10 Life changing travel planning tips to make your life massively easier when organising your holiday. Tips that apply to any type of holiday be it a long weekend or 6 months. Read, share and embrace.
For some people planning a holiday can be extremely daunting and it’s amazing how many people miss the opportunity to see the world because of the effort of booking a getaway.
If you’re like me I used to get a chunk of holiday entitlement at the start of each year and I had no idea what to do with it.
Often I would get to December and still have half of it left which often resulted in a very long and boozy Christmas…not always a bad thing.
However with a little research and use of the below tips, my life changed and my love for travelling exploded.
Here are 10 life changing travel planning tips that will bring the excitement back into planning, and help ensure you have an incredible adventure.
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1) Skyscanner Map
With lots of holiday and no plan, I find Skyscanner has an incredible feature which allows you to look at the map of the world and it shows you fantastic flights, their price and the cheapest dates to fly.
Skyscanner also allows you to put where you are departing from and as your destination you can choose ‘Everywhere’.
It then comes up with lots of destinations, displaying the cheapest first. Another great way to find some awesome deals.
Once you’ve got some ideas of where you want to go pop over to a site called Hopper, which is a brilliant app that tells you when it’s the best time to book your flight.
Hopper compares hundreds of flights and predicts whether its the best time to book or to wait for a cheaper flight.
It has an amazing feature that notifies you when prices fall, in addition when it recommends you to book now so you get the best deals. Save yourself money on flights so you can spend it on your adventures.
Look at tour operators to see which activities they offer, check for the best reviews and book the activities yourself; it’s cheaper!
Find which activities excite you and make your money go further.
We visited the Vatican City as part of a city break to Italy and from looking at a highly reviewed tour operator and we were advised to buy the ticket that allowed you to enter an hour earlier than the general public.
As a result, this was the best decision we made because we were able to see a huge amount of the incredible art at our own pace, rather than being herded through when the enormous amount of tourists were finally allowed in.
5) Festival and Event Calendar
Check for festivals and events going on during the dates you’re travelling.
These special celebrations allow you to experience a local, cultural event and some of them are totally unique, such as the Baby Jumping Festival in Castrillo de Murcia of Spain.
It’s important to know whether public holidays or nearby festivals could cause potential issues with accommodation availability, opening hours for tourist spots and whether there might be increased traffic or transport issues.
If you’re like us and love music check out the Resident Advisor Guide which shows you a list of clubs, their location and who’s performing.
Check if you need visas because being unprepared is never fun, especially if you don’t speak the language.
ESTAs are a must-have when travelling to America and costs approximately 14 dollars which is valid for two years.
Most countries do not require visas for connecting flights however when we were returning from Montego Bay to Dusseldorf via Atlanta, we found we had to complete an ESTA before we could check in our luggage in Jamaica.
As a result, this led to some pretty panicked form filling & scraping together of dollars which had to be paid in cash as card wasn’t possible!
So if catching a connecting flight, check whether you need a visa.