How To Plan For Next Year’s Holiday

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.

The type

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.

The price

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.

The accommodation

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.

Last Minute Summer Bucket List In/Near Boston with Upparent

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It’s our family adventure to make a Last Minute Summer Bucket List. That’s why we rely on Upparent to be the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents. I’m proud to be partnered with Upparent for this blog post.

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In the Boston area, school doesn’t start until September – after Labor Day! That’s why it’s always a priority of mine to write a Last Minute, Late Summer Bucket List. I find that August is when I do the most adventurous things, like go to comic conventions (thanks, Boston!) and that’s when I went to Alaska. Our favorite summer camp gets out in early August, leaving over three weeks of unchartered, pure fun, family adventures. I’ve always loved that this is the GREATEST time to explore the Boston area. I have so many happy memories of summers past in the Boston area. And we have many adventures ahead.

Recently, we discovered Upparent, and that was a big summer changer for us. It’s an exciting new startup that is helping to gather the many conversations parents are having with one another into one place. That way we can all share family-friendly recommendations about things to do, places to go, products to try, and of course, adventures to have! We are all about local family fun, and Upparent is the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents.

I love to share things like local events and activities.

We love that Upparent is easy to use and has family-friendly content that can be searched and saved to make it more personalized and relevant. The personal recommendations on the site are gathered into convenient lists and polls, so that the content is reader-friendly and easy to browse. This is a dynamic resource for parents, by parents, and with content that is ever evolving as community members (like me) add their own recommendations, vote, and comment on favorites.

My kids have the “Boston Bug” or the “Big City Bug” lately, so we built a last minute summer bucket list based on events and activities in and near Boston. In fact, I proudly contributed to the Boston Summer Bucket List for Family Fun with my own must-do activity for families this summer, and beyond. When you think beyond the bucket list, Upparent has you covered on a number of topics! If you’re unsure what to give for a birthday present, they have lists of great gift ideas by age and theme. And since back to school is inevitable, Upparent’s “Heads Up” lists help sneak some fun into your back-to-school routine.

I’ll also be checking the site for great lunch box ideas and the best lunch packing supplies. And don’t even get me started on the holidays! This is a resource to turn to for almost anything you can think of – and you can share your own wisdom.

Suffice it to say, what a wonderful resource to have all year long. Here’s our late summer bucket list:

1 – Amusement park. There are a ton of wonderful ones in the New England area. And they all have their perks. We can’t wait for our trip in late August to ride some roller coasters and ferris wheels together. What fun that will be!

2 – Children’s museum. In fact, I wrote about that in the Boston Summer Bucket List for Family Fun.

3 – Get on a boat. Boston is full of some fun rides and tours. One of my kids really wants to go whale watching, and the other is afraid of sea sickness. Fear not, little one, for Upparent has boat ride ideas for all speeds and ages.

4 – Comic Convention. We went to a big one last year and this year it will have SO MANY actors we love. Can’t wait!

5 – See music outside. I think this is a summer staple. We did it last year and we’ll do it this year!

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