If you follow me on social media, you may know that we are heading off to Orlando very soon. It’s also very nearly the school summer holidays so it’s the perfect time to think about your next getaway. Whilst it’s fresh in my mind, I wanted to share my 5 steps for planning a successful holiday. Here they are:
Step 1 – It’s Time to Budget!
Let’s be honest guys, the first thing anybody has to do when planning a holiday is to think about your budget. Make sure you get a budget in mind and stick to it, despite the temptation of going over budget, it could seriously harm you in the long run. There are some fantastic holiday websites that offer amazing deals for the best price holidays so definitely shop around. Once you have a budget in mind it’s time to choose the most important thing of all…
Step 2 – Where and why?
You need to determine what kind of holiday you want. Are you an active kind of person who wants to experience some culture, or are you fed up of being active all year long and want to chill on the beach, or next to a pool with cocktail in hand and let all of the hard work be done for you?
You don’t even have to travel too far. A holiday in the UK can be just as much fun, if not more if it’s planned correctly. The temperature of the location you have in mind may be a deciding factor. Long haul holidays are a much bigger adventure that can be super exciting to plan.
Maybe it’s a family trip with kids, or a romantic couples getaway or even a holiday with friends. Try and think fully about what your goals are for the holiday.
Step 3 – Research, Research, Research
You’ve decided what the aim of the trip is. You know roughly whereabouts you want to go and you know who you are taking with you. This is a great start to the holiday planning. I’d highly recommend making lists. I have so many lists.
The next thing to think about is what you’re likely to get up to whilst you’re there. With your holiday goals in mind you can plan days out or even days just spent at the hotel. Our Orlando holiday is absolutely jam packed with adventures to get the most out of our trip but you have to take in to account some relax days too.
Research the local attractions, places to eat or shop. Lots of places are famous for certain things or you could just take a classic trip to the waterpark or zoo. This is a really exciting part of the holiday planning but just keep in mind your budget too.
Step 4 – Looking for the perfect hotel…
There’s no point planning places to go if you don’t have somewhere to stay. Think about the important factors of the hotel you’re choosing. How much time are you going to spend there? If it’s just for sleeping then it doesn’t really matter whether it’s top quality or not, but if you are going to be spending lots of time at the hotel you want it to be much nicer in standards.
I always check review sites with a fine tooth comb to make sure there’s no unpleasant surprises. It’s also useful to use compare websites, visit local travel agents or even give them a call. Sometimes you can get a much better deal when you spend a little more time doing the research. I also take full advantage of YouTube for reviews and a walk through.
Step 5 – Picking when to fly
Here you can be a little bit savvy with the flight company. Cheapest isn’t always the best. The timings of flying is also really important. We like to get an early flight on the way there so that we can arrive at the earliest point. It may mean an early start to the day, but it also helps us beat things like jet lag.
However, on the last day for a long haul holiday, we like to fly overnight and sleep on the plane. However, it can make the last day drag if your flight isn’t until 10pm. Make sure your hotel offers a storage of luggage situation or you could end up lugging lots of cases around with you on the last day.
Other crucial things to think about at this stage is travel to and from airport, and also whilst you are on your holiday. It can be easier and sometimes cheaper to hire a car. We have decided not to hire a car for our Orlando trip and instead make sure of local taxi services as toll roads and insurance was going to be far too expensive in comparison.
The final and hardest part of planning a summer holiday is waiting for it to come around! I have felt lots of anxiety as we’ve waited for our Orlando holiday to arrive. I know it will all be worth it in the end.
I hope my steps and tips have helped you organise the perfect holiday this year! Let me know where you plan to jet off to in my comments below.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.