Planning a holiday is no easy feat, in fact, it’s pretty stressful, to say the least, which is crazy, considering the whole point of a holiday is to get away from the stress of everyday life. If you intend to go on a trip anytime in the near future, then just follow these easy steps, to make your planning as stress-free as possible.
Choose A Destination
If you don’t already have a destination in mind or have a long list of places that you want to visit, then this might be your hardest step. Of course, it’s pretty hard to plan anything else if you don’t have a destination in mind, so this is an important step. If you really can’t decide, blindfold yourself and stick a pin in a map of the world or pull a destination out of a hat.
Choose Your Length
You also need to decide how long you’re going away for. If you’re adventurous and have the funds this could be for a few weeks or months, if you just wanted to see the sights, this could just be for a long weekend.
Research Costs & Save
You need to research how expensive your destination is to set a realistic savings goal. This doesn’t just mean flights and accommodation; You will also need money for food, activities, and souvenirs. Once you’ve figured out the costs, you need to make sure that you put money aside in a savings account or a money box. If necessary, you may need to cut out non-essential expenses until you’ve saved the money up.
Look At Last-Minute Deals
Before you book your flights or accommodation, check to see if there are any last-minute deals available for the time you were thinking. This could potentially save you hundreds. You may not find any deals available for your chosen location, so this could be the perfect time to have a change if you find something you like the look of.
Book Your Accommodation
Accommodation gets snapped up quickly, especially during peak times, so be sure to book it as soon as possible. Although hotels are the traditional holiday accommodation, there is a lot of reason to hate hotels, the cost being one of the biggest, so you may want to look at some alternatives.
Book Your Flights
The earlier you book your flights. the cheaper they tend to be, so you should try to get these booked as early as possible too. Alternatively, you could leave your flights until last minute, and try to get a good deal on them that way, but obviously, this is a pretty risky move.
Plan Some Activities
You need to know what you’ll be doing on your holiday for a number of reasons, one of the most important being the cost. If you’re planning to spend a lot of your time on a beach, then you’re going to be spending a lot less money than you would be visiting several tourist attractions a day. You also need to know what you’re doing, so that you know what clothes to pack. After all, what you wear to a rooftop bar in New York City is going to be very different from what you wear for a day hiking in the Himalayas.
Get Travel Insurance
No matter where you’re going, and no matter how long you’re going for, it is always a sensible idea to have travel insurance. You may think that you’re fit and healthy, so you won't get sick or injured, but anything could happen. You also need to remember that your travel insurance doesn’t just protect you if there is a medical emergency, it also protects you if your suitcase is lost or stolen, your flight is cancelled, and for many other eventualities that could potentially ruin your trip.
Pack Your Bags
It’s going to be impossible to start packing your bags too soon, as many of your clothes and things you intend to take with you, you are going to need to use until you leave. However, things like travel adaptors, bug spray, and anything else specifically for your trip can be kept with your bags until a few days before you leave and can pack properly.
Of course, there are other things that you may need to consider when planning your trip, such as vaccinations, but these are the general essentials. Once you have done all of this, all that’s left to do it enjoy your getaway. Make sure you take plenty of pictures!