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Many people take what is known as a ‘beach holiday’. Here are a few ideas on how to enjoy and make the most of a trip to the beach, whether it is a single day spent at a sandy bay, or a longer holiday overseas.

cheap canada goose uk First of all you must choose your beach. Time spent researching the World’s Best Beaches is time well spent. Do you need seaside attractions or would you prefer the beach to be remote and peaceful? Do you want to travel abroad or stay at home? These days when air travel is known to be environmentally unfriendly it may be that to stay ‘at home’ is the best choice for those who prefer a greener lifestyle. The 11,000 miles of British coastline include a wide canada goose jacket uk mens variety of first class beaches and you may well be lucky enough to live somewhere with a sea view. cheap canada goose uk

Many people will choose to get away from the cold and wet weather and fly to somewhere warmer, where the sun shines more consistently. Before you book your holiday, please consult an atlas, as it has been known for certain holiday makers not to know where their plane is taking them, particularly if the holiday is on an island. Are you going to Aegean, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic? Where exactly are the Azores? The Maldives? If you decide that a holiday nearer home is for you, especially if you live in Britain, then you may need to pack a selection of warmer, windproof clothing and some equipment to keep you occupied while on the beach.

Blue Flag Beaches Some beaches are privileged to fly a Blue Flag. canada goose outlet website legit This is a worldwide1 environmental programme to show that the beach has reached stringent criteria. There are over 3200 beaches which are permitted to fly a Blue Flag and this may help you decide between various similar locations. One of the most important factors in attaining this status is that the quality of water should be clean enough for bathing. Life guards may be present who will indicate by flying a green flag when the sea is calm enough for swimming, without currents that may drag a swimmer offshore. A yellow flag indicates that you should swim with caution and a red flag means that swimming is inadvisable. Blue Flag beaches may also provide various other essential facilities, such as a first aid point, toilets, showers and disabled access.2 You should check for these before your departure as these vary from beach to beach. but there is a similar scheme organised by The Natural Resources Defense Council which indicates bathing water quality.

Seaside Towns or Wild and Remote? If the cheap canada goose online weather is too hot, cold, windy or rainy then the beach may not provide enough amusement for the whole of the day. In this case it is useful to have the sorts of attractions often found in holiday resorts. Fairgrounds, arcades and souvenir shops may either appeal canada goose trousers uk or appall. On the other hand an old fashioned Punch and Judy booth, decent ice cream parlours and a stroll along a refurbished pier provide interesting diversions especially if the tide is in and there is no dry sand to sit down on. In addition there will most likely be a first aid post, life guards and toilet facilities as well as seaside cafes or tea shops for additional refreshments.

If natural surroundings are more interesting to you than a popular holiday resort, then head for somewhere on the map that shows a long stretch of sand but without a town on its doorstep. This is the sort of beach where if you are self sufficient, with picnic and thermos flask, then a coastal path walk and a spot of birdwatching may be your ideal day out. Once you have found your get away from it all spot, your day will be free from any calls on your purse, due to the complete absence of ice cream vans and crazy golf courses. You may also be lucky enough to find that your mobile phone is out of range, so you won’t be disturbed by text messages or sales calls.

canada goose clearance Beach Etiquette Once you arrive on your destination beach, you should spend the first few minutes deciding where to sit. This will depend whether or not you have children with you and whether you wish to hire beach loungers and parasols. If you have children it is not a good idea to sit within shouting distance of frosty looking middle aged couples. Instead look for somewhere nearby other families whose children seem to be playing happily with each other already. If you see children who are actively fighting, sulking or throwing sand and water at each other, walk immediately to the other end of the beach. This should apply to everyone whether they have children with them or not. canada goose clearance

Canada Goose online If you are a party of adults, then choose somewhere that seems peaceful you may sit fairly close to other beach users, but it is impolite to sit so close as to be able to overhear their conversations. If this is inevitable, then the beach is too crowded. On some popular and fashionable beaches however people do crowd closely3, but in this case it seems that the way to handle it is to lie face down on your towel and say little or nothing. Canada Goose online

If you are intending to visit a beach on your own you will be pleasantly surprised as to how acceptable this is. If you are a woman you may discover this is one of the few places where being alone is not a handicap. Just choose a place that suits you, settle down and enjoy whatever else is happening. You may find that other kind beach users will keep an eye on your belongings when you go for a swim.

It is a good thing to take note of other people’s towels and shoes when they go for a swim, especially if they are gone long enough for the tide to come in and wash their stuff away. Be prepared to rush down and rescue anything likely to be swamped by the advancing waves. This is a sort of beach game which will gain you brownie points, and you will get to meet lots of other kind members of the public as half a dozen complete strangers leap to the rescue of shoes, bags and clothes. When the oblivious swimmers return to their neatly re arranged beach camp they will express gratitude all round and this whole section of the beach will have a rosy glow of satisfaction.

