Africa Travel

El Gouna Holidays

El Gouna, nestled at the edge of the desert with a dramatic mountain backdrop is a stylish new resort on the Red Sea Riviera offering a relaxing setting with beautiful sandy beaches and sparkling waters. A sun worshippers paradise also offers an excellent selection of bars and restaurants serving international or traditional cuisine, health and beauty spas and even a golf course. The snorkelling and diving in this area is superb and there is variety of watersports facilities to choose from.

El Gouna holidays

El Gouna is a modern resort built along the beachfront in an Arabesque style and has been developed with the tourist in mind. The elegant Abu Tig Marina offers a selection of eateries from traditional Egyptian food such as kofta and shwarma kebabs, tahini dips, humous and fried chickpea falafel. Or you can sample more international cuisine if this is more to your taste.

There is a wide variety of accommodation in El Gouna to suit every budget and requirement, from small guesthouses to luxurious beachfront hotels. Downtown El Gouna, or Kafr El Gouna has got plenty going on both day and night, you will find shopping arcades, bazaars, restaurants and bars.

UK Travel

Tips for visitors to UK Beaches

The UK is surrounded by coastline and therefore many people choose to go to a beach when they visit. There are many different coastal areas and it is worth considering what you want, before you choose. In some areas there are coastal paths with small quiet beaches perfect for peace and tranquillity. Other areas have busy, popular beaches full of family entertainment and tourist shops. In between there are some beaches in smaller towns, which attract some visitors but are quieter. It is worth considering what you want from a beach before you pick the one that you visit.

UK Beaches

Although beaches are cleaner these days, there are some beaches which may not be that nice. Seas can also be dirty and so many people avoid paddling or swimming, but this can very much depend on the actual beach that you choose. You may wish to avoid the sea or just make sure that you wear shoes on the beaches. It all depends on how clean that particular area is and how you feel about it.

The UK weather means that you have to be prepared for everything. Even on hot days, the beaches are windy and therefore cooler than the rest of the country. The sea breezes mean that you can burn in the sun easily without noticing so it is essential that you use sun block carefully. You will also need to be prepared for it to rain, as it often does in the UK, even during the summer months.

In the UK most people only speak English and expect everyone else to do so as well. This means that if you are travelling from abroad then you will need to make sure that you can communicate in English if you need to. Even if you are in popular tourist areas you will still find this to be the case.

You will find it difficult to find healthy food in many restaurants and cafes in the UK, but the coast seems to be worse. You may be able to get locally caught fish in some areas, but often the food is just fish and chips, cream teas or other fat and sugar laden food. If you want healthy food then you will have to either self-cater or do a lot of research to find a suitable place to eat.

The top tourist beaches will have deckchairs available to hire, but smaller beaches will not. Therefore you may need to bring your own chair to sit on or towel to lie on while on the beach. It can get quite cold so you may also want a windbreak and as there is no shade you may want an umbrella or perhaps a tent for children to sit in.

Africa Travel

Egypt Holidays

Egypt, a fascinating blend of ancient and modern, is a destination that can boast a fantastic variety of cultural, beach, dive and cruise holidays. It is only a 5 to 6 hour flight from the UK with over 10 million visitors in 2010. Egypt is outside the EU therefore not subject to Duty Free abolition.


There is so much to see and do in Egypt. Sample the Egyptian food, a blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, enjoy bartering to your hearts content in one of the bazaars for stone carvings, leatherwork and spices, or enjoy some of the entertainment in one of the hotels. Go diving and snorkelling, experience a Nile cruise or venture into the Sinai desert, or visit one of the many famous monuments and archaeological attractions. Wherever and whatever you choose gives you real value for money in Egypt. Continue Reading

