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Custom Made Jewellery Is the Most Personal Gift

Custom Made Jewellery Is the Most Personal Gift

Bespoke jewellery is the ultimate in a personalised possession

Jewellery is one of the most personalised items people ever buy or have bought for them; rings, bracelets necklaces or pendants and specific stones are but a few ways of expressing individuality and of course marking special events in life such as engagement or marriage.

A way of personalising these possessions even more is custom made jewellery where an item is a one-off piece made especially for the wearer.

What does custom made jewellery offer?

In short, it’s the ultimate in personalisation. A ring, locket, bracelet, necklace, pair of cufflinks or other items can be designed to suit the wearer down to the last detail – and they’ll wear it in the knowledge that their piece of jewellery is a one-off; no-one else has one quite like it.

It’s possible in bespoke jewellery design to create something completely new and original using a winning combination of traditional craftsmanship along with modern techniques such as 3D modelling.

How wonderful for a newly married couple to know that their rings are specially designed to suit and fit them. It’s something that they’ll wear for a lifetime and maybe pass on to their children and grandchildren, so it’s a powerful gesture for a couple to present each other with their own, crafted bespoke piece of jewellery.

Copying an heirloom

Another way custom jewellery can benefit is in creating an item of jewellery in the image of a family heirloom or style of a ring, bracelet or similar that can’t be bought ‘off the shelf’ anywhere.

For example, a family heirloom may be too valuable or even fragile to be worn so why not have an exact copy of it made? Custom jewellery experts can create an exact replica from the original or, if this isn’t possible, from photos to enable an old family ring or necklace design to ‘appear in public’ rather than be permanently consigned to a safe or vault somewhere.

Another idea is in the case of old jewellery that is otherwise unwearable or doesn’t look right but has a particular stone the wearer would like to have incorporated into a new ring, necklace or similar. This could be possible in the hands of an experienced custom jewellery expert.

It’s almost like having vintage jewellery – often considered a sound investment – but with the added advantage that it’s wearable and can be enjoyed year round.

How custom made jewellery is created

It starts usually with a consultation with the customer and jeweller where designs are discussed. Modern 3D technology can show designs on a screen and if it’s a piece of jewellery based on an existing item – such as a family heirloom – the jeweller can take these and ‘copy’ the design or base an item of jewellery on design cues from the original if this is preferred.

Budgets and timescales are agreed on; sometimes items are needed at relatively short notice, so this is taken into account along with advice given on what is possible given a certain timescale and budget.

What jewellery items can be custom made?

Most ‘personal’ jewellery can be made to order including:

  • Earrings
  • Wedding, engagement and eternity rings
  • Other ‘special’ rings such as coming of age
  • Pendants
  • Necklaces
  • Lockets
  • Cufflinks

Limited by imagination

Creating your own bespoke jewellery with the help of experienced professionals opens up a super opportunity to present a loved one with something personal to them. The chance to wear a ring that fits them perfectly with the design of their choice, or wear a necklace based on a much-loved family heirloom affords a unique experience and one that will last a lifetime.

What to See and Do in Hertfordshire

What to See and Do in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is a county in southern England, bordered by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Buckinghamshire. Read all about what to see and do in the stunning county!

 

Things to see and do in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is brimming with exciting things to see and do, so you’re guaranteed to discover something wonderful on your visit to the beautiful hidden gem of a county that is Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire – or ‘Herts’ as the locals like to call it – is just north of London and has an array of attractions and destinations that can be reached in as little as 20 minutes by train from the capital. Immerse yourself in the stunning countryside and incredible cultural sites in no time at all!

Hatfield House, just 21 miles of north London, is a stunning Jacobean House with gardens set in a spectacular countryside setting. Here you can explore the 400-year-old home and stroll through the impeccably tidy and brightly coloured gardens.

Paradise Wildlife Park is a family-run animal park located in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. Meet exotic animals including lions, tigers and meerkats at the most visited tourist attraction in Hertfordshire for a fantastic family day out.

For those who love Harry Potter, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is the perfect place for touring the real film sets, props and costumes and learning all about the special effects and tricks used in the popular films. You can drink Butterbeer and buy wands – so it’s the perfect place for Harry Potter fanatics!

Where to stay in Hertfordshire

When planning your trip to Hertfordshire, you can be rest assured that you will be sleeping soundly and enjoying spectacular food and drink at West Lodge Park, Hertfordshire’s finest country house hotel.

