After an extensive stressful period at work it’s time to enjoy a well deserved break. However, is there is a certain element where the organisation of the holiday can also leave you feeling stressed. Well just relax, have a nice cup of tea and think carefully as you organise your holiday and you’ll soon be on your way to your most relaxing and enjoyable holiday ever.
As the old proverb tells us, the early bird catches the worm, and that is just as true when it comes to booking your holiday. Ideally, you should be planning at least 12 weeks ahead, as this is apparently the best time to book plane tickets and make the most savings. Working out when to go is quite important as there are better seasons for visiting different countries. Then there’s the matter of booking time off work (preferably at a time when the kids are off school too). You’ll also need to take out a travel insurance policy that runs the full duration of your trip. There’s also the matter of working out where you’re going to park your car. This can be expensive, but you can save yourself some money but comparing airport parking prices. Once all of your admin has been completed you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday.
Essentially, you need to walk the very fine line between over packing and under packing, it can seem somewhat stressful as we’re so worried about leaving something important behind. At the same time, we’ve all overfilled the suitcase, sat on it so it can be zipped up, only for it to be over the baggage weight restrictions when you get to the airport. What you pack is ultimately dependent on where you’re going, the weather you’re expecting and what you plan to do. For a beach holiday you’re likely to pack a swimming costume, towels and lightweight clothes like shorts and t-shirts. If you’re travelling, allow them to take a few toys for the sake of their comfort and your sanity, but not too much as they’d quickly fill the suitcase. Assure them that they’ll have lots of fun on holiday and won’t miss their toys.
Before you know it, your two week holiday has gone in the blink of an eye. It feels like the wheels of the plane have hardly touched down on the tarmac and it’s time to take off again and fly home, before you’ve got to do half the things you wanted to do. Put together an itinerary of all the main things you want to see and do. If you’re travelling as a family, make sure everybody gets a say and the chance to something that they want to do. Then schedule the whole week out including wake up times and to make sure you can fit everything in. Schedule breaks between activities to allow for travelling between activities, and also as time for over-run if you find yourselves having lots of fun and wanting to stay longer.