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The Yosakoi Dance Festival in Kochi

Yosakoi Festival
Yosakoi Dance Festival Parade © Courtesy of Kochi Prefecture

Quite often these days with all the Covid-19 restrictions, rules and travel bans, one question keeps coming up. Where shall we travel as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted?

I know very well where I will like to travel, where I will like to go back. Back to Kochi in Japan and join again the Yosakoi dance festival as we did in 2019.

Let me tell you bellow about one of the most memorable holidays that we ever had, our Yosakoi dance festival experience.

Visiting Kochi in Japan

Most travelers when they visit Japan, tend to travel to the well-known cities across the country, Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Kobe, etc. We wanted to go off the beaten track and avoid the tourist traps.

So, when I ask a Japanese friend of mine to recommend some less well-known places, he said “if you are going to Japan in August, you must visit Kochi and enjoy the Yosakoi dance festival. So, we did just that!

We flown with British Airways from London Heathrow to Tokyo International Airport an eleven and a half hours flight and from there with Japan Airlines in an hour and twenty minutes we were at Kochi Ryoma Airport in Nankoku city.

Yosakoi Dance Festival – Kochi 2019

Yosakoi Dancers
Yosakoi Dance Festival © Courtesy of Kochi Prefecture

The Yosakoi festival is one of Japan’s most celebrated festivals, it takes place the second week of August, from the 9th to the 12th for 4 days in the heart of Kochi City.

Around 18,000 dancers participate in more than 200 teams, including many teams from abroad, like US and Europe.
The participants in the festival wear traditional Japanese costumes, as they parade through the Kochi city, dancing and performing well orchestrated choreographies. In their hands they hold wooden hand clappers called “Naruko”.

Originally “Naruko” was an instrument used by Japanese farmers to scare and deter crows and other pests from attacking and destroying the rice fields. If used correctly they make quite a loud noise.

Also, it is considered a traditional toy for young kids. These days the Naruko hand clappers are used in Japanese dance festivals such as the Yosakoi, as a rhythm instrument held by the dancers.

What does Yosakoi means?

Yosakoi Dancer in Kochi
Female Dancer at the Yosakoi Dance Festival © Courtesy of Kochi Prefecture

That was my first question to our hostess in Kochi. Apparently the “Yosakoi” name comes from “Yosakoi Bushi” which is a folk song, from the Edo era (between 1603 & 1868) indigenous to the Tosa region, a former province of Japan in the area that is today the Kochi prefecture on Shikoku island.

The song is describing a love affair between a monk and a beautiful woman. “Yosakoi” means come and visit at night, and “Bushi” means warrior often used to refer to Samurai. So “Yosakoi Bushi” means, come and visit at night Samurai!

If you would like to hear a really beautiful version of the “Yosakoi Bushi” folk song check out the video here.

What are the rules of the Yosakoi Dance Festival?

Yosakoi Festival Kochi
Young Kids Dancing at the Yosakoi Dance Festival © Courtesy of Kochi Prefecture

The rules are actually quite simple, the Yosakoi dancers are required to march forward dancing while holding the “naruko” clappers in their hands.

The dancers have to incorporate phrases from the “Yosakoi Bushi” song into their dance music.

However, the style of the dance is free style. Participants can dance their own way and bring their own choreography. The regular participants in the festival are taking it very seriously and there is fierce competition between the teams to outperform each other.

There are also some teams who are open to join them for a small fee and participate in this vibrant festival from the inside.

It doesn’t really matter if you speak the local language or not, as long as you hold “naruko” in your hands and you are ready for a dance, you can join in. That’s the spirit of the Yosakoi festival. Yosakoi makes the world smile!

If you are not brave enough to join in, you can watch Yosakoi teams dancing throughout the day for free!

Kochi Castle

Kochi Castle Japan
Kochi Castle © Courtesy of Kochi Prefecture

Since you are in the city you have to visit the Kochi Castle. A very well-preserved castle with a wonderful museum next to it. The Kochi castle is actually one of the twelve Japanese castles with its original towers still intact.

The entrance to the gardens and the surrounding area is for free but if you wish to climb to the top of the castle, there is a fee of 300 Yen each (Two Pounds).

Also make sure you have a small plastic bag with you to put your shoes in, as you will be asked to take them off in order to climb the internal wooden staircase which is quite steep. So, make sure you have a thick pair of socks on.

