Do you have a travel bucket list? Or an amazing destination you’ve always wanted to visit? Now is as good a time to start thinking about taking that much-needed vacation. If there’s nothing holding you back from jetting off, why not make this year the year that you finally go for it.
Take a look at some must-read tips on planning for your dream vacation and start making some exciting plans.
Where do you want to go?
The world is a big place, and your idea of a dream destination could be a million miles from someone else’s. If you don’t have a clear idea about where you want to go, that’s ok. You can find plenty of inspiration for vacation destinations that will cover everything from big cities to secluded escapes that offer amazing views and experiences. Take some time to think about where you’d really like to go, and even if you need to take a chunk of time off work, it’ll be worth it for you to finally reach your dream destination.
Your dream destination can feel out of reach when you haven’t got the funds to get there. It helps to set yourself a budget for your trip that you can work towards. Having a savings target, and an amazing goal at the end of it will motivate you to save money so that you can book your trip. There are some easy ways to save money that will help you find the cash for your vacation in no time.
Plenty of people are starting to embrace the philosophy of spending on experiences, rather than on material things. Therefore, if you’re deliberating over buying a new sweater or some new tech, stop to ask yourself ‘would I rather have this or do something?’
Do your research
Now that you know where you want to go and how much money you have to spend, you can start researching your chosen destination. Start looking at where you’d like to go, what you’d like to do and where you want to stay. Your dream vacation could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make sure you make the most of it. Websites like Lonely Planet are great for finding ideas on where to stay and things to do, so start making some lists of all the experiences you want to have when you reach your dream destination.
Booking your vacation is one of the most exciting parts of the planning process. This is when it all starts to feel real, and you get a countdown date in place. If you’re flexible on your travel date, you could save a lot of money on your flights, freeing up your budget for an upgrade or choosing better accommodation. Love sports? Make sure you check out some great sporting activities you can try on your next vacation and try something new that you’ve never done before.
Make sure you keep all of your reservation details safe, preferably in the cloud, so that you can access them whenever you need them.
What to pack
What to pack for your vacation depends on several factors, including where you’re going and what time of year you’re visiting. A beach escape calls for some new swimwear for men, while a backpacking adventure might call for a variety of clothing to take you through different climates and landscapes. If you haven’t already got one, invest in a quality camera. A DSLR offers incredible photo quality, helping you to capture those unforgettable moments while you’re enjoying the time of your life.
Switch-off when you get there
Taking your dream vacation is an incredible thing, but make sure that you open yourself up to fully enjoying it. When you’re used to working hard, it can become difficult to know when to switch off and forget about work and home. Make sure that you fully relax during your vacation, as failing to do so could mean that you waste your time and hard-earned money on an experience you weren’t fully ready for. Leave the work emails alone, get used to locking your phone away and vow to yourself to enjoy every minute.
It helps to take a couple of days off work before you head on vacation to help you get your home and other responsibilities in order. This will mean that everything’s taken care of in a stress-free way and will start easing you into vacation mode before you jet off.
Planning your travels is an exciting time, with endless possibilities of where you can go and what you can do. Start looking ahead to your next amazing adventure and book your dream vacation.