5 Tips For Making the Most of Your Summer Holiday

May 14, 2014 by Elle Croft

Now that summer is starting to feel like more than just a distant dream, it’s time to begin planning the one thing that kept us going through the cold, dark winter, long days in the office and crowded commutes: a summer holiday! But before you hastily book your sun-drenched escape, take a few minutes to consider the following things which will help you to make the most of your long-awaited summer break.

What kind of holiday are you looking for?

Make the most of your summer holiday

A summer holiday doesn’t always mean a week of all-inclusive luxury and lounging beside the pool (although that is certainly an enticing way to spend the break). There are options to suit everyone’s style, from adventure holidays to road trips, cruises, safaris, city breaks, beaches, lakes…and much more. Work out what kind of holiday you’re hoping for, because once you know this you’ll have a much easier time working out where to go.

Decide on a destination.

Make the most of your summer holiday

Now that you know what kind of holiday you’re looking you can begin selecting your destination; a decision that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Budget might be a deciding factor, but don’t just look at the cost of the flight; you should also consider how much you’re likely to spend when you arrive. Flying to Thailand might seem like a big ticket expense but once you arrive, your day-to-day costs will be a fraction of what they would be if you were in Europe, for example. Do your research on visa requirements, vaccinations and the language spoken in your preferred destination too. More experienced travellers might not be put off by these things but if you’re not keen on having injections before your holiday, you can safely cross some places off your list. If you really aren’t sure where you should go, get in touch with a Flight Centre travel consultant who will be happy to recommend a selection of destinations that work for you.

Time your holiday right.

Make the most of your summer holiday

OK, so you’ve chosen your destination, and now you just need to book. Right? Well, before you do that you need to work out your timings. How much time can you spend away, and when are you able to travel? School holidays are very busy so if you aren’t bound by those dates, try to travel outside of school summer breaks (and don’t forget to check when the schools are on holidays in your destination too). Be sure to give yourself enough time at your destination to feel relaxed and do all the activities you had planned; if you are travelling long-haul, it’s best to book for a few extra days to allow you to recover from the inevitable jet lag. Another important factor to consider is the best time to visit your destination in terms of the weather. For example, travelling to Dubai in the height of summer could be unbearably hot, or visiting Thailand in July or August could see you being caught in the rainy season. Speaking of climate…

Don’t rely on the weather.

Make the most of your summer holiday

Sure, you might have booked a lovely holiday to California in July, and you’re looking forward to sitting by your hotel’s pool or on the beach every day of your holiday…but the weather is never guaranteed. In case you do have the unfortunate luck of a sodden summer holiday, do some research to discover what else you can do at your destination. That way, if you do have a day or more of rain you’ll see it as an opportunity to see more of the area rather than letting it ruin your precious holiday.

How to pack for a summer holiday.

Make the most of your summer holiday

You worked out the type of holiday you want, chose a destination, made sure the weather will suit your holiday style and researched some rainy day activities…now what? It’s time to pack your bags, so be sure to include these summertime essentials:

  • Sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Sunburn is never a fun experience
  • A good book or a Kindle, for those poolside sessions
  • Mosquito repellant!
  • A scarf (can be used as an in-flight pillow, a sarong or to keep warm on chilly nights)
  • Swimwear
  • A big bag for beach or pool essentials, or for a day of exploring

Are you excited about summer holidays? Join us on Twitter on Thursday May 15th for our #FCExperts Twitter chat all about summer holidays!

About Elle Croft

When Elle is not travelling, she's blogging about it over at A Bird in the Hand Travel. She believes that you don't have to look like a backpacker to travel, and writes about the stylish side of wanderlust, from stylish destinations to packing tips.