Offering an opportunity to daydream about the sandy beaches or city adventures ahead, holiday planning is often a pleasure. It’s also something you should be sure to dedicate plenty of time to if you want to enjoy a hassle-free holiday.
By sorting out a few essentials before you set off, you can look forward to being able to take all stages of your holiday in your stride. Check out our selection of the best holiday planning tips from around the web and you’ll be a packing pro and holiday guru in no time.
Picking the right holiday for you
The very first part of your holiday planning is deciding where to go and what kind of holiday you feel like having. There are so many options available that the sheer number of excellent destinations you could choose sometimes feels overwhelming; so narrow down your choices by asking yourself a few simple questions. Holiday Travel Watch has put together a really handy guide to working out what holiday is right for you. Real Simple has also collected some excellent advice for planning a holiday you’re sure to love without breaking the bank.
If you want to be able to plan your holiday on the go, check out Pocket Lint’s favourite holiday planning apps – bringing all of the fun of choosing hotels or activities to your smartphone. You’ll also find some help for getting your holiday off to a great start in our travel section, which includes everything from great cruise deals to destination features to inspire you and information about Holiday Extras. This holiday company will happily handle all the parts of the holiday you’d rather not, such as airport parking or travel insurance.
Creating a holiday checklist
Once you’ve decided on your destination and holiday style, it’s time to start thinking about all of the bits and pieces you’ll need to make sure your holiday is a success. These can range from travel visas to the right kind of toiletries and the best way to stay on top of everything you need to organise is to create a holiday checklist. Barclays Bank offers a good guide to holiday paperwork, including passports, visas and making sure you have money in the right currency. There’s also plenty of useful information to be found at Holiday Packing List, which takes you through every stage of your checklist.
Another fun but functional site that will help you stay on top of all of your holiday plans is Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush. This free service offers a slick and easy way to create a holiday checklist that’s specially tailored to match your holiday plans, all you need to do is enter some essential information – such as your destination and departure date – and the site will provide top tips to help you pack the perfect accessories. Once you’re all packed and everything on your checklist has been ticked off, you’re ready to start enjoying your excellent holiday.
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