All About Holiday Planning
Going on a holiday is such a special feeling- the excitement, jitters and joy! Similarly, planning can also be a very exhilarating experience and very often a personal one. A holiday can mean different things to different people, but the feelings are ultimately the same.
Vacationing is taking a break from one's usual routine and responsibilities, and carving some time to relax, recharge, and explore new places or experiences. For many, it's a way to escape the stress of daily life, spend quality time with family or friends, and create lasting memories.
But is everyone a pro at planning the ultimate holiday? Seasoned travellers don’t like too much advice being given to them, and touristy crowds too dislike unsolicited intervention. Holiday planning takes time and effort, but the rewards are worth it.
However, whether liked or not, there are certain steps that everyone should follow to reap the best benefits of travelling.
Before we jump into that, let’s look at some basic approaches most people have in planning a holiday
1. Research: Doing extensive research about a destination, including the best time to visit, popular attractions, local customs, and more. This approach helps create a detailed itinerary that covers all the must-see spots and ensures you don't miss out on anything important.
2. Theme: Choosing a specific theme for your holiday, such as adventure, relaxation, culture, or food. Once the theme is chosen, you can plan your activities and itinerary around it.
3. Budget: Setting a budget for your holiday and then finding the best deals on flights, accommodation, and activities that fit within your budget. This approach can help save money while still enjoying a great holiday.
4. Groups: Planning a holiday with a group of friends or family members. Here, you can delegate responsibilities to different people in the group, such as booking accommodation, planning activities, and organizing transportation.
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5. Spontaneous planning: Booking a last-minute holiday and leaving most of the planning until you arrive at your destination. This can be exciting and adventurous, but it can also be risky if you don't have a backup plan in case things don't work out as expected.
But there is one approach people completely forget to consider -
6. The Emotion Approach.
Here, it doesn’t matter what your fixed bucket list is, where others are travelling, or what destination is trending on social media. What matters is the calling of your heart. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and think of a place. Feel it in your soul. Is it a beach? Is it the mountains? Is it a bustling city? What is your heart yearning for? Whatever the answer is, book your holiday there!
Very often we choose to ignore our inner voice and only listen to the reels on social media. Although we may pretend in pictures, we know deep down that ‘this isn’t really what I wanted to do on a holiday’.
So it doesn’t matter which approach you take, always remember to add this one before you finalize a place. Your holiday should have a purpose that serves you and in turn, should give a purpose to your life, and most importantly, replenish your mind.
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Now, let's take a look at the perfect holiday planning checklist, from choosing a destination to packing bags.
Step 1: Choose a destination
The first step in planning your holiday is to choose your destination. Think about what you want to get out of your trip – do you want to relax on the beach, explore a new city, or try some adventurous activities? Choose the one that means the most to you. You should feel an emotional connection. Once you've decided on your priorities, research different destinations that fit the bill.
Step 2: Book your accommodation
Once you've chosen your destination, it's time to book your accommodation. Look for options that fit your budget and preferences, whether that's a luxury hotel, a cozy B&B, or a budget-friendly hostel. Consider the location of your accommodation and whether it's close to the attractions you want to visit.
Step 3: Get travel insurance
Travel insurance can provide peace of mind in case of unexpected events like flight cancellations or medical emergencies.
Step 4: Check for travel restrictions
Check for any travel restrictions or requirements at your destination, such as COVID-19 regulations, visa requirements, or vaccination requirements.
Step 5: Plan your itinerary
Now it's time to plan your itinerary. Make a list of the things you want to see and do and research the best times to visit each attraction. Consider booking tours or activities in advance to avoid disappointment, and leave some free time in your schedule for spontaneous adventures.
Step 6: Pack your bags
When it comes to packing for your holiday, less is often more. Start by making a list of essentials like passports, tickets, and money, and then add clothing and toiletries based on the climate and activities you have planned. Remember to leave some space in your suitcase for souvenirs and other items you might pick up along the way.
Step 7: Enjoy your holiday!
Finally, it's time to enjoy your holiday. Take time to relax, explore, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Don't forget to take plenty of photos and share your experiences with friends and family back home.
Okay so now you know how to approach a holiday, but do you know how early you should start?
