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I was chatting with a dear friend of mine, who also happens to be the genius beauty behind my awesome eyebrows. Planning for a holiday is one of my favorite things to do. I’m one of those nut jobs that can research for hours on where to go, where to stay, what to do, what to eat, and how to get to those places.
My friend said sometimes she’s been in hotels where it was super loud, and when she checked the reviews other people have also commented on the loudness. But when she was booking, that info did not reach her eyeballs.
Or her clients that say they have no idea where to go, and end up not going anywhere for their holiday. WHAT!? Oh darling I can fix that reaaaal quick with this guide right here.
I made a printable worksheet that goes along with this post, you can grab your copy here.
1) Set a budget and know what dates you can travel
If you’re problem is not knowing where to go on your next holiday, you most likely have some sort of budget. You also know which dates you have time off, it could be national holidays or the ONLY time of the year you can take off. Right these down. This is the biggest key to your research.
2) Check Skyscanner.net
This is a website you can type in where you are flying out from, specify the dates, and leave the destination blank. Yep, you can search for flights without specifying a destination! Brilliant. Since you already know your budget, picking a location won’t be rocket science. Once you have a few ideas for the location, go on over to kayak to check out who flies there the cheapest, best routes, etc.
3) Book flights on the airline’s website or your credit card’s website
MOST of the time, the prices you find on places like sky scanner and kayak are not the cheapest. It might seem the cheapest but once you start adding surcharges and fees, it might not always be the case. If you’re the type that only needs a carryon backpack, then, by all means, book on sky scanner or kayak. Do know if your flight gets canceled, you’ll generally get better support when you book through your credit card.
4) Look up where to stay
Before you go looking through the rabbit hole of hotels, know your budget, and what you expect in a hotel. For example 50USD per night, clean quiet room with a personal (non-shared) bathroom. Or 250USD per night, refrigerator, tea kettle, and a bathtub. You most likely already know if you want a hotel with room service, or if that’s not important to you.
Go to places like booking.com, TripAdvisor.com and Airbnb to look for places to stay.
PRO TIP: Read through the BAD reviews first!
This is the quickest way to tell if your hotel you have your eyes on fits your needs or not. If the shower leaks and the carpet in the room gets wet, most likely someone has already complained about it.
5) Don’t wake up and wonder what you’re doing that day
Make sure you have a few options. Once you have a location, and the place you’re going to be crashing at every night, think of what you want to do there. Maybe you’re going to Bali and want to swing over the rice patties. Eat gelato in Rome, or skip through the lavender fields in Provence. Or it could be chilling at the beach allll day. Whatever floats your boat. If you have an idea of ONE thing you want to do, the rest will fall into place a little easier. Go pick up a travel guide and see what interests you. Or go on Pinterest on a pinning spree.
PS: I do this alll the time, and you can check out my pins for ideas if you want. Don’t forget to follow me bc I do pin new places all the time.
And that’s a wrap! Once you go through this, you should be able to book a flight, a place to stay, and have an idea of what to do there. If you want a worksheet that will help you with your planning, don’t forget to grab the guide here.
Know someone who also struggles to plan their vacation? Forward them this article to save the day.
Let me know in the comments where you decided to travel to. I’d love to know. Happy vacay!