Figuring out where you want to go this year is an important decision. But how do you go about making sure you pick the right destination? By sitting down with your family and discussing your priorities you can avoid disappointment and ensure a lovely time off.
A list of priorities is important. Brainstorm with everyone involved and write down everything that’s said to be important. Later, you can whittle down the list to only realistic expectations and figure out which few bits and pieces are non-negotiable and which are less important. You’re then better-equipped to figure out which holiday destinations will suit your needs and which won’t – for example, if you want to go on historical sight-seeing tours, a cruise isn’t for you. But Paris or Rome, Greece or Egypt are fabulous for it!
Next, you need to budget carefully. Too often, people get hung up on having the holiday of their dreams and forget that this may not realistically adhere to what they can afford. Then they have to cut back on bits and pieces they were truly looking forward to, which means the entire holiday is a let-down before it’s even well and truly begun. So make sure you stick to your budget every step of the way.
Be sure you count in all the necessities. If you need to renew your passport, the fee is taken out of your holiday budget, and so are suitcases or activities that aren’t included in the general fee. You’ll also need to account for snacks, taxis, and other paraphernalia that you simply can’t avoid. And don’t forget about airport taxes! The risk here is that you’ll spend too much and end up cutting down on spending money when push comes to shove. Save up plenty of emergency money and make sure you have about time and a half as much as you think you’ll need.
Bear health risks in mind, too. A hotter environment may be nice for sunbathing, but children and people with very fair skin burn very easily. Don’t compromise their future health and physical comfort in return for a lie-about on the beach!
By carefully considering all the factors, you’ll be able to find the perfect holiday for yourself, your friends, and your family. Bon voyage!