Going on holiday can be a stressful time for anyone, not just because they are becoming more and more expensive to pull off well, but because there is usually so much planning involved that it is easy to get caught up on one part of it and forget about the rest. Here are a few easy tips that will help you get through this stressful time.
1. Pack light
The goal is to pack with one bag. As much as possible, pre-plan your itinerary, figure out the specific items you'll need for your trip and stick to that list — if you start contemplating what to bring the night before you take off, you're doomed. But packing light doesn't have to mean going without. Just be strategic about what you bring so that you don’t have to struggle with transporting all your luggage once you get to your destination, and even worse, end up losing stuff because you can’t keep track of it all.
2. Cut out the middleman as much as possible
It's a basic rule of economics: if you want a deal, eliminate the middleman. Major booking engines like Expedia have been dropping their transaction fees, but even so, when you book directly with an airline or a hotel, you get same or better prices 99% of the time and better service 100% of the time. This doesn't necessarily only extend to hotels and airlines, however. Any booking or planning you might do, you will probably be better off doing yourself. It might take a little while longer, but you’ll save money, and perhaps even get to know more about the procedure, so next time will be much easier!
3. Get travel insurance
This one is quite a no-brainer. Even if you;re the kind of person who believes nothing bad could possibly happen to you while you’re on holiday, plan for it anyway, since you might find yourself in more trouble than you can handle if something happens and you haven’t planned for it. Most basic travel insurance packages include things like injuries, lost luggage, sickness, and even cover you if you have to cancel your trip before going. While you probably won’t get the entire amount back, you will at least be able to get a portion of your money back after paying your cancellation fines.
4. Get your schedule in order
We all know that time management is something that can quickly get the best of us. When you’re planning a holiday, make sure to leave enough time for the simple things that no one ever thinks of, so that you don’t end up doing things last minute. Fill up your car the night before you leave, pack at your bags at least 24 hours in advance, and keep all your tickets and boarding passes together in a place where you will see them, so that you don’t forget to grab them on your way out.
5. Don’t forget to have fun and relax
Whatever stress you go through, you should try to remember the point of your holiday. You’re taking your vacation to get away from your stress, so try take everything as it comes, and remember that its not the end of the world. Any plans you have on your trip, whether its a booking at a hotel that doesn't work out, or a rainy day that ruins your plans, just let it go and let your plans change. You never know, you may even end up having a better time!