chips cost £6.65. For around £9 you could eat in the restaurant. That price included a hot drink and bread and butter.

My fish supper was large, consisting of one and half haddock fillets. It was really tasty. I opened all the car windows to allow for a good airing after finishing my fish supper, when I moved the car down to the short stay car park

The following morning, as heavy rain was forecast. I decided to go for another walk along Anstruther seafront to see the sun rise before breakfast.

It was of a grey morning, but Anstruther still looked pretty, It was so quiet compared the previous evening.

I recommend a visit to Anstruther, preferably on a bright day in low season, as it gets very busy in the Summer.

5 Travel Tips to Stay Safe with a Medical Condition

Having a medical condition need not prevent you from travelling, in fact a spot of travelling may do you the world of good, but for your peace of mind and the peace of mind of your family and friends it makes sense to think through carefully the journey that you are about to undertake.

Look up where you can get medical care near to where you’re travelling

Don’t just assume that you’ll be able to sort it all out, if and when the need arises. Do your research in advance. If your condition suddenly deteriorates you need to be able to get help as quickly as possible, you don’t want to waste time trying to find the nearest suitable facilities, a process likely to be complicated by trying to communicate in a foreign language.

Make sure that you have a European Health Insurance Card

The EHIC is available for free from the NHS so don’t be fooled by unofficial sites which try and charge you. The EHIC gives you access to state provided health care in any European Economic Area Country and Switzerland, although once Brexit comes into effect, UK citizens will no longer have free access to European Health Care, unless some kind of special deal is struck. The card covers you for all necessary treatment until the date you had planned to return and the care is provided to you like it would be to a resident of the country. You need to be aware that some countries require patients to pay a percentage of the cost of their treatment. You are therefore strongly advised to find a good travel insurance deal from a provider that can specialise your cover for your medical needs. The EHIC is not valid on cruises or for ski resort mountain rescue nor will it cover the cost of flying you back to the UK.

Talk to your doctor before you travel

Before you book anything, talk to your doctor about your intentions. Be truthful about where you intend to go and what you intend to do and don’t ignore the advice you are given.

Bring ample medication and a doctor’s letter detailing your condition

Make sure that you have acquired ample medication well before you are due to set off on your travels. Your medication may contain ingredients which are illegal in some countries so check beforehand. You and your doctor may need to complete a Medical Information Form (MEDIF). This form is valid for only one trip and can only be used for the flights and dates shown on the ticket.

Arrange early boarding and special arrangements with the airline

All airlines are required by law to make special provision for passengers with disabilities or medical conditions, but it is up to you to notify them well in advance and establish exactly what special provision you may require.

Tips For Preparing a Long Road Trip

It is important you check all the components of your car and be sure they are in top shape before embarking on a road trip. There are some personal checks you can carry out. The brake system of a car is the most important component. Regular checks should be carried out to confirm the state of the brake discs. Car brake pads will lose quality and elasticity by frequent use, in adverse weather conditions or by accidents. This leads to a breaking distance becoming longer and posting a security risk to the driver, passengers, and others. Brake discs that cost: £12.66  can be purchased from well-known manufacturers such as ATE online shops. This is a combination of brand quality at a low price while reducing the brake distance.

8 steps (with pictures) to check a vehicle before a long road trip

Car fluid in working condition. The fluid in the brake, windscreen wash levels, car oil and the coolant keeps the car running smoothly preventing unexpected breakdowns and accidents. The owner’s manual will give more instructions about different locations of fluid like in the power steering and the clutch (which works same as brake fluid).

Air pressure on the tyre. On the side of the tyre, the max air pressure level will be written. It should not be exceeded. Also, on the owner’s manual or a sticker where the driver’s door shuts, the maximum air pressure will also be indicated. Furthermore, check your spare tyre to be sure it is in a good working condition.

Check and change the oil. Long trips put additional strain on a car. If it is almost time to change the oil, then, it is good to change the oil before embarking on a trip. The oil filter should be replaced if it carries the old fluid. Adding new oil will not make it work properly because there will still be a residue of the old fluid in the filter. The sludge in the old filter makes the new oil not to work properly.

Use a penny or tread gauge to check for tyre wear. Have at least a tread of 1/16th inch or 1.6mm. In cases where the tread is less than 1/12th inch or 2.5mm, it is best to replace the tyre. This is because the tyre will wear down quickly. On long trips, tyres can blowout because they have been heated up.