The views from the top are magnificent, well worth the effort of climbing up and down the steep staircase.

The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden

Makino Botanical Garden Koch
Makino Botanical Gardens © Courtesy of Kochi Prefecture

This is another of our favorite spots in Kochi, the Makino botanical gardens are well worth a visit. A stunning display of orchids as well as some giant lily pads in the green house. Over 3000 different species of plants and flowers are in the botanical gardens.

You must see to appreciate and enjoy these lovely gardens. Make sure you allocate 3-4 hours at least for your visit, so you don’t rush. If you get thirsty or fancy a quick snack there is small cafe on the side of the botanical gardens.

Where to stay in Kochi

Sansuien Ryokan Kochi Japan
Sansuien © Hotels-Fairy.com

During our seven days in Kochi we stayed at Sansuien. A very beautiful Ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese inn, with a beautifully maintained garden. There was also a nice spa available for the guests to come and relax after a long day sight-seen.

The Makino Botanical Garden are within a short taxi ride from Sansuien, the Kochi Castel, was less than 10 minutes by foot and the city center was another 15 minutes stroll.

The rise of the tailor made holidays after Covid-19

Tailor made holidays after Covid-19

The travel and tourism industry have been among the first victims of the Covid-19 pandemic. Holiday makers in the UK and across the world had to cancel their holidays.

All types of holidays have been affected from short trips with in the UK, holidays abroad, cruises, safaris and island hoping, the holiday industry has been on its knees since the appearance of the pandemic.

Having absorbed the initial shock the travel and tourism industry has been adopting rapidly to the evolving worldwide conditions and the travel restrictions that most countries have introduced.

We all remember the massive boom in the 80s and 90s of the tourism industries in Spain and Portugal with the introduction of the charter airlines and later on with the rise of the low cost airlines.

Similarly, the tailor made holidays will see a massive increase this year as more and more travelers will opt for more hands on approach, choosing and designing their own holidays.

What are tailor made holidays?

The tailor made holidays quite often are also referred as bespoke holidays, which means made to individual order or custom-designed according to traveler’s needs, specifications and requirements. It is exactly the opposite of the package holidays and the mass tourism of the 90s.

What are the benefits of tailor made holidays?

balloon-trip-to-the-sky

Tailor made holiday’s offer a unique experience, the traveler can choose not only where and when to go on holidays but a lot more.

Taking in consideration the health and safety requirements of the pandemic, holiday makers can build a travel itinerary to minimize the risk of Covid-19 during their travels.

Can choose the means of transportation, flights, ferries, trains, etc. Can also hand pick where to stay, hotels, villas, mountain cabins. Choose excursions and less crowded tours and activities. The pace of the holiday is dictated by the individual needs and requirements of the traveler.

Whether the traveler wants to see the northen lights, take a tea with a geisha, float above Cappadocia in a balloon or photograph the Himalayan wild Yak, it’s all possible on a tailor-made holiday.

Also these days travelers focus a lot more on sustainability. They think a lot more about the impact of their travel on the environment and move towards carbon neutrality when they plan their holidays.

Are tailor made holidays expensive?

As a rule of thumb, they are a bit more expensive than package holidays but tailor made holidays always offer great value as they are designed with a specific budget in mind.

Having access to specialized tour operators, travel guides and local experts can really make the difference between a holiday of a life time and a less memorable experience.

Examples of tailor made holidays in the UK and abroad

Coasteering Holidays in the UK

In the UK we are very fortunate to have a very beautiful country side with many well maintained historical sites, castles, abbeys and ancient halls.

From hiking the Scottish Highlands to whisky tasting on the isle of Jura and from discovering Pembrokeshire in Wales to the coastal villages of Devon & Cornwall.

The choices are endless, you can mix and much a number of different activities to suite even the most demanding travelers.

Due to the pandemic it is highly advisable to contact in advance any distilleries, farmers markets, local festivals or community events and celebrations before visiting, as itineraries might have change due to local Covid-19 restrictions.

Self Driving & Campervan Holidays

Campervan the perfect tailor made vacation

This year more and more UK holiday makers are also opting for a campervan hire. This segment of the holiday industry has seen a 200% increase with in the last six months.

