Book your travel and accommodations. If you can afford a travel agent, planning your holiday is destined to be a stress-free experience. But if you’re like most families, you would rather pocket that money by making all the plans yourself. This doesn’t have to take a toll on your holiday excitement, however. Just research web sites that specialise in offering low hotel rates, cheap plane tickets and package deals when it comes to combining the two.
Check out holiday insurance. Your greatest hope is that everything about your holiday is splendid. But just in case you run into trouble, it’s a good idea to look into getting a holiday insurance plan. Insurance claims and compensation can be made for accidents, emergency healthcare and the cost of replacing damaged property while you’re away. It will only be a few pounds extra, but it could end up saving you a lot of money in the end. And even if you never need to call on your insurance agent, you’ll at least be able to enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.
Do some housekeeping. Make sure to let a family member, close friend or neighbour know that you and the family will be gone on holiday. It’s a good idea to ask someone to check the mail every other day to make sure you don’t have anyone snooping around while you’re gone. And if your holiday falls at the beginning or the end of the month, make sure you’re all paid up with the bills before embarking on your trip to avoid a household catastrophe upon your return.
Search for things to do once you get there. There are some pretty cool websites that can give you insight into the culture, attractions and foods that you’ll find while you’re on holiday. You could even put out a note on your social network pages asking for suggestions from friends who may have been where you’re going. Just make sure not to publicly publish the exact dates of your trip.
Get excited. Literally. All that’s left--err, besides the packing--is the pure joy of anticipation. Get the family together to discuss what you all hope to see and do on holiday and relish the moment. Because you’ve just tackled a massive feat--finishing off the ultimate family holiday to-do list.