Are you one of those people who loves to plan a vacation? Or, does the very thought of booking tickets, checking passports and arranging transfers fill you with dread? Vacation planning should be an exciting time, and there are many things you can do to make it a pleasurable as well as cost-effective experience. Here are 5 ways to ensure your next vacation is planned to perfection without losing your cool.
1. It’s All In The Timing
When it comes to school vacation dates, monsoon seasons and deadlines at work, timing is everything. There is little point in booking a vacation in the middle of the hurricane season, or when it is the busiest time of the year at work. No matter how impulsive you may be feeling, planning your holiday in advance, involving plenty of research, will make sure you can book the time off and avoid extreme weather.
2. Relaxation Or A Thirst For Adventure?
Before you can book any vacation you need to decide what it is you want to do. If all you are looking to do is kick back with a cocktail in the sun, then a beach island holiday ticks all the right boxes. But if you want adventure, thrills and spills, your options are limitless. Skiing, surfing, rock climbing, cycling or hiking are just some of the vacation activities available. Or how about a combination of everything? Choosing the perfect vacation is so easy thanks to online travel agents and specialist travel companies, offering vacations that are tailored to your every need.
3. Don’t Leave Home Without Travel Insurance
No matter what your plans on vacation, travel insurance is a must. A good travel insurance policy will give you protection against big and little things that could go wrong. A lost suitcase, a stolen camera or an accident are the things you don’t plan to happen, but they do happen to holidaymakers every year. One call to your insurance company will make sure that you get the medical attention you need and adequate cover for those essential items you would be lost without on vacation.
4. Make Sensible Currency Decisions
Thanks to the many currency comparison websites around today, you can get a great deal on your currency exchange no matter what country you are traveling to. If your usual way of doing things is to rock up to the airport currency exchange counter and grab your currency and go, you might want to change your ways. Those 0% commission deals and other tantalizing offers can make you lose sight of the real deal breaker – the exchange rate. The exchange rate is all you need to worry about. So, compare rates online and ignore the marketing hype. Always benchmark the real exchange rate on a reputable currency converter with the exchange rate your offered.
5. Learn A Little Of The Lingo
Whether you plan to haggle at the local market or you just want to order a cocktail in style, learning a little of the local language can make such a difference. Okay, so you might not have time to become fluent, but knowing a few key phrases can go a long way to getting the best deal or to being served at the bar first.
Wherever you choose to travel this year, by doing a little research and timing the booking of your vacation to perfection, you can turn that process you once dreaded into a happy and cost-effective experience year after year.