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As we head into summer, more of us than ever are looking to book holidays. If you’re yet to book a break, it could be because you’re stuck with where to go, what to do, or just what you’re looking for from a trip away.

Trying to decide what holiday to go on can feel like a bit of minefield, which is why we’ve put together some quick refresher tips on the important things to consider when planning.  

3 Quick Planning Tips for Summer Holidays

What Do You Want From Your Break?

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There are so many types of holiday, which is why you want to think about what you want from your break.

Are you looking to immerse yourself in culture?

Or do you perhaps want to immerse yourself in nature?

New Zealand is a country full of unique flora and fauna so it is an ideal spot for those looking to escape the city.

If you are more of a city break person, consider places such as New York, Vienna or Rome – they should tick all the boxes! 

The important tip here is to base your trip off your interests – not because someone else has said a place was interesting, as they may have very different expecations to your own.

Consider Your Budget

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The type of holiday you go on can is greatly impacted by how much you are looking to spend.

For example, if you want to go to an all-inclusive resort you might end up spending more initially, but once you’re there you won’t need to spend much. The opposite would be true of something like a road trip holiday (very little initial spend).

Think about what you want to spend and who you are going with to have the most realistic idea. Put aside money for accommodation, food, travel and all other expenses – you don’t want to run out early and end up having to cut your trip short!

Try to find last minute deals on things and see if you can find vouchers online. Whether looking for flights to New Zealand or for a ferry to France, prices can change a lot so be sure to keep an eye.

Leave Free Time for Flexibility

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While some amount of spontaneity is good in a trip, it’s a good idea to have a rough idea of what you want to do on your holiday before you go.

This will mean you don’t miss out on anything when you are there and get to see all the different things you want to see.

If you’re heading somewhere that is religious for example, you might want to visit certain cathedrals which might not be open on certain days. By planning ahead of time you can guarantee you won’t miss out and it can also be cheaper to book your tickets in advance. 

However at the same time, don’t overpack or overplan your itinerary as the joy and magic of travel is having plenty of time to explore and relax!

These are just a few top tips that should help you when it comes to booking your next break away. Whether you go for a long weekend with your other half, or for a week with your best friends, there are so many different types of holiday you can take.

Have you got a holiday booked? What are some of your top tips? Let us know in the comments below.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.



  1. We always want to allow for free time Meg to make traveling easier. Flexible travelers know how missed or cancelled flights or traffic make the best plans dissolve in a moment. Give yourself a cushion to sleep better and to enjoy leisurely travel.


    • Absolutely Ryan, that cushion of time is so important, travel shouldn’t leave you more stressed upon return than when you left!

      Thanks for reading, hope you’re well :)

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