Ensure car’s air filter is free. If there is a sufficient supply of air to the vehicle’s engine, the performance improves. The car’s cabin filter is another source of air supply and should be checked regularly.

Wash the vehicle. A clean window improves visibility. If possible, wash the entire car. The wiper blades should be checked as well and if they do not wok properly, they should be replaced.

Confirm all lights and signals are in good working condition. To check for lights, you will need the help of another person. Turn on lights and ask if they are working or not. Replace all bulbs that are not functional. If possible, carry extra bulbs in case you might need them along the way. For example, for each light you carry at least one bulb, reverse lights, tail lights, headlights, indicators and so forth.

It is still possible the car does not work because a fuse needs replacing. Check for headlights alignment and do adjust the alignments accordingly. If the headlight alignment is poor, it will reduce visibility at night on unlit roads.

Ascertain if all emergency equipments are available in the vehicle and everything works.

Emergency equipments range from a cell phone, spare tyres, to an up-to-date map. A puncture repair kit can be a good idea although not always necessary.  Also have emergency tools like screwdrivers, pliers, flashlight, and an adjustable spanner. Fire extinguishers, medical kits, and flares are needed in worse case scenarios. A reflective warning triangle is mandatory in an EU member state. If your trip will take you through a country where you change lanes, for example from a right-hand drive to a left-hand drive country, see if the beam deflectors are compulsory for your headlights. This ensures other road users are not dazzled by your headlights. For example, you are travelling from the UK to mainland Europe.

If you cannot carry out some of the checks by yourself, you can get, perhaps, a commercial oil change facility to do this for you at a reasonable price.

Clean the car of trash and other things that may cause a stench.

If you cannot get all the toolkit, ensure you have at least a flashlight and medical kits since they will prove to be most essential.

If your trip will take you to a remote area, have plenty of fuel in your tank, enough bottled water, and let someone know how long you will be gone.

Europe Vacations: Discover the Best 3 Cultural Attractions to Visit

Europe is the perfect continent for a vacation exploring local art treasures. With a rich cultural and historical heritage that stretches several thousands of years back in time, there is an unlimited number of attractions to discover. In addition, it is easy to travel between countries in Europe thanks to very well-developed infrastructure and freedom of movement in the border-free Schengen Area. In this article, I highlight a selection of destinations that are particularly interesting to visit for anyone interested in arts, history, architecture and culture, and that are all well-connected and easy to travel to.

First, some tips about booking your vacation. I recommend eDreams, one of the leading online travel agencies in Europe. This online service helps you find the best and cheapest holiday deals among 60,000 flight routes from more than 530 airlines and more than a million hotels all over the world. Thanks to their powerful search engine and excellent customer service they won the British Travel Award for Best Flight Booking Website in both 2015 and 2016. Besides booking flights and hotels, you can also easily book complete packages, hire cars and buy train tickets on their website. Here is some more information about eDreams.

A provocative and affluent art exhibition in Venice

Explore the borders between fiction and reality at the controversial exhibition “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” in Venice, Italy. The exhibition consists of 189 sculptures in gold, silver, bronze and marble, and leads the observer to believe that the pieces were rescued from an ancient shipwreck. There is even a mockumentary on Netflix that portrays the entire rescue operations in great detail. In reality, the exhibition as well as the mockumentary are works of the wealthy British artist Damien Hirst. Visit the museum and be provoked, and at the same time seduced by Hirst’s incredible imagination and extraordinary creations.

Ancient history and an international arts festival in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the most historically and culturally interesting places to visit in the United Kingdom. Besides the beautiful Edinburgh Lumen, which I visited recently, I recommend everyone to see the magnificent Edinburgh Castle from the 12th century. Edinburgh is also home to the Fringe; the world’s largest annual international arts festival. For three weeks every August, the city bursts with creative energy as more than 50,000 performers and artists from all over the world set up more than 3,000 shows. With everything from circus, cabaret and opera, to comedy, dance and children’s shows, the worn-out cliché “something for everyone” is unusually accurate!

Discover the roots of modern Europe in Greece

What would an arts vacation in Europe be without a trip to Greece? The country where it all began, and home to some of the greatest philosophers of history. Follow in the footsteps of Platon, Aristoteles and Socrates while you visit historically important places such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon. For those who need to refresh their knowledge about Greek history, I recommend starting by a visit at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. This is the largest museum in Greece, and home to more than ten thousand objects from the dawn of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.

