At the beginning of each year I have a routine. I sit down with my calendar open and work out where i’m going to use those oh so precious holiday days and when. There are so many places that i’d like to visit but with time and budget restrictions it’s all about being savvy and planning ahead.
5 tips to plan your 2018 travels
1. Decide where you want to go and with who
To help with my planning I like to use this grid. It enables me to split my time fairly across friends, family, the boyfriend and also time for myself. It also helps me manage funds as i can clearly see how many of my destinations are in Europe and beyond. We all know that they tend to cost more.
I’ve started to fill this table out based on my 2018 holiday planning to date. I’ve still got a fair bit of planning to do but it will give you an idea of how it works. If you’re wondering what the numbers are, they show how many days i’d have to take as holiday from work.
2. Find out when your bank holidays are
Bank holidays are a great time to either jet off somewhere for a long weekend or to minimise the amount of days that you have to take off from work to manage a 9 day streak. For example i’m using a bank holiday to go to Seville and another for a three day weekend getaway to Berlin. Maximising my holiday days is a priority for me. They’re so precious.
You can find the bank holidays for the UK here.
3. Book around school holidays
We all know that travel companies up their pricing during the school holidays, so if you don’t have any children then try to book around them. You can get fantastic deals in October for destinations like Greece at half the price of what you’ll find during the school holidays and it’s still really warm. Equally destinations further afield like Asia are much cheaper in November. Swat up on when the school holidays are. It will save you cash.
To find out when school holidays are in the UK click here.
4. Book in advance
This may be stating the obvious but the earlier you book the better the fares will be whether you’re traveling by train or plane. Occasionally you may be able to bag a bargain last minute, but if you’re anything like me you won’t want to take the risk. I’m told that i’m highly risk adverse.
5. Remember to factor in the extras
Before you even start your holiday planning make sure you know how many days you need for Christmas, Diwali or any other festivals you may want time off for.
Equally, you may have hen/stag dos, weddings or christenings that you need to attend – yes i’m reaching that age. Quite often people plan these during the week as it’s cheaper so remember to double check the dates and factor in time to travel to them too.
There you have it, my top 5 tips to help you plan your 2018 travels. I get so much enjoyment from planning my holidays and imagining myself in these beautiful destinations. I hope that you’ve found these tips useful – happy planning!