So you’ve finally decided after seeing those crystal clear aqua beaches online to take the plunge in requesting annual leave from your work, and jump on that plane you’ve been dreaming of, to escape the daily grind to chillax by the beach with cocktail or two in hand. Now comes the next step in taking that plunge to make a great holiday…. preparation and research.
I know what you’re thinking, this is the boring part and I’ll do as little planning as possible, just get me onboard that plane and hand me my first glass of wine. Depending on your holiday or destination, the preparation could almost be as much fun as a the holiday itself…. I did say almost!
Of course certain trips won’t require much prep work or research at all, especially if you’ve booked yourself on an all-inclusive tour or say a cruise, where accommodation, transport, food and excursions are already organised for you. Also if you’ve got an amazing travel buddy who does all the research for you... even better, sit back and relax count the days until you depart! Although do share your friend with others so they can reap the benefits too!
When I suggest to prepare or research, I’m not talking old school head to your library to borrow a Lonely Planet guide book, rather simply head to Google and read at least four different sites on the same topic, if they’re all giving you similar results, great. Yet you’re finding conflicting messages on various sites, then read through a few other sites to gather more information.
Research has never been so easier and at our finger tips; whilst sitting on the bus, during tv commercial breaks, or whilst standing waiting for your Monday morning take away coffee, use the time to research. Although I’d ask yourself all those weekly take away coffees can add up to a nights’ accommodation or two on your island escape!
Hopefully the following suggestions will guide you in the right direction of creating a mind-blowing holiday, and possibly provide some thought into your trip, to make it that so much better.
I believe all trips are an adventure, even though you’ve carried out a bit of planning prior to help create that mind-blowing holiday, head into your trip with no expectations, therefore you won’t be disappointed if something doesn’t goes your particular way.
Are you looking to travel alone to find yourself whilst making new friendships, or travel with others to grow your friendship or relationship together…
Do you crave sun baking under a palm tree in the warm summer sun, or prefer to pile on your winter thermals before having a schnapps by a wood fire?
Feel like indulging in homemade pasta at a Trattoria in Rome, or cruising down the Amazon listening to bird mating calls…
Do you have a holiday in mind then save your funds for that particular trip, or are you the kind of person who saves first then decides where to travel to?
Are you looking to follow your ongoing hiking passion by treking the Tour du Mont Blanc, or maybe you’re looking to cross off all the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
You may be heading to a music festival to party hard, or maybe you forgot it was the countries annual celebration that bring a capital city to a grinding halt
Protests in Hong Kong and Lebanon streets, or civil war in Libya, they may not be your mainstream destinations, yet you can still travel there during political unrest
Don’t cut corners and skip this step, as poor health can be costly to your bank account, as well as your physical and mental wellbeing
Do you feel comfortable boarding a crowded Indian bus, prefer first class style of China’s bullet train, or maybe you opt to have your holiday on board your transport of choice with a cruise
Are you out for the cheapest sleeping arrangements of sharing bunk beds in a hostel, maybe getting back to nature with camping, or you wont accept anything less than a five star resort
Are you looking to taste the seasoned meats on Argentina’s smoked BBQs, picking up that traditional pizza from the home of pizza in Naples Italy, or licking your fingers from fried chicken in the US…
Do you need to pack a headscarf for your trip to the Middle East, are you prepared to withhold from public affection in Japan, are you welcoming to cook a meal with your homestay in Peru…