Hiring a campervan in France, Spain or Italy offers the opportunity to explore the continental Europe and at the same time keep travelers in a protective environment.

Sailing Holidays

Sailing holidays

Sailing holidays is another segment of the holiday industry who is going to benefit a lot this year.

Hiring a four or eight berth sailing yacht around the Mediterranean is becoming very popular and very cost effective as quite often it works out cheaper per person than going down the traditional route to book accommodation and transportation separately.

Mountain Hiking & Trekking Holidays

Mountain trekking

Mountain hiking and trekking holidays are another type of tailor made holidays for those who want to be close to the nature. Due to Covid-19 more and more people take a step back to reevaluate their approach on life and seek to rediscover the outdoors.

Mountains, rivers and gorges are high on the list of the adventurous and soul-searching explores.

Whether a traveler books a package or a tailor made holiday this summer, should always follow that local health and safety regulations.

Booking a holiday through an ABTA or an AITO member company can make a big difference if things go wrong and have to reschedule, cancel, or even in need of repatriation back to the UK.

At Hotels Fairy we have actually booked a tailor made holiday for the summer. We are planning to go mountain hiking in the South of Greece and to cross three gorges on the island of Crete. The well known Samaria gorge as well as the less known Diktamos gorge and Imbros gorge.

Cycling and Testing Electric Bikes in Ireland

Electric bikes in Ireland

Last September we were very fortunately to spend a week in Ireland. The Emerald Isle was our test track for the electric bikes that we wanted to buy. Dublin was our base and Cormac of Greenelectricscooters.ie was kind enough to provide us with the electric bikes for our test rides.

Why Ireland?

Because of the numerous cycling possibilities. Our visit to Ireland was a wonderful experience, a country with a beautiful scenery, rich architecture and cultural heritage.

The vast countryside of Dublin, with the countless quiet and twisty country lanes to cycle and test our electric bikes was the perfect testing ground.

We stayed clear of the major truck roads. The minor lanes were generally quiet, unless we came close to the more touristy spots. Also, we found the Irish people to be very friendly, most welcoming and very helpful when we needed directions.

Why buy an electric bike?


Country road in Ireland

These days for most people sustainable travel plays a bigger role in the decision-making process when booking a holiday.

Whenever we travel for work or holidays, we are always aware of our carbon footprint, what impact has our travel to the environment and how we can offset it.

Also, the recent Covid-19 pandemic has made us seek a healthier lifestyle, which makes an electric bike the ideal partner for this transition. To become fit again and at the same time enjoy the outdoors a lot more.

An added bonus to owning an electric bike for us, is that it saves us money on short commutes within our town.

Where in the past we would have taken the car for a short distance trip, now we take the electric bikes.

Cycling with an electric bike


Electric bikes in Dublin Ireland


An electric bike makes cycling a lot easier. These days there two different types of electric bikes, those that have a thumb throttle like a scouter and those that have a pedal assist.

These are two different approaches, the thumb throttle will engage the motor without you pedaling at all, so you can cruise down the road with no effort at all.

On the other hand, a pedal assist electric bike will stand still without pedaling. However, when you do start pedaling the motor will kick in and it will amplify your input (from +60% to +300%), and make cycling a lot easier.

We went with the pedal assist electric bikes as we wanted to keep fit and also it feels more natural, like you are cycling a normal bicycle.

Electric bikes are heavier than normal bicycles as they house the electric motor and the battery. Electric bikes tend to weight around 18 kgs on average, where normal bicycle will weight around half of that.

Cycling routes suitable for the electric bikes in Dublin


Dublin Castle

Cormac, the man behind Greenelectricscooters.ie had a number of cycling routes to suggest to us. We will only mention here a handful of them, some were outside of Dublin and some were within the city.

With the exemption of the last cycling route, Malahide to Drogheda, all other distances bellow are calculated in a loop (to go and back) from the Grand Hotel in Malahide where we stayed.

Malahide to Howth – 32 Km

Since this was our first ride, we choose an easy ride just 32 km but it was a very rewarding one as the views at the Howth were spectacular.

We also stopped at the Howth castle and the National Trust museum which is next to the castle. On the way back we took a small detour, to the visit and explore Portmarnock beach.