West Lodge Park is a five-star country retreat hotel in Hertfordshire, catering for weddings, celebrations, special events and much more. The country hotel is situated in 35-acres of stunning grounds, so you can breathe and soak up the tranquillity whilst strolling round the grounds, or when enjoying afternoon tea in the terrace bar. There are 59 luxury en-suite bedrooms, all of which have been individually named and decorated.

Enjoy luxurious fine dining in the Mary Beale restaurant, where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served, made from locally sourced and fresh ingredients from the area. West Lodge Park serve mouth watering dishes served in a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a meal out or special occasion. A range of afternoon teas are also served here for everyone to enjoy.

Where to eat in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire have a number of fantastic restaurants, from Italian bistros and Turkish eateries, to family-run cafes and classic British spots – so you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to eat out!

The Greyhound in Hertfordshire is a pretty country pub, serving elevated pub classics and daily specials to reflect the seasonally-available ingredients. St James Restaurant is a modern, British restaurant with some European inspired dishes, including mushroom soup with truffle oil and roasted lamb rump with rosemary scented shepherd’s pie.

 

There’s so much to see and do in Hertfordshire, so when will you be visiting?

The Differences Between Architects and Draftsmen

drawing board

drawing boardDiscussing the differences between architects and draftsmen to help choose the right one for help in a construction project. Architects design while draftsmen draw.

Knowing how the two professions differ to help choose the right one

The casual observer may think architects and draftsmen amount to the same thing – they both design buildings and produce drawings – but it’s not as clear cut as this. There are, however, differences between the two professions although the boundaries can be blurred depending on the services draftsmen in particular may offer.

Designing a building

Before it can be built a building first has to be designed.

A given building, whether an extension, a total new-build house or commercial property, has to be taken from a general vision and converted into a full design complete with detailed drawings. These are then used to gain the necessary planning approval and act as the blueprint for the constructors in actually building it.

In broad terms an architect will handle the process of creating a detailed design from consultations with the customer, and the draftsman will provide the detailed and scaled drawings.

In some cases, architects work in conjunction with draftsmen and each does their ‘design or draw’ role to produce the final design on paper, and some may enlist companies offering architectural drafting services.

That said, the demarcation between these two roles can be blurred:

  • Some draftsmen will also provide design services – indeed the term ‘building designer’ is used by some draftsmen to describe their services and is generally becoming more common
  • Some architects produce their own drawings and plans

Architects design while draftsmen draw

In many cases the architect will not only work with the client to produce a design, they may well take over much of the design concept itself; many customers who have a notion of the type of building they want will defer to an architect to bring their ‘wish list’ to fruition. Certain buildings may be referred by the architect who designed them; for example there’s the ‘Norman Foster designed London Gherkin’ along with other famous buildings and areas in London and other parts of the UK and around the world defined by the architect.

For clients with more fixed design ideas the architect may sometimes challenge them as in saying ‘have you thought of this idea?’ or illustrating how some preferred design elements may need changing or dropping altogether depending on specific circumstances.

Following completion of the design the draftsman will produce drawings based on the architect’s blueprint. As said above, architects can produce their own drawings but it’s often felt architects are specialists in design while draftsmen are specialists in producing the final drawings.

Training

This fundamental difference is reflected in the training for both professions. Architect training takes around seven years with usually a five year university course followed by a further two years’ on the job training in an architect’s premises.

The university part of the training will concentrate on many design principles and include subjects such as design history and contract law.

Draftsmen’s training is considerably shorter – around two years to study a drafting diploma at a technical college or similar – with some on the job experience to follow. That said, draftsmen can come into the profession in different ways including those from construction related backgrounds or maybe an architectural environment without having officially qualified as one.

Which to use?

This depends on your circumstances and how far down the road you are in the process.

For some basic house extensions following very closely the existing design of a property, then drawings from a draftsmen may be perfectly sufficient to present to your local authority’s planning department and your construction people.

On the other hand, if you require full design serves then an architect will be the more appropriate choice. They can also, in many cases, see the whole project through from initial concept to completion by performing a project management role if this is required.

Plan the Best Outdoor Summer Fete This Year

Plan the Best Outdoor Summer Fete This Year

The traditional summer fete has become an important date in the school calendar – not only as a social event for a local community and school, but as a major fundraising opportunity. You don’t need to be super adventurous, but there’s no escaping the need for careful planning and a team of parents, teachers and volunteers to help out.