Review of The Waterfront, Anstruther, Scotland

I stayed at The Waterfront in Anstruther on Scotland’s east coast on a Sunday night in November 2017. I’d been keen to say there for some time, as it gets very good reviews and I hadn’t been to Anstruther for ages. With a single room at The Waterfront often costing £60+, I was on the lookout for a lower rate.

I found a single room including breakfast for £40 on the HotelsCombined price comparison site. I always check if it is cheaper to book a room directly with the hotel. Most times it’s cheaper through a third party booking site, but in this case the room was £35 if booked directly.

I didn’t read any mention of a sea view in any of the room descriptions, which I found a bit strange. The reason for that became apparent when ‘i was shown to my room. The accommodation is up an alleyway behind the restaurant

My single room was on the top floor. I felt that the room was a bit cramped. There was a large chest of drawers with a TV and the tea and coffee making facilities on top.

There was a door next to the bathroom door, which I assumed was a wardrobe. but I couldn’t get the door open. There wasn’t anywhere to lay my suitcase, so I had to leave it on the floor next to the bed. Although there was a wooden chair, there was no desk space, so I had sit on the bed with my Chromebook balanced on my legs. There was a lovely garden view from the small window in my room. There was also a velux window in the celing, which had a blind.

The bathroom was a good size. The towels were fluffy and there were plenty of toiletries.

The bed was comfortable and the room was in very good condition.

Breakfast is included in the room rate. It’s served in the restaurant, which has sea views.

The breakfast was very good, with a good selection of fresh fruit.

I chose smoked haddock with poached egg from the menu, which consisted of a large piece of fish and two eggs.

For me, The Waterfront in Anstruther was a mixed bag. It felt a bit clausrophobic in my attic room and I missed having desk space at which to work. The room was well maintained. The breakfast was really good.

Hawaii: A Travel Guide Island-by-Island

If you’ve never been to Hawaii you might be asking yourself which island you should visit. Each island has a little something different to offer depending on your interests. No matter where you end up, booking your stay in one of the many vacation rentals in Hawaii is always a good idea. These luxury rentals allow you to get the most out of your trip without bothering with overpriced tourist towns where most hotels and resorts are located. By staying in a luxury Hawaiian home, you get all the comforts and amenities of a hotel plus insider knowledge and tips from locals. Hawaii is filled with interesting places to explore, and a little local how-to never hurt.

If you still need help deciding which island to spend your vacation read on for our simple travel guide by location. Choose what you like to do, and find the island that best suits your interests.

A Bit Of Everything

If you’re looking for a Hawaiian getaway that has a bit of everything, look no further than Oahu. Oahu is jam-packed with tons of landmarks and activities to keep even the most active visitor busy. Oahu has a rich history filled with stories of former royalty, and even the castle to prove it. Visitors can buff up on history from the times of the Polynesian royal family all the way up to World War II by visiting both the Iolani Palace and the Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorials. Diamond Head makes for another incredible day trip as this fascinating and scenic volcanic cone can be a great site for hikes or helicopter tours. For more laid back sightseeing, Waikiki is an amazing luxury beach (also part of the royal history) offering beach service and just a generally awesome resort-style experience. If you’re at all a fan of surfing, a trip to North Shore is definitely in order. One of the most famous surf spots in all of Hawaii, this beach is packed with surfers catching waves or others watching the pros get at it. It’s also an awesome little town to find a drink, do some shopping, and walk around. For an all-around activity based trip, Oahu is an easy and safe choice.

Romantic Getaway

Celebrating a special event or anniversary? Maui is the perfect destination for all things romantic. All you have to do is look at pictures to know that Maui was made for honeymoons and anniversary getaways. With over 30 miles of sandy coastlines and enough waterfalls to make you never want to see one again, Maui is indeed the epitome of a romantic getaway. In addition to its many gorgeous beaches, visitors can explore Haleakala National Park where the dormant crater known as Haleakala crater makes for the perfect day hike or helicopter tour. To bask in amazing tidal pools and splash around under waterfalls worthy of a screensaver, head to Ohe’o Gulch. This little spot is a haven for all things involving the jungle and swimming. It’s easy to feel like you’ve escaped when visiting Ohe’o Gulch, and even easier to not want to leave this idyllic island after a few days spent under its charm.

