Planning your holiday can be an exciting time; the promise of a far off beach and lazy days, away from the stresses of the world is hard to resist. However, some holidaymakers fail to plan their holiday and sometimes suffer disappointment with their chosen destination. Where such disappointment exists, it cannot always be said to be the fault of the tour operator of it can be shown that your 'choice' was not made with care! When you buy a car, or choose an electrical appliance, most people will research that product before making a final choice. The problem with holiday choices is that the temptation to 'click and go' and the ease at which you can make your choice, often with little description has all the potential to deliver disappointment. Following the tips below should help you plan your holiday and ensure that you make the best decision:
1. The first question to ask is what do you want from a holiday destination - is it a beach, peace and quiet, culture, action-packed entertainment and so on?
2. The next question is how far do you want to travel - are you comfortable being in an aircraft for over 3 hours - is long-haul something for you?
3. Are you just relying on a holiday brochure to describe your destination - many such descriptions are short on detail? Research the country before you book!
4. Does your chosen country suffer with extreme weather, such as hurricanes? Do not rely on the brochure; check out weather information sites before you book your holiday - do weather problems exist around the time you want to travel?
5. Does the country you want to take a holiday in have political problems? Does the country have a poor record on human rights or how they treat those who live and work in tourist areas? Check out information sites and local newspapers online!
6. When you are satisfied that you know where you want to go, make sure that the resort you are choosing will meet your expectations - for example, is there lot of building work - check out reviews or visit Google Earth and 'walk' around the resort!
7. Is the hotel what you want - check out other holidaymakers reviews - is there a pattern if problems at a hotel or resort?
8. Are you happy with the airline they are suggesting you should fly on? Check out the airlines safety record or how they treat passengers when flights are delayed or cancelled - do they give the all important European 261/2004 rights?
9. If in doubt about anything, ask the tour operator and get them to confirm their responses in writing!
10. Above anything else, always travel with full travel insurance - always declare any problems you become ware of in resort; let them know about any pre-existing medical conditions - if you are travelling in Europe, always carry your European Health Insurance Card!
By following these simple rules, they should help you to plan a successful holiday. For more tips and advice on getting the best out of your holiday, visit our Trip Planning section.