Selecting a date and venue

Choosing the right date and planning an exciting programme of events is key. Consider the timing of other school activities, such as exams or sports days, and events in the wider community, such as football matches or festivals.

Once you’ve chosen a date, break down the tasks based on what you want to achieve and who is responsible. You will then be able to set milestones indicating when planning needs to be finished. While the venue for a school fete is the school grounds, it’s important that it has a wet-weather capability. This usually means a large indoor space such as a stadium or hall.

Fun and games

Hiring a childrens entertainer essex to entertain children throughout the day is a great attraction to have at a summer fair! Professional children’s entertainers will have a range of services to offer, including discos, face painting and party games.

Fun games and plenty of activities to suit all ages make for a memorable and profitable event. Perhaps a local celebrity or town official can make an appearance at the summer fete? Which is one way to help attract a crowd!

Food and drink

If you’re attracting a lunchtime crowd, why not have a BBQ serving hot dogs, burgers and jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings? Outside caterers may be interested in providing refreshments at your event for a share of the profits – and great advertisement for local companies, too!

If your school obtains a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) from the council to serve alcohol, you could have a beer or Pimms tent for the adults, and a mocktail stand and pick n’ mix sweet stall for the kids.

Stalls

It’s important to make sure there’s something for everyone. Colourful games and stalls will attract the most attention, and hopefully make a lot of profit too. Include stalls such as a lucky dip, tombola, coconut shy and hook a duck – all games that adults and children can have fun with! Include plenty of refreshment stands too, alongside face paint and glitter tattoo stations.

Promoting the event

After all the planning you have put into the event, ensure you advertise and promote the summer fete well so that people will attend. Use banners, flyers, social media or local newspapers, as all are excellent ways of advertising your event.

Hold a prize draw or raffle to encourage people to sell tickets to parents, family members or work colleagues. It’s a great way to promote your event and draw in the crowds.

Gather enough volunteers to help out at the summer fete too, to help the day run smoothly!

Our 10 Favourite Wedding Locations in Herts

Our 10 Favourite Wedding Locations in Herts

Our 10 Favourite Wedding Locations in Herts

As a wedding photographer Hertfordshire, we know that our clients are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding location to have photographs taken in. Here is a list of our 10 favourite wedding locations in Herts!

 

The Grange and Cavendish Country Houses

These beautiful boutique country houses are available to hire for exclusive use.

The Grange is a stunning 14th Century house, set in mature gardens and woodlands. It is also renowned for being one of the oldest houses of its kind in Northwood. The Cavendish is a beautiful Tudor house, set in the heart of Eastcote, surrounded by rose gardens and parkland.

Both houses have a warm and friendly atmosphere, and the rooms are dripping in crystal chandeliers and fine drapes, creating the perfect atmosphere to shoot weddings in.

Hanbury Manor

Set in stunning grounds, Hanbury Manor has spectacular period features and architecture, creating the perfect enchanting wedding location to shoot in.

Poles Hall provides a beautiful backdrop for a memorable wedding, with stunning vaulted ceilings and a gallery to provide historic charm and elegance. The self-contained Garden Court is a beautiful walled garden, ideal for capturing wedding photographs.

West Lodge Park

West Lodge Park is a stunning wedding venue in Hertfordshire with a fairy-tale setting to admire. It is set within 34 acres of stunning picturesque grounds, providing the space to capture treasured wedding photographs. The venue is steeped in history, with a number of impressive function spaces to create the perfect atmosphere for your celebrations.

Knebworth House

The restored 16th Century Knebworth House offers a truly unique setting, ideal for holding ceremonies, weddings and receptions. Knebworth House is also home to beautiful formal gardens, providing a stunning backdrop to wedding photographers. The outdoor garden gazebo offers a romantic venue for weddings too, and it’s also recognised as one of England’s most beloved stately homes.

Boreham House

Set in between an avenue of trees and a stunning lake, Boreham House is a stately Grade 1 listed mansion surrounded by history. This beautiful home is set in 35 acres of picturesque grounds, perfect for civil weddings and wedding receptions.

The bridal suite and luxury suites available for accommodation provide beautiful backdrops for wedding photography, especially when capturing the bride and bridesmaids getting ready for the big day.