The ideal time to book and plan a holiday depends on various factors such as your destination, the time of year you want to travel, your budget, and your personal preferences. However, as a general rule of thumb, it is recommended to start planning and booking your holiday at least two to three months in advance.
If you plan to travel during peak season or popular holidays, it's best to book even earlier, as flights and accommodations tend to fill up quickly. On the other hand, if you're more flexible with your travel dates and can travel during off-peak times, you may be able to find better deals and may not need to book as far in advance.
In addition to booking flights and accommodations, planning can also help you save money on activities, tours, and transportation. Researching the best places to eat and visit can also help you make the most of your trip and avoid any surprises.
Ultimately, the more time you have to plan and book your holiday, the better chance you have of finding good deals and creating a memorable experience.
Does the same apply if I’m a solo woman traveller?
Well of course! In fact, as a solo woman traveller, there is an additional checklist to keep in mind. Here goes:
1. Research your destination thoroughly: Before you go, read up on the customs, culture, and safety concerns of your destination. Look for travel advisories or warnings, and check out forums or travel groups for advice from other solo female travellers.
2. Choose safe accommodation: Look for accommodation that's located in a safe area, has good reviews, and offers 24-hour security. Consider staying in a hotel or hostel with other travellers, rather than renting a private apartment or room.
3. Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of any potential safety risks. Avoid walking alone at night, keep your valuables hidden, and trust your instincts if something doesn't feel right.
4. Stay connected: Make sure you have a way to stay connected with family or friends back home and consider carrying a mobile phone or a personal safety device like a whistle or pepper spray.
5. Plan your transportation: Arrange your transportation ahead of time, and avoid taking unlicensed taxis or public transportation at night. Stick to reputable ride-sharing services or book your transportation through your hotel.
6. Pack smart: Pack light and bring only what you need, including any necessary medications or important documents. Avoid carrying expensive jewellery or electronics, and keep your money and passport in a secure place.
Remember, solo travel can be an incredible experience, but it's important to prioritize your safety and be prepared. With a bit of research and planning, you can have a life-changing trip.
What if I’m a solo mother with a child? How do I prepare?
Planning a trip as a solo mother traveller can be challenging, but with careful planning and preparation, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience for both you and your child. Here are some tips to help you approach planning your trip:
1. Choose a family-friendly destination: Consider the safety, accessibility, and amenities available at your destination. Look for destinations that offer family-friendly activities, accommodations, and attractions.
2. Research visa and passport requirements: Make sure you and your child have the necessary travel documents, such as a passport and visa if required. Check the validity of your passport and ensure that it does not expire during your trip.
3. Plan your itinerary: Plan your itinerary in advance, taking into account your child's needs and interests. Consider the duration of the trip, the pace of travel, and the activities you want to do.
4. Pack appropriately: Pack lightly, but ensure you have all the essentials you and your child will need during the trip, such as appropriate clothing, medicines, and toiletries.
5. Prepare your child for the trip: Talk to your child about the trip, where you will be going, and what to expect. Involve them in the planning process and let them choose some activities they would like to do.
6. Stay connected: Make sure you have a way to stay connected with family and friends back home, such as a phone or internet access.
7. Stay safe: Research safety concerns and take necessary precautions to ensure your safety and that of your child.
8. Consider joining a tour or group: Consider joining a tour or group that caters to solo parents and children, as this can provide additional support and companionship during your trip.
9. Be flexible and open to changes in your itinerary: With careful planning and preparation, you can have a wonderful and memorable trip with your child as a solo mother traveller.
As a reader, you may be wondering why we haven’t listed any particular ways to plan a trip or why we haven’t specified the pros and cons of holiday planning. Fair doubt.
The thing is, after being a travel company for several years and travelling for even more, we’ve come to understand how slowly travel has evolved into such a beautiful, personal and delicate concept for people. Too many tips, hacks, and advice, while great, can also be very overwhelming and scary. That said, there’s no harm in wanting to learn about holiday planning.
But the best way to learn about anything in travel is to travel. It’ll teach you the best ways to plan and book and much more.
The more you wander, the better you’ll get at planning the perfect holiday.
Happy Travels Everyone!