Sometimes planning a holiday can be a little stressful. Whether you are taking the kids along, spending time with your in-laws, or just taking some time away as a family or a couple, your holiday can be a source of fun or aggravation.
To keep your holiday from being a pain, follow these 5 steps to make your holiday perfect.
Choose the Right Destination
Where you go matters, and whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, or even taking a cruise, the right destination can make all of the difference. So how do you decide where to go out of all the choices available?
Remember the Season and Weather: If you want to engage in outdoor activities where you go, you’ll want to make sure the weather is going to be good, and that you travel during the right season.
- Think About the Children: This applies two ways. If you have children with you, you’ll want to make sure you have things planned to entertain them and that they will like. If you are taking a vacation to get away from your children, you might want to consider adults only activities or even an adults-only resort. You can also travel while the kids are in school, making sure there are fewer of them around.
- Consider the Luxury: Do you want to get away from civilization, or do you want to enjoy some spa time in the lap of luxury? These are two different types of vacation, and while you can often have them in the same destination, your desires do affect your planning.
Your destination can be largely be determined by who is going and what you plan to do, so choose wisely.
Once you have chosen your destination, the next step is to start planning your vacation. This starts with everything from flights to hotels and transportation when you arrive at your destination.
You also want to be sure that you book tours and things you want to do in advance. Many popular attractions sell out in advance or can be booked a few months out, especially during the busiest of tourist seasons. This means if you don’t have reservations, you will miss out, and it may be hard to find other things to do at the last minute.
Even if you are going to an all-inclusive resort or on a cruise, certain popular activities may require you to register in advance. If you are unfamiliar with the destination or unsure how far apart attractions are or the best order to plan your trip, you should consider talking to a travel agent.
Finally, you need to plan the luggage you will need and take for each person on the trip. It not only needs to be sturdy and easy to mark, but should be sufficient to hold the items you are going to take with you along with whatever you purchase while you are on holiday.
A medical emergency, especially if you are traveling internationally, can literally devastate your budget and ruin your holiday. While insurance can’t prevent accidents from happening, it can mitigate the financial cost.
However, travel insurance for holidays covers much more than just unexpected medical for the wandering Australian. Depending on the coverage you choose, it can pay for alternate transportation, things you need if your luggage is lost, misdirected, or delayed. In addition, it can help pay for hotels if your flights are delayed or cancelled due to bad weather or airline issues.
Having travel insurance will give you peace of mind if things do go wrong, and helps make your holiday feel more secure.
Be Prepared for the Unexpected
While insurance covers costs, if you have some basic things in place, you can be prepared for the unexpected, and keep the inconvenience it might cause to a minimum.
This can mean things as simple as carrying aspirin and stomach medicine just in case a child is feeling ill, and making sure everyone has a change of clothes in their carry on just in case luggage is delayed or misdirected.
This also means having more than one credit card you can use on the trip, and keeping them in separate, secure places. This way, you still have access to some money if one is lost or stolen, and you have to wait for a new one.
Keep it Light
It is easy to take planning and preparation too seriously, and making your trip too serious as a result. Keep things light and easy. Don’t overbook your time, and leave some leeway for relaxing and even for family members to split up and do different things.
Taking your holiday to seriously can turn it from a vacation into a business trip. Still, you should follow these five steps to make sure your holiday is perfect.
How do you help your holiday dreams come to life? Share your tips in the comments below.