There are so many things to think about and consider when you are thinking about travelling abroad. Whether for a holiday or for work. You want to make sure you have made the best possible choices regarding your travel and your visit itself. This is especially important for me when booking our last minute holiday.
I have recently booked a holiday to Fuerteventura with my mum and my youngest sister. It is the first (and probably only) time I have holidayed without Olivia. I did visit London for 3 days back in January but I’ve not been a whole week away on holiday (aside from training for a previous job role years 4 year ago) especially not left the country without her.
When we all finally decided on our destination and picked the hotel, before booking anything we needed to source the best price possible to make sure we got the best deal. My mum seems to have a checklist of things to do and get booked asap so everything is in order before we travel.
Booking Our Last Minute Holiday.
The hotel we chose is a family hotel. There is also an adult’s only pool. This means we are able to get away and relax should we wish to, not that we mind being around other peoples children. This was definitely something that swayed our decision when booking. We also checked out deal sites before making our booking. This managed to save us around £30 per person on our holiday by not booking directly with the holiday company we are travelling with.
This was also with paying the extra to pick our seats upon finalising our booking. This is something I would definitely recommend you do if you can despite my inclination that really, we shouldn’t have to especially if we are flying with young children!
We always go all inclusive when holidaying abroad. For us, this is the best option. It means we don’t have to worry about taking too much money with us as everything is pretty much paid for upfront. If you prefer to explore the local area and eat in restaurants away from the hotel, then choosing to go self-catering would prove to be the best option and further keep the cost of your holiday down even more.
Buying Medical Travel Insurance
Medical Travel Insurance is something we never leave the country without. Knowing we are covered should anything happen to us is a peace of mind when travelling to a foreign country. You hear so many stories of people having accidents when on holiday and no means of covering their medical expenses or being repatriated for further treatment. For a small payment before we travel, it is something that is essential for us especially with members of the family having different medical conditions like asthma, heart problems and arthritis.
Booking Extras at the Airport.
As I will be driving us to the airport, we will be booking airport parking as soon as possible. This is so we can take advantage of lower prices. We all know there are different packages to help make arriving and parking at the airport easier. But with new charges in force at Manchester Airport, we have decided that a car park away from the terminal with a short shuttle bus ride is the best option for us.
We won’t be staying over the night before our flight this time. However, we will be looking to book into a flight lounge to relax before we board the plane. After all, everyone knows your holiday officially starts at the airport, doesn’t it!
With everything booked and ready to go all that is left is to do some pre-holiday shopping and stock up on some factor 50 as I am the girl who burns in the shade under the parasol whilst religiously applying the suncream every hour!