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Suffering from January blues?

Our guide on how to start planning your summer holiday

January is gloomy, the weather is cold, and back at work after a wonderful Christmas with family and friends, your thoughts may be turning to planning your summer holiday.

But where do you start? It can be overwhelming working out not only where to go, but what type of holiday to book, when to go, what to do when you get there…

It’s no wonder so many people pick an all-inclusive holiday from a brochure because they can’t cope with all the choices.

So we’ve come up with a quick guide to help you work out what the right trip is for you.

The first thing to do is perhaps not think about where you want to go, but what you want to do.

Aydius In The French Pyrenees
Aydius In The French Pyrenees

What’s the aim of your holiday? Do you want to relax and explore your surroundings from one base? Have an activity based holiday where you are staying in a different place every night? Is weather important to you? Are you a sun seeker, or are looking for a climate, which is warm and pleasant and you’re not too worried about getting a tan?

Is the accommodation important to you, or location? Do you want to be able to explore and taste the local cuisine? Do you want to learn something new while you are away, or just chill on a sun lounger?

Make a list of everything that you want to experience and do, and this will then help you to then determine the location by process of elimination.

There will be other factors which will determine the type of holiday you need, such as your budget. Work out realistically what you can afford, but don’t forget to take into account spending money, as well as any excursions you may want to take.

Medieval Castles Of France
Medieval Castles Of France

Of course, there may also be limitations on when you can take your holiday too, and how long you can travel for. The important thing is that you have worked out what the possibilities are, then you can work out the where from that.

Don’t forget before and after the holiday too. Sometimes, the holiday can be spoilt by proper research and preparation not being done. For example, do you have the right visa (if needed) and travel documents in place? Insurance is a must too, so don’t leave it to the last minute, or forget, and leave yourself with the potential to be out of pocket by thousands of pounds.

Think about how you are getting to your destination. We mean to the airport, or Eurostar or ferry terminal. Book a taxi, or your car hire early (we can help with this if you are booking your holiday with us).

Work out timings. Would it make it easier for you to stay at a hotel near the airport/terminal the night before, dependent on the time of your train/plane/ferry? The last thing you want to do is leave yourself stressing, rushing around or panicking.

Beautiful Village Of La Roque
Beautiful Village Of La Roque

Although this may seem like a lot of preparation at the outset, but based on our years of planning, the more you get arranged at the time of booking, the more you can sit back and enjoy the run-up to your holiday.

Planning a holiday should be fun – and part of the whole experience. Hopefully, the advice above will help you to make that process easier and more enjoyable – after all, we’ve been planning holidays for years!

And don’t forget, of course, that if you want some additional help, then we are on hand to help you craft your perfect trip away. We promise to take all the hassle away, so all you have to worry about is what to pack!

We’ve also put a list of our top 5 holidays for 2017, so if you want to get more ideas on where you could go in the summer, then read our blog here!

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