While booking a getaway may seem a little odd with the current situation, that does not mean you cannot get excited about future trips and start thinking about them now. Planning does not have to be complicated, either. A little forward thinking can help relieve stress and ensure contingencies are in place.
Take a look at five tips to make your holiday planning super simple:
1. Choose the destination
You may have that dream location in mind or fancy picking something out of a hat, but wherever it is, having an idea of the location can help make other aspects of the process easier. Picking the destination comes down to preference, but sometimes it the decider could be the cost. There are always deals on different holiday types, including all inclusive holiday deals and last minute offers, so thinking about how your budget corresponds to your choice is crucial.
2. How long do you want to go for?
There is often a rule of thumb that if you travel a long distance, then a couple of weeks is the best option for making the most of the time. For shorter flights, a couple of days may be sufficient. The duration of your holiday needs to fit with your plans for what you want to see and do while you visit.
3. Book most elements in advance
Booking flights and accommodation in advance will, of course, save you the stress of last-minute choices. However, it is not always the best way to save money. Late bookings could help you save cash if you can jet off. In some cases, booking a few nights when you arrive and then checking out other accommodation when you get there could also get you a great deal.
4. Plan some activities
While no one wants to be on a rigid itinerary, it is a great idea to have some idea of what you want to achieve while you are on holiday. It may just be lazing on the beach for two weeks, so there is not much to plan. However, if you are looking at a city break, you will want to know the best spots to get everything in on your trip. To save money, you can often book major attractions online before your departure, and many places offer tourist passes to see several places at a discounted price.
5. Pack all the essentials
The essentials are different depending on where you visit. For sunny climates, sunscreen and insect repellent are a must, while city breaks may require some comfy walking shoes or trainers. Pack for the temperatures and type of holiday you want to enjoy. While most locations will have everything you need, if you forget, some will not! Be sure to do some research beforehand to check the nearest amenities, especially if you are going off the grid.
These are some of the main planning trips to think about, and in the age of COVID, it’s better to be prepared as much as possible.