Sun, Sea and Search Engines
Search Engines and Stress-Free Holidays
The kids have just gone back to school after their half term break, you're just getting over the stress of a short holiday in a bid to keep them entertained and now Easter is looming with its threat of another two weeks off school. Deep sigh... Guess it's time to start planning the next holiday.
Isn't it funny that holidays are supposed to be the epitome of relaxation yet their planning and execution are so stressful. Then when you finally make it, you spend the whole time running around after children, spouses, even pets before it's time to do the dreaded packing and head home again. Where was the R&R?
While every family holiday throws up the same hurdles at least we have all the modern devices to make it a bit easier. The Internet is full of information that if used well, can get you ever closer to that elusive respite. Read on to get to grips with how smart searching can result in better preparation and ultimately the type of holiday you really need.
Search Engines Survival 101
First things first, be it a mobile smartphone or a tablet, find your favourite Internet enabled device and get comfy. Open Google or your favourite search engine and type in your desired holiday destination with the all important words 'family holiday'. The resulting hotels will have children in mind so should be safe with lots of child-friendly entertainment and crucially, a kid's club. Book your favourite and find a flight by searching for 'cheap flights' to your chosen destination. You're one step closer to some sun-soaked alone time already.
Now for the nitty gritty. Find out the local currency and use Google to understand the conversion rate by typing for example, 'pounds to euros'. Handily, Google has its own currency converter you can use while you're away. Search for local attractions and use Google maps to see how far from the hotel they are. You may need to look up rental cars or local transport facilities. Make sure you also search for 'contact British embassy' and note their numbers.
Don't Leave Your Search Engine Behind
You're packed and the departure date has finally arrived. Don't leave Google at home, it will be your information desk, map and booking agent while you're away. First though, search for your flight number to ensure your flight isn't delayed. Now just keep the kids quiet on the plane, drop them off at kid's club the moment you arrive and hide behind a palm tree. Google will be ready to search whenever you need information but for now, turn off your phone or tablet, don your biggest sunglasses and... Zzzzzz...