Oct 17

Top 10 Autumn sunshine destinations

SardiniaIt’s not too late in Autumn  to take a break and get away for a final bit of sunshine and you don’t even have to travel to far! There are certainly advantages to going on holiday in Autumn. For a start, the tourist crowds will have thinned and you will find plenty of space on the beaches. Temperatures are also more comfortable in Autumn, particularly at midday. Finally, and probably most important, travel and accommodation prices start to drop as the days get shorter.

Here is our Top 10 Autumn getaway list:


  1. Sardinia, Italy
  2. Andalucia, Spain
  3. Cyprus
  4. Dubrovnik, Croatia
  5. Dahab, Egypt
  6. Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  7. Kas, Turkey
  8. Saint-Tropez, France
  9. Rhodes, Greece
  10. Île de Ré, France

Aug 08

Are cheap caravan holidays the way to go?

With many families on tight budgets these days there is more and more pressure to find a cheap family holiday.

We have found a number of alternatives that should ensure you can have a great family holiday without breaking the bank.

Out Top 3 cheap holidays

  1. Caravan holidays – there are many caravan holiday park operators in the UK and most of these operators will have last minute details or special offers. Just watch out for number of days included, arrival date and extras that may be charged. You can find many cheap caravan holidays without too much searching – www.greatcaravanholidays.co.uk has some great last minute caravan holiday deals.
  2. “Staycation” – one option is to just stay at home and treat each day as a holiday by visiting local places. This way you know the area and can save a fortune on accommodation and meal costs. This site has some good ideas on what to do on your staycation.
  3. Camping – a long time cheap holiday favourite, camping offers an excellent per person per night rate. There are many great sites around the country to choose from. The downside is you normally (a) have to have the camping equipment and (b) take it with you!

Aug 08

Who makes the best carpet cleaners – Bissell or Vax?

If you are based in the UK and are looking to purchase a carpet cleaner then you basically have a choice of 2 manufacturers – Bissell or Vax, but which one offers the best carpet cleaner?

Bissell’s first carpet cleaning machine was created by Melville Bissell in Michigan in the mid-1800’s in answer to his wife Anna’s problem of removing sawdust from their crockery shop carpet. Melville’s idea was so successfully and popular that by 1883 he had set up the Bissell manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over the years a number of innovations have followed including a shampooer machine and a deep cleaning carpet cleaner. More recently Bissell has moved into the pet hair/stain removal market.

Vax in comparison is the newcomer. Launched in 1979, Vax is the UK’s best-selling floor cleaner brand. Vax is probably most famously known for their original 3-in-1 orange carpet cleaner that brought industrial type carpet cleaning to the masses.


According to Best Carpet Cleaner Guide, the Bissell range currently includes 6 “deep” carpet cleaners all under the CleanView brand. The top-end models feature heated water cleaning and separate spot stain cleaners. The Bissell carpet cleaner styling can be considered far more conservative than that of Vax with all models featured a white coloured main body and blue cleaning head.

The current Vax carpet cleaner range features 10 models, even including the original “orange tub” design. Available features are similar to Bissell including heated water and powered hand tool accessories. The Vax models are more brightly coloured in bright greens, pinks and oranges and have a more “gadgety” look to them.

Both manufacturers offer very similar machines at each price point but in the end your choice may come down to brand preference, design or the best price deal you can get.

If you need to find more information of Vax and Bissell carpet cleaners then have a look at bestcarpetcleanerguide.co.uk as it includes model comparisons and reviews.