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Monthly Archives: November 2016

All about New Zealand Travel

THE WEATHER

You cannot guarantee you will get suitable weather in New Zealand. Mother nature does not care about your plans therefore be flexible with your travel arrangements. If flying over the glaciers is on your bucket list, there is a possibility that the weather during the two or three days you are in the Glacier region will make flying conditions unsafe and that you do not get to see the glaciers. It is the same for skiers. Some years there has been a lack of snow for skiing in some ski resorts.

THE CRIME

People tend to get complacent when on holiday and some get caught out. New Zealand may be safer than a lot of other countries but tourists have been robbed and assaulted there.One lady got her lap top stolen in Franz Josef Glacier one day. It contained photographs of her overseas holiday and she lost the lot. The lesson here is to always have back-up files. If this person saved her photos to her email address or put them on Facebook then she would still had the photos.

THE SOUVENIRS

As with every tourist hotspots, there are souvenirs for sale but have you every asked yourself “Where are they manufactured?” If you think “China” then you would be correct most of the time. If a genuine New Zealand made article is what you are after then ask the person selling it about its origin.

When buying souvenirs, buy something which is going to be useful such as a piece of clothing or a book which will give you some enjoyment and not an item which will be left in a draw or on a shelf just gathering dust.

THE TOURISTS

It may be ironic to suggest that the problem with some parts of New Zealand are there are simply too many tourists about particularly in some of the tourist hot spots and to cap it all off most of the workers in the tourist resorts are not New Zealanders. Part of the Kiwi experience is mixing and meeting with the locals therefore if you want to meet real Kiwis then spend some time in the provincial towns.

Some Ways to Plan Family Holiday

One of the best ways to plan the perfect family holiday is to plan in advance. You should be planning this holiday for months before the date, so you can do your research, gather all the information you need, book your hotel and car hire, if that’s your choice. Planning in advance helps you secure family rooms in hotels before they are fully booked, it enables you to put an itinerary in place on what to do and see and then schedule it so that everyone gets to have an enjoyable experience.

Look at flights and start booking your flights based on your dates as early as possible. Many flights these days enable you to book online and choose your seats immediately to secure them. This ensures that you get the whole family sitting together throughout the flight, rather than being all split up around the plane. In addition to this, you are able to speak directly with the airline, advise if you are flying with younger children, as they often make certain considerations for this, which may help make your flight a little less stress free.

Now start looking at hotels. Bear in mind not all hotels are children friendly, so you will want to identify the top hotels in a certain location and ensure that they cater to families with children of all ages. Speak directly to the hotel when enquiring to see if they are able to offer a family room, or if travelling with older children, maybe adjoining rooms. Most hotels will be able to accommodate their guests needs so your family can have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Once you have selected a hotel that may meet your needs, look at the places you want to see and explore during your stay to identify how far they are from the hotel and whether you can access them easily. Look at top attractions that will interest you and then the other family members, such as top museums and galleries which the entire family can enjoy.

With your adult entertainment secured, look at things for the younger children to enjoy. Depending on where you are staying you will probably find parks, play parks, indoor entertainment and more which you can schedule into each day so that you are assured that you accommodate all family members. This also enables you to do the museums and top sights in the morning and finish off with a play in the park, which is also motivation for children to behave as they know that their turn is coming up next.

Put an itinerary in place based on your family’s ages. Toddlers will have less concentration time and will get bored and irritable quickly, so you want to ensure that you add some fun things for them along the way, ensuring that you have their push chair so that they can take a nap and don’t have to walk long distances. If travelling with older children your schedule can be spending more time in a certain place as the children are able to manage longer periods.

The final decision you need to make is whether to use public transport or hire a vehicle. This should also be a personal preference based on the age of the family members and what you will be carrying with you each day.

Should Take an RV Vacation

It’s Family-Friendly

Have you ever tried to navigate a plane flight with several kids in tow? It’s quite an undertaking. There’s the effort of keeping everybody together. Somehow, you have to get everybody through the security line. Then, once you get on the plane, you’re all squashed on a few small seats. Worse, you may not even get seats together. And if your child happens to be the noisy one, you might get a few glares from surrounding passengers.

With an RV, your family can spread out. Kids can take along their favorite toys, books, and games, and adults can take along the TV, a crafting project, and the golf clubs. You can take along your pets too. If the kids get restless along the way, you can stop and look at the sights for a while. RV campgrounds are very family friendly too. Many have close access to hiking, fishing, and swimming options.

It’s Affordable

First, there’s the hefty price tag for all those plane tickets you’re buying, not to mention all those hotel stays, tourist site entrance fees, and transportation costs. For three or more people, the expenses can add up quickly. When you’re taking an RV vacation, you don’t have any airline tickets or hotel reservations to purchase.

Another advantage is that you can cook all of your own meals. An RV is fully stocked with a small kitchen, stove, frig, and other necessities for homesteading on the open road. This benefit shaves quite a lot off your travel budget.

It’s Simpler

On a plane flight, for instance, you have to work with airline, train, and bus schedules and make sure that you keep your suitcases under the weight limits, unless you don’t mind paying some hefty fees. That means, you have to ration your souvenir purchases.

An RV vacation makes a few things simpler. You can create your own schedule and you don’t need to worry about getting all of your belongings to fit in a few small suitcases, then toting them around everywhere you go. And when you buy souvenirs on an RV vacation, you can buy as many as you like.

Caravan Safely

  • Ensure your caravan has been serviced before heading off on holiday and checks have been carried out for gas leaks and electrical issues. If you have a break away brake system fitted make sure it’s battery is fully charged.
  • Inspect tyres carefully and make sure they are inflated to the correct pressure. Tyres not only wear out they also age. Tyres that look okay for tread can delaminate due to age causing serious damage to your caravan or camper.
  • Check that the couplings and safety chains are correctly connected and securely fastened.
  • Ensure the brake and light connections are secure and all lights work.
  • Check that the wheel nuts on both your vehicle and caravan are tightened to the manufacturers specifications.
  • Make one or two test stops to check that the brakes are working properly.
  • Adjust the mirrors to make sure you have a good view of the road behind your caravan.
  • Check the awning is stored away and locked in the travel position. Remember to store away in wind and never leave your caravan unattended with the awning out.
  • While you are travelling ensure that the gas cylinders are turned off and the refrigerator door is locked.
  • Do not overload your caravan or camper. You can check the ATM limit on the compliance plate and if unsure check your weight at a weigh bridge. Ball weight is also imperative as this may cause damage to the towing vehicle and cause an accident if exceeded.

Towing a caravan changes the way your car will perform, so it’s important to take extra care on your next caravan holiday. Here are some tips to keep in mind when towing your caravan.

  • Towing a caravan decreases the acceleration and braking ability so it’s important to be aware of this. Ensure there is more space between you and the vehicle in front, to allow for a longer stopping distance. Overtaking safely requires more time and distance.
  • Accelerate, brake and steer your caravan smoothly to avoid caravan sway. This is especially important in wet and slippery conditions.
  • If the caravan starts to sway avoid applying the brakes. If you experience sway use the hand control on your brake controller as this will stabilise your caravan.
  • Where possible pull over to allow other vehicles to overtake. Keep to the left and give overtaking vehicles space to pass safely.
  • Take extra care when driving in poor conditions, high winds or passing larger vehicles. Slow down to reduce swaying of your caravan.
  • Reversing a caravan can be difficult so practicing before hand is essential. Reversing with a person guiding you outside the vehicle is very helpful.
  • Load your caravan correctly to reduce the chance of sway.
  • Towing a caravan can cause additional stress when driving so plan lots of rest stops to avoid fatigue.