Now that we are starting to get into spring, it can be fun to start looking ahead to the summer season and all of the nice things that should hopefully come with it.
For many of us, the main highlight of the summer, if not the whole year, is going on holiday, and often people start planning their choice of destination and the style of holiday they want well in advance, even if they don’t plan to book and pay for it until nearer the time.
However, once you have chosen where you want to go, and whether your holiday is going to be, for instance, an activity holiday, a camping holiday, a beach resort getaway or a family trip to a theme park, you may think all that is left to do is to book flights and accommodation and wait for the day to arrive when you get to leave!
While this can work just fine, you can really ensure that everything goes smoothly, that you get the best deals, and that you get the most out of your trip if you do some extra planning and research, and besides, it can be a nice distraction on a rainy day to start looking into things for your upcoming holiday and daydream about how much fun you’re going to have!
Here are some things you may well benefit from starting to plan or read up about now, ready for your summer 2018 summer getaway!
Getting To The Airport And Back
One of the things that can end up being a bit of a hassle when you just want to get on with getting your holiday started is getting you, the people you’re travelling with, and all of your luggage from your home to the airport. It is, however, something a lot of people don’t really think about until nearer the time – perhaps because it is one of the less exciting parts of the trip!
It is worth looking into your options, though, because often the best approach isn’t the one you might immediately think of.
As an example, it can often be cheaper to get a taxi from a company who offer fixed airport rates than to take a train, if you are travelling in a group, and a taxi will also mean that you don’t have to negotiate trains with all of your luggage, or worry that a train cancellation or delay could cause knock-on problems with you making it for your flight.
The same can also sometimes apply to taking your own car and using long-term airport parking. This can end up being the easiest way to get to and from the airport, meaning you can get home without any delays when you come back. It can also be cost-effective compared with public transport, depending on how far you have to travel and how many people are in your group.
Often, people are reluctant to spend a lot of extra money on parking, but before you go ahead and book the cheapest option, you should look in case there are any other options within your budget.
For example, if you are using one of the larger airports like Birmingham airport for your trip, you can find out how prices compare and what sort of parking options are available by looking at sites like birminghamparking.com, which has all of the details on Birmingham airport car park 1 and other parking facilities.
If you’re departing from one of the main UK airports, it’s likely you’ll be able to find resources like this that offer park and ride, valet, and other parking options that might fall within your budget.
If you do decide to take public transport, planning now in terms of what trains or buses you’ll need to take and how to get from the station to the airport can make things far less stressful, and you’ll also find out about any potential problems you’ll need to find a solution for – such as your flight being earlier than when the trains start running – early enough to figure out what you can do.
Using Your Devices At Your Destination
Unless you are planning a tech detox while you are away, you will probably want to use the internet and devices like your phone and tablet while you are abroad. Roaming charges are one thing you will certainly want to check before you go, as they can be a lot higher than many people expect.
In a lot of cases, it can be best to switch off data roaming on your devices and instead use wi-fi, so it can be good to check in advance where you might be able to do this.
Find out if your hotel has wi-fi, and also, take a look at the places near where you will be staying, like bars and cafes, to see where you can get access to free wi-fi.
It may seem like an odd thing to be concerned with, but if you want to do something like check out Google maps to find out how to get somewhere while you are on holiday, or to check the details of something like an Airbnb booking when you arrive, you’ll be really glad to know exactly where in the vicinity you can go. Simply Googling the facilities that show up on the map near your accommodation should be enough to reveal some places that will have hotspots.
Transport At Your Destination
If you are staying at a resort and don’t intend to go anywhere else except perhaps on organised excursions, you may not need to worry too much about how the public transport works at your destination, but it can still be a good thing to research, as it will open up opportunities for you to check out other nearby towns or get to more remote beaches if you know how to use the buses or trains there.
You may also want to look at the cost and availability of hiring your own transport, whether it’s a car, a scooter, or even just a bike, so you’ll know where to go to do this and how much you expect to spend. Again, this is all information you can bring up quite easily using the web.
If you are going on the kind of trip where you would be expecting to use local transport a lot, such as a city break, finding out about it is even more important. This means you can make sure you are taking advantage of any deals such as buying multi-day travel cards instead of paying for individual trains.
Another thing that will make life easier if you put some thought into it early is your luggage. Know which bags you plan to take, which will be for cabin luggage, and which for checked, and have an idea of what you’ll be packing, too. Obviously, you don’t need to go to the level of individual outfits and things, as you may not even have bought some of the stuff you’ll want for your holiday yet.
Nevertheless, you can make some decisions such as whether to take bulky items like, for example, a snorkel, or hire/buy them there, and whether you want to leave extra packing space for souvenirs or things you specifically want to buy at your destination because they are cheaper there.
As you can see, there are lots of little details you can be looking into now that can prevent any hiccups on or close to your holiday, and it can also be nice to get as much mileage as you can out of the time you can spend looking forward to your trip by doing this kind of research!