Top Tips for Planning the Perfect Vacation


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It's the time of year when everyone is making travel plans. But for some, the process of planning a vacation can be overwhelming. If you're one of those people, don't worry - you're not alone. In fact, there are a few things you can do to make the process a little bit easier.

So, here are some top tips for planning the perfect vacation:

Choose a Destination

When planning a vacation, the first task is to choose a destination. There are so many wonderful places to visit all over the world, that it can be hard to decide where to go.

Do you want to go somewhere exotic on the other side of the world, or would you rather have a staycation closer to home? Over recent years, the idea of a staycation has become much more popular and accommodation choices have become a lot more diverse now too.

For example, a boutique hotel in Rittenhouse, Philadelphia is the perfect place to stay when travelling to this part of the United States. It provides all the comfort you need to enjoy your stay while feeling like you are at home. It's a win-win.

Regardless of where you ultimately decide to go, a few factors to consider are your budget, the climate you prefer, and the activities you want to do.

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Figuring Out What You Want To Do

Once you have picked your destination, it's time to start thinking about what you want to do while there. This can be tough, especially if you're going someplace new. A fantastic way to get ideas is to look up popular attractions in travel guides or on the internet.

If you still can't decide, consider talking to friends or family who has been to your destination before. They may be able to give you some interesting suggestions. Also do you want an active holiday or a relaxing one? Do you. fancy trying something new like SUP or surfing or do you want to focus on trying local food spots?

River Wye

Set a Budget

When it comes to budgeting for your vacation, it’s important to be realistic. Decide how much you can afford to spend and then break that amount down into categories like airfare, hotel, food, and activities. If you’re not sure where to start, use a travel budget calculator to help you create a budget that makes sense for your trip.

Once you have a budget in place, stick to it as much as possible. It’s easy to overspend when you’re on vacation, but if you stick to your budget, you’ll be able to enjoy your trip without worrying about money.

Make a List of Must-Haves

What are the things that are absolutely essential for your perfect vacation? For example, if you're looking for a relaxing trip, you might want a destination with a lot of sunshine and a beach. If you're looking for an adventure, you might want a destination with hiking trails and interesting attractions.

As soon as you think about them, write them down and make sure to include them in your planning.

Start Planning Early

The sooner you start planning, the better. This will give you more time to research your options and find the best deals. It will also help you avoid last-minute stress.

The last thing you want to be when planning a vacation is stress, so by doing it in advance, you have more time to overcome any obstacles that may come your way.

Create a Packing List

When it comes to packing for vacation, less is definitely more. You'll want to pack clothes that can be easily mixed and matched, as well as versatile accessories that will take you from day to night.

Be sure to pack a swimsuit and sunscreen for any beach or pool days, as well as a light jacket for cooler evenings. If you'll be doing any hiking or other outdoor activities, don't forget to pack appropriate shoes and gear.

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Check if you need an International Drivers licence 

If you are planning on hiring a car at your holiday destination then you need to do your research prior to leaving to see if there are any additional requirements or if you need to apply for an international driving permit. For the most part, if you have a British Issues Driving licence then you don't require an international permit for most of Europe. So for example, if you are heading off to Greece you can rent a car in Santorini as long as you can provide your UK photocard licence 

Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is one of the most important things you can buy when planning a vacation. If something goes wrong - whether you lose your luggage or have to cancel your trip - travel insurance can help you recover some of the costs.

It's worth spending the time to research different policies and find the one that's best for you. You will be glad that you did.

Enjoy Yourself!

Finally, don't forget to enjoy yourself. After all, you're taking time off from work and spending money to relax and have some fun.

Make sure to include activities that you know you'll enjoy, and don't be afraid to try new things too. If you're travelling with others, make sure to plan some time for everyone to do their own thing so that everyone can have a great time.

Now that you know how to plan the perfect vacation, all that's left to do is book your tickets and start packing!

What are your top tips for planning a vacation? Share them in the comments below!


  1. I am all about planning and budgeting :-p So important for me to have a relaxed holiday.

  2. My family and I are planning to have a vacation and these tips are great. I will keep this in mind.

  3. Amazing tips especially budgeting. We're so bad with budgeting we often end up spending twice as much as we were expecting every time we travel.

  4. A packing list can save a lot of time, and is very important whenever my family travels. Great suggestions, thanks for sharing! - Lavanda Michelle

  5. Yes, to planning early! It is imperative for me to have a plan early and stick to it.


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