Okay, so might not be summer yet, or even spring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your summer vacation right now. After all, the early bird catches the worm and, even if it doesn’t, planning for the ultimate summer holiday will boost your mood. Total win. What’s more, the days seem to go quicker than ever, so it won’t take long for the few months between now and vacation time to pass by.
So now is the time to start planning and doing everything you possibly can to ensure your trip goes as smoothly and happily as any trip could ever possibly hope to go, and here is how:
Last-minute dot com can cause a few issues and see you take a risk, such as prices and availability. So always try and look for the best deals in the months before you actually leave. So shop around, see what is out there and don’t just go with the first availability you see out of sheer fear. Seek out the best hotel deals or Airbnb offerings, have a look for low-cost airfares and see if you can land yourself a penny-pincher when it comes to car hire. The more you save now the more you can spend when you are away.
The Research Stage
This has to be one of the most important parts of any holiday because thorough research has a way of halting the high-stress levels associated with every looming holiday. But this isn’t the only reason. You’ll also be able to read reviews, and that can save a lot of pain. There is nothing nicer than reading about good customer service and how a hotel went above and beyond to find an AC repair company where something went wrong in the night. Things go wrong, that is part and parcel of life whether it be a mechanical fault or human error. The best thing you can do is make sure your accommodation owners offer a service that keeps your interests at heart.
Anyone who says life is about the journey and not the destination has not been on holiday with children, so make sure you have a travel checklist and hand. Tick things off, add things on, it doesn’t matter. What does is that you have everything such as blankets and travel pillows, their favorite toy, snacks, coloring books and that classic Disney film they always watch. Kids get restless. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading on a short-haul flight or a long-distance road trip; kids get restless, so make sure you plan for this. If you notice something that keeps your kid occupied then add it to the list.
The rules can change slightly depending on the ages of your kids, but always pack a reasonable amount of clothes for them and always know what you are packing for. What do we mean by that? Well, if you are going somewhere that is cold, make sure you have warm clothing and waterproofs. If you are going on an activity-based vacation then have the right attire and more spare clothes. What’s more, always speak to the landlord, letting agent or concierge and see what their laundry facilities are. If you have access to a washing machine then you know you won’t have to pack as much compared to a trip where that wasn’t an option.