Ask most people what to them is the best time of the year and the answer might surprise you. Apparently it’s not Christmas, not New Year and most certainly not Valentine’s Day. To most people, the best time of the year, the day they are most excited about is the day when they are finally able to take a break from it all… a Holiday.
To get the most out of your holiday, planning is the key. This does not have to be a daunting tasks, in fact it can be nearly just as much fun as the vacation itself. To help you, here are some tips on how you can plan the greatest Holiday.
1. Set your mind
Start with setting your ultimate vacation goal. Dreaming of a honeymoon under the sun on secluded fine sand beaches and wading in an azure, pristine sea? Hawaii and Italy, among many other places, have spectacular beaches. Yearning for enchanting ruins? Peru, Greece and Mexico are some of the places you can look into. Or would you rather go hiking, climb a mountain and commune with nature? Look up Mount Toubkal, the Inca Trail or the Matterhorn. Put all your ideas on paper so you don’t forget your options.
When you are a solo traveler, defining what you want to get out of your vacation is easy. When you are traveling with family, friends or your partner, make sure there is something in there for all. There is nothing so disappointing than finally going on your dream holiday and find out your partner, friends or family are not having a good time at all. When you travel with kids, it is always a good idea to include some “kid fun” days – like a water park or a zoo – in your planning.
2. Research, Research and more Research
Now that you have made up your mind on which destination to visit, use the wealth of information available on the Internet. Travel review sites will give you real accounts of other people’s experiences. You will also get tips on your desired place’s best spots and how other travelers enjoyed those.
If you really want to feel, sense, smell what it is like in your preferred destination, check out some Travel blogs on the Internet. You will be able to read unique travel experiences and get useful tips. Don’t forget to check your governmental travel site as well. This is necessary for you to get accurate data about eventual travel warnings, vaccination requirements and passport and visa requirements.
3. Manage your budget
A great vacation doesn’t come cheap; unless you’re lucky and win it in some contest. Essential things that you have to prepare for are transportation, accommodation, food and eventual excursion or entrance fees. You might opt to book with a reputable travel agency for a hassle-free travel planning or when you are the more adventurous type you can book directly your flights, accommodation, excursions and other logistics. The latter – when done correctly – will usually save you some money. Money saved on booking means more money to spend on your vacation.
It does take some research to compare all possible accommodations or transportation options based upon other traveler’s reviews or price but as mentioned earlier part of the planning can actually be really exciting and nearly as much fun as the holiday itself.
4. Set your calendar
The more you plan your trip in advance to higher your chance to get discounted rates on flights and hotels. Take a list of all the things you want to do or see in the area and create a detailed day-by-day itinerary. Make sure you plan enough time to relax and rest. It is always a good idea to schedule a day rest on your day of arrival to the destination and another day on your arrival back home. Try not to leave work with unfinished tasks so that you don’t get overwhelmed when you get back. While you are on your Holiday, put the laptop, mobile or I-pad away… you are on Holiday so forget about work for now.
5. Packing list
To leave stress free, create a packing list containing essentials such as clothing, sunblock, medication (first aid and personal medicines). Check the weather of your destination and plan your clothing accordingly. If you are traveling with kids, make sure to take stuff to keep them entertained throughout the trip, especially if it’s going to be a long one.
Make sure to bring your travel documents. For safekeeping it is always a good idea to take a copy of all documents including your passport and to send it to yourself by e-mail before you leave. This way should anything get lost; you will be able to retrieve at least the copies.