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Planning on Spending a Magical Weekend Away? Here Are Some Tips

04/08/2021

The summer holiday season is upon us. This is your chance to plan an amazing weekend away. Whether you want to get away from the cold and spend some time on the beach with friends or explore new places, we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, I will give you holiday planning tips to create the perfect holiday itinerary for a magical weekend away.

St Ives beach in Cornwall, Great Britain

1. Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time

First and foremost, you’ll need to plan your holiday ahead of time. If you’re, for instance, leaning towards picking Jersey for your next holiday, you’ll need to book your holiday or find accommodations there. The thing with direct booking online is that it can be harder to find the cheapest connection or if there are any special offers on ferries at all.

If you’re looking for specific holiday destinations in England, there are websites you can use as they have some great holiday deals planned. It doesn’t hurt to get ahead of everyone else so start planning now!

Cliff in Jersey southern coast with stunning views over the Channel island - United Kingdom

2. Pack a Carry-on Suitcase With Everything You Need for the Weekend

Packing everything you need in one suitcase is a form of art. Among the items you should pack for a holiday are swimwear, clothes suitable for the weather forecast in your destination (you will not want to be caught unprepared), flip flops/sandals, sunscreen, bug spray.

You’ll also need an extra pair of shoes if you plan on any activities or sightseeing while at your destination like hiking boots and walking sandals. For anything too formal, it’s always best to bring one outfit as a backup just in case you are invited out during the weekend!

Finally, make sure that when packing toiletries and medicines that they’re still within their expiration date.

3. Bring Snacks That Are Easy to Eat on the Go

Even though you’re going away only for one weekend, there may be times when you don’t want to take a break from sightseeing. One of my top holiday planning tips is to always carry snacks and water with you!

To keep your energy up and hunger at bay, bring snacks such as nutty granola bars, nuts or fruit packets that are easy to eat on the go. If you’ve got enough time to bake before your trip, a healthy homemade treat I love to make which is packed with nutrients and proteins is peanut butter & banana muffins.

  • Make sure you pack everything beforehand so there’s less chance of forgetting anything.
  • Keep in mind that only liquids will pass through airport security for carry-on baggage.

Peanut Butter, Banana, Oats and Chocolate Chip Muffins

4. Wear Comfortable Clothing So You Can Be Active All Day Long

No matter what the weather forecast is for your holiday, you can’t predict how it will feel once you’re actually there. Even if it’s sunny in the morning and warm enough to wear shorts or tank tops without a jacket, by afternoon rain might start pouring down. In order to be prepared for any type of weather and activity (and stay comfortable), pack clothing that covers up but are also breathable, like cotton trousers or leggings. Pack a few long-sleeved t-shirts as well: they will protect your arms from the sun on hot days and they will also be useful in religious places (like Taj Mahal in India), where showing off your skin is not considered respectful.

Cruising along the backwaters in Alleppey in Kerala

5. Keep Your Kids Entertained

If your kids are going away on holiday too, make sure they have activities planned ahead of time so they won’t get bored when all their devices run out of battery! Bring crayons and coloring books as “old school” entertainment, and download games or movies to your phone before you leave.

  • Pack a few of their favorite toys.
  • Consider getting them a souvenir that they can take home with them at the end of the holiday (that’s not too heavy!)
  • Let kids explore, but make sure there are clear boundaries so they don’t get lost!

6. Check Out What’s Happening in the Area Before You Arrive

Making sure there are things to do in the area you are going to is a great way to make your holiday more interesting and memorable. Check out review sites to read what other people thought about a place or an experience, look at their photos and videos to find out what all of the best attractions are in an area before they go there!

  • A holiday should be spent exploring a new destination and learning new things, so make sure you have planned time for sightseeing and guided tours (but don’t forget to relax as well, it’s your holiday after all!).
  • Make sure there is plenty on offer locally – you don’t want your holiday ruined by boredom because there is nothing to do in or near your accommodation!

Hotel Jardin Tropical in Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands

7. Make Sure Everyone Has Their Own Bag If Traveling by Car

Since you likely won’t be traveling by plane, it’s important to make sure everyone has their own bag. If someone is going to be driving, they need a properly equipped car and most importantly – all passengers should have their own bags because the trunk of a sedan or hatchback isn’t really enough space for four people with luggage. This will help prevent things from being lost in transit too.

8. Figure Out Your Budget

Planning your budget is important because it will help you to know what kind of holiday is in your price range. You need to think about the amount that you want to spend and how much money you can afford. Even though it may be something you can easily afford, it’s always better to do your diligence beforehand.

If you have a lot more free time, then perhaps an activity holiday will be best for a weekend away. If not, maybe go somewhere with lots of attractions or activities where there are plenty to do during the day but which also has nightlife too.

Flat white coffee at Unternehmen Mitte café in Basel, Switzerland

9. Get a Map of the Area and Start Planning Where You Want to Go

Getting a map of the area you want to visit will help you to plan what attractions and other holiday activities are available. If possible, get a map of where the accommodation is located too so that you can start planning which places within easy reach of your holiday accommodation will be most worth visiting. Once done, make sure all this information is in one place for easy reference when needed.

With these holiday planning tips, you’ll be able to get the most out of your next trip away from home. Whether it’s a weekend or an entire week-long excursion, following this advice will help you have more fun and feel less stressed throughout the experience.

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