The Sally Gap – 84 Km

This is a very well-know cycling route in Dublin but definitely a tough one if you are on a normal bicycle or out of shape like us. However, it was not a problem with the electric bikes we were able to climb up to the 680 meters plateau like professionals.

The views from the top are very rewarding, the highlights of the ride were the Lough Tay lake with its dark waters and the Glenmacnass waterfall.

We got back to our hotel and our electric bikes still had some charge left. So, the 100 km (60 miles) range of the electric bikes is a very genuine quote.
We were also very surprised to see that both electric bikes where fully charged within 3 hours.

Cycling to the Phoenix Park – 44 Km


Deer at Phoenix Park in Dublin

Another gem route suggested to us by Cormac of Greenelectricscooters.ie. Cycling to the Phoenix Park from our hotel was a lot easier than the Sally Gap, as the park is only 50 meters above sea level.

What we did not know was that the Phoenix park is the largest enclosed public park in Europe almost 2000 acres. It is also the official residence of the president of Ireland as well as the residency of the US ambassador in Ireland.

The gardens of the park were bursting with flowers and the whole park was very well maintained. We spent half of the day exploring the park and taking photos of the deers who live inside the park.

We also had a nice relaxing and very tasteful time at the Phoenix Café near the Walled garden by the Ashtown castle.

Bonus tip, get yourself the thee Jams selection pack that they make and sell in the café. It is a really, and I mean really nice jam (Blackcurrant, Raspberry & Strawberry). We only regret that we did not buy more.

Maybe the nice man of Greenelectricscooters.ie could get some for us? I hope he reads this.

Malahide to the Georgian Dublin – 42 Km


Dublin Trinity College Irleand

Our next cycle route took us inside the old Dublin town. It is really amazing how a small medieval town like Dublin between the 1690 to 1820 was transformed by a classical architectural frenzy with numerous castles, mansions, grand houses and public buildings.

Nearly a century of peace and prosperity allowed Dublin to expand outside of the boundaries of the old medieval town and become the second most important city in the British Empire.

After so many years this prosperity is still clearly visible throughout the architectural landscape of the city.

The House of Lords, the Georgian House Museum, the Long Room of the old Library, (65 meters in length) holds more than 200,000 very rare and really old books, making it one of the most impressive libraries in the world.

The Long Room of the old Library in Dublin

Malahide to Drogheda – 50 Km

We chose this cycle route in order to explore the country side outside of Dublin and also pay a surprising visit to Mr. Cormac of Greenelectricscooters.ie, they are based in Drogheda.

We wanted to personally thank him for arranging the delivery of our electric bikes at our hotel for the test drive and also order our very own electric bikes.

Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. It is positioned on the Dublin–Belfast corridor on the east coast of Ireland. The Drogheda Museum Millmount, the Mellifont Abbey and the St Peter’s Church are really worth seeing if you have the time.

Unfortunately for us this was our last cycle ride with the electric bikes for the day and for the whole holiday as we had to hand them back to Greenelectricscooters.ie.

Within a week of getting back to the UK, the courier delivered our electrics bikes and within a few hours we were able to take them out for our first ride. By far the best purchase that we have made this year.

Best Marmaris Excursions for the Summer

Sunset in Marmaris Turkey

Have you booked your summer holidays yet? If you still thinking about it, take a minute to have a look at Marmaris excursions in Turkey. We were very lucky to have stayed in Marmaris for our holidays last year and we will not hesitate to go back to Turkey this summer. Would you join us?

The Mediterranean coast of Turkey is well known for the long sandy beaches, secluded bays and crystal-clear waters. These unique characteristics of the Mediterranean coast have made the Turkish holiday resorts very popular with the UK and the European travelers.

Resorts like Alanya, Kemer, Marmaris and Side can actually become very crowded during the summer months.

However, in Marmaris we have discovered a collection of Marmaris excursions that can provide even the most demanding travelers with a plethora of trips and activities to make your holidays in Turkey an unforgettable experience.

The number of Marmaris excursions on offer will satisfy the majority of travelers. For those who enjoy water sports and seek an adrenaline rush as well as for those who are looking for a relaxing holiday for the body and the mind.

The most popular Marmaris excursion is the Marmaris boat trips

Boat trips from Marmaris Excursions

The Marmaris boat trips are also known as the “floating” Marmaris excursions, are daily tours of approximately six to seven hours long.

