Planning is everything when it comes to heading on holiday and carrying out as much research as you can before you set off can pay dividends when you get there, ensuring you have a happy, memorable break rather than one you’d rather forget.
Arranging some time away can be a stressful experience, especially if you are planning a big trip for all the family, so it’s important to plan carefully to ensure there are no unexpected hitches. Read on for some ideas on what to consider while you’re arranging anything from two weeks in the sun to a short city break.
Pick the right hotel
Hopefully this will be something most people already do, but it’s important to make sure you select a hotel – or other accommodation – that fits in with what you want to do on holiday. Rather than just looking at interior shots of the room and establishing how big the pool is, make sure you look at other factors.
Location is a key one; check the hotel is as close as possible to all the major attractions and places you want to visit. If you are heading off for a fortnight in the sun it may be tempting to save a bit of money and book a hotel slightly further away from the beach, but chances are you’ll regret it when you get there. However, don’t be afraid to hunt around, with a bit of investigating you should be able to find some cheap hotels that offer everything you need and are within your budget. If you need some ideas, take a look at what Cosmos has to offer.
Indulge in local cuisine
Heading abroad gives you a chance to immerse yourself in local culture and experience things you would never get a chance to do at home, and trying new foods is a big part of this. Don’t be afraid to have a go at sampling traditional local dishes, even if you’re convinced you don’t like them, your opinion could change on the first mouthful and if you don’t try it you’ll never know!
It may be a boring topic, but failing to plan ahead financially is one of the main reasons why holidays can take a turn for the worse. Before you go, try and work out a daily budget, factoring in things like meals, transport, entrance to any museums or galleries and the cost of picking up souvenirs for friends and family back home. Doing this – and sticking to it as much as possible – can prevent the nasty surprise of your wallet or purse being empty a few days before you’re due to return home.
Have a backup plan
No-one likes it when things don’t go to plan, but having a fallback in place can save the day and ensure everyone still has a good time. Keep some ideas in mind for if the museum you’d planned to visit is unexpectedly closed, even if it’s just a picnic in a nearby park. Similarly, it may be worth thinking of some indoor activities to do in case it rains, especially if you are heading somewhere where sunshine is by no means guaranteed.
If you follow all these tips – and remember to pack carefully and to remember your passport – you’ll be well on the way to a relaxing break that will live long in the memory for all the right reasons.