Ashridge House

Nestled in 190 acres of National Trust historical ground, Ashridge House is a spectacular Grade I listed country house with over 730 years of history. The stately home provides photogenic spots throughout the venue, and the Italian Gardens are especially beautiful to shoot in.

Moor Park Golf Club

Near the borders of Middlesex and Buckinghamshire, Moor Park Golf Club provides the perfect setting for the perfect wedding day. The mansion stands proudly in 250 acres of stunning landscaped gardens, providing a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos. The mansion is full of colourful history with an extensive collection of art dating back to 1680 available to view.

Fanhams Hall

Fanhams Hall is a stunning country house venue in Ware, holding civil and religious wedding celebrations with a variety of indoor and outdoor locations to explore. In the winter, you can enjoy warm open fires and in the summer, you can observe tumbling waterfalls. The private rooms have stunning original Grade II listed features too, and there are formal gardens and rambling grounds to explore and shoot in.

Colville Hall

Based in Essex, Colville Hall is home to a unique group of thatched barns set on picturesque courtyard settings. One bard is set out for the wedding breakfast, and the other for the civil ceremony. There is plenty of space indoors and outdoors to take beautiful wedding photographs; the atmosphere is peaceful and tranquil thanks to the elegant gardens and duck ponds.

Needham House

Nestled in a quaint village in Hertfordshire, Needham House is four-star boutique hotel surrounded by beautiful countryside. The modern venue has beautiful gardens and fields to explore, especially the stunning Heather Gardens with blossom trees – providing a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs.

Protect Your Playing Field with a Grass Protection System

kids playing football in the park

kids playing football in the parkIs Your Playing Field Ready to Face the Challenges Ahead?

Playing fields get plenty of punishment – grass protection system keeps them looking good and ready for anything.

While winter might still have a couple of tricks left up its sleeve before it goes for good, there is no denying that spring is definitely in the air. It won’t be long before the playing fields are once again alive with the sounds of children playing, sports matches taking place and all the other sounds of spring and summer.

Of course, all this activity takes is toll on the surface, particularly given the unpredictable nature of the British climate. It is not uncommon to see a green and verdant playing field turned into something more akin to a swamp after a couple of weekends of heavy use in the rain. This is where a Suregreen grass protection system can make all the difference.

We love our playing fields

Whether it’s a tiny hamlet or one of the country’s major cities, we all tend to congregate to playing fields for one reason or another at the weekend, and there is always something happening. Given the sheer range of activities that playing fields have to endure, it is little surprise that they can end up looking somewhat ravaged.

One week there might be a football match, with 22 players punishing the ground with their studs. The next week, a classic car show, with heavy footfall and a wide variety of vehicle traffic. Then after that, the ever-popular car boot sale. At the best of times, it will be a challenge for the grass to survive, but add some heavy spring showers, and it is hardly surprising that everything can turn to sludge.

Protecting the grass

Grass reinforcement in the form of plastic mesh helps keep the grass intact and the field remaining usable throughout the summer, whatever the weather. The mesh is fixed securely to the ground, and when people first see it in place, they are sometimes shocked at the appearance. But the beauty of mesh reinforcement is that in next to no time, it beds in as the grass grows around it to form a strong, stable surface that has no detrimental effect on the overall appearance.

Not only does the grass grip the mesh, but the effect works both ways and the mesh serves to strengthen the grass surface and protect it from the damage and soil erosion that heavy traffic from feet and wheels inevitably causes.

Types of mesh

The most popular types of grass reinforcement mesh are GR11 and GR14. The naming is simple enough – GR stands for grass reinforcement, and the number simply refers to the thickness of the mesh in millimetres.

GR11 is considered light grade, and is used in areas that are subject to significant footfall and occasional vehicular traffic – for example, a playing field that is used for occasional car shows, or perhaps as an overflow car park for special events.

GR14 is suitable for heavy duty traffic. Use this if the field is likely to have goods vehicles driving across it, or when it is regularly used for car parking.

Is A War On Plastic Coming?

plastic pollution

plastic pollutionHow And Why You Need To Eradicate Single-Use Plastics From Your Life

The 5p charge has decreased plastic bag use by 84% since its adoption. Find out why single-use plastics are so detrimental to our health and the environment.

