5 Tips To Plan The Perfect Holiday in 2018

Christmas is bloody exhausting. As a child, it’s the most exciting time of year and as an adult, to some extent, it is too. However, being an adult means time runs away from you and you have the whole of your family to provide for, presents, pigs in blankets, selection boxes and time just simply dissolves.

I’m already looking forward to jetting off in 2018 and feeling the heat on my skin, not frost, but where, oh where will I and my partner decide on? We’ve got some experiences under our belts from this year’s travel diary since we’ve been all over the place, Venice, Mexico… and we’ve realised it’s all about the planning which equals perfection.

Everyone wants the perfect holiday but sometimes the stress of holiday planning takes all of the fun out of the experience and planning it should be the fun part. The part where you get all excited and imagining how your holiday will be, how it will play out.

Then of course, when you actually go on holiday, how awful and again, stressful, is that moment when you’re arriving at your hotel and holding your breath in case your room or the pool’s crap?! Analysing every detail of the entrance!

So yeah, planning is key. Being organized makes me feel instantly less apprehensive and on top of everything so why should a holiday be any different. Send me those zen vibes!

Today’s post is all about my 5 top and essential tips to ensure you have that perfect holiday. Let’s start…

1. Shop Around

The media is saturated by companies outdoing each other these days, they’re always matching or going above and beyond for bargain hunters like me and it’s great to shop around. I regularly use websites like Go Compare and Compare The Market for every day use and it results in me saving a lot of money. I’ve recently started doing the same with holidays! Black Friday saw huge brands like Booking.com slaughter their prices with discounts up to as much as 30% and it was brilliant. Usually, I use Holiday Gems, they have fantastic discount on all types of breaks and holidays to suit everyone, click here for all of their latest deals. You can thank me later!

2. Timing Is Everything

To avoid paying an arm and a leg for a holiday go off-peak times. Peak times are the school holidays and summer, I appreciate those dates can’t be avoided sometimes but unfortunately and unfairly, prices shoot right up on those times of the year. As well as peak times, you should always consider the weather, there’s no point going to Spain in December if you want a sunny, beach holiday. Ensure you do your research!

3. TripAdvisor

Make sure you familiarise yourself with the area you’re planning to holiday in, check our restaurant reviews, and most importantly hotel reviews. As soon as a hotel catches my eye, I immediately head to TripAdvisor and it’s never let me down, it’s possibly saved me from some horrendous hotel experiences.

4. Be Realistic With Your Itinerary

It’s great to have things planned and booked, but make sure it’s realistic. You need to leave yourself some breathing time and enough to explore your area, not be on a tight timeline of events.

5. Use Technology

We’re all smartphone users and have access to download apps and there are so many free applications out there for travellers out there that you probably don’t even know about! Apps of which I’ve found useful are:
PackPoint for iOS and Android is a mobile packing assistant, bursting with useful tips and tricks on filling up your suitcase so you don’t leave anything behind (I’m guilty of ALWAYS forgetting something!)
MAPS.ME, the perfect app for when you’re lost. Not being able to look at a map on your smartphone because you don’t have signal is a nightmare, especially if you’re abroad in a place you’re not too familiar with. MAPS.ME aims to stop this happening, letting you download maps and routes to look at even when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Google Translate is the obvious app of choice if you’re heading overseas and need to learn some keywords and phrases. Interestingly,’ camera mode’ is one of the app’s highlights. Point your smartphone camera at a road sign, for example, and you’ll see the text on your screen change in real time to your native language.

And there you have it, my top tips. I hope your holiday planning goes well! Do you have any travel tips?


  • Reply Lady Writes December 14, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Great tips here, I can’t wait to go on holiday and use them! x

    • Reply Alice December 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you! x

  • Reply Beth Webb December 14, 2017 at 10:46 am

    I need to book a holiday ASAP need some sun in my life, will definitely bare these tips in mind! Thanks!

    Beth x

    • Reply Alice December 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Me too, I need a cocktail and a beach x

  • Reply Poppy Mayy December 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Some great tips. I definitely need a holiday next year so will be shopping around and using your tips to find one!

    • Reply Alice December 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Poppy!

  • Reply Sally Morgan-Moore December 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I swear, as a child, that Christmas seemed to feel longer too…It must be because we’re all just constantly rushing and arranging as adults, that we don’t have time to savor the hours with playing and just watching others do the rushing, haha!
    By the way, I had no idea that packing assist app existed!! So cool!


    • Reply Alice December 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      How handy haha! x

  • Reply Prettiful Blog December 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I use Agoda and Giving Assistant, and always find some great bargains. Thanks for the useful tips!

    • Reply Alice December 15, 2017 at 9:37 am

      You’re welcome! Thanks for reading 🙂 x

  • Reply Caitylis December 14, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    These are some great tips! I don’t particularly like going away on holiday as I have travel-related anxiety. And since this baby is due any day now at least we’ll be occupied with him for a few years which gets me out of any holiday trips which I don’t want to go on!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

    • Reply Alice December 15, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Oh good luck babe xx

  • Reply Rosie December 14, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I am desperate for some sun already!! Love this post lovely!!

    • Reply Alice December 15, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Me too! xx

  • Reply Kelly-Anne December 15, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I like this idea of a holiday, I need one. Not entirely sure where we will go, I really want to go to Italy.

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Me too!

  • Reply Caroline December 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I hope we get to go on holiday next year. Our first family holiday to Spain got cancelled in July because our daughter got chickenpox the week before we were due to fly! We had a terrible experience booking with OnTheBeach so I’ll have to check out Holiday Gems for next time xx

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Oh no way that’s such a shame! Good luck! xx

  • Reply Yasmina December 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I definitely want to try and go on a summer holiday next year, I’m so desperate for some sunshine. Lucky enough my aunt has booked a villa for 4 weeks in May for us to make the use out of it which I’m looking forward to 🙂 xx

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      You really should! Sounds amazing! Enjoy xx

  • Reply Sarah December 18, 2017 at 11:24 am

    great tips! When we do go away i will definitely use some of these tips

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Sarah 🙂

  • Reply Emily December 18, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Me and my partner have yet to go on a holiday together so I’m definitely going to take these tips on board when we do!

    • Reply Alice December 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Get yourselves away!

  • Reply Chloe December 21, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Some really great tips here, I’m planning on going to Italy next year so I need to remember to shop around for the best deals! xx

    • Reply Alice December 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Chloe! xx

  • Reply Meera December 21, 2017 at 10:23 am

    These are great tips! I always find booking in advance and looking at deals on websites like last minute and trivago are good!

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    • Reply Alice December 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks Meera!

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