Holiday Planning- Tips!

I spend days or even weeks planning our holidays so wanted to share a few tips to hopefully help others.

  1. FOOD- A big part of our holidays is the food and trying new or local dishes. Google the best places to eat before hand (trip advisor is a good place to look). We also ask at the hotel or our local guides for recommendations. 
  2. ACCOMMODATION- Start on Booking.com– use the filter button to narrow down your search to include what you need (e.g swimming pool, family room etc) and set the review score to 8.5 or more. After narrowing down the search, I always check prices direct with the accommodations or other websites (trip advisor, expedia, agoda etc) as they sometimes beat booking.com prices. I love booking.com though as we have never had a bad experience and the one time our accommodation cancelled on us, booking.com arranged for us to stay in an upgraded hotel free of charge.  
  3. Do a Facebook post, asking for suggestions of accommodation, food and things to do/see. Often people have already been there.
  4. Google the top 10 best things about a place (trip advisors good!)
  5. Check reviews on various websites- booking, agoda, expedia, trip advisor.
  6. Sky scanner for flights-I like the ‘month’ feature so you can see which days the flights are cheaper.
  7. Lapland- book through crystal ski. Even if you don’t intend to go skiing book with these as they are much cheaper then a ‘santa’ type website. You book accommodation and travel with them and add skiing on if you want to. They offer all of the usual Lapland excursions such as Santa village, Ice hotel, reindeer rides etc
  8. I love a good laminate! I laminate itineraries, maps and walking routes so that they don’t get ripped up/ spoilt in my bag. We also love the pop up pocket city maps you can buy off amazon.
  9. Add the google translate app to your phone. 
  10. Money- google the current best rate currency cards (moneysaving expert is good for this). Rates are always changing but the halifax clarity card always seems to come out best for us and has done for the past 8 years. I work out what currency I need and then google the best rates. This often means its delivered to me by post rather than picking up. I also google where the nearest ATM’s are to wherever we are staying. When abroad I use internet banking to check that the hotels/restaurants haven’t over charged me.
  11. Go on the UK government website to check travel recommendations- if you need a visa, injections and if its safe to travel to the country you are going.
  12. Medication- check you don’t need a doctors note to carry your medication, and that you are okay to even take it into the country. Some countries have strict rules on medication (you can check this on the gov website above). Pack a first aid kit.
  13. Print confirmations and email communication between yourselves and the places you are going and put them in a folder. 

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