Many of us make new year’s resolutions that are long forgotten by the time the spring rolls around, but one goal that shouldn’t be too hard to stick to is making 2017 the year that you have the holiday of your dreams. You work hard for your money, and it’s great to treat yourself to a break that ticks all your boxes – giving you something to look forward to when the dark days of winter are still upon us. Here’s how to make sure that this is the year you get the holiday you’ve always wanted…
What do you want from your break?
Don’t just book your holiday based on a few tempting brochure photos; think about what you want to get out of it. Is your best break one that involves relaxing on the beach with just a book for company? Maybe you want to indulge your foodie tendencies, you need a trip that incorporates great restaurants and markets selling fresh, local produce? Perhaps a more active holiday is up your street, and you’d like to be able to hire a bike to explore the local countryside, or even try out some water sports?
Get professional help
A specialist provider of holidays tailored to your needs like Travelsphere could be the key to ensuring that your holiday is better than any you’ve ever enjoyed before. You can input your exact requirements, and you’ll be given a whole host of choices based on your preferences. Using a specialist provider takes a lot of the work out of planning your holiday, and it’s also reassuring to know that you can benefit from their professional knowledge and experience of the area you’re hoping to visit.
If you’re planning to travel with your partner, or a group of friends or family members – think about what each person in the party wants from the holiday. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different resorts, types of accommodation and so on to decide what’s best. Make sure that specific requirements are covered, like disabled access or childcare facilities – and everyone will be able to make the most of the break.
Decide on a budget
Whether you have loads to spend, or you need to account for every penny – decide what your budget is before booking any holidays. As well as the cost of your flights, accommodation and food – you should find out about the average cost of things like lunch in a café, a bottle of water, an ice cream and so on in the area you’re hoping to visit. This will help you to make sure you have enough spending money – so you can focus on having fun rather than counting the pennies!
Learn some of the language
Making the effort to learn some of the lingo of your chosen destination before you go can make a good holiday great. You’ll be able to chat to the locals, haggle over souvenirs and local produce, and make your way around with ease. You don’t have to become fluent, just teach yourself the basics before you head off – and you’ll enjoy the whole experience much more, feeling a part of the place you are visiting.
Research the area you’re visiting
Find out about local festivals, events and seasonal celebrations, all of which can offer great opportunities to live it up with the locals. Go online and research the area around where you are staying, and plan some day trips to get a real flavour of the country and soak up as much good music, food, culture and history as you can. It’s also a good idea to find out about local customs – you don’t want to accidentally offend someone and cause a lot of unnecessary embarrassment!
Consider a multi-destination trip
You can make your holiday truly memorable by incorporating visits to several different resorts, countries or cities. A cruise package is a great way to see the world in comfort and style, and can also be a budget friendly option if you do your research. Alternatively, go backpacking across several countries to enjoy experiences that you’ll never forget without spending a fortune – you can even work as you move around.
If you haven’t been on holiday for a long time, or you just want to get the break that you really deserve and that allows you to truly escape from the stresses and strains of daily life – it’s worth ensuring 2017 is the year you make it happen, so what are you waiting for?!