Nature & Beaches

Kauai is probably Maui’s biggest rival as far as scenic beauty and things to do and see in the outdoors. A bit busier and less remote than Maui, Kauai offers a more rugged look into local culture, allowing guests to hang with locals in surf towns and get involved in the scene. Kauai also has an incredible line up of national and state parks, all ripe for the exploring. Nā Pali Coast State Park is one such example of a park that shouldn’t be missed, and many visitors attempt to complete at least part of its famed Kalalau Trail— well-loved for its views of sea cliffs and rare geologic formations. Waimea Canyon State Park is another experience that should not be missed, as this ten-mile wide canyon is often compared to the Grand Canyon for its impressive scenery and vast open appearance. To get in on the local surf scene, many visitors flock to Anahola Beach Park. This huge park offers several surf and swim spots, some less intense than others. It also has a great nightlife scene and is known as being one of the best watering hole spots on the whole island. For a more tame outdoor experience, Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens is another incredible opportunity. This well-manicured park isn’t just your typical garden. It takes grandiose to a whole new level with waterfalls and life-size bronze statues throughout. Kauai is one of the best places to explore the outdoors and admire all of the beauty of Hawaii, making it the obvious choice for nature lovers and beach bums.

Outdoor Adventure

If you’re looking for something a little more intense than just laying around and soaking up the sun, Hawaii Island offers up an extreme outdoor experience in several national park-size packages. Akaka Falls State Park is a great place to get the adventure started with miles of hiking trails past remote areas of the island. To see some of the most absurd landscapes on the island, head to Papakolea Beach or Punalu’u Beach where you’ll find green and black sand. But the most wild thing by far on the island are the two enormous active volcanoes. Book a tour to get as close to one as you (safely) can. For something a bit less intense, nothing beats the snorkeling on Hapuna Beach and Kahalu’u Beach.

Where to Experience Authentic Spain Along the Costa Brava

With around 522,000 visits to the Costa Brava in August 2014 alone, this region is clearly a tourist hotspot for holiday-goers. With one of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in Europe, delicious food and a beautifully warm climate, it’s understandable why travellers flock to the resorts there.

This isn’t a spot that just caters for tourists though, there are areas along the Costa Brava that have been largely undiscovered, remaining authentic and unspoiled by tourism. Here are some of the most beautiful towns you should visit:

Tamariu

A small coastal town in the province of Girona, this is an appealing spot for any traveller who values peace and quiet. Tamariu is set around a secluded bay of pink rocks and white sand, with cascading rugged cliffs meeting the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The fact that this idyllic little town has not been overdeveloped to attract more tourism means that it’s been able to retain its charm and authenticity and it’s certainly a jewel in Spain’s crown.

Llafranc

This luxurious coastal town has attracted many artists and film stars who enjoy the relaxed vibes of this town.

Boasting inviting warm waters, authentic fishing boats and plenty of superb sights, we recommend learning a bit more about the history of the area by visiting these authentic spots and landmarks in Llafranc:

  • Magical Ruins of Empuries
  • Cap Roig Botanical Gardens
  • The Aiguamolls de l’Emporda Natural Park
  • Salvador Dalí Triangle

Cadaqués

Once the hometown of Dali’s family, this area famously attracted many other artists like Magritte, Matisse and Picasso, so you can trust that it is home to some outstanding beauty and charm.

The only way to get into the town is through a coastal road that winds and dips dramatically throughout its stretch. It’s definitely worth the journey once you catch sight of the picturesque waterfront and the breath-taking cliff-edge walks in one of the most unspoilt villages in the Mediterranean.

Begur

About an hour north of Barcelona, Begur is a colourful and lively town with miles of coastline to admire. With narrow streets of quaint houses, neoclassical mansions and a crumbling medieval castle, there’s plenty to see and do. What’s more, it’s surrounded by other little medieval towns like Púbol, where you can visit the beautiful castle that Dalí bought for his Russian wife Gala.

Discover the authentic Costa Brava when planning your holidays to Spain. With our favourite picks of beautiful, idyllic spots that have remained unspoiled by tourism, you won’t regret getting off the beaten track for your next summer holiday.

Top 5 destinations For a Freelancer

Taking advantage of the freedom provided by technology to find job opportunities anywhere in the world is a fact. Nowadays, the most common professions such as bloggers, journalists, sales people, photographers, or web developers are part of this new job trend, the so-called:freelancers.

There are thousands of companies hiring nomads, but the one that caught my attention is Trendhim, a Danish fashion company who offers a huge variety of men accessories, such as: ties, lapel pins or bracelets.

Their marketing department is full of student freelancers. Having a freelance job while studying is one of the best opportunities in life I would say. Your twenties are made for travelling and getting lost in random destinations, so it is always good to have a job that allows you to travel around without feeling tied.

