Mid-year holidays are just around the corner and whether you’re dashing off for a romantic weekend or organising a full family holiday, planning a trip can often come with added stress. Between long travels days, dealing with unfamiliar places or climates, and changing your usual schedule, even the most fun holiday can have some moments where patience runs thin. Fortunately, there are plenty of little tips and tricks to keep in mind for a carefree escape, no matter where you’re travelling.
7 Steps For A Stress-Free Holiday
1. Pick your destination carefully
Decide early whether you’re fine visiting a busy place or would prefer exploring a destination in the off-season. Both have their perks (and drawbacks) but as long as you know what you’re getting into, you’ll be good to go. For example, while summer travel may be heating up in Europe with higher travel rates and larger crowds, much of Southeast Asia is beginning its rainy or low season with fewer crowds and lower prices on airfare and accommodation.
2. Book ahead
Whether you’re heading to an off-season spot or travelling with the crowds at some of the summer’s hottest destinations, booking your transportation and accommodation ahead of time will ensure you secure the times and rooms you want. (Tip: When booking stays at Anantara Vacation Club Resorts, it’s recommended you reserve your accommodation at least 6 months in advance to avoid disappointment.)
3. Triple check dates and times
Don’t let a holiday be ruined by mixing up the dates or times for transportation and booked accommodation. Even the most seasoned travellers can sometimes overlook details. Double – even triple – check your bookings before your departure date to make sure everything goes as planned.
4. Spread out
No one likes leaving the comforts of home to be stuck in a cramped hotel room with too many people. Make things easier, and more comfortable, by staying in a spacious suite or villa that’s sure to accommodate all those involved with room to spare. Along with plenty of space, these types of accommodations will come with most of the amenities of home, often even featuring kitchen and laundry facilities.
5. Pack light
It may feel like you can’t leave home before making sure that you pack everything you might possibly need, but in reality overpacking is a hassle and travelling with extra items that you don’t end up using or needing is a waste of time, space and energy (not to mention, baggage fees!)
6. Find fun for the whole family
When picking a destination, try to find a place that offers a little something for everyone. Make an effort to include the entire family in the planning process by letting each member suggest an attraction or activity they’re interested in, and having everyone else join in.
7. Don’t plan every second
Of course you need to do your research and plan ahead, especially when travelling with little ones in tow, but a holiday is meant to be a time of relaxation, exploration, spontaneity and, quite simply, fun. Leave some unstructured time in your schedule to simply enjoy yourself and see what happens – often our most memorable moments and experiences come when we least expect them.