Side Street Style: Six Tips To Get The Most Out Of your future Travel plans

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01/11/2020

Six Tips To Get The Most Out Of your future Travel plans

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While life feels like it's on hold right now in the UK, there is no harm in looking positively towards the future including laying down some plans to tick off those bucket list destinations. After 2020 I think we all feel like we are in need of a time to press pause on daily life as well as reevaluate our lives after the rollercoaster we have been on this year.  If you are looking to get away next year here are six tips to get the most out of your next vacation.


Prep Your Budget

Firstly, it’s important to focus on making sure the budget is sorted. When it comes to prepping your budget, you want to look at what you have in savings currently and how much you might need for your trip away. At the moment, you might have some savings, and you plan to pay a deposit perhaps ahead of time. However, there are going to be some holidays where you need to pay the upfront bill as soon as you decide to book, although in these unsure times you want to read the terms on conditions and make sure that you can change dates or get a refund should Covid cause future travel restrictions. It’s worth knowing how much you’re going to need, not only for the travel itself but also for the rest of the holiday activities. Money for food will be needed as well as any excursions or trips you make take whilst you’re out there. You might also want to buy things when you’re out there to bring back home, and so it’s worth taking some extra cash for that too.


Think about what you want to spend and then make some decisions from there. You might want to book a holiday and pay a deposit in advance, or you might have the money to pay it all off now so that you can save towards any spending money whilst you’re out there. Depending on the type of trip will depend on your budget, so make sure you plan ahead so as to not get into any debt when booking it!



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We have stayed in all different kinds of Airbnb and glamping 



Look At Alternatives To Hotel Accommodation

When it comes to accommodation, many of us will usually opt for hotels especially for short breaks but self-catering accommodation can be just as good (if not better). With it being easier than ever to find unique places to stay with the increase in online booking sites that have helped turned everyday individual’s homes into holiday lets, looking for an alternative could serve up a real treat. Also an added bonus that a lot of these sites like Airbnb, for example, are making it more affordable to stay elsewhere. Instead of paying for the cost of a hotel, you can probably find better deals with rented accommodation. Yes, you may not have the same level of service and facilities but what you will get is more flexibility and possibly a more unique place to stay. If you’re limited on a budget, then a holiday rental is definitely worth considering.


Splurge Where Possible

While keeping to a budget is really important it's also a good idea to have a little extra to splurge on the odd treat every now and then while travelling. So whether it’s getting an extra drink at the bar to an adventure experience, there are lots of great ways to splurge on yourself. If you’ve got a bit more of a budget than most, you may want to look at how does the empty legs works? This is an opportunity to really go all out if you’re wanting to make a certain vacation a special one by having your own private jet. Of course, it’s not something everyone can afford to do, but it certainly one that can make for a truly unique experience.


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Get Friendly With The Locals

The locals in the area are bound to be helpful to you if you’re treating them with respect and appreciation. This means it’s good for you to learn the local language, at least in its most basic sense. It can be hard to learn a language, but simple introductory sentences and phrases can be helpful in getting more friendly with the locals in the area. They may also be able to make your trip extra special by making recommendations and suggestions of places to eat, drink, and explore. These places might not typically be ones that are raved about on online tourist boards or even known to those travelling from overseas.


Say Yes To More Experiences

Life is too short to miss out on things in life that could add more value to it. When it comes to life experiences, try to say yes to more when you’re on vacation. There could be things that you do or try that might not be available in your own country. It’s worth taking advantage of the opportunities you have because who knows if you’re ever going to be able to travel to the same place twice. This is especially so when you’re going somewhere that’s particularly expensive or perhaps is one that is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit.


Standup paddle boarding



Put Your Phone Down

Technology is a wonderful thing, and it’s provided us with so much more than we could have ever thought possible. However, although it has it’s positives, it can sometimes take away the experiences that are right in front of us. When you’re on vacation, it’s important to try and make the most of every moment possible. And for many of us, we tend to hold up a phone when these moments come along. It’s better to put down your phone and experience these life events without having to look at it through a lens or screen. With that being said, keep your phone off when you’re out exploring and save it for when you’re lounging by the pool or on the beach.

Getting the most out of your next holiday is important because life is limited and who knows how much we all have left on this earth. Take advantage of these tips and make the most of what you’ve got the opportunity to see and do. Before long, you’ll be too old to go, and it would be a shame to miss out!


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6 comments:

  1. Love these tips! Say yes to more experiences is so right and something I'm not very good at doing. It's the only way to truly experience the area you've travelled too :)

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  2. Great tips. I just need to start on my budget first. I would love to travel and have often thought about doing a camping trip

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  3. Some great tips here! Putting your phone down resonated with me the most - I try and leave my phone in the room all day!

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  4. We have not travelled abroad in 12 years and really would love to start saving for a trip. The kids are getting older now so we'd love to go exploring with them.

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  5. Great travel tips. I find it hard to switch off on holiday and need to remember to have a digital detox.

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  6. I think preparation is key. We always get a lot more out of a trip if I've researched and planned.

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