Finally, it is so far – you are excited as you want to know how to book your dream holiday retreat! Maybe you are looking for a Romantic getaway with your partner to be spoiled in a luxury hotel? Or, is it time for a family gettogether with all grandkids in a villa with swimming pool somewhere at the coast?
Sometimes you can get luxury on a budget but generally, the money will be guiding your choice where to go on holiday. Nowadays it’s sometimes cheaper to fly to a tropical island than to pay for petrol and road tolls.
You don’t have to go just around the corner to spend your holidays to save money, to feel safe or to be able to speak your own language. If you get an adventurous thrill in airports, nothing stops you from how far to go on holiday. If you look for a solution for your pooches during your holidays, read our article about House Sitting and House Swop with links, where to find suitable animal carers.
You can’t be guaranteed good weather where ever you go. Weather is to impact family vacations, there is no doubt. Is it essential for you that the sun warms your weary bones which were exposed to crabby weather over the last few winter months? Take the weather charts of your desired destinations and check out the average temperature and sun hours. When is the best time to travel? You don’t want to end up in the Monsoon month or hurricane season at your dream destination!
Several experienced travelers recommend on their blogs to book flights about six weeks in advance. That might be good enough to grab your best deal in flight tickets but for accommodation especially hotels and vacation homes it’s too late if you are opting for in-season bookings. When is the best time to book holiday getaways for families? Plan at least three months in advance, if possible earlier, to be able to choose and pick your desired preferences amidst the holiday homes and hotels.
We tried from time to time not to book our accommodation in advance because we like the idea of being flexible to change our mind at any time. We figured that most of the time though, we didn’t find cheaper accommodation on the same day and often not in desired places. Should you book your accommodation in advance? In our opinion, yes! You can focus on your travels and enjoy the journey instead of searching for last-minute deals.
If you plan your retreat just for yourself or as a couple and are flexible enough to go where you want, generally you will have an indefinite choice of accommodation. If you are planning a family get together, more planning is involved. For the flights, you should ask the travel agent for group tariffs. He finds you better deals than you would if you book online individually. Read 20 Long Haul Flight Tips to prepare well for a comfortable flight.
As for the accommodation, you might want to opt for a vacation rental instead of hotel rooms to save on your budget. You also get group deals in hotels but for the money you save on restaurant costs, you will be able to spend much more on chosen activities.
Most but not all holiday homes are rented from Saturday to Saturday. Be aware that there are roads to popular holiday resorts which might be VERY busy on Saturday’s. If you get a deal with another start and end date than on Saturdays, that should determine what length to plan for family vacation. It will save you a lot of stress on the road. For hotels, it’s not essential when you book in, but you might get better deals on a Sunday’s arrival.
You decided on a destination and you are ready to book. What’s better: travel agent vs do it yourself? Is it cheaper to book your holiday as a package with a travel agent or directly online by internet? There are advantages on both sides. With a travel agent, you get advice with longstanding experience and a professional on your side if something on your travels goes wrong. The price may be even the same as he gets his share primarily from the hotels and a small portion of the airlines.
If you don’t worry to do the research yourself on the internet and take your time to read the reviews, it’s very easy nowadays to find retreats to match your taste. Just get your credit card ready and the anticipation can begin!
It was time to catch up with my mother after a year of traveling abroad. So we decided to spend a week in June in a dog-friendly two-story typical whitewashed stone-house in Brittany, France. We enjoyed the sea view from our cottage, unspoiled walks with dogs along the wild coast and delicious seafood in quaint towns. A year later we went to Capbreton in the region of Biarritz to have a good time together again.
Some of the extended family were to celebrate a milestone birthday of 40, 50 and 60 years. Reason enough to rent a castle in the south of France close to the Pyrenees with plenty room for all family members and to live for once in our lives as aristocrats. An unforgettable experience not only for the kids!
It is difficult to see our adult children regularly because we are traveling a lot. Therefore it was quite an achievement to find a date in our calendars where we could manage to spend a week together with George’s kids in a spacious tastefully furnished house in Struisbay, South Africa. The best way in our opinion to spend time together and to catch up on our lives is to spend holidays together. Hopefully, we can do the same with my kids somewhere in Europe.
With these tips how to book your dream holiday retreat, you will have a great time on your vacation abroad. We wish you happy travels and hope you will let us know if you were able to benefit from our advice.