Holidays are fun and relaxing. However, planning a holiday can be a bit of a hassel. Here are some steps on how to plan the perfect holiday. Stress-free.

Rough Budget

Figuring out a rough budget is the first step to planning your holiday. You need to set a budget for accommodation, food, travelling expenses, activities, shopping for some groceries you may need, and some emergency money, just in case. Then, try your best to stay within your budget.

Your Destination

The next step you need to do is to find your destination. This can be a difficult process because you need to find a destination that can stick within the budget that you have created for yourself. Here are some steps to find your perfect destination:

Goals

Decide on the goal for the holiday. Are you going on a business trip? Is it to go on a safari? To go hiking? To visit the local museums? Maybe shark-cage diving? Or to simply just relax.

Research

Do research on the top 5 destinations to find one that sticks to your budget. You also want to find a destination that sticks to your main goal for the holiday. You don’t want to go to a spa if your holiday goal is to go sightseeing. Keep in mind that if you need a passport or visa for your destination that you have enough time to organise it.

Lists

Write a list of some destinations you are interested in visiting. If you are going in a group, ask everyone to do this too. If you have a smaller budget, keep in this in mind when deciding on where you’d like to go.

Compare your Lists

Compare your lists and choose to find up to five destinations (not more – too many just makes things more difficult), that everyone agrees on.

Time

As a group, everyone needs to decide on the length of the holiday. This can determine the accommodation quality, mode of transport and the number of activities you can do.

Transport

Find out what transport you are using and do some research in order to find out what fits within the length of your travel, as well as in your budget. You don’t want to be driving for the whole day to spend one day at your destination.

Accommodation

Accommodation can make or break your holiday. It is often the cause of lots of stress – defeating the whole point of the holiday. Here are some steps to making sure to find the best accommodation.

  1. Make a list of how many different places you will need to stay at and for how long you will be staying at them.
  2. Decide on the type of accommodation you would like at each stop – a hotel, camping, self-catering accommodation or a Bed & Breakfast.
  3. Find 3 different accommodation options for each of your stops that suit your budget.
  4. Book your accommodation. If your first choice in accommodation does not work out, at least you’ll have two other options to fall back on.

Activites

  1. Buy a travel guide or google your destination to find out what various activities everyone can participate in.
  2. Find out the prices of- and the days these activities are open for.
  3. Work out your activity budget in more detail, e.g. A safari – R100,00 day pass.
  4. Make an itinerary of the activities that you plan to do and when you plan to do them.
  5. Keep a list of some extra activities with the prices and times they are open, just in case you change your mind.
  6. Make sure to book any activities that need to be booked ahead of time.

The Week Before

  1. Plan your meals for the trip.
  2. Make a list of what you need to buy.
  3. Check up on the various different things you need to book for, including activities and accommodation. This way if something does not work out, you have time to sort out an alternative option.
  4. Make sure that you have all the documents you need in an easily accessible and safe place.
  5. If you are in a group, decide on a time to leave.

Two Days Before

  1. Shop for all the items you need.
  2. Make a list of everything you need to pack.
  3. Make sure you have enough entertainment for the duration of the travelling time.

The Day Before

  1. While packing, tick-off all the items from your list. This will help you not to forget the little, but important, things – like your toothbrush!
  2. Put all your luggage in the car, or by the front door if your transport only comes on the day.

On the Day

  1. Make sure you are up at least an hour and a half before you plan to leave.
  2. Get ready for the day.
  3. Pack the rest of the items you are taking.
  4. Get ready to leave half an hour before leaving. This allows everyone to make sure they are comfortable before you have left and ensures you leave on time.

Most importantly; enjoy your holiday.!

From: Your friendly neighbours at OurHood