Although the first type of plastic can be traced back to the 13th century, plastic has been used in the mainstream since the 1930s when scotch tape was first invented in the US. Since then, this incredibly versatile material has been adapted for use in all manner of ways, whether to package food, manufacture toys or to create artificial organs. Unfortunately though, plastic comes with two major downsides – its detrimental effect on the environment and its negative impact on human health.

A Million Bottles A Minute

There are constant reports in the press regarding the effects of single-use plastic on the environment, but a particularly sobering fact reported by the Guardian earlier this year, found that 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the world and this number is likely to jump 20% by 2021. Yet, under half of the bottles bought in 2016 were recycled and only 7% of them were turned into new bottles. Instead, between 5-13 tonnes of plastic are leaked into the world’s oceans each year, causing damage to fish, birds and other organisms that live there. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the sea, than fish.

Cancer And Infertility Risk

However, it is not just sealife that is affected. Every time that humans drink water from a plastic bottle, or eat food that has been packaged using plastic wraps, particularly in the case of microwave meals, they are exposing their body to toxins and chemicals such as Bisphenol-A (BPA), among others. These chemicals act similarly to oestrogen and can create problems with hormone balance, causing infertility. The chance of developing breast or prostate cancer are also increased when you ingest these toxins.

Awareness

While there’s still major work to be done in decreasing society’s reliance on plastic, and removing it from our bodies and the environment, there is at least a glimmer of hope in the form of various awareness campaigns. Most consumers will be aware that retailers now charge 5p for plastic carrier bags or offer bag-for-life alternatives made from recycled plastic to encourage shoppers to reduce wastage.

But former Asda CEO, Andy Clarke believes that supermarkets need to go one step further and commit to eliminating plastic packaging altogether. He explains “Go into any supermarket in the country and you will be met by a wall of technicolour plastic. Be it fruit and veg or meat and dairy, plastic encases virtually everything we buy. Regardless of how much is invested in Britain’s recycling infrastructure, virtually all plastic packaging will reach landfill or the bottom of the ocean sooner or later. Once there, it will remain on the earth for centuries.”

But what can be done in the meantime? While we wait for largescale retailers to make major changes to their product packaging, there are many ways that individuals can act responsibly to reduce their plastic footprint.

Tips such as always carrying a reusable water bottle, never using plastic straws or disposable cutlery and switching plastic for paper cups will all help to make a difference. Beyond that, remember to spread the word – if you feel that your workplace could make some positive changes, such as ditching plastic cups, then don’t be afraid to mention them to your boss – there’s a good chance that your suggestions could save the company money in the process.

The revolution against plastic has begun, but it’s in its infancy at the moment. Make a difference and get rid of single-use plastics from your life, starting today!

Treat Your Loved One to An Experience Day This Christmas

Treat Your Loved One to An Experience Day This Christmas

Treat your loved ones to a once-in-a-lifetime present with an exciting experience day for people who collect memories, not things! From food experiences to something more adventurous, there’s an experience for everyone to enjoy this Christmas.

 

For the foodies

Afternoon teas are popular experience packages across the country in a variety of stunning locations. If you’re looking for something local, why not book to have afternoon tea in Hertfordshire? Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, followed by a stroll around the beautiful 35 acres of ground surrounding the stunning West Lodge Park hotel. Afternoon teas are produced to order here, with local products and ingredients used, including Tiptree jam from Essex and free-range effs and chickens from Sutton Hoo Farm in Suffolk.

For the thrill seekers

For the adrenaline junkies in your life, why not gift them with an indoor tandem skydive or a zorbing session? If they enjoy some heart-thumping and adrenaline-pumping thrills, then a thrill-seeking experience day is sure to excite them.

There are so many options to choose from, including climbing aboard monster trucks, scrambling over muddy fields on quadbikes or enjoying a competitive game of go karting. This thoughtful gift offers the ideal experience for all budding thrill seekers of any age!

For the adventurous

If you’re buying for someone who has an adventurous side, a Go Ape session, paintballing experience or rock climbing day could be the present for them.

Feel the adrenaline rush with an action-packed adventure experiences; from skydiving to paintballing, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Escape from a locked-room mystery, soar through the air on a zip-line or take an adventure tour on a Segway, guaranteeing to satisfy the most daring thrill-seeker you know.

