What is the most awaited time of the year? Holidays, right! You can chill on the beach, go for a Disney trip, or to a country that you’ve always wanted to visit. Such is the vibe of the holiday season. But it is also important to make holidays a huge success. Because trust me even a good holiday can go bad if you don’t pay attention to the tiny details. So, here is a checklist that will help you plan the holidays right.
Pick a destination
The first and foremost step is to pick a destination. You cannot go wrong on this one. A destination will help you set a travel goal. For example, some people talk a lot about traveling on holiday but are not sure about the location. Be it a local place or a different country, you have to first decide the place and then move forward with the rest of the planning. In fact, this will help you commit to the idea of traveling and your plan will become more concrete.
Check all your documents
How will you travel if you don’t have the right documents in possession? In fact, the scrutiny of documents is mandatory for any individual planning to go on a trip. Now, imagine looking at an expired passport on the day of the departure. Even the thought of it will give you chills and you will see an entire trip going down the flush. So to avoid the tiny glitches from ruining a streamlined process you have to check all the documents weeks ahead of the trip. Instead, you can keep a scanned copy of ID cards, passport and address proof in your mail as a precautionary measure in your travel bag.
Decide the length of the trip
It is possible that you have a budget for a five day or a ten-day-long trip. This is why you have first to mark the calendar and then plan accordingly. The planning of the budget will strictly depend on the length of the trip. So, if you say you are going to Washington DC, add the number of days to it. For example, I am going to Italy this holiday season for ten days. The moment I said ten days, solidarity was added to the plan. Now the plan has become even more clear and concrete. Thus, make sure you decide the length of the trip and then move ahead with the formation of the budget.
Make arrangements for your kids and pets
Traveling solo or with your partner is an ideal plan and it is not bad to take some time out for yourself. But planning for your kids and pets is essential in this case. You can either leave your kids and pets with the grandparents or ask a relative to look after them. But it is not necessary that the relatives will be free. As a result of this, you have to look for a babysitter weeks ahead of the trip. In addition to this, start talking to your kid’s moths before you actually lay out a plan. In turn, they will prepare themselves mentally. You can also make things fun for your kids by hanging notes in their room and the bathroom. As a result of which you will indirectly remind them of their responsibilities.
Cut down the expenses and start saving
The most important part of any trip is the budget you are willing to spend on it. Not only this, but the budget will help you decode the fate of the trip. To make things easier for you I will share a tip with you. I usually start saving months before the holiday season arrives. Now we all know that are some unreasonable daily expenses that we tend to ignore. Exactly, think about all those expenses and start filling up the money-saving jar with the same amount. Keep the jar locked in a place where you are not tempted to use it. By the end of the month, the jar will be filled with a certain amount that you can use during the trip.
Are you forgetting the plants?
Yes, of course you are! Let’s face it the excitement of holidays will cloud your judgment. Amid all the excitement you will forget the plants. In fact, you may leave them unwatered and come back home to withered plants. The site will not be pleasing to your eyes. So, avoid unpleasant instances by watering the plants regularly. Especially one week ahead of your departure. This practice will help you a lot if you are going out for a few weeks but in the case of a long trip, I recommend you allow a trustworthy neighbor to take care of them.
Don’t leave bread crumbs for burglars
Burglars will look for opportunities and take it without thinking twice. But you can close the window of opportunity by amping up the security system or by taking care of all the deliveries. Because the stack of mail and newspapers in front of your house will clearly indicate that the house is empty. So there are two things you can do. First, cancel the newspaper delivery for the no of days you will stay away from home. Second, request the mail delivery authorities to send a hard copy instead of a soft one.
The essence of a holiday is peace of mind and happiness. Without both these elements, your holiday is nothing but a bad dream. Instead, holidays have so much to do with happiness, giving, and celebration that some people believe in tipping house cleaners while others give away gifts. So keep the spirit of the holidays intact, planning and organizing a trip carefully is vital. I hope this checklist will help you plan your holiday accordingly and you will have a good time.
Emily believes that people should always live their lives to the fullest every day. She loves her dog JiJi. Emily has graduated from the University of Michigan and is a passionate relationship blogger who is looking forward to her career as a relationship and dating coach. She is an avid book reader with a special liking for romance, horror, and sci-fi genre.