Monday, July 25, 2016

The Most Pervasive Problems in Group Travel

Travelling as a large group can be the best of times and the worst of times. It can be so much fun to have everyone around you to enjoy the experience. But it can be a nightmare to corral everyone and get them to the same places at the same time. Here I take a look at the most pervasive problems with group travel and what we can do about them.
 

Boredom

One of the most pervasive issues when travelling in a large group is that people can become very bored very quickly on a long journey. It's easy for them to retreat into their own little world with the headphones and ipads and ignore all the other people that they are travelling with. To avoid this prepare some fun travel games that can involve the whole group. If you are travelling in separate vehicles why not pit one team again another and offer a prize for the winner.
 

Travelling with children

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Another pervasive problem with travelling in a group is that there is more than likely a range of ages with different needs. The older generation may need to stop for comfort breaks more often. While kids may need to get out the car and run around to burn off some of that extra energy. A good way of dealing with this is to try to group people into age groups so the seniors go in one car and the kids and another. With supervision of course. If this isn't possible and you are all travelling in one bus, then just make sure that you have lots of refreshments. Also, let everyone know when the comfort breaks will be so they know they do not have long to wait for the next one.
 

Convoys

Another real problem when travelling in a big group is when you ride in a convoy. A convoy is a line of cars or vehicles that are following the car in front to a chosen destination. The problem with this is the more cars you add, the more opportunities there are for someone getting lost and so holding the rest of the team up. A good way to deal with this is to consider hiring one of the many types of charter buses for rent. Then you can also be on the same vehicle and avoid these problematic issues.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Great Holidays for the Amateur Historian

There's an amateur history buff in all of us. It's fascinating to be able to look back to the way that things once were and compare it to life today. Historical sites worldwide are some of the most visited tourist attractions. This shows the endurance of looking into the past as a pleasant pastime.

If you like your history as old as possible, there are a variety of different sites you can visit to get your fix. In fact, the choices are so varied it can be difficult to know where to start. If you've got some time to spare and your feet itching to explore, here are a few ideas of where your quest for the ancient could take you.
 

Machu Picchu


The ancient civilisation of the Incans lay ignored in Peruvian undergrowth for centuries. Even when it was identified, it was almost entirely by accident in the 1910s by Hiram Bingham. Since those early days, it has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You're going to have to be fit if you want to visit Machu Picchu. Getting to the area requires a trek through the Andes mountains. The original location was chosen for the Incans for its privacy, which is a shame for the modern traveller! If you're able to, though, it's a real glimpse into a world before its time. Just make sure you have a specialist guide to help you through the terrain.
 

Stonehenge


The English monument has long been the subject of curiosity over its purpose. Ideas have included some form of devil worship to the more accepted theory of a site of religious significance. Whatever your take, there is no doubt there is nothing like getting up close and personal with this touch of the past.

While it may seem like a few stones in a field can't offer much of a day out, there is plenty to do at Stonehenge. Not only is there the monument itself, but a fabulous visitor centre showcasing the archaeological history. When planning a visit, use comparestonehengetours.com so you can take advantage of their expertise. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.
 

Pompeii and Herculaneum




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