So you’ve decided that you need to cut it loose and relax for a while. The monotony of our life can definitely get exhausting, and a vacation is always a great way to revive ourselves. However, thinking of a vacation is much easier than planning one, especially when you’re busy working the whole day. Here are a few simple & easy tricks to help you plan your next vacation without any added stress-
Plan Your Dates in Advance
Since you are a working individual, it is really important for you to check with your employer when planning to take leave. Thus, working around dates should be a priority. Keep in mind the season that you’re travelling in, usually summers are a hotspot for travel enthusiasts. If you’re planning to travel with kids, keep in mind the school holidays or vacation(s). Coordinating your dates is an important part of group travel to make sure that you’re on the same page.
What Type of a Vacation?
Are you looking to relax by the beach or do you want to experience the snow? It is important to know the type of vacation you’re looking for. If you’re looking for some adventure in the hills/snow, then the Himalayas are a great option. If you want to just let loose and enjoy by the beach, then Thailand may be suitable. Your destination choice influences your activity list. It’s important for you to consider what you want most out of your vacation, in order to choose a destination accordingly.
Choose Your Destination Wisely
This is the most tedious task of planning a vacation, especially if you are travelling in a group and on a budget. The best way to pick a destination is to discuss about them over dinner with your travel partners. While picking out your destination, keep in mind the month that you’re visiting the place in. For Ex. If you plan on vacationing in Europe in November or December, you may experience chilly temperatures and harsh weather climate. Similarly, choose your destination ccording to your dates; If you’re only getting leave for a week, don’t travel to places that take >8 hours to reach so that you have more time for fun! . If you’re looking only for weekend getaways, then a domestic option is safer.
Check Your Requirements/Expenses
Minding your budget is essential while planning a holiday. It is always good to prepare a bedtime list of all your travel necessities and requirements. If you’re planning a holiday abroad, that may mean you need a visa in advance. For destinations such as US and Europe, it is advisable to apply for a visa at least 1-2 months prior to travel. Airfares are also another expenditure that you need to look into, the sooner you book your flights the better your chances of getting them at a decent rate. Remember to book your travel insurance with your agent, this is the most important part of your travel.
Choose Your Stay & Itinerary
The easiest option for any working individual is to book a holiday package through a trusted travel agency. However, that too requires you to look into your needs. You can easily list down your preferences of hotels, meals and sight-seeing and a package may be prepared for you. If you’re one to travel solo and want to just explore the place, then hostels and Bed & Breakfasts are a great option for you. It is also advisable to look into the public commuting options of the particular place you’re visiting, for your local travelling ventures. Download a pdf copy of the tram/train/bus routes online or check the prices of car hires. You can also rent out cars and drive them yourself for more freedom.
Pack on Weekends
This may sound unimportant, but it isn’t. Most of us are dead tired by the time we enter our house after a long day at work, thus, packing is often not a priority. However, (especially if you’re travelling abroad) it is important to list down the supplies that you need while travelling. Make sure to check if the place you’re travelling to has the basic necessities you need, if not carry some extras for emergency. Be sure to pack a travel first aid kit and your toiletries.
Leave Some Things Unplanned
It is a great way leave some sight-seeing for when you arrive there. Ask locals about the famous delicacies and spots of the city, they will be able to provide you with great options. Read blogs, they are a great source of information for local guides and may help you in planning your vacation better. Another way to get familiar with the destination is to install the app for that place, which provides for a good city guide. Other than that, walking along the streets and exploring on your own is also a unique way to travel around the city.