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!
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?