Travelling is one of the most beautiful free time activities and planning that long-anticipated and well-deserved vacation is so much fun; all the new things to try and do and discover! But finding the perfect place to stay and putting together an itinerary that will make everyone taking the trip happy, all while staying within budget can also be overwhelming.
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Whether you’re squeezing in one last trip before it’s back to school, or getting an early start on planning your summer or winter holiday, here are some tips to help take the frustration out of the process and make planning your next vacation a total breeze.
- Choose your destination: Do you want to explore? Relax? See a completely different place?
- Plan/Research: Once you’ve chosen your destination start planning. Don’t book a hotel room or a flight too early, as there might be some last minute deals. Use the internet to source travel vouchers, local attractions and read reviews.
- Book a flight and/or a hotel: After you’ve done your research book your flight and hotel.
- Avoid stress: There are things that have to be taken care of – just like every other vacation, finish things early, get to the airport on time and ensure your passports and visas are valid.
- Pack: You don’t need to bring your entire house with you. Pack things that you know you’ll need and enjoy on your vacation.
- Set realistic expectations: As much as want to have the perfect vacation, we know that the world usually won’t cooperate with us. Don’t let the small things irk you and ruin your mood, just accept that they happen and move on.
- Be spontaneous: It’s important to plan, but it’s just as important to try something new and unexpected. It could be something as big as deciding to bungee jump or something small like trying out some of the exotic cuisine. Either way, you’ll have something interesting to do and tell your friends once you do it.
- Cherish and remember the moments: Sometimes we don’t realize how happy and carefree we really are until we no longer feel it. Recognize these moments and appreciate them; don’t let any of your desires or worries get in the way. Don’t grade your vacation before it’s really over, take pictures and videos, but remember to turn them off once in awhile.