The holiday of a lifetime can mean lots of different things to different people. They may be taking a gap year before university, or have recently graduated, retired, got married, or simply decided that now is the time to make the travel experiences they’ve dreamed of for years come true. Whatever the motivation, planning the holiday of a lifetime can be a daunting task, particularly if you have already been theoretically planning the trip for many years. When there are so many places to go and so much to do, where do you start? Here are some essential tips to help you turn your dream holiday into a reality.
Make a Destination Bucket List
There are some destinations that seem to make it onto all the ‘must-see’ travel destinations year after year. The Egyptian pyramids, the Northern Lights, Route 66, the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef and an African safari are always popular, but that doesn’t mean that you need to follow suit. The holiday of a lifetime should be meaningful to you in some way. It could be taking a multi-destination trip around the world or a weekend in a virtually unheard-of city that holds particular significance for your family and ancestors. By all means, use the bucket list destinations as a starting point, but above all, your trip of a lifetime should be personal to you.
Work Out Your Budget
Your budget will be a major factor when planning your trip, so it’s important that you get this worked out as soon as possible. When you have your budget in mind, you will be able to tailor your plans to meet it, and you can start to compare the prices of flights, accommodation and activities for your itinerary. You may need to save up for a while to make your trip as memorable as it can be, but a few months of saving for a holiday of a lifetime is a small price to pay. If you are really concerned about money and are planning a longer trip, you might be able to work while you’re away.
Research Your Destination(s) Thoroughly
You may have an idea about where in the world you’d like to go, but not necessarily what you should do when you get there. Take the time to visit travel blogs, review websites and compare tour operators to find some itinerary inspiration. This will also give you a good idea of what you should be prepared for in terms of currency, language, climate, wildlife and any vaccinations you might need before you travel. If you are unsure about planning and booking your own activities, a travel company that specialises in creating once in a lifetime experiences, like Exoticca, will be able to help you.
Find the Best Deal
When you are finally ready to book, be sure to compare prices so you can get the best deal on your trip. The more money you can save on your upfront costs, the more you will have to spend on attractions, activities and general relaxation.