Planning is, arguably, the most stressful part of any holiday. You have to make sure your all your plans line up with each other to avoid being disappointed or stuck, you wouldn’t want to book flights that arrive after that major concert you have tickets for has started. Here, I share my best hints and tips on how to plan a holiday with as little stress as possible.
Check The Prices for Everything BEFORE Booking
The worst thing would be booking your flights and excursions for your holiday only to find out that you can’t afford any accommodation. List down the cost of everything (include money for when you’re there) and either budget to be able to afford it all, or alter your plans to suit. Would it be better going the day after originally planned? Maybe consider a less swanky hotel? Don’t book anything until you’ve planned your financials. This should always be the first concern when you plan a holiday.
Start a “Holiday Fund” Before You’re Planning a Holiday
To ensure you have the best experience possible I would suggest saving up money before you’re even considering a holiday. This way you won’t have to save as much money closer to the time, OR you can have a better holiday by saving even more money up before you jet off. Generally, after Christmas is the best time to start saving money for a holiday in around September/November time the next year.
Double Check Flight Times Before Booking Events
This saves any disappointment when your flights don’t line up with your anticipated event. If you’re booking to see a band and your flights don’t line up then maybe consider a different location to see the band or travelling a couple of days earlier than planned. If you are planning your holiday around the event remember to check flights etc. before requesting time off work!
Study Before You Go
Instead of getting to your destination and feeling lost because you don’t know how to get to your hotel, do some research beforehand and plan transport in advance so you have an easy and stress free first travel day. This also saves you spending a significant amount of your spending money on day one. It can also help the the post-flight grumpiness…always consider jet lag when you plan a holiday.
Get A Folder
Get a folder for all your important documents, passports etc. That way you can keep everything in one place and you won’t lose anything. Once again this means a stress free travel day because you don’t need to dig in your bag for each individual thing and it means that you can triple check you have absolutely everything organised for your holiday.
Remember To Get Travel Insurance
Before you go, remember to organise travel insurance for yourself. That means that if you lose a suitcase or other item you will be covered. Even if you don’t think you’ll need it I would get it anyway to cover yourself because there are always curveballs in life, and let’s face it you’d rather have a curveball and get your money back than lose it all!
If you’re travelling within Europe remember to apply for your EHIC card It’s free of charge and means you’re covered for any treatment you may need to get when you’re abroad. This could be so important if something does happen (touch wood…) so definitely get it sorted before leaving.