Happy New Year! We hope you had a great holiday season and that your resolutions for 2024 included some travel.
Have you ever stopped and had that terrible realisation that you can’t remember your last holiday?
You probably gave yourself a whole lot of reasons why, but the actual reason is that you haven’t planned a holiday.
Never fear, we are here to give you that kick along to start planning your next getaway.
Start with one of three things: destination, budget or timing.
Is there that bucket list destination that you’ve always promised yourself no matter what, you are doing it one day?
Maybe start there.
Usually starting with the destination requires the greatest lead time.
You are going to want to do lots of research to make sure you get this one right, and that may take some extra time to save, both money and accrued leave and making sure you travel there at the best time of year to really enjoy it.
Many of us are on a set budget each year for holidays.
If you start here, it more easily narrows the destinations for you.
If you have the budget for Bali, you are not getting to the Maldives this year… unless you want to swap those three weeks in Bali for five nights in the Maldives.
Budget doesn’t always mean compromise on experience, just location and/or time.
The third, and often most limiting element is timing.
Many people work in industries where there are times of the year that either leave is enforced or where there are blackout periods for leave.
Then there are family holidays where in general you can only travel when the kids aren’t at school.
Timing impacts both budget and destinations.
You can’t ski New Zealand in January, so if you want to ski then, Japan is a great option, but might cost you a bit more.
Wherever you choose to start, just get started and happy holiday planning for 2024.
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