Are you a freelancer looking for a change? Here are the best 5 places in the world to make the most of freelance. Who knows, maybe you’d be the next freelancer on board. The only necessary condition is to have an adventurous spirit and a job that does not depend on a particular geographical location.

Sofia, Bulgaria

At the moment, it is elusive to find a better city for the digital nomads than Sofia. Sofia provides freelancers with a cheap lifestyle, not to mention that they have one of the best internet connections in Europe. Also, Sofia is a beautiful and a safe city with friendly and respectful citizens. A city with a strong history and a night life you could not even dream of.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

For those cold winter months your city is Chiang Mai. It has a fantastic climate that attracts freelancers like honey attracts bees. In addition, the living standards are low and there is a good internet connection. What else can you ask for as a freelancer? Chiang Mai is such a popular destination among digital nomads, that it is known as “the Asian freelancehub”. Many of its cafes rather than being cafes are shared work spaces, so pick one, bring your computer and start working.

Porto, Portugal

With a very picturesque architecture, Porto is one of the secret destinations for digital nomads. The city is famous both for its architecture and its wine. The inhabitants of Porto are very friendly, always willing to help. Although it is a much smaller city than Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, there arecafés and coworkings to work all over the city. Overall, the internet connection is very good; and the food is not expensive.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest the captil city of Budapest is full of energy and contradictions. It is a city for all tastes: beautiful architecture, delicious food, nightlife, and interesting people. Budapest always has something new to offer. It is considered to be one of the cheapest cities in Europe,and its internet connection is anything but slow and expensive. The cafes offer not onlyfree wi-fi and co-working sites like Mosaik and Vagabond Nation but also very affordable prices. Budapest is less touristy than Porto, but it is one of the best connected cities in Europe

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, the island of gods or better known as the island of freelancers. Bali is another of the favourite corners of those who know how to live and work: good gastronomy, unique beaches, the spirituality linked to the village with its thousands of temples and green pools.

A Quick Guide to Planning a Road Trip

After several months of wet and icy roads, surreal blue skies and comforting weather are compelling reasons to load up your vehicle and hit the road.

However, all your planning will quickly go awry if you cannot rely on your car. An operative failure on your daily travel back and forth is one thing, but what if your beloved automobile refuses to move along and leaves you trapped miles away from home? Of course, we all know that frequent upkeep of your car is necessary year-round, but it is of critical importance before a road trip.

Here are some checks you need to complete:

1. Coolant

When the vehicle is running and the engine is hot take a sniff. If a sickly sweet odour hits your nose you probably have a coolant leakage. Moreover, if you spot yellow or green streaks on the engine-oil dipstick, the probability is close to surety. Therefore, get it checked out.

2. Oil

Oil is critical for an engine. It lubricates moving components such as the crankshaft, pistons and camshaft to prevent friction. Remember, oil must be changed every 3k to 5k miles. If you have already gotten an oil change within that mileage, use a dipstick to assess the condition of the oil. If it is black or below the minimum, get it checked immediately.

3. Belt, hoses and timing belt

Look under the hood of your automobile to spot signs of trouble. For instance, squeeze the belts to ensure they are tight. Also search for any noticeable fraying, cracking or missing teeth in the belts. Lastly, check the hoses to see if there is any fluid leakage, especially close to the joining points. Having a hose break in the middle of a drive can cause havoc for an engine.

4. Battery

Get your battery examined and be cautious by also buying a backup. It is economical to pay for a durable battery, as opposed to paying for someone to come and help you when you’ve broken down (and then having to buy a new battery anyway). Whether you’re travelling in your car, a van or a motor home, Yuasa batteries are the battery of choice as they’re extremely reliable. You can explore the range Hardwarexpress have (https://www.hardwarexpress.co.uk/yuasa-78-c.asp) if you’re planning a long road trip and want to get prepared.

5. Air filter

A road is a dirty venture with debris, dust and bugs all around. Therefore, manufacturers install air filters to prevent gunk from entering the interior or the engine. However, gradually an air filter reaches its capacity and becomes clogged, conceivably affecting the engine performance and economy of fuel, and unquestionably polluting interior air quality. Air filters should be changed nearly every 12k miles.

6. Tires’ Tread and Air pressure

Tires require two things to function properly – tread and air. To check the tread’s depth, insert the head side of a penny into it. If you can see the inner part you need new tires.

Underinflated tires waste gas while over inflated ones deteriorate the ride quality as they are less compliant. Also, an inaccurate air pressure can cause tires to wear raggedly, which will call for replacement sooner. Remember to check tire pressure about every 1k miles.