UK Travel

How to get the most out of a UK Visit

If you are visiting the UK, whether for the first time or not, then you will want to make sure that you get a lot out of your visit. Although the UK is reasonably small compared to many other countries, it can take quite a long time to get from place to place and so if you want to visit places that are spread out you will need to be prepared to travel for some time. Public transport is variable and so it is worth researching this before you visit to find out whether there are bus or train services between the places that you wish to visit. Think about whether you really need to visit London, York, Glasgow, Cardiff and St Ives as if you do, then you are going to have to need a lot of travelling time.

visiting the UK

It is worth planning in advance with regards to any specific places that you want to see. Find out about when they are open as some outdoor places only open in the summer months and some only on certain days of the week. Also look at the prices as the UK can be quite expensive compared to many other countries and so it is worth checking up on the entry fees too. If you eat out at an attraction then food prices will be inflated as well.

If you really want to embrace the culture and meet local people then staying in a bed and breakfast or b&b can be worthwhile. These are people’s homes where they have rooms available for guests to stay in and they will provide breakfast. The owners are usually friendly and chatty and will help you to know where to visit locally as well answer any questions you have about the country. Continue Reading

UK Travel

How to cope with the UK Weather when visiting

The UK weather is so changeable that it is often the topic of conversation between people who live there. It never quite does what you expect! In winter time it can get pretty cold with temperatures below freezing at times and some snow. The more north you go, the more snow and cold weather you get with guaranteed snow in winter in Scotland, but a very low chance of any snow on the south coast. In the summer it can get muggy at times and temperatures can go over 30 degrees but it is rare to get that hot. It is breezier and cooler on the coast. Usually there is a lot of rain at any time of the year.

UK weather

This means that whenever you visit you will need to be prepared for all sorts of weather. It is always wise to be prepared for wet weather. This means that you need to carry waterproof clothing as well as good footwear and possibly a rain hat or umbrella all of the time. You also need to consider where you will put the items to dry when you return to your accommodation or when it stops raining and you want to remove them. Continue Reading

North America Travel

The Private Villa Experience in Mexico just Can’t be Ignored

What does luxury really feel like? For a lot of people, travel itself is a luxury. They save up all year to take one or two trips that are truly remarkable. Going to Mexico might not be at the top of your list right now, but once you see all of those beaches that are waiting for you, you’ll definitely want to change your mind soon. If you’re going to schedule a vacation getaway to a Mexican beach paradise, you might want to consider a private villa. Yes, most people believe that a private house means that you’re going to pay a lot of money. There are actually hotels that cost a lot more than the average private villa, without giving you even half the amenities. Their location drives the price up. But if you’re willing to look off the beaten path, you might find not only a private house, but great amenities to go with it. Can you imagine cooking your own breakfast and then sitting out on the patio to watch the sun rise over the water? You could have that, if you really wanted to.

private villa mexico

Treat Yourself

In our opinion, the average person doesn’t do enough to treat themselves to a good time. It’s like we live in a society that craves luxury yet punishes each other for actually going out to enjoy it. There is a time and a place for hard work, certainly. But in our opinion, the average person is working way too hard to make everything come together, when they really should be able to just sit back and relax at least once in a while. So while you’re in Mexico, relaxation is definitely going to be at the top of your list. But how do you want your private villa to look? How many bedrooms will you need? Is it important to have a deck or patio, or can you leave it out?

Stay Safe

Being able to have safe accommodations that just make sense is the well traveled tourist’s best defense against disaster. Sea Side Mexico can take down all of the bullet points on your wish list and come up with great accommodations that you’ll love staying in. Is the hotel experience bad? Does this mean that all resorts are terrible? Not at all. There are plenty of great hotel rooms, and they can help you get the best deal possible. But if you’re thinking about a private villa, go to this team first. They’ll get you sorted out quickly and make your stay in Mexico truly memorable!

mexico beaches


Overall, we love the idea of traveling to other countries and having our own accommodation. While sampling the local food is great, there are just times that you want to make yourself a snack without having to go to a restaurant. There are fresh markets available all of the time where you can get ingredients that truly taste like paradise. What are you waiting for? Check out what Mexico has to offer today!