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Simple Steps For Planning Your Next Holiday


Going on holiday is an incredibly memorable and rewarding way to spend your time. The planning process, on the other hand, isn’t quite as fun. Planning a holiday can be an incredibly confusing and daunting task. There’s just so much that you need to think about, from where you’re going to go to how you’re going to pay for it, and trying to plan all of these things can get quite overwhelming, even for avid travelers. Thankfully, the process doesn’t have to be quite so hard. In fact, if done right, it can be quite enjoyable. Here are ten simple steps to help you plan your next holiday.

Choose The Perfect Destination

Choosing where you’re going to go on holiday may seem like the easiest task of them all, but it is actually one of the hardest. After all, there are so many amazing destinations out there, and this makes it difficult to narrow your options down to one definite answer. Unfortunately, until you do this, you can’t do anything else, so make a list of places you would like to go and weight up the pros and cons of each one. If this doesn’t help, you can always pick a somewhere out of a hat.

Decide How Long You’re Staying

Once you’ve decided where you want to go, you need to decide exactly how long you’re going to stay for. Sometimes, this decision is completely up to you, but, more often than not, you have to take other factors, like your budget, your pets, and your job, into consideration. You can’t book flights, accommodation, time off work, or even start budgeting your trip until you know how long you’re going to be gone for, so make this decision as soon as you can.

Figure Out Your Budget

The costs of flights, accommodation, food, and activities are different in every country, so you need to do some research and work out exactly how much money you’ll need to last you the entire trip. You should also consider any additional costs that may come with your chosen destination. If you were heading to Turkey, for example, you would need a Turkish Visa, which usually costs around $20. Once you have a concrete figure, you can start to save up money.

Start To Save Up

Saving up for a holiday isn’t always easy, but it’s very rarely impossible. All it takes is some thought and planning. Write down all of your expenses and see if there are any places where you could cut back and spend a little less money. Unnecessary purchases, like a cup of coffee on the way to work and a takeaway at the weekend, may not seem that expensive at the time, but they add up over the course of a month. It’s these expenses that you really need to cut back on.

Book Flights And Accommodation

Once you’ve got some money together, you need to go and book your flights and accommodation. As a general rule, you should try to do this at least two months before you go away. This way, it’s a lot more likely that there will be seats and rooms available for when you want them. You also tend to get better deals the earlier you book, so you save money. When you do this, you should also book anything else you’ll need, like airport transfers and house sitters.

Roughly Plan Your Days

If you want to make the most of your holiday, then you need to decide what you’re going to be doing while you’re away. You may want to wing your trip for the most part, but you should still decide on a few big activities and pick days and times to do them. Some of these activities may need to be reserved and paid in advance, so don’t miss out because you wanted to go with the flow. Do this early so that you can adjust your budget and save up more if needed.

Buy Some Travel Insurance

Regardless of where you’re going, how long you’re going for, or how healthy you are, travel insurance is essential. Most people think that, because they’re relatively healthy, they don’t need protection, but with travel insurance, you’re protected for so much more than that. You can claim if your luggage is lost, your flight is canceled, or you break your arm while you’re out. For something that costs so little and protects so much, you’d be a fool for not buying it.

Stock Up On Supplies

More often than not, there are at least a few things you need to buy before you go away. For some people, this means a long list of things, including a whole new wardrobe, a suitcase, travel toiletries, bug spray, and so much more, but for other people, it’s as simple as buying a plug adaptor or two. Do some research and write a list of everything you’re going to need while you’re on holiday. If there’s anything you don’t have yet, make sure you leave some time to go shopping.

Pack Your Bags Carefully

For some people, packing is the best part about planning a holiday, but others absolutely loathe the experience. If you’re grouped with the latter, then there are a few ways to make your life a little easier. The first is using the list mentioned above so that you don’t forget anything and can avoid panic buying it while you’re away. You should also make sure you leave enough time to get your packing done and check the luggage allowance for your chosen airline.

Go And Have Fun

After all of this, all that’s left to do is for you to go and have fun. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and double check you have everything you need before you leave the house. After all, the last thing that you want is to fall at the final hurdle and miss your flight because of something silly. Take care of yourself, take plenty of pictures, and go and enjoy the well-earned fruits of your labor.

Planning a holiday can get pretty stressful, but with these simple steps, the task should seem a little more straightforward.

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