Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Top Tips When Booking A Holiday


As soon as Christmas was over we started talking about a Summer holiday for 2018. As we went to Walt Disney World in April last year we didn't have a Summer holiday and the 6 weeks dragged and I really wish we had booked something even if it was just a week somewhere. Usually we would have something booked by now but for one reason or another we haven't so over the last week we have been trawling the Internet for possible destinations. We have spent every night for hours looking for something suitable but we still haven't found anything. I have however gathered a few top tips when booking a holiday which could help you save unnecessary time.
1. Do Your Research

When we have gone abroad in the past I find it quite stressful to actually find a suitable holiday for all of us. Our first holiday with big J was when he was just 1 year old. We researched for months before we settled on a destination. It had to be suitable for families, not too hot, plenty to do, clean and with amenities for a baby. It was hard work but it's worth it because holidays cost thousands and thousands of pounds and it has to be right. 

2. Does It Suit ALL The Family?

When it comes to booking a holiday you have to ask yourself does it suit everyone? If you have kids a beach holiday might be just what you want but is there enough to keep the kids entertained? Having a hotel, villa or apartment with a pool is fantastic but the kids will probably get bored or tired after a few hours and will want more. A play area, kids daytime activity programme or kids club are ideal for little ones and now most resorts offer this up to the age of 16 with teen clubs to keep them busy. 

3. Check TripAdvisor But Don't Get Hung Up On The Negatives.

Over the past few weeks we have talked ourselves out of some fantastic hotels and resorts because of TripAdvisor. I love TripAdvisor but it is very easy to focus on the negatives rather than the positives. We found an amazing hotel through Thomson and overall on TripAdvisor it scored 82% on excellent and very good, but 3% of the 3,000+ reviews were negative. We focused on the negative and decided not to go which is crazy but we couldn't focus on all the positives after that. Some negative reviews will be genuine,  but most of the time it is usually down to personal reasons for example they didn't like the food or they found the entertainment boring. Don't get hung up on the negatives.

4. Ask Family and Friends For Recommendations.

Knowing someone has been to a hotel or resort and is happy to recommend it to you is usually a sign it's good. I wouldn't like to recommend anywhere to my family or friends unless I was 100% sure they would love it. There would be nothing worse than recommending somewhere and they hate it.

5. It's OK To Visit Somewhere You Have Been Before.

I was determined this year to try and find somewhere that we haven't been before but as we love Cyprus and Majorca so much, I am guessing we will probably visit the same hotel we have enjoyed in the past. At first I thought if we visit the same place we are being boring and not seeing what else the world has to offer but like I said earlier holidays cost thousands of pounds so if there is a holiday, hotel or resort you love and it has everything you need, why visit somewhere else? Why risk spending all that money for it to be not as good as a place you have visited before it's not you being boring its you being sensible. 

Have you booked a holiday yet this year?

Michelle
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12 comments

  1. Fantastic tips - thank you! We are currently looking at holidays and finding somewhere that will suit all the family is tricky, but I'll keep your tips in mind :)

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  2. Great tips! We're looking for a honeymoon destination for 2019 and we were thinking the Caribbean and then onto America. Our biggest issue is more the time of year for certain places in the Caribbean and America due to their weather forecasts. But I'm having lots of fun researching! x

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  3. I find it so hard booking holidays as it can feel like a bottomless pit of info but I do find Trip Advisor ever so helpful - that and recommendations.

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  4. I have used Trip Advisor just to see what it offers and what kind of vacation to take. I haven't taken a real vacation yet but someday I will:)

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  5. We're trying to book a summer holiday and finding it quite stressful. It's the first time in my adult life I've ever tried to book a holiday in the summer (before kids were in school we always went in Spring and Autumn) and I didn't realise how astronomical the prices are!

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  6. Love your tips! We're planning on booking a last minute holiday in the next couple of weeks. We want to go somewhere next month and after doing so much research we're just going to go back to somewhere we've been before. If we were going in a few months we'd plan a bit more, but if you know somewhere is amazing, it's perfectly good to revisit it. :) x

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  7. Great read thank you! I have never been to Disney World....maybe will go with grandchildren one day !

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  8. Charlene Merrall14 May 2018 at 13:41

    Thankyou for all the tips! I have never booked a holiday myself its quite daunting but this helps x

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  9. I tend to focus too hard on the negatives on Trip Adviser!

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  10. I look at Trip Advisor too and find it so valuable in deciding where to go. Ultimately it is up to you whether you want to go regardless of the reviews.

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  11. Some great tips here, especially like the "Check TripAdvisor" tip.

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