Sun ProtectionIf the sun is shining then the most important thing to put on is sunscreen. For it to be effective it should be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun. It should be reapplied very frequently (especially after swimming), following the instructions. Sun damage is unsightly, and skin cancers are a danger. Sunburn is not a good look. If you burn yourself at the beginning of the holiday you may have to spend the rest of it wearing bandages and zinc ointment. You may even end up confined to your hotel or apartment.

canada goose coats on sale The best sort of sunscreen to use on a sandy beach is one that is non greasy, because of the tendency for the sea breeze to waft the sand onto your skin. You may find that oily sun lotion acts as a sort of glue, giving you a sand blasted look. Whatever sort you go for make sure all your skin is covered evenly, preferably have another adult check those bits of you that are difficult to reach by yourself. canada goose coats on sale

The places most likely to be get sunburnt fall into two categories; those that are constantly exposed to the sun, such as your nose, tops of your ears and the back of your neck and those bits of you that never usually see the sun except on holiday, such as the tops of your thighs and the middle of your back. Get into a good habit of applying sunscreen first thing each morning, as you can burn even while taking breakfast on the balcony. Do not overlook your feet if you burn them you will be in agony.

As well as high factor sunscreen you should pack some sunblock for sensitive areas and some aftersun lotion to moisturise your skin in the evening.

If you have children, it is an extremely bad idea to let them burn, so be doubly vigilant in the use of sunscreen. It is possible to buy UV protecting beach wear, which is especially useful for babies and toddlers. Whatever age your children are keep them out of the midday sun, in a beach tent or under the parasol. Encourage older children to wear T shirts, even when swimming. If your child has a fair complexion and is prone to sunburn, it may be better not to take your family holiday in a place where the sun is very fierce. Sunburn and heatstroke are miserable for children and it is known that sunburn in childhood increases the risk of skin cancers in later life.

uk canada goose outlet Beach ClothingDepending on whether you are taking the sort of holiday where appearances matter, the choice of bathing costume may have great significance. If so, an Italian designer swimsuit may be essential, but beware, as the cost of some of these tiny scraps of miraculous styling may well exceed your entire week’s wages. If so, and you are insistent on owning some designer swimwear, please don’t get it wet. 400 euros worth of wet costume, bedraggled with sand and seaweed is not a good look and is a downright waste of money. For swimming and general beach wear a much cheaper costume should prove perfectly serviceable. It is better to take a change of costumes, so that you don’t have to sit in wet pants for the rest of your stay. Also, and this is directed at both sexes, please make sure your swimsuit does not suffer from transparency when it becomes wet. uk canada goose outlet

cheap Canada Goose If swimming is not the primary reason for going to the beach, then it pays to take trouble with your appearance, making the most of the wide selection of beachwear available. Accessories such as bangles should be cheerful, but not likely to cause panic and dismay if lost in the surf. For women, cotton sarongs provide a multipurpose item, being additional sun and wind protection as well as being a flattering and modest way of standing in line for the conveniences or beach bar. cheap Canada Goose

Men can now choose from a good selection of casual jewellery to accessorise their Speedos, suitable for a beach holiday but the day has still not returned when gold medallions are considered sexy. Especially not against a hairy chest. Likewise men, remember that socks worn with sandals has still not become a chic look.

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Canada Goose Outlet The arrival outfit will immediately get wet, before they change into their swimsuit, at the thrill of seeing the waves. A dry going home outfit will be needed so they don’t get the car seats wet or drip seawater in the hotel lobby. Not only will it shade your eyes it will keep your head cooler and prevent your scalp becoming sunburnt. At the time of writing the choice of summer hats has seen a great improvement. Besides the ubiquitous baseball cap and straw sunhat there are a whole host of pretty cotton styles in the shops. Take a friend to check which sort suits your face. A good brim is essential, and it is much better if your hat fits firmly so that it doesn’t get blown out to sea. Canada Goose Outlet

There are two further reasons for wearing a hat on the beach. The first is so that your hair (if you are lucky enough to have any) does not become shrivelled by the hot sun. If your hair has been coloured, then the sun will strip the colour from it, so cover it up. The other reason to wear a canada goose outlet mall hat is so that you can be recognised by canada goose outlet uk fake the other members of your group. Once you are lying face down on your towel, wearing only your smallest bathing costume you will become canada goose outlet just another body; your individual hat will therefore be essential for others to find their way back to you with the ice creams.

SunglassesEyes need protection too from the glare of the sun and this will help against the development of cataracts in later life. If you squint too much in bright sunshine the skin around your eyes will develop wrinkles, so unless you want to look old before your time, get some high protection sunglasses and remember to wear them. Children should also be given sunglasses, but check that they are guaranteed as suitable for the age of the child.

Naturism and Topless SunbathingPlease check with the local regulations before attempting either nude or topless sunbathing. Revealing too much bare flesh can land you in the local jail4, so make sure you get your local customs sorted out before stripping off. Some beaches are designated for use by naturists and others may be found where clothing is optional. These are often secluded, little known beaches in countries where the naked human form is not considered offensive. If you accidentally find that you have turned up on canada goose outlet seattle a beach where everything is taken off, try not to stare. Put on your dark glasses and focus on your book. Naturists usually only look at each other in the eyes.

TowelsIt also helps to take at least two towels per person, reserving one to dry yourself with while using the other to lie on. The second can double up as a pillow whilst you are sunbathing. Whilst those lovely thick beach towels are luxurious to lie on, they take ages to launder and dry. So it makes sense for the one used for swimming to be a lighter weight towelling. If you have babies and toddlers, these spare towels can double up as blankets whilst they nap in the shade. What self respecting hitchhiker would travel anywhere without their towel?

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