Providing that your hotel is in Icmeler, Armutalan, Siteler or Marmaris city center, the Marmaris excursions team will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the harbor. The boats set off from the Marmaris harbor early in the morning.

On the boats you will be welcomed by English speaking crew who will be at your disposal for assistance and information during your trip. Most of the boats have two decks, and are fully-equipped including toilets, showers, sunbeds and bars.

During the seven hours trip you will have the opportunity to swim in the crystal-clear waters, visit secluded bays, and land on small islands with sandy beaches.

If you wish to take easy you can of course stay on the deck of the boat and sunbathe while you are sipping a beer or a cocktail from the bar. There are plenty of sunbeds on the boats, so no worries about finding a free space to lay your towel.

Marmaris Excursions for the adrenaline junkies

Boat trip in Turkey

Most holiday makers are after a relaxing holiday to recharge their batteries and detox from their stressful lives back home but if you are seeking an adrenaline rush during your holiday in Turkey, the Marmaris excursions team has a selection of activities to get the heart pumping.

The Marmaris excursions can be divided into two main groups. Those excursions that take place on the water and those that take place on the land.

Marmaris excursions by the sea
• Marmaris Scuba Diving
• Marmaris Rafting
• Marmaris Parasailing
• Marmaris Jet Ski
• Marmaris Speed Boat
• Marmaris Banana Ride
• Marmaris Flyboard
• Marmaris Fly Fish

As you can see the above excursions, are designed to appeal to travelers with different hobbies and interest. Yet, again they are all based on the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean coast.

Marmaris excursions on the land

Aqua Dream Water Park

Marmaris excursions on the lands are equally fun and exciting. A valid drivers license might be required for some of excursions.
• Marmaris Jeep Safari
• Marmaris Quad-Buggy Safari
• Marmaris Go Karting

No matter which group or tour you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Turkish Baths – The most relaxing Marmaris Excursions

Turkish Baths - Hammam in Marmaris

The Turkish Baths also known as Hammams are highly recommended. A unique experience that you have to try at least once. According to the local culture taking a Turkish bath will help you get rid of the stress, tiredness, negative energy, as well as improve your skin. You can make it a full day or a half day treat.

At the Hammams you can always order additional services like oil massages, mud baths, face masks and peeling applications, the more services you chose and combined the more enjoyment you will get from your visit to the baths.

Soft drinks as well as herbal teas are available to refresh you and stimulate your mind.

Which Marmaris Excursions is the best?

Believe me, this is not an easy question to answer. There are so many different Marmaris excursions and activist to choose from, that it will be very difficult not to find the one that suites your needs.

The staff at Marmaris Travel Agency have been arranging trips and excursions for many years. They have the local knowledge and experience to recommend a number of activities, for you. Without a doubt the Marmaris Excursions will be the highlight of your summer holidays this summer.

So, make sure that you specify what type of holidays you like and the local staff will provide you with the suitable type of excursions.

Where to stay in Marmaris

Grand Pasa Hotel in Marmaris

During our holidays in Marmaris last summer, we stayed at “Grand Pasa Hotel” 5-star luxurious hotel with an outdoor pool. There is a range of facilities on offer to those staying at the resort, including a kids swimming pool, an all-inclusive meal plan and meeting facilities.

The hotel is also a short walk from the Aqua Dream Water Park, which is very popular for families with young kids.

How to get to Marmaris

The Marmaris region is mainly served by two airports.

The first one is the Dalaman Airport (DLM) which is closer to Marmaris. A taxi ride from Dalaman Airport to Marmaris takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and it costs around 200 Turkish Lyra.

Bodrum Airport (BJV) is the other option but it is further away from Marmaris in comparison to Dalaman airport. A taxi ride from Bodrum Airport to Marmaris takes approximately two hours and thirty minutes, and it costs around 600 Turkish Lyra.

If you land at Bordrum airport it is recommended to catch the bus which takes around four hours and ten minutes including a change over at Yatagan city. The bus fare is 80 to 120 Turkish Lyra per person.

Free-Vegas: The Best Free Things To Do In Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas

You can “do” Vegas at just about any price point. From ultra luxury resorts to $29/night off-the-strip specials, Vegas has it all. Most Vegas vacationers, however, are seeking the most bang for their buck, they are looking for things to do in Las Vegas for free.

