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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.

Many people are choosing to travel with companies that take solo travellers in groups to alleviate their holiday experience. One such company is US! Yes, we at The Flapper Life muster women from all walks of life to take trips with us and discover their true selves.

Catch all our upcoming journeys and events here!

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.

Learn more at where our Founder Zinal Doshi gives a TED Talk on how to Unwind Your Mind with Travel.

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