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7 Things to Consider When Planning Your Next Holiday

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Reading to start planning your next holiday but don’t know where to start? The endless choice and FOMO can wreak havoc when trying to sort out your next adventure. Thankfully, we’ve rounded up the top 7 things you should consider when thinking about where to travel next. Even better? Our friendly Travel Consultants can help with all of this and more…

Family holiday

Family holiday

What time of year do you want to go?

Each destination has an ideal time to visit so this is something really important to consider. If your heart is set on a particular destination and you’re flexible as to when you can travel, we can advise you on the best time of year to visit. If you’re set on travelling at certain time of year, we can advise where is best to travel to. If you don’t mind extreme heat, humidity or rainy weather, this can mean you avoid the crowds, so this is also worth bearing in mind.

How much time do you have?

Determining how long you’d like to be away for can filter out certain destinations depending on the distance. If you have two+ weeks, the world really is your oyster, but if you’re planning to be away for just 4-5 nights, you need to consider destinations that are between 1-7 hours flying time at the most.

Holiday planning

Holiday planning

What are you looking to experience?

What do you enjoy most about travelling? Is it the mouth-watering local cuisine or historic landmarks that float your boat? Or perhaps it’s sipping on a cocktail gazing out to the crystal-clear sea? Determining this will help you pick somewhere that aligns with what you want to see and do. If history and rich culture is your bag then somewhere like Dubai might not suit your taste. If sun, sand and sea is your ideal holiday then Miami is much more likely to be your vibe than New York or Boston.

How do you want to get around?

Roadtripping your thing? Then a self-drive trip around the USA could be perfect. Or perhaps you prefer to get around by foot? European city breaks are ideal. Want to see a lot but don’t want the stress of driving? Then cross-country rail is a great way to travel. Short on time? Domestic flights between destinations could be the answer.

Boat trip

Boat trip

What style of accommodation do you like?

Villas, apartments, sprawling hotels, boutique hotels, eco lodges… the list goes on and the choice is endless which can make holiday planning quite stressful. If you prefer quirky details and more of an intimate vibe then we would recommend boutique style properties. If you want the ease of everything on your doorstep then a large, all-inclusive style property would be ideal. Different properties cater to different tastes and budget levels, so it’s important you determine what will best suit you.

What are the entry requirements?

A lot of popular destinations now require some form of visa to be arranged pre-departure, ranging from filling out a simple online form, to complex processes with the embassy; this can be easily checked on the Foreign Commonwealth Office website. It’s also important to consider if there are any jabs or vaccinations you need as many have to be done eight weeks prior to travel so if you’re going on a last-minute trip, always check this first.



How much are you planning to spend?

The cost of living can vary massively from country to country, with some places being extremely good value for money and others being eye-wateringly expensive - so how much you’re looking to spend can determine where you go. It’s important to have a degree of flexibility and to be realistic with what you can afford. If you’re set on travelling to somewhere like the Maldives, hoping to stay in an overwater villa, you may be looking at around £4000 per person – so if your budget is more like £2000 per person, you may need to aim for a lower room category or travel to somewhere similar that meets your budget.

Written by Gladys Holliday

A naturally curious person, Gladys loves travelling the world, learning about new cultures, trying different cuisines and getting out of her comfort zone. She has travelled to 6 out of 7 continents and her favourite places so far include Peru, Romania and Cambodia. When not globetrotting, she loves nothing more than cooking, binge-watching thrillers and going for afternoon tea!

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