For most people, actually booking a holiday is a drop in the ocean compared to the hours spent pouring over websites and brochures trying to pick the perfect destination.
There is such a wide variety of resources out there available to you that it can be a little bit intimidating, something which could in fact hinder you and your search for a blissful week in the sun.
But, follow our five handy tips about how to go about planning your holiday and you should be no more than a few clicks away from the perfect break.
Trip Advisor is a great place to start whether you have a clear idea of where you want to go or are looking for inspiration – you’ll soon know whether you’ll be needing the latest designer swimwear (click here, visit website) or ski goggles.
The website allows you pour over thousands of hotels, restaurants and resorts while also giving you a great feel for each of your destinations. Trip Advisor also ranks all the hotels and restaurants from best to worst, so simply type in a city or country and you can read the reviews, check out the prices and get a feel for the local area. This really should be your first port of call.
See an expert
Ok, so you should have a clear idea of where you want to go or the type of break you are after.
A great idea is to head into your local travel agent and speak with someone who knows what they are talking about. Of course they will be inclined to try and “sell” you certain destinations but they should be able to explain any questions you may have about currency, or the nearby surroundings of a hotel you are keen on,say. You can pick their brains, pick up a few brochures and be on your way.
Seek medical advice for tropical climes
A trip to a far-flung destination may sound exotic and exciting but it is important that you know everything you need to about where you are heading; you don’t want your dream holiday turning sour.
Head to your local GP or go to NHS Direct online and they will be able to tell you everything you need to know with regards to vaccinations and precautions you need to take. This is even more important if you are travelling with children and can be pricey, so it’s a vital step you need to take before even thinking about booking anywhere.
Local tourist board
You should check with the foreign office and the local tourist board of your destination before you book.
Here, you’ll be able to get any warnings you need to know about prevalent crime or any dangers, and by checking out the website of the country’s tourist board you should be able to get a good feel for where you are going and what is going on, and if it is the right place for you.
By now you should have your destination and a rough idea of where you want to go or how you want to get there. Of course the best holiday destination is one you can actually afford, so do some research on the well-known travel comparison websites to see where falls into your budget.
Going for a package deal? Want flights only and will book your hotel separately? Head to moneysupermarket, go compare or dealchecker to see what’s possible; you might find you can afford somewhere entirely different than you initially thought and that will likely impact on your final decision.