It must have been the third week of the summer school holidays in most places around the UK. My wife was still working and wasn’t due her vacation for a few more days, so I had to keep the kids entertained until we could all do something together.
As is always the case this time of the year, the subject of "what to do and where to go" was all over the national and local news.
But I am confused?
Two adults, two children, 9-10 hours of watching top class motor racing at one of Europe’s best racing courses (and I really do mean one of the top circuits in Europe!). Total cost? £24 (£20 if you had booked your tickets online).
But the most confusing part, was that the place was virtually empty, and I mean really empty. There were more family members of the drivers than actual visitors. I would even go as far as saying there were probably more circuit marshals than their were spectators.
Admittedly, the weather forecast for the day wasn’t too good, but it wasn’t that bad either. Yet again, perhaps people know just how crap the weather forecasts are in the UK because actually, the weather was horrendous. It was cold, windy and the rain came down like stair rods which played havoc with my back, but made for better racing rather than having just the one or two cars speeding off into the distance (as happens in F1).
We got to see drivers driving which sounds quite daft until you think about it.
There was also the small matter of the Olympics starting today, but I can’t believe for one minute that people would have preferred to have watch that on television in preference to a day out.
So where was this all happening?
Over at RealTravel.com they have a great online trip planner that allows you to build your itinerary for your complete trip.
Once you have added all of your intended destinations, you can sort out the dates and route that you intend to take.
They also have a great dynamic route map that shows your planned trip in an easy to follow layout.
When trying to organize a trip like this, one of the hardest parts is having to visit multiple sites to find all the information you need. I’ve used the site to plan an upcoming trip, and the trip planner made the whole thing painless.
And if you are unsure of the place you are visiting, there are plenty of reviews and photographs from others who been there previously.
It even allows you to create your own notes and any other useful links that you find and save them with your itinerary.
Once you have saved your trip, you can email it to friends and family to keep them informed about your trip. (A great idea for young people to keep parents aware of your plans).
Ok, it’s that time again when I have to think of somewhere to go for a short weekend break.
I’ve used a lot of holiday type sites, but a great one was pointed out to me the other day.
EasyToBook concentrates on Barcelona, Amsterdam and Rome and because of that it has a lot more information about the hotels the places themselves.
We are only a few weeks away from this years holiday, but an email from a friend in the US has me thinking about where to go next year.
They are off to Hawaii in a few weeks and he was telling me about the Hawaii beachfront cottages available to view online at Hawaiian Beach Rentals where he found his cottage.
Now to us Brits, a trip to Hawaii seems a bit beyond us, but to most Americans its as common as a day trip to the beach would be for us.
Hawaii to the Americans is within easy reach even though it could be many 100’s if not 1000’s of miles away from their homes.
It’s not that far away from the UK other than an 8 hour flight and price wise, it can be as cheap as many European holiday destinations.
But when you look at what the island has to offer, it far surpasses anything that Europe could provide.
And one of the advantage of using Hawaiian Beach Rentals is that you can avoid the large holiday hotels where you often end up fading into the masses that would be staying there.
You can choose between a Maui condo or Kauai vacation rental home, you can find any type of holiday home to suit your needs, and within your budget too.
When you look at something like this home, it’s hard to believe that it probably costs less than most hotels. It would be like a home from home and yours for the whole time of your stay.
And you get to buy your own food and that can be a lot cheaper than most hotel food, but that won’t stop you from eating out in the 100’s of top class restaurants along the many beach fronts and towns.
It’s something that we are going to seriously look at for next year, and Hawaiian Beach Rentals will be one site we’ll be spending plenty of time on.