Planning a holiday? If you haven’t taken a trip for a while, there can be a lot of pressure around your next holiday- after all, you’ll probably want to see and do as much as you can, with plenty of time for relaxation so you return home feeling refreshed.
Here are some top tips to help you make the most of your next holiday:
Enjoy the anticipation
Studies have shown that we experience a significant boost in our happiness when we’re planning our next holiday. But our happiness levels drop back to their everyday setting shortly after we return. That means that planning your trip far in advance can help you get the most “happiness” for your buck.
Don’t pack it all in
When you’re visiting a new location, it can be tempting to overschedule yourself since you’ll naturally want to fit in as many activities as you can. But when you pack your days with too many activities and end up rushing from place to place, you’ll end up feeling stressed out. Instead, make sure you’re adding plenty of relaxation time to your next trip. Whether you’d like to explore in the morning and lie on the beach in the afternoons, or you like to take a midday nap, remember that the goal is to enjoy yourself while you’re away.
Stick to a budget
Since one of the goals of your holiday should be to feel relaxed and refreshed once you return, sticking to a budget is important. After all, you’re not going to feel very relaxed if you return home with mountains of credit card debt or you can’t pay your bills.
When you’re planning your trip, compare car rental and flight prices, look for deals on accommodation, and book your flights out far enough that you don’t end up paying a premium.
It may seem simple, but booking travel insurance is one of the number one ways to ensure you enjoy your trip. That’s because we never know when disaster will strike, and without insurance you’re completely on your own. Whether it’s a nasty bladder infection, appendicitis, a broken bone, stolen laptop, or lost passport, travel insurance will help you move on from disaster and ensure your finances are protected.
Make yourself happy
Holiday choices can be subject to peer pressure. When you’re looking at holiday options, ask yourself whether you’re considering a destination or type of holiday because it feels like kind of holiday you “should” take or because you’re hoping to impress others. Ask yourself where you would go and what you would do if no one else knew you were going away. It’s important that your holiday choices reflect your actual desires so you can get the most out of your trip.