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Your Holiday Planning Checklist

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 6 February 2019 | Views [117]

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Planning the perfect holiday can be an exciting time but if it's solely down to you to plan and organise, the experience can feel overwhelming. A poorly planned trip can lead to more stress and anxiety when you arrive at your destination - especially if you have to organise a large group of people which includes children and the elderly. Luckily for you though, we have gathered some handy tips, tricks and reminders to help you plan the perfect holiday, so you can sit back and relax.


Planning Is Key


Sounds obvious enough but first thing’s first, you’re going to have to decide on where you want to go, and when.  These decisions will ultimately come from what type of holiday you and your party want.  Do you fancy a relaxing beach holiday, city breaks or perhaps you want to pursue the great outdoors?

Get everyone together and discuss what each person wants over dinner and drinks which will help keep the conversation casual (the rules don't always help control the fun!). It could be a good idea to combine certain elements to keep everyone happy – compromise an active holiday with a few days around the beach or pool. When deciding on the location, it’s always a good idea to base this on the duration of your break. If you only plan on going away for a week, then a long-haul flight might not be a good idea as the travelling will eat into your vacation time.

When it comes to booking your flight, it’s always best to book in advance for the best rates.  A lot of airlines release their seats 11-12 month ahead of the journey allowing you to bag cheap seats well ahead of everyone else. On the flip side, it could work in your favour to wait and see if the airline releases any discounts or drops a flash sale.

Be careful with the strategy though. There's no guarantee that your destination will be included, meaning that you could end up paying more for last-minute seats.  You can also book a package through a tour operator for even more savings and in many instances, they offer discounts or free places for children.


Packing What You Need


When it comes to packing, it's easy to go overboard and pack way too much – there's always the ‘what if' moment when you come to reviewing your packing. Use a holiday checklist to help keep track of what you’ve packed and ensure you don’t miss any essentials like those pesky travel adaptors!


Security Gives Peace of Mind


Speaking of reminders, people often forget about securing their home before they go on holiday. Wouldn’t it be horrendous that after all that planning to come home and discover that you’ve been burgled! Take some time to make your house look occupied while you are away – especially if you’ll be away for a significant time.

Leave your car in the drive, cancel milk deliveries and get your mail held at the post office. Invest in some electric timers for your lamps and other electrical devices to give off the illusion that your house is occupied – aim for ‘Home Alone', and you'll be grand!

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