Monthly Archives: June 2012

Camping and Caravanning on a Budget

Whilst it’s not really too hard to go camping or holidaying in a caravan on a budget, once you add kids to the recipe it can spell disaster for your finances. Ten mile hikes might be the order of the day on an adults only campsite, wandering around beautiful manor houses at your leisure, and heading off to the pub for your dinner, where you can enjoy a nice cold, refreshing alcoholic beverage and a meal without peas being flicked all over the floor; but none of these things are really possible when you are taking your children on holiday with you. Hill walking and pub lunches for you and your partner won’t break the bank either; but that theme park down the road will.

There are ways around this problem though; you just have to look a little harder to find them. When you think about it though, if saving money was automatic then everything would just cost less to start with. It’s not too difficult to find the best cheap attractions in the UK though; some of the best things come for free, and a membership with The National Trust can get you into a number of child friendly attractions for very little money; if they charge you at all. It also allows free access to some of the best and most convenient car parks in the country, so it’s well worth becoming a member if there are some attractions near where you’re staying.

If you’ve not decided where you’re staying yet, and could do with some advice on the best place to stay in terms of value and proximity to enjoyable and affordable attractions, visit for a full list of everything nearby nearly every campsite in the country that’s worth staying at.

Whether you’re looking for a site with static caravans provided, or you’re looking for caravan holidays to take your tourer on, Pitchup will tell you which sites have the facilities you’re looking for, and whether or not they’re close enough to the things you’re thinking about taking the kids to see. The site is free to use too, and gets around the need for potentially expensive club memberships, as well as providing plenty of free advice, not only on how to save money and where to go, but also what to do when the weather is not so hot, which in the UK can prove quite valuable.

Tips on Buying a Waterproof Camera

You’ve spent hours on the internet, searching for no medical exam life insurance quotes, when you realize that you need to take a breather and hit the beach. Before you call up your friends and ask them to join you for a wet and wild vacay, you make a silent vow that you are going to buy yourself a waterproof camera to capture all those fun memories. With all the options out there, the task of finding a good waterproof camera may seem daunting. Here are some tips on buying a waterproof camera:

Know your needs. The kind of waterproof camera to buy will depend heavily on how you intend to use it. If you plan to use it while kayaking, you’ll need a camera with a mechanical stabilizer to help you get clear pictures as you rock the boat. If you’ll use it while snorkeling, you’ll need one with large buttons and a wide angle lens.

Buy at the right time. If you buy between December and February, chances are, the newly-released camera models aren’t available yet. You may find yourself paying too much for the previous year’s models.

Test it right away. Before you take it to your vacation, first test it in your local pool, so you can immediately get a replacement in case you get a defective camera.

Looking for a Cheap Tripod? Use a Bean Bag

So, you’re still reveling in the high of trading in your archos tablet for a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Although you may have the best camera in your hands, you still must battle with one of the most dreaded curses in photography: blurred images. Sometimes, you just can’t help but have shaky hands during that all-important photo shoot with the kids. Then you turn to your old friend, the tripod.

For nature and travel photographers though, they find it somewhat cumbersome to lug a tripod with them. So, they instead use a bean bag to help stabilize their camera, especially when they take low angle shots. If you want to make one, simply cut up some 8-inch squares of fabric, fill them with beans and then sew the fabric together.

Now, you have a cheap yet efficient thingamajig which you can use to help get more stable shots.