As they say The beginning is the most important part of the work and For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.
This is so true when it comes to planning your holidays. Here are some simple ways to make your holiday outstanding!
1. Add an element of fun in everything you do
Be it in your planning, packing, organizing, executing or traveling, make sure you bring in a fun element. There is no point in getting all keyed up about having fun and letting your hair down, right?
2. Involve everyone
This is an extension of point 1. If you are going to holiday with your family, friends or as a group, surely you need to ask them what their idea of a great holiday is, right? All the more reason for you to do it if you are going with children or senior citizens – their idea of fun may not be the same as yours!
3. Don’t be rigid about your plans
This sounds like an anti-thesis of the old advice – Be planned! The point is, both are true. Plan things correctly, but at the same time, be flexible about what you have already planned. Be prepared to change things around, introduce new elements of fun and to welcome variety into your holiday. This will make the most ordinary holiday feel great!. Research on internet and find more details about the places and hotels where you will be staying. Try using sites like www.tripadvisor.com and the sites of tour operators serving that area.
4. Don’t have a packed schedule
Just because you have a few days off doesn’t mean that you should cram them with activities. The worst thing that can happen is to have a holiday where you are forever on the run, from one place to another and from one activity to the next. Keep things well spaced out and have lots of leisure time, so you can enjoy your holiday. Try to prepare a detailed itinerary on things to see on each day with enough relaxation time for each activity you want to do.
5. Learn to enjoy the local flavour
You probably like continental breakfast, love cycling and prefer wearing only semi-formals in the evening. But if you find new things, new dishes, new experiences, do make it a point to try them out. It could be a once in a lifetime attempt – and who knows, you may enjoy it more than anything else in the vacation. Check out the weather in the place and read reviews in Google and make sure that you have an idea on all the special things that can be enjoyed locally. After all you don’t want to be the loser when one of your friends visit the same place and do some unique things that you could have done when you were visiting the same place. For Eg: If you are visiting Kerala then an experience in a Kerala houseboat is a must.
6. Make things extra special
Spice up your holiday with things that can make it extra special for you and for others. Throw surprise parties, plan surprise gifts for others, have a special dinner organised, arrange for a special treasure hunt if you are in a group, or go for a special outing if you are with your spouse/companion. If you are on a honeymoon then do surprise your better half with a Candle Light dinner or if you are staying in a resort check out whether they have a camp fire or any special activities in the evening.
7. Research before recreation
Before you have fun, dig in as deep as you can about your travel plans, your place of visit, adventure and sporting activities, places to see, things to do, specialties of the place, etc. Being well-informed will make it easy to plan things and you will spend less time trying to figure out what to do next!. If something is not clear or transparent ask your tour operator for more details and if you dont know much about the place ask your friends who have been to the place for recommendations about the trip. Go through online testimonials as well in the site of your chosen tour operator and in independent websites or forums.