Created in conjunction with Lyme Bay Holidays.
Even though travelling and going on a holiday isn’t possible right now, it presents the perfect time to look to the future and plan your perfect trip for when you can go. From looking into your ideal destination to preparing your essentials, here are some top tips for planning your holiday ahead of time.
Choose Your Style of Holiday
The style of holiday you enjoy will dictate many different things about it, from where you choose to stay, to what you do and even how long you go for.
For those who are looking for a relaxing break away, book somewhere quieter, such as by the coast or in the countryside. If you’re looking for a more action-packed holiday, you’ll need to choose somewhere that offers a variety of activities and places to explore.
By selecting the style of holiday you want to go on, it will help to determine the potential destinations and narrow down your options.
Research Possible Destinations
Move on to selecting where you may want to travel, whether domestically or abroad, then narrow down your choices by doing research into each potential destination.
When selecting the perfect place for you, you’ll want it to tick all of your boxes. Look for things such as whether it offers the weather you want, activities and things to do, restaurants, culture, and whether it’s easily accessible by travel routes.
Once you’ve selected your destination it’s time to start looking into things you can do once you’re there. For example, if you want to plan a walking holiday and spend plenty of time in the outdoors, look up the best routes to take, and do research through online forums and tourist boards.
The research into your destination can help identify the best places to stay, close to landmarks and activities, along with highlighting local travel options and the best times of year to visit.
Additionally, consider whether you should take your dog along on your holiday. With the recent border restrictions and flight cancellations, many people have struggled to return home from international destinations with their pets.
If you are wanting to holiday with your pet once the current restrictions ease, perhaps stick to domestic destinations, in case the situation changes again. Additionally, international travel restrictions are likely to stay in place for longer.
Choosing your accommodation can be just as important as picking the destination itself. Whether you’re looking for coastal views and cosy log burners featured, in places such as Devon Holiday Cottages, or perhaps a city centre apartment with dramatic views, or even just a spot to pitch a tent, your accommodation can add those final perfect touches to your trip.
Your destination research will reveal the best areas to stay, close to things you want to see and do, and will help narrow down your accommodation search, so make sure to look in to the area thoroughly.
Whilst you may not be able to look into final details right now surrounding times and dates, it can be worth looking in to how you would plan to get to your holiday destination; whether this involves flying, driving or using public transport.
The travel planning can also include researching local travel options once you arrive; if you’re planning on exploring far and wide, you’ll need to know the local travel available, or perhaps look to hire a car to get about.
Once you’ve decided on where you want to go, it’s time to sort out the essentials. Whether this involves renewing your passport, obtaining visas or simply organising your holiday insurance. If you’re not looking to book straight away, just make a list of the essential admin you’ll need to do when it comes around to booking.
If you’re travelling with your dog, don’t forget to look into paperwork and vaccinations for them, too. Keep in mind that pet travel from the UK to Europe could change after the Brexit transition period, and be prepared for the different possibilities.
So, there you have it, some tips for researching and booking your next holiday. Whilst this may not be for a while, there’s plenty of time to dream of escapism and plan the perfect trip for when you can go!