For the ones with hobbies and skills

Explore something new, or fulfil a lifelong ambition with a range of hobby experiences for a gift that keeps on giving! From pottery classes in a legendary factory to cupcake decorating classes in the city, give your loved one a new found passion for their hobby or skill.

Bringing Up Kids in West London

Green Park, West London

Green Park, West LondonGiving Your Little One The Best Start In Life

West London has plenty to offer those who are bringing up a young family, especially when it comes to nursery care.

When Londoners start a family, they often move out of the city and into the countryside. They think that they’re doing their children a favour by leaving the capital behind, but actually they’re missing out on a lot! London, and the west part of the city in particular, is a fantastic place to bring up children. Diverse, rich in history and always entertaining, the capital city really is the best place in the UK for families. Here’s everything that you need to know about giving your children the best start in life while living in the city.

A good nursery

To give your child a head start, find a great nursery for them to start their education at. West London is home to some truly outstanding nurseries including The Little Tug Boat, a nursery in Fulham. They focus on creating a home-from-home environment where a child can feel comfortable and really express their individuality. With an Outstanding rating from Ofsted, it’s clear that adults love it just as much as children! With a chef on site providing nutritious meals too, it’s somewhere you can leave your children with complete confidence.

Start thinking about schools

Once you’ve settled on a nursery, you should also start to think about your child’s primary school education too. It’ll come as no surprise to learn that this part of London is home to the best schools in the capital. Do a little research and see what schools’ catchment areas you are in, and then enquire about the admissions process early on to avoid disappointment. The best schools are always oversubscribed, so it’s never too early to get started.

Embrace the great outdoors

While it’s a bustling, metropolitan city, London boasts a large amount of natural beauty spots too. So when you’ve got some free time, get out there and explore the capital’s green spaces. There are lots of child-friendly outside spaces in West London, including Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Holland Park and Wimbledon Sprinkler Park. Many places will put on fun events, particularly in the summer months, so have a look to see what’s going on before you decide on where to go.

Explore the local museums

Museums are an integral part of London’s rich cultural and historical heritage, and taking your children to explore them is one of the best things you can do with a free day. Most major museums in the capital have special children’s areas, where they can learn through play and fun, age-appropriate activities. Coupled with their education in school, regular museum trips will really help your child to learn about and appreciate their city, and beyond that, the world that they live in.

West is best

With great nurseries and schools as well as plenty to see and do, West London really is the best place to bring up a child. So if you were thinking of fleeing the capital for the countryside, stop! By bringing up your child in the UK’s biggest, most diverse city, you’ll reap the rewards in the long run. There’s so much waiting for you right on your doorstep, so get out there and make the most of it!

5 Tips for Travelling Safely with Pets This Christmas

5 Tips for Travelling Safely with Pets This Christmas

5 Tips for Travelling Safely with Pets This Christmas

Nearly eight in 10 pet parents will alter or change their holiday travel plans this year because of their pets – so what is the suitable solution for this?

Whether you’re traveling for a couple of hours in the UK to see family, or planning on jetting off somewhere hot for Christmas, there are pet travel arrangements that can be made to make you and your pets travel experience a little more relaxing!

 

Flying with your pet

If you’re fortunate enough to be jetting off somewhere hot for Christmas, such as Australia, and you want to take your pet with you, then there are specialists who can help you transport your pet to worldwide destinations. Specialists arrange collection of your pet or can meet you at the airport, where they will be booked in, have their paperwork filled out and have relevant blood tests and vaccinations. If you want to take your dog to Australia for Christmas, the process takes around 7 months to plan and prepare for.

Booking a pet sitter

The best time to book a holiday pet sitter is four to six weeks before your holiday travel date. If you are away this Christmas, then enjoy some peace of mind and find a local, trusted pet sitter. This way, your pet can continue to enjoy the Christmas holidays at home and not miss out on any Christmas treats.

Finding a pet-friendly hotel

If you’ve planned to travel for the holidays, missed your pet sitters window and don’t want to find a new sitter – then take your pet with you! The majority of hotels nowadays are welcoming to pets, and some don’t even charge you extra for your four-legged guest.

Bring along a crate

If your pet is crate-trained, a Christmas road trip is a great reason to bring the crate along. It will provide your pet will a familiar “place” to sleep when you’re at a hotel or a family member’s house. Also, if your pet gets excited when loads of people are around and there’s lots going on, you can simply give them some quiet time in the crate.