Yes, the summer has been and gone, and although it was an amazing heatwave this year allowing us to truly experience a summer without having to leave the country – it passed us by rather quickly, and now it’s October and we’re talking about Christmas already! They say time flies when you’re having fun, so we may have to put it down to that this year.
Having said that, there’s no reason you can’t get excited about the potential plans for next year. If anything, you’re being rather wise to plan for your holiday now instead of waiting until a few months before. Prices will be low, as the sooner in advance you book, the cheaper it will be. It’s also a good idea to look at off-peak times as well. This means months that most people don’t go on holiday in, because not only will the prices be at least half of what you’d be paying when in season, but it will also be a lot quieter too, giving you and your family more of a relaxing trip away. It may mean taking your children out of school a little earlier (or later), but sometimes it’s just a decision you have to make if you want to have an affordable time away.
Here are some other things you’ll need to think about when planning for your holiday next year.
Remember that holidays don’t just consist of getting a plane to a hot country for a week or two – you have so many different options out there. You don’t even need to go abroad if you don’t want to. You can have a road trip and camp out at various places along the way. Drive down to the seaside and have fun going rock pooling on the beach and trying to catch a crab, then eat fresh fish and chips on the pier. Or you may decide to go all out and have a look at all-inclusive cruise holidays. You really don’t realise just how big a cruise ship is until you go on one. It isn’t just a boat, it’s a shopping centre full of bars and restaurant, casinos, and tons of activities and workshops for the younger kids too. Plus you can go on excursions while you’re there and experience new islands and what they have to offer.
As mentioned earlier, if you have a look during the off-peak months, you will definitely end up paying a lot less for your holiday, if not half of what you would be paying usually. But there are other tricks that can help you pay less too. The internet is your best friend, because you can type in exactly where you want to go into various sites, and they will compare prices and find you the cheapest options so you don’t have to waste time doing so yourself. Now it’s important that you bear in mind that sometimes the cheapest doesn’t always mean the best, so be sure to look at reviews so you get a feel for the overall opinion. There are also discount websites that hold deals for a certain period of time that are mind-blowingly cheap, so you may want to have a look there first before you decide on a destination, as your thoughts may change depending on the price.
If you’re thinking about staying in a hotel while you’re away on holiday, never leave it until you’re there. Some people think that they can just walk into the first hotel or B&B they spot, and book a room, but this isn’t always how it works – especially not in today’s world. Plus, you don’t want to run the risk of not finding somewhere because they’re all booked up. So make sure you pre-book your accommodation before you’ve even left. This is not only the safest option, but it will also work out better for money too as a lot of airlines or other forms of travel companies are partnered with hotels, so booking them together can work out to be a lot wiser. If you like to move around though, there is nothing wrong with booking a place to stay for a few days, while looking for your next spot. That way if for whatever reason there wasn’t anywhere else you wanted to go, you can just extend your stay.
Now you know what things you need to think about, get searching and find yourself the perfect deal for whatever your next dream holiday may be.