Whether you’re trying to visit Vegas for as little money as possible, or you’d like to minimize your entertainment expenditures and save money for the casinos, these are our top picks for free things to do in Vegas.

Things To Do In Las Vegas: The Bellagio Water Show

Many of the big-name Vegas hotels offer completely free entertainment. Many visitors’ favorite activity is the famous Bellagio water show. The impressive fountain display fronting the hotel has 1,200 nozzles and 4,500 lights, shooting water high into the sky in harmony with one of 22 songs. Showtimes are currently as follows: Click here to read more »

Best taxi in Sheffield city center for airport transfers

Conrad Travel - The best taxi in Sheffield

Congratulations, you just booked your dream holiday abroad but you have not arranged your airport transfers yet? Don’t worry for those of you who live in Yorkshire, Conrad Travel https://conrad-travel.co.uk has the solution for you. The best taxi in Sheffield by far.

Quite often we spent hours and hours planning our vacations, but we neglect to arrange our airport transfers on time and we rush the day before departure to arrange how to get to the airport on time, in comfort and without stress. Who needs stress when going on holidays??

Some of us due to our work we travel abroad regularly, and having a professional taxi company to rely on is very important.

Airport Transfers in Sheffield

Airport Transfers in Sheffield by Conrad Travel

Due to its location Sheffield, can be easily reached from most of the UK airports by public transport and minibus or cub hired. No point of asking relatives, friends or coworkers for a lift to the airport.

Also these days most people do not want to depend on others or asking favors, so the professional route is the best way to go.

Let’s see in more details what kind of airport transfer services you should expect from the main airports across the UK.


Doncaster Airport (DSA)

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which is used to be called Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, is only three miles south-east of Doncaster town centre and 20 miles east of Sheffield.

  • By bus, the Stagecoach has a direct service the X6 running every day at 30 minutes intervals at a cost of 4.90 Pounds.
  • A Sheffield taxi it will take you 35 minutes at a cost of 45 pounds.


East Midlands Airport (EMA)

East Midlands Airport has managed to established itself as an important hub for low-cost airlines such as Jet2.com and Ryanair and tour operators like TUI Airways, which serve a number of domestic and international flights from the airport.

  • The Stagecoach bus service company will get you to East Midlands airport via Leicester with in 4 hours and 30 minutes. However, at St Margarets bus station in Leicester you will have to change bus and use the Skylink service to the airport. The cost of getting to the airport from Sheffield by bus is round 15.00 Pounds.
  • East midlands airport to Sheffield by taxi will cost 65 Pounds.


Manchester Airport (MAN)

Manchester airport is the third busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers and the busiest airport outside of London.

  • By bus, the National Express on a direct route will reach Manchester airport in 2 hour 40 minutes at a cost of 12 pounds.
  • By tain, TransPennine Express will take around 90 minutes at a cost of 12 to 25 Pounds depending the type of ticket you book.
  • An airport taxi Sheffield to Manchester will cost you 65 Pounds.


Leeds Bradford Airport. (LBA)

Leeds Bradford airport has become very popular in the last 10 years with the Jet2.com airline flying out to many European destinations from Leeds.

  • From Sheffield you can reach Leeds Bradford airport by bus in 2 hours and 30 minutes at a cost of 7.30 Pounds with National Express.
  • There is no direct train line to Leeds Bradford airport from Sheffield
  • An airport taxi, Sheffield to Leeds Bradford airport will set you back 65 Pounds.

Birmingham Airport (BHX)

Birmingham Airport is located approximately 7 miles East-Southeast of Birmingham city centre and 89 miles from Sheffield.

  • The National Express will get you to the Birmingham airport in 3 hour 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the time of the day that you travel. The fair for the bus will be around 15 Pounds.
  • Sheffield to Birmingham airport by taxi will cost you 90 Pounds.

Heathrow Airport (LHR)

The Heathrow airport can be reached from Sheffield by car on different routes. Via M1 in 2 hours and 50 minutes as it 170 miles away from Sheffield. If M1 is busy with traffic you can also get to Heathrow via
M40.