7. Windshield

Do not forget to clean your windshield inside out and substitute frayed wiper blades (one-piece blades provide an optimised performance).

8. Brakes

It is affordable to get your brakes inspected as the auto-mechanic will also examine the complete braking system, including the master cylinder, wheel cylinders callipers and brake lines. It is critical to ensure the health of your car’s brake fuel. If your automobile’s pedal feels squishy or has extra mileage, the fluid may well be contaminated.

9. Fuel

Keep your fuel tank well above half-capacity to avoid forming condensation as it may lead to a frozen fuel line. You also don’t want to run out of fuel whilst out on the roads!

10. Exterior lights

Get into your car and take an evening ride to carefully observe the brightness of the brake lights, reverse lights and turn signals. If your headlight covers seem slightly grubby head to a body shop for a wax job to considerably improve your lighting.

It is an open secret that vehicle care can be a pain. However, it is not anywhere near as bad as having a thrill-ride ruined by problems that could have been averted.

How to Host the Ultimate Family Night When Staying in a Villa

A family holiday can be a balancing act. When going on vacation it’s because you are wanting to de-stress and bring yourself back from the brink of exhaustion. It’s a need for some serious relaxation time and pampering as well as outlet for your children’s everlasting energy. To find a holiday that balances both can be struggling when deciding on a villa that will benefit yourself as well as your children. It’s okay to want to choose a villa that has all the pampering options you so desperately need, but what about when these types of villas incorporate no kind of features for your kids?

It becomes hard trying to please both parties. There are so many things to consider when you have children, like is the pool going to be too deep? Depending on their ages are the beds safe for them to sleep in or do the villas provide cots? Are there places nearby where your children can engage with other children? Are there any sport facilities to occupy teenagers? Are nearby beaches child-friendly? And whilst you’re considering these, you’ll also want to find villa features that will benefit you… after all this is your holiday too.

Some big problem villas seem to have that hotels don’t is the opportunity for kid’s clubs, that ensure your children are occupied so you are able to relax, but if you choose the safest family friendly holiday accommodation you’ll have no problem with this. It should be like staying in the comfort of your own home. It shouldn’t be a chore to find the perfect accommodation when you choose the perfect villa company that offer features suitable for everyone.

Therefore, your most essential step is finding a company whom offer villas with a wide range of features, beneficial to both you and your children. One example if you’re looking for villas in Santorini can be found here. No matter the size of your family, they have a villa to accommodate all, with many luxurious features worth your investment. From heated indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, BBQ’s, access to WI-FI, fully equipped gyms, indoor heated pools, tennis courts, fully stocked mini bars to home cinemas and play stations. Each of the villas won’t include every single one of these features only the ones that meet your desires.

Not only are these features available to you but they also have a 24/7 on-site concierge team to care for all your needs, their team really wants to spoil you! With on-site spa treatments, massage therapists, beauty services and a private chef whom will freshly prepare you delicious meals you’ll find that time to finally relax like you wanted now you know your children are all cared for. Therefore, investing in luxury is the best option, you’ll never want to come home!

If you do end up opting for a more luxurious vacation you may not want to leave for nights out where you’ll have to spend even more money, especially when your villa essentially has everything you could possibly need. This is why I’ll now be giving you a short-guide on a fun family night in with your family.

Because of the endless features that come with each villa, potentially you have a lot of options concerning what you can do. Due to you having all the time you’d like to spend in your private pools and jacuzzi you may want to a good extra couple of hours swimming in them as you have no one there to tell you to get out at a certain time like hotels do.

Since you’re spending the night in together, you don’t have to worry about getting all dressed up to go to a close restaurant or bar, so you could all have showers and get into your pyjamas, ready for your meal served by your very own chef in the dining area. By having someone else prepare your meals means you really don’t have to lift a finger on this vacation and you can truly relax.

Most villas will come with board games to play with or you may have come prepared and decided to bring your own, so you could all kick back in the living room area and show your competitive side by engaging in a classic board game.

You may then want to switch up the board game and play a game together on the Playstation most villas provide or even take that family competitive streak outside and play a sports game together.

Lastly, when you’ve drained your children of that non-stop energy you could all unwind in the home cinema and watch a movie together. If the night is still young after that and you’ve taken your children to bed, you could then have that massage you’ve been longing for to de-stress yourself or sip on a cheeky cocktail whilst sat outside on the terrace.