Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Preparing to Travel Tips

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Tomorrow my boyfriend and I finally jet off to Venice for our first city break together. We've had this holiday booked for what feels like forever and we are both so excited to enjoy the food, culture and sites of Venice. When we went to Malia last Summer James and his friends had a lot of last minute panic, and while my friends and I were organised I still felt a bit of anxiety in the last few days before going away. I guess with the excitement of being on holiday the panic of holiday preparation in unavoidable, but it can be made easier with a bit of organisation and if you feel like you can't avoid that pre-trip chaos keep in mind these tips.

Make lists for packing
Before I even start packing, I make a list of everything I need. This includes toiletries, guides, clothes; everything. If you make a list before hand this prevents you from under or over packing, so you will be less likely to go over your airline's weight limit and also it means they'll be no mad rush when you are packing as you can just follow your list. I also recommend planning what you're going to wear for every day of your holiday as this also prevents over packing and wasting space and weight in your suitcase. I know this can seem tedious if you're going on a two week holiday but it is so worth it as you don't end up buying more maxi dresses than you need or bringing 20 pairs of sandals when in truth you only needed 3.

Do your research
Research your hotel before you book it, research the location of your hotel
before you book it and most importantly of all research the place you're going before you book it! If you're going on an exploring city break or partying holiday your hotel won't make or break your trip, but it is still important to make sure you have a decent hotel which is clean, comfortable and safe. When booking online or at an agency always just have a quick look at your hotel on TripAdvisor and read some of the reviews to gather some opinions of it. Whilst there will always be bad reviews, any hotel that has consistently bad reviews and has barely any 'traveller photos' may be a hotel you want to steer clear of. The location of the hotel is also very important for planning your trip. You might have a great hotel, but it is a nuisance if your hotel is miles away from any of the main sites of the place you're visiting!

Purchasing some handy destination guides is also a great way to gather more information on your destination and plan your trip. For Venice I was lucky enough to borrow three from my nan, but if you do buy them use websites such as Amazon or World of Books to get books cheap! I would recommend getting more than one destination book for your trip as different books tend to focus on different things, so the more information you can get the better. For example, one of our books has a great guide to all the sites to see, whereas the other has amazing information on the restaurants, bars and how reasonable their prices and food is.

Don't leave things until the last minute
This might seem like a pretty simple bit of advice but it's so easily done, most of the time certain things just creep up on you without you realizing! There are so many things to think about before you go on holiday so it can be a bit difficult to remember to do everything, but the main things I try to get out the way as soon as I can are...
  • Insurance
  • API (advanced passenger information)
  • Changing money
There are also other little bits and pieces that you may need to do like getting your eyebrows and nails done, so don't forget to think about these things in advance so you're not trying to organize everything in the last 48 hours before you leave. Also a really important thing to remember to do really in advance is check when your passport and EHIC card expire. A couple I know went to Amsterdam last year and they had a complete nightmare because one of their passports was expired and they hadn't realized!

Tell people you are going away

No, this does not mean showing off to everyone you know that you're going on holiday (although a little bit of that is allowed as well!), this means letting your boss, uni lecturers ect know that you aren't going to be available for a certain amount of time while you're away. On the one hand this is important so that you don't have to be thinking about your other responsibilities on your trip, but it is also essential that people know that you won't be there to respond to an email or attend a lecture. If you have anything that needs to be done in the time you're away make sure it's done and emailed to before you leave so that you don't have to be thinking about it at all on your holiday!

I hope these tips are helpful to anyone who finds themselves panicking at the thought of holiday preparation, it is without a doubt the most stressful part of any holiday and it's important to make it an as easy process as possible!

As I am going away tomorrow this will be my last blog post for a while, but I will be straight back on blogging as soon as I am back with some lovely pictures and tales from my trip!

Lots of love,


  1. loved this post, have a good time! x

  2. Love this post, some really helpful and useful advice you have given!

    Jess x

  3. I'm in the process of booking my first proper holiday in 11 years so seeing this post really helped me de-stress! I hope you have a lovely time! :)

    I've also nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award because your blog is fab!
    Have a look at my link for more info :)

    1. Ooh sounds lovely, where are you thinking of going?
      I did, thanks so much! Xx

  4. Definitely a post I would promote to many people! I always make a list, but I have something to add to this list. Check which electric socket the country uses... it's very helpful when you have the right converter! Otherwise your laptop will only have one round of charge. Also, I never really buy a destination guide because if you go to a good enough hotel, there are always tons of brochures by the front desk. It might be nice to have an idea before hand though :)

    1. Good tip, it's so frustrating getting to your destination then not being able to charge! Yeah, I'm just obsessed with planning so buying before hand is a must for me haha xx

  5. Parking tips is very helpful during the vacation mostly trip master are not well aware about the vacation parking tips and they park the vehicle any where but today i want to go of the US tour specially for the bus tour bus tickets from columbus to new york and its my first bus tour..


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