Finally it is so far – you are excited as you are going to plan your vacation! 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 get together with all grand kids in a villa with swimming pool somewhere at the coast?
Choose the perfect destination for your holiday
What’s your budget?
Sometimes you can get luxury on a budget but generally the money will be guiding your choice in accommodation rather than destination. Nowadays it’s sometimes cheaper to fly to a tropical island than to pay for petrol and road tolls.
How far in advance is it best to book your vacation or should you just go at a venture and hope for good deals on the spot?
First of all, we haven’t had any food experiences not planning in advance and hoping for deals on the spot in all our years of traveling. On the one hand it’s terribly stressful to find out all the hotels are booked because of an event and on the other hand it’s pretty uncomfortable to spend a night in the car (all experienced before, believe me!). It’s highly unlikely that you get a deal on the spot anyway.
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. Plan at least three months in advance, if possible earlier, to be able to choose and pick your desired preferances amidst the holiday homes and hotels.
How extended is your traveling tribe?
If you plan your retreat just for yourself or as a couple you are flexible enough to go where you want and have normally a indefinite choice of accommodation. The bigger your family or group of friends is, the more planning is involved. If you plan a flight go to a travel agent as they find you better deals as if you book online individually.
As for the accommodation you might want to opt for a vacation rental instead of hotel rooms to save on your budget. You get also group deals in hotels but for the money you safe on restaurant costs you will be able to spend much more on chosen activities.
What’s your time window for your holiday?
Most but not all holiday homes are rented from Saturday to Saturday. Be aware that their 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 that saves you a lot of stress on the road.
For hotels it’s not essentially anyway when you book in, but you might get better deals on a Sunday’s arrival.
How far are you prepared to travel?
You don’t have to go just around the corner to spend your holidays to safe money, to feel safe or to be able to speak your own language. If you get an adventurous thrill in airports and you love to fly like we do, there is not much what can stop you from taking a flight to a paradise like destination for your holidays. Even more if your pooches are well cared for with house sitters at your home. But it’s all your own taste what you prefer.
What’s the weather like?
You can’t be guarantied good weather where ever you go. Is it essential for you that the sun warms your weary bones which were exposed to crabby weather over the last few months? Take the weather charts of your 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 in your dream destination!
How to book your dream holiday retreat
There you go, you decided on a destination and you are ready to book. What’s better: to book your holiday as a package with a tour operator or directly online by internet? There are advantages on both sides. With a tour operator you get advice with longstanding experience and a professional on your side if something on your travels goes wrong. The price might not be much higher if you book your holidays over a travel agent as he gets his share primarily from the hotels and small portion from the airlines.
If you don’t worry to research your desired holiday accommodation on the internet and take your time to read reviews it’s nowadays very easy to find retreats to your taste. Just make your credit card ready and the anticipation can start!
Unforgettable Getaways we experienced
A white washed stone-house with unspoiled sea view in Brittany, France
It was time to catch up with my mother after a year being traveling abroad. So we decided to spend a week in June in a dog-friendly two-story typical white washed stone-house in Brittany, France, with unspoiled sea view and enjoyed some splendid walks along the coast and delicious seafood in quaint towns. We will repeat the experience this year but in the region of Biarritz.
A family get together with fathers, uncles, aunts , nieces and kids
Some of the extended family were to celebrate a milestone birthday of 40, 50 and 60 years. Reason enough to rent a lcastle 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!
A week with the adult kids at the southern most point of South Africa
It’s difficult to see our adult children as we are traveling ourselves as Grey World Nomads around the world relentlessly. Therefore it was quite an achievement to find a date in our calendars where we could manage to spend a week together 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 lifes is to spend holidays together. You may want to check out HomeAway for some awesome Getaways.
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