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It doesn’t matter whether you’re booking a family getaway or heading off traveling alone, there are some things that you can’t forget when you start the planning process. It’s easy to miss something when you have so much to plan and book, so here are a few of the most important things that you absolutely can’t forget.

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Transportation

If you’re traveling abroad, you will need to look at flights. It’s better to book these well in advance, as the prices will sky rocket when the seats start to get filled up. You also need to consider how you’re getting to and from the airport, both in your country, and in your holiday destination. If you are planning on driving to the airport, you will need to book a parking ticket, although it would probably be much cheaper to take a train or get a lift elsewhere. If you’re planning to use public transportation abroad, you might want to book a travel pass for your chosen country, to save yourself some cash.

Accommodation

Although hotels are the most obvious holiday accommodation, they might not be for you. There are plenty of alternatives (many of which are cheaper) that you could use instead. You are sure to find motels and holiday apartments, homes, and cottages wherever you are planning on visiting, but if you wanted something more exciting you could look into booking something more unusual. Unique holiday accommodations, such as tree houses, lighthouses, and camper vans are very popular of late and are sure to offer you more excitement than your usual hotel room.

Insurance

If you’re planning on traveling abroad, you must make sure that you purchase travel insurance. A lot of people decide against booking travel insurance, as they don’t think that anything could go wrong. Although this may be true in many cases, it certainly isn’t for all of them. The last thing you want is for your holiday to be completely ruined by something that could have been helped, had you purchased holiday insurance.

Activities

Many people opt against putting too much planning into their day-to-day activities of their holiday, and much prefer to wing it instead. If all you want to do is visit the beach for a week, then this is completely fine, but if you want to experience the culture of your holiday destination, and see as many landmarks as you can, you will want to put some thought into what you’re doing. If you don’t know, at the very least, what it is that you want to do on your holiday, it’s likely that you’ll do very little. This is both a waste of money and time and will leave you disappointed by your time away.

Hopefully, this will help you a little when it comes to the planning process of your holiday, and stop you from forgetting anything important, or making any mistakes. All that you need to do right now is decide where it is that you actually want to go and visit.

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When you hear the phrase, city break, places like Paris, Barcelona, and Milan come to mind. Britain probably isn’t top of your list, if it features at all. But a city break in London has a lot to offer, it isn’t all Beefeaters and Big Ben, there’s so much more underneath. You might have to put up with a bit of bad weather, but it isn’t as rainy as everybody likes to make out as long as you go in the summer. If you’re coming round to the idea of a city break in London, here’s a quick rundown of all the main things you should know.

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Travel

We’ll start off with the boring stuff. Getting from place to place isn’t that exciting but you need to know where you’re going if you want to see anything. London is well-known for its extensive underground system. Get yourself an Oyster Card when you arrive otherwise you won’t be able to use it. It’s fairly cheap and very convenient, it can be a bit tricky to navigate but there are plenty of maps around if you lose your way.

Although it’s the easiest way to get around, don’t rely on the tube too much. You could miss out on a lot while you’re underground so if places are close enough, try walking so you can see more of the city. You also might want to avoid the tube during peak hours, it can get pretty cramped in there.

Accommodation

Your choice of accommodation will probably depend on your budget. There are plenty of hotels to choose from but if you are looking at central London, it’s going to cost you. The transport links are great so you can afford to get somewhere a bit further out. It’ll be cheaper and the savings are worth traveling a little. If you are under eighteen then you should look into homestay accommodation while you are visiting in London.

Parks

Everybody is familiar with all of the usual sights in London, but there is plenty more to see besides that. London is packed full of excellent green spaces that aren’t to be missed. Hyde Park is one of the largest but there are also plenty of smaller ones dotted about if you want to avoid the crowds.

History

London has a rich history that should be explored while you’re there. The main tourist attractions like the Tower of London and the Parliament building will be one aspect of this but there is more to it than that. Over the years, London has been at the forefront of world history and the remnants are still there to see today. The houses of notable figures are marked out with Heritage Plaques so you can find the sites of real historical importance.

Don’t Just Stay Central

Central London is packed with tourists, and while there is plenty to see, you can have a much more authentic experience. Places like Camden and Shoreditch are hotbeds of hipster activity if that’s your kind of thing. They’ve only become popular in the last ten years or so but already they are full of great restaurants, coffee shops and markets selling local produce.

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January is the prime time for everyone to start thinking about booking a vacation. If you’re in the northern hemisphere then the grey skies and wintery temperatures will be sending you running in the direction of a little warmth and sunlight, whereas if you’re in the southern hemisphere then the summertime weather is probably making you want to book a last minute trip. However, holidays can often cost a lot of money – luckily there are ways that you can cut down…

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Accommodation

Make sure that you bargain. If you go to a traditional travel agent to book your trip then don’t take the first deal you’re given – make sure you’ve done your research so that you can compare prices and pay the best possible price. A lot of hotels make you pay a lot of money for adding breakfast onto your bill, so why not decline that and go for nearby cafes instead for a more authentic experience? If you want to be a little more independent then you could always go for a self catering trip in an apartment or villa. Use Airbnb to get a good deal – you could even try out a house swap to save yourself even more money. If you go towards the end of the summer vacation then you’ll find that prices have gone down.

Transport

If you really want to cut back on costs, you could consider an indirect flight – although this might be too inconvenient even for people who are trying to save their pennies! Make sure that you don’t have to pay any extra charges on your flights by ensuring that your baggage is the correct price, and consider taking your own food on the plane so you don’t have to pay extortionate prices for some not particularly nice plane food. If you’re renting transport when you’re abroad then make sure you research the cheapest hire car option so you get a good deal. You should also do your best to familiarize yourself with the public transport system of wherever you’re visiting so that you don’t have to pay for taxis to take you to and from the airport.

Activities

A lot of hotels organize tours to nearby cities and tourist attractions but a lot of the time this can be extremely overpriced – instead, organize your own family days and trips out. Do your best to walk around wherever you can – even if you’re trying to save some money, a map purchase will never be a bad idea or a waste! There are a lot of city sightseeing passes that can help you save money on individual tourist attractions. If you go for that option, just make sure that you make the most of it so you get value for your money! If you want to go out for the night, then don’t start off at the hotel bar – it’ll be expensive and overpriced, so make sure that you go to local bars and restaurants instead to get your party started right!

 

 

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