I am currently 15 days away from the holiday of my lifetime. I am off to New York towards the end of November and it is honestly 100% true when I say that I’ve wanted to go there my whole entire life! So yeah, I’m kinda excited…
Everyone loves a good getaway though don’t they? But sometimes it can get stressful organising one, especially if you’re the type of person who leaves things till the last minute! I’m naming no names and pointing no fingers, but you know who you are 😂😂
So I decided to compile a handy little list of tips for you all to take the stress out of your holiday! Let’s begin:
Once you have your holiday booked, do some research. You’ve obviously booked it for a reason (or reasons) and will already have an idea of what you want to see and do. However, researching your destination can often bring up a wealth of things you had never considered or even heard of.
For instance, I visited Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria back in June. Thanks to good old Google, I discovered a specific place there called Sunset Point which could be quite tricky to reach. Luckily, some kind soul had put directions onto Trip Advisor enabling me and my friend to discover this breathtaking view:
In preparation for New York, I joined a group on Facebook called NYC The Place To Be and let me tell you, it’s been invaluable in helping me and my friend plan and prepare for our upcoming trip. Via this group I’ve discovered a whole district I never knew existed – DUMBO. This stands for “down under Manhattan Bridge overpass” and it is my mission to take my own version of this very photo there:
2) Forget the mini toiletries
As cute as mini holiday toiletries can be, you don’t always need to buy them.
I’ve invested in a set of travel sized bottles/pots complete with a funnel and zip-up bag to keep them all in. I got this a while ago from B&M but so many other places such as Primark and Home Bargains also do these at a great price. They can be used over and over. I simply just de-cant my existing toiletries into the bottles/pots. I’ve not spent any extra money then which means I have more for spends whilst I’m away – every little helps!
Make sure you check what kind of adapters you’ll need for your trip. Different countries have different voltages and plug sockets so make sure you’re prepared.
You’ll only need one or two though so it won’t be too costly. My top tip is to pack an extension as you’ll only need one adapter then – you can charge up your phone, camera and dry/straighten your hair all at the same time!
Check the currency that is used in your destination of choice. When getting your hard earned spends changed over, if it’s not a more commonly used currency such as the Euro or US Dollar, then some places may have to order your cash in. This can take a few days so be on top of it so that you’re not caught short!
5) Be portable
Invest in a portable phone charger for whilst you’re out and about sightseeing. You’ll likely use your phone a lot for things such as maps/finding your way from A to B and taking photos, which can drain the life from your phone pretty quickly.
I’d hate to miss a brilliant photo opportunity simply because my phone ran out of juice!
So there you have it, my top tips for ensuring your holiday runs smoothly. Do you have handy hints you can share? Let me know in the comments!