Holidays and vacations are probably the best part of our lives. They are regularly occurring bright milestones that we look forward to. In order to get the most out of these precious bubbles of time, we need to plan them well. Here are some useful tips to help you with the task.

Start early. Several months ahead. The more time you have for planning the better. Sit down with all the people that are joining you for the trip. Take into account their wishes and needs. The bigger the group the more problematic it will be to accommodate their ideas and you all need to be ready for compromising. Try to satisfy one wish of each group member so everybody is happy. Or you can split – while the ladies spend the afternoon shopping, the gentlemen can go on a snorkeling trip.
Decide where you want to go. Make a list of 2-3 places and vote for the top destination that you all want to visit.

Decide what you want to do and see when you get there. If you are travelling to a new place, you need to do some research. Read about the attractions, location, climate, customs and possibilities of that destination. Let everyone in your group suggest an activity they prefer to do. Incorporate them into an itinerary but leave some space for improvising in case of the unfavorable weather or force majeure (you plan a half day visit to the archeological site in Pompei, Italy and the moment you get to the ticket office you discover the employees are on a “sciopero” – a strike - that day).

Start booking. Searching the net for the best deals and making arrangements can be a very time-consuming and exhausting task. A wise thing to do is to join a travel discount club such as Hotels Etc. whose team is specialized in finding you the best deals on all your travel needs from hotels, flight tickets, attraction tickets and other activities. With their expertise you will enjoy great savings that can be used for other treats and fun experiences. The most important thing to take in consideration is that OTA’s and Hoteliers are not allowed to offer travel discounts. You have to be part of a close loop program.

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