It’s always a mad rush effort to achieve your 2017 personal and professional goals before you get to reap the rewards of a well-deserved break.
A lot of stress is involved when it comes to planning, packing for and actually reaching your destination. Whether you’re using a travel agency, a curator of travel such as WorldVentures or planning it yourself, here are some tips that might make this year’s getaway just a little less stressful:
1. Plan ahead
This will take both the financial and logistical stress out of planning your holiday. If you book far enough in advance, you’ll have time to pay for your trip in installments and still save some spending money for little extras. If you’ve left it until the last minute, it might cost you more but it needn’t be the logistical nightmare you anticipate – also, look for something a little closer to home.
Tip: Don’t try and book it yourself, use a reputable travel or booking agency. Let them search for and coordinate your flights and accommodation for you. They often get special offers – especially when holiday time draws near and there are still some rooms available that resorts or lodges need to fill so it may well even save you some money.
2. Pack smart
Weather apps are a great way to help you to pack appropriate clothing. Don’t make any assumptions here – the world’s weather has become so unpredictable. Even if the prediction is sunny skies, pack in a lightweight long-sleeved top in the event that an unexpected storm creeps in.
Tip: Try to mix and match your clothing when you pack to prevent incurring additional travel costs.
3. Packing food
Take something to nibble on while you’re driving to keep you alert if you’re the driver or to keep you chatty to keep the driver company. Some treats on the flight to make the time pass a little faster – nuts, sweets, chips or biltong – these are all good choices.
Tip: If you have decided on a package that isn’t all-inclusive, split costs among those going and plan easy snacks and meals where everyone can put their own meal together e.g. burgers or tacos or a simple braai.
4. Supporting documentation and money
If you’re lucky enough to be travelling overseas, make sure your passports are packed somewhere safe and easy to access when you get to the airport. Keep flight documentation on hand or check into your flights and book your seats 24 hours before you fly.
Tip: Always keep a soft copy of your passport on your phone or emailed to you in case you lose your luggage or it is stolen. Remember to keep proof of residence for exchanging currency in another country; alternatively convert your money at the bank that you have your accounts with as they already have a proof of residence on file. If you’re driving, make sure you have your driver’s license with you and enough cash or card credit to pay for toll roads. This expense adds up quickly.
5. Don’t jam-pack your itinerary
You don’t want to come back from your holiday more exhausted than when you left. Try to book a day on either side of your trip to pack and unpack and unwind – this will help ease you out of holiday mode and back into work mode.
Make some incredible travel memories this festive season!
Source and Image: WorldVentures