There’s something very magical about booking a holiday and then counting down the days or weeks until you go. It gives you something to look forward to, motivation to get in shape and also to get through work. However, some people find booking holidays stressful and a worrying time. Here are some top tips on how to book yourself a perfect holiday this year and create the experience of a lifetime:
Book Well in Advance
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when choosing to go on holiday is not booking in enough time to get everything sorted. While last minute deals are absolutely fabulous, it can leave you rushed and stressed out leading up to your journey. Book a holiday a few months in advance so that you’ve got time to book your leave off work and also get the holiday paid for before you jet off. You’ll find the whole experience so much more relaxing knowing everything is sorted!
Research the location you’re travelling to
This is the fun part! Once you’ve decided where you’re going, do some research on where you’re going so that you can pre-plan some activities and get yourself in the know about the culture and other things to expect. Here’s a great website where you can check out things to do on holiday. It’s really useful because if any extra money or pre-booking is required, then you’re prepared and won’t miss out on anything.
Save money each week
If booking a vacation is something that takes you out of pocket a little bit, then it’s likely that you won’t be able to rely on the paycheck you get just before travelling to last you the entirety of your holiday and also pay your bills. Save a small amount of money each week so that when it comes to travelling you already have a block amount of money ready to take away with you. Don’t forget to check out conversion rates so that you can get the best deal on your money if you have to change the currency! Some brokers offer a better exchange rate for larger amounts of currency so pool your holiday money with friends and family for a better deal.
Make a packing list
Even though in your head you know what you want and need to take away with you, making a packing list will ensure that you don’t forget a single thing, especially the smaller details that might slip your mind like travel sickness remedies. The earlier that you make the list, the more time that you have to add to it if needed and also make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything when it actually comes to packing. Make sure that travel documents like plane tickets and passports are at the top of the list (the cost of renewing a passport by post is due to rise from 27th March so try to renew before then if your passport is nearly out of date).
Use these tips and you’ll find that booking a holiday will be much less stressful and you will enjoy the experience even more than normal!
What are your top tips when planning a holiday?