For some people, planning a holiday is one of their favourite activities. Others, however, find the process overwhelming. And it’s easy to see why.
There are many moving parts to think of, which – if forgotten – could ruin the experience. Plus, going on holiday is a significant expense – according to data released by Statista, the average UK Jet2holidays package holiday cost £676 in 2021. So as the planner, you can be forgiven for wanting to make sure you get it right.
Yet, if you’re not sure where to start, you’re not alone. We’ve written this handy guide to help you figure out how to plan a holiday.
Create a budget
Before you spend a single penny on your holiday, you need to set a limit on how much you can spend. You shouldn’t pull this number out of a hat, either. Instead, take a look at your salary and savings. Take these into account to calculate the amount of money you can use without it preventing you from meeting your financial responsibilities.
Additionally, you might want to think of ways to boost the amount you have to spend. For instance, if you don’t have enough saved up this month but want to take a short holiday before your next vacation, you could use a credit card to pay for the flights and pay off the credit card the following month. If you are planning to book a larger holiday, such as a family holiday for 2 weeks, you could take out a loan to help pay for the holiday, this loan can then be repaid over a minimum of 12 months in more manageable repayments. However, make sure to consider that interest will be added onto the total cost of the repayment, so always ensure you have the financial means to make the repayments before taking out a loan.
Decide on the kind of holiday you want
There are many different types of holidays. You’ll need to consider which would best suit you. Here are a few options.
Beach holidays: Many people yearn for waves lapping against the shore and cocktails in the sun. These kinds of holidays are best suited to people wanting to unwind with nothing on the agenda other than getting a nice tan. With your favorite beach chair, you can find your spot by the seaside and relax in comfort and style. You don’t need to break your back on your relaxing vacation.
Camping holidays: If you like getting a little dirty as you explore the great outdoors, consider including some camping somewhere in your holiday. It’s a great way to connect with nature if you don’t mind going without home comforts for a little while.
City breaks: Bustling streets, bright lights, and endless amenities – what’s not to love about a trip to a city? You’ll never run out of things to do, with dinners, drinks and lots of shows on offer. Be warned, these advantages usually come at a higher cost.
Once you’ve booked your holiday, it’s easy to sit back and relax, thinking that the hard part is done. But the thing is, you need to stay focused on the things you need to do to make sure it all goes to plan. To help you start, here are some of the most important things you need to do:
- Arrange flights and find out where to offset them
- Book transfers
- Prepare documentation
- Check your passport is in date
- Get medication
- Take out insurance
- Exchange currencies
Which part of planning a holiday do you struggle with most? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.
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