In several weeks time the children break up for the school summer holiday. And if that makes you break out into a mild sweat, I’m guessing it’s either because you haven’t booked childcare, or because you haven’t booked a holiday.
I’m right, aren’t I? You’re so busy working that you haven’t had time to even think about it, let alone do all that research and make a booking.
If you’re reading this nodding your head, then help is at hand. I’m Susie Planner and I help plan holidays for families like yours, so if you’re after a summer holiday, let’s get you started.
Your Rescue Plan
- Open your calendar and block out two10 minute slots and grab a pack of post-it’s with 2 pens, one red, one blue.
- In the first 10 minute slot, quickly write in blue on the post-its, the places that jump to your mind that you’d like to visit. Don’t spend any time at all thinking about this too much, just top of the head, where in the world would you like to go? Make sure you get 10 places.
- In the second 10 minute slot, write down the type of holiday you’d like, for example, mountain, lake, beach, villa, cheap, luxury, city, family, new, foodie, or caravan.
- Now write down feelings that you’d like to experience on this holiday. For example, you could write adventurous, calm, quirky, educated, excited, alone, achievement, pampered, inspired, happy or relaxed.
- Next, you need to sit down at home with a drink and your partner.
- Work out how much you can afford to spend on the holiday, making sure you include spending money and write that down on a post-it note in red.
- Now start prioritising your places, for example, if you have China, luxury, pampered, and it doesn’t match your budget, remove those post-its. Keep going until you have what you think is a sensible group of post-its. Mine is Croatia, sea, peaceful, villa, photography, my husbands is beach, rough sea, photography, garden and 5 star hotel but I think the best is our daughters, – ship, Greek Island, staff, swimming, dolphins and shells!
- Once you’ve got a couple of groups of ideas, start flicking through your inbox for holiday deals that have caught your eye and could match your requirements. Remember, the earlier you book, the more likely you are to be able to pay a deposit and get the flights and accommodation that you prefer.
- Speak to friends and family for recommendations and write a deadline for booking your holiday in your diary
- Use Google to search your keywords from your post-it’s for inspiration, for example, ‘villa family holidays in Croatia by the sea’ and start making a shortlist of possible travel suppliers to check availability, working through your list of possibles, until you find something – it really is as simple as that!
This is a tried and tested method of booking holidays – its success lies in the fact that you’ve captured your holiday requirements at the beginning, set your budget and only researched exactly what you’re looking for. It saves a lot of time because its quite a process led method that keeps you focused on what you want and what you can afford.
Happy holiday hunting – and don’t let me catch you with nothing planned next time we meet!