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Planning the Perfect Trip

If you’re planning a holiday, you want to try and squeeze every last drop of enjoyment out of it. These tips will show you how! 

Whenever we start preparing for a holiday, a fair bit of work goes into making it ‘perfect’. A holiday is such a rare treat for most of us that we want to squeeze every last drop of enjoyment out of it, and whether you’re planning a Fiji holiday , a backpacking adventure to Thailand, or whale watching in Albany, we’ve got a few tips that will help you do just that! 

Budget 

Part of planning the perfect trip is budgeting so that you’ll have enough money to last you, and so that funds aren’t going to be an issue. Wherever you’re going, figure out what you want to see, do, eat and of course where you want to stay. Decide on the type of trip you want to have before you start planning your budget, and then you can get a realistic idea of what you’ll need to spend to achieve it. Be generous with your predicted spend-per-day, because we all know that unforeseen expenses can arise and that little voice inside your head telling you to splurge gets mighty loud while you’re on holiday!

Itinerary 

Part of having a ‘perfect’ holiday, ironically enough, is accepting that however meticulously you plan it some things will veer off course. That’s part of the fun in travelling, and accepting that plans change and things go wrong and there is no such thing as perfection? Well, those are pretty decent ways to have a brilliant time. Having said this, a good itinerary is a great way to make sure you see and do everything that you wanted to do. 

Researching the big attractions and landmarks and figuring out where you want to go (before you get there) is a big bonus, as it lets you prioritise. Make sure you don’t book up every minute of spare time, however—those little spur-of-the-moment tours and day trips can be the highlights of the whole trip! 

Accommodation 

Whether you are in Vietnam hotels,  Canadian cabins or Albany's HideAway, the thing that will have the biggest impact of your enjoyment of said accommodation is whether or not you go value for money. If you paid $5 per night for a hostel in South America and you discover the mattress is uncomfortable it’s an annoyance, but at the end of the day you know that you still got a bed for $5! 

Similarly, if the mattress is uncomfortable in a 5 star hotel you paid through the nose for, you’re going to be a lot angrier and it’s going to have much more of an impact on your trip. The key to happiness when travelling is managing your expectations. Make sure that you do your research and get value for money when buying anything. It’s not so much a question of how much it costs when it comes to accommodation, but how much it is worth. 

Travel is the spice of life, and there is nothing better than returning from a trip and knowing you’ve had a truly amazing holiday. While there may not be any such thing as a perfect holiday, you can come pretty darn close. Bon Voyage!