  • There is a direct coach service from Sheffield with National Express from Sheffield coach station on Pond street to Heathrow terminals 2 and 3. Alternatively you can get to London Victoria coach Station and change to 444 coach to the airport. The direct line coach costs 32.50 Pounds and the indirect via Victoria starts at 12.50 pounds.
  • By train you can get to the airport from Sheffield with in 3 hours and 20 minutes. At a cost of 145 Pounds.
  • Conrad Travel, the Sheffield airport transfer company that we use for most of our trips in and around Sheffield quote us 180 Pounds for a transfer from Sheffield to Heathrow airport. It might sound a lot but for two or three people traveling together it works out a lot cheaper than the train and definitely a lot faster than the bus.


Luxury Taxi in Sheffield


When you travel to an airport on holidays you do not want to be late or miss a connection at a bus station or train station. That could mean missing your flight and ruin your entire holidays.


A Sheffield taxi company could get you to the airport and back at fair rates and in style, as most taxi companies these days have in their own fleet of luxury minibus for hire at very reasonable rates.


Authors Bio

Paul the author of the “Best taxi in Sheffield city center for airport transfers” is a digital nomad born and bred in West Yorkshire. When he is not jet setting around the world, he works for an IT company offering digital banking services to the UK banking sector.

How to rent a car in Crete after Brexit

rent a car in crete

Recently we got an email from Emily, one of our readers who is planning a trip to Greece in the summer and she was very concerned with how a possible no deal Brexit might affect her holiday to Crete. Her main concern was, would she be able to rent a car in Crete with a UK driving license after Brexit?

So we send out our resident fairies to investigate. First stop at the DVLA in Swansea.

DVLA (UK Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency)

The current DVLA law states that any driver with a full valid UK driving licence, is permitted to drive in any country in the EU or EEA.

In order to drive in countries outside the EU the driver will also need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP).

However, after Brexit takes place (whenever that might be) things might change. Especially after a no deal Brexit, renting a car in Crete or anywhere in EU or EEA might be difficult without the International Driving Permit.

There are currently three different types of the International Driving Permits depending on the destination country that you are intending to drive abroad.

  • The IDP 1926, based on the 1926 Paris International Convention related to Motor Traffic (permit to drive in Liechtenstein).
  • The IDP 1949, based on the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (permit to drive in Spain, Iceland, Malta and Cyprus).
  • The 2011 amended IDP, based on the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (permit to drive in all other EU countries, plus Norway and Switzerland).

Are you planning to rent a car in Crete?

Imaging that you arrived at the airport on Crete and when you go to pick up your rental at the car hire desk you find out that your UK driver licence is not valid for driving in Greece.

Even if the car hire company takes pity on you and decides not to spoil your vacations and hands you over the car keys, you better think twice.

If you get pulled over by the Greek police most probably you will get a fine for driving without a valid licence.

In the unfortunate event of a car accident your travel insurance as well as your car insurance will not cover you. So why take the risk?

Head to your local Post Office

Before you land on the beautiful island of Crete for you dream vacations make sure that you first stop at your local post office and apply for the International Driving Permit. It only costs £5.50.

At the post office you will need to bring with you:

  • Your full valid UK driving licence (photo-card or the older paper licence)
  • A passport sized photograph
  • The £5.50 application fee (cash or debit / credit card)
  • Original valid passport as proof of identification, if presenting an older paper version UK licence.

As we mentioned above there are three different types of the IDP but you don’t need to worry about which one you need, just tell the clerk at the post office counter, the country (Greece) or countries that you are intending to drive during your holidays abroad and they will supply you with the correct type of IDP.

Providing that you have with you all the supporting documents that are mentioned above, you will get your IDP over the counter on the same day.

Your international driving permit will be valid for 1 to 3 years from the date it is issued, depending on the type required.

The IDP should not be confused with an International Driving Licence – a document that can easily be purchased online but is not an official certificate and it is not accepted globally.

Renting a car in Crete

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When you rent a car in Crete or when you driving around the island you must always have with you, your UK driving licence as well as the International Driving Permit. The IDP on its own will not be valid without presenting your UK driving licence.

Now if you are looking for a reliable car rental company to use on Crete, we are happy to recommend MONZA Rent A Car ( https://www.monzarentacar.com ) a local family run business with many year’s of experience and with a large fleet of new rentals to satisfy even the most demanding drivers.

We hope this article sheds some light on renting a car in Crete or anywhere else in Europe after Brexit.