A holiday is supposed to be a fun and relaxing break from your daily life. However, lack of planning can turn your holiday into a major headache.
Giving yourself plenty of time to plan can be a fun way of building up your holiday excitement. It will also prevent anything from going wrong.
If you’re planning a 2020 holiday, here are some tips that you can follow:
Plan your Budget
Before you can even start planning a trip, you need to look at your finances to find out how much money you can afford to spend on your adventure. This will determine virtually every aspect of the holiday including accommodation and the duration of the trip.
Planning a travel budget can seem a bit overwhelming, but thankfully, there are templates on the internet for creating your own personalized travel budget. You can use these templates as a guide to planning how much you will spend on your next travel holiday.
Choose your Travel Destination
This may seem the simplest part of planning for a trip, but it does carry some additional questions with it.
· Is there a budget cap to where you can go?
· Will your destination impact whether you are planning it yourself or hiring a travel agent?
· Will you be driving or flying?
· Who are you traveling with – friends, family members, or alone?
Make sure you’re clear on these questions because the more you know, the better you can schedule and the more you can predict expenses.
If you are finding it difficult to make up your mind about your holiday destination, no worries. There are dozens of wonderful holiday destinations in New Zealand which will not only fit your budget but definitely also your tastes.
Book in Advance
Once you have covered the two steps above, it is time to book your journey and accommodations.
The secret to not spending too much on these aspects of your trip is to do all your bookings ahead of time.
Booking tickets well in advance for your flight, train or bus transfers is a vital step in learning how to plan your trip to perfection. Since flight and train tickets are subject to availability and prices increase over time, having the reservations completed a few months in advance can help you avoid additional costs on your initial budget.
You can also find Internet-wide websites that can help you score hotel deals, amusement park tickets, airline travel and so on. Make sure that once you have set the budget, you look for bargains.
Take Care of the Practical
Another suggestion on how to prepare for the ideal holiday is to get the practical things out of the way as early as possible. This includes caring for animals or hiring someone to look after your house. This is also the time to make sure you have everything you need for the trip, such as special clothing, any medications you’ll need, special event tickets, etc.
On the home front, be sure to take practical precautions to ensure that your home and belonging remain safe and secure while you are away. Make sure your doors and windows are properly locked, disconnect electricity, gas, and water from the mains, and if possible, tell a friendly neighbor to keep an eye on your home while you are away.
If you don’t have a home and content insurance, this might be the best time to take out a policy. State NZ Insurance for instance, provides all you need to know about getting one for yourself. Once you have all the practical matters out of the way, there will be nothing to distract you from fully enjoying your holiday.
Know Passport and Visa Requirements
If you’re planning a trip abroad and don’t have a passport yet, allow yourself enough time to apply. It is recommended that you have all your paperwork sorted out at least 6 weeks before your travel date and preferably as soon as you’ve done all the relevant travel bookings.
And if you already have a passport, what is the date of expiration? Most countries require your passport to be valid for six months past your stay date, and that it has enough empty visa pages.
Also, find out if you will need to obtain a visa for the country or countries that you are considering traveling to.
Every country has its own unique visa procedures, so be sure you are well prepared to travel before getting on the plane. If you don’t have the necessary visa, find out how to get one.
Can you apply for a visa online, get a visa on arrival, or do you need to obtain it before travelling?
Plan your Activities
It can be fascinating and adventurous to make travel plans on a whim and arrive at your destination with no itinerary, hoping to go with the flow and see how things turn out. The downside to travelling this way is that you can be greatly disappointed by the activities you will find or may have a terrible holiday because your plans are so last-minute.
While spontaneity is alright, it is also a good thing to plan your activities well in advance. This way, you will not be disappointed.
Back-up your Travel Documents
Occasionally your important documents get lost when you are planning a trip. Agencies can lose your reservation, or there is a breakdown of communication between the price you paid and the service you were expecting.
To avoid any unpleasantness, make copies of important documents such as passports, visas, flight tickets, hotel reservations, car rental reservations, travel reservations, driver’s license, itineraries, credit cards, and anything else you will need for your journey.
Save soft copies of these documents on a flash drive or in your email. You can also give photocopies to members of your travel team for safekeeping.
Get your Travel Vaccines
Finally, depending on the country you are heading to and its health risks, you may need some travel vaccinations before you go on holiday.
It is vital that you see your doctor and receive any vaccinations required at least six weeks before you leave your home. It is said that this timeframe will give you better protection from disease and infection while traveling.