Many people are dreaming of a holiday. It’s the best time to relax, take some time off work and spend quality family time. However, it can be hard to get that ideal holiday when you’re busy with your everyday life. If you’ve been dreaming of a quick holiday but don’t know how to make it happen, then this blog post is for you!
Consider the destination
If you know where in the world your dream holiday destination is, that’s fantastic. If not, there are a few points to consider before making any decisions:
- Research the destination. Do a quick internet search to find out what time of year is best for visiting. If you’re looking for warm weather, plan your trip in spring or fall when it’s not too hot and not too cold.
- Consider all costs. When researching destinations, factor in travel cost, accommodation cost (including food), as well as any other expenses like entertainment activities on site if applicable. For example, are museums free? Are there guided tours included with admission fees? Is there easy access to public transportation from the airport/train station? There may be different prices depending on where you live – some places might have lower airfare rates than others but higher hotel rates because lodging taxes can vary by city.
- Do the math! Be sure to know how long the trip will take and make sure that there are enough days for travel before and after if necessary (when counting time on aeroplanes, factor in an extra day). The cost per mile travelled also varies by carrier – find out which is best for your destination so that you aren’t overspending unnecessarily.
Choose your travel time of year
This is a really important point to start with, as you need to think about how much time you can spare for your holiday. The type of destination will also dictate the length of duration that’s ideal. If it’s somewhere hot and sunny then maybe only two weeks would be enough, whereas if it’s somewhere cold or snowy then perhaps six weeks might be more appropriate!
If you want a well-rounded holiday experience, it’s best to allow for at least two weeks in the country. You might also need more time if your trip is particularly adventurous and includes activities like hiking or kayaking.
If you’re a family, then make sure to allow for at least one week per person in the party. That could be four weeks if there are two adults and two children, or six weeks with three adults and one child.
Plus the travel time will determine what you get to see. For instance, although all year round is great for a relaxing holiday in Jersey because of the mild temperatures, there’s a lot of green space in spring, the sea starts warming up in May, and September and October are peacefully quiet.
A good starting point would be four weeks total.
Plan your budget
Plan your budget and how much you can spend on a holiday. The first step is to work out what you want from the break, do some research into where people go for quick getaways, find out if there are any deals or offers going at the moment that tempts you and price up different options.
Your budget will depend on how much you can afford to spend and the length of your holiday. If you’re looking for a quick break then it’s important that your destination is within reach, so not too far from home or too expensive.
If you’re not sure what to do with the kids while you take a break, then look into campsites or hotels that offer child care as an extra. You can also hire someone to come to your house and take care of them for the duration of your holiday.
Consider how much time off work is available too it’s no use arranging a quick getaway if you’ll be faced with hefty fines when returning from unpaid leave at work. If there is any chance of taking some annual leave then make sure that this fits in before booking flights and accommodation so everything will run smoothly upon arrival back home again!
Consider a short break. The best thing about short breaks is they don’t cost anything other than money to book travel, which is a lot less than if you’re planning on staying in places for an extended period of time.
Book in advance
Book in advance to get the best deals and to avoid disappointment. Booking early and staying flexible can save money: If you are feeling more adventurous, then flexibility is key to getting the best deals. Some sites offer a great way of finding last minute offers on flights as they compare prices across hundreds of airlines so it’s worth checking out for your next break.
Then, negotiating special rates or discounts can be easier if you know when to book. For example, some destinations have cheaper airfare in November and December than July – January; while business travellers may often benefit from booking during quieter periods such as September and October (exclusions apply). It’s always worth asking a travel agent about any current deal that might suit you too.
Make use of the best offers. Airlines, hotels and travel agents are all competing to offer you the best deal so it pays to be savvy with your spending. For example, some hotel chains have arrangements in place where they will give a discounted rate for booking over certain dates (exclusions apply).
Remember to compare prices before completing a purchase. Some sites do a great job of comparing prices across hundreds of airlines so if you want to make sure that you’re getting the best possible deal then it’s worth checking them out.
Consider package holidays. A good way to save money on holiday is by considering package deals or combining flights with accommodation – this can often provide better value than booking each component separately. Package deals may also mean that some of the finer details are taken care of for you and can make things simpler.
Pack all of the things that you need for your trip. Pack smartly, and don’t forget any essentials – especially important if this is a vacation where you won’t have access to everything you normally use on a day-to-day basis.
Consider what climate zones are in your destination country or region when packing clothes (warm clothing in cold climates) as well as anything else necessary including medications and first aid supplies.
One more thing; be sure to pack snacks! It’s always nice to have something small with you throughout the flight that will help keep hunger at bay while also offering up some much-needed energy from time to time.
There are many factors to consider when booking your next vacation. However, considering the destination, time of year and advance planning can help you find a better deal – not to mention make sure you get everything packed for that perfect trip.