It doesn’t matter where you’re headed or for how long, there will always be an element of stress involved in any trip away. Tickets to buy, hotels to book, excursions to plan – the list is endless, and if you don’t plan properly, you could wind up tearing your hair out over the stress. So, here are the top three tips that should hold you in good stead for your next holiday.
- Research the area
The best thing you can do for yourself is to research the area you’re visiting thoroughly. There is a wealth of information online, but to get a real flavour for the kind of place you’re visiting, take a look at local forums and bloggers. You’ll be able to find out what the natives do for fun, and it can open up a whole new world of culture to you that’s a million miles away from the tourist-filled spots that you would have visited.
From there, you’ll be able to figure what you want to do while you’re there, where you want to go and what you need to look out for. For example, you might find out about an authentic street market that only happens on a certain day. If there are events happening at specific times, you can fit in the more popular attractions around them. To better conduct research, you can hide your IP and to see Google local results.
- Find your accommodation
There’s no point in picking accommodation that’s miles away from the things you want to see, so this is worth taking into consideration. Apart from that, it really all depends on the kind of trip you want. You might prefer to be close to the outdoors, in which case it might be far handier to simply take a tent with you and move around the country.
However, you might well be a lover of luxury, in which case it pays to look around for the best deals that hotels have to offer. For example, if you’re staying in the Niagara Falls region, this is a hugely popular tourist attraction, and rooms at the Marriott On The Falls are always in high demand. You’ll want to book as far in advance as you can to secure the room with that iconic Falls view.
- Book well in advance
Speaking of booking in advance, never has this been more important when looking at future journeys abroad. Things like tours, excursions and tickets for concerts, are in such high demand that you’ll often end up missing out if you leave it too late. For example, in the case of Niagara Falls, they have incredibly popular tours available that encompass several experiences at once, such as Niagara’s Best Tour.
This includes the Journey behind the Falls tour, the Hornblower catamaran cruise, the Whirlpool Rapids experience, and free passes to the Daredevil Museum and the Niagara Skywheel. If you want to make sure you’re not the one left behind, this kind of planning in advance will save you a lot of hassle.
Did you find these tips useful? If you have any more, I’d love to hear about them so leave me a comment.