Wednesday, 15 July 2015

How to stay stress free when booking a holiday

For the past few months my husband and I are trying to find the best deal for our first holiday abroad as a family of 3. We have picked hotel and destination then changed our mind due to latest events in Tunisia which means we need to start searching again. 

It seems stressful as it's time consuming to find cheap family-friendly hotel but I guess not as stressful the day of the flight when you need to make sure that everything is packed, all documents are sorted, money exchanged and everyone is up and ready to go.

"Insight shows that though we greatly anticipate our holidays, the stress of organising the trip means that families or couples often start bickering before the trip has even begun. With this in mind, travel expert Purple Parking are running a campaign to help families avoid the pressure points that spark those bickering moments".

I came up with few recommendations which hopefully will help you to be more organised and less stressed:

- what's your budget? Lots of travel website or even local travel agents have different prices for the same hotel knowing what is your budget will give you and a travel agent a better idea of what sort of holiday they can offer or you should be looking out for.
- don't put too much stress on yourself. If you are planning to travel with family or friends, ask them to get involved. It's so much easier when someone else is involved. For instance they can find holiday destination and you can look for a hotel reviews or if the person picked the hotel you can search for the better deal.
- try not to leave booking the holiday till last. My husband thinks that we might get better deal 3 days prior to the flight I would agree with that if we didn't have limited budget and a child.
- look for deals online or speak directly to the agent via online chat, sometimes they can offer better prices or
- split the costs
- buy an insurance for your little ones and yourselves and don't forget to check if you need to do vaccinations prior to your trip
- and relax!

Purple Parking have also created a handy travel advice section on their website. "Once you've decided where and when you need airport parking you can take advantage of our how-to guides on everything from golf baggage allowances to how to entertain the kids during your journey".

Disclamer: I was offered a John Lewis voucher as a thank you for sharing my tips.

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