FT Travels: Holiday Planning


Although the new year has only begun just weeks ago, it's really one of the perfect times to set out to plan future holidays. We generally do most travel for business, so it's extra special when I can enjoy a leisurely getaway.

Friends of ours, and even my parents are planning to go on a cruise soon, and it made me ponder about conjuring up a travel list of my own, one with entirely different places to visit. I was always told, "It's free to browse, and smart to compare pricing," a family statement that holds true especially for travel searching online. By browsing you might find great packages to locations that you never would have visited normally.

It can also be an excellent way to ignite spontaneity in your life in some way; not necessarily pertaining to last-minute booking, however in choosing new adventures and destinations. Taking a risk in travel destinations can be fun at times, but always do your research.
Even if you aren't ready to fully commit to booking your travel arrangements at this exact moment it's a clever idea to browse future options. Peruse luxury hotels or cheap holidays: seasonal flights, and inexpensive packages help because sometimes the idea of luxury can intimidate your wallet. But, there are times when hotels have deals that might be within your budget if your dates are flexible.

I remember one year we wanted to go to Cape Verde, but everything was expensive. Later, we found extremely affordable tickets randomly on a package for a weekend holiday, and decided to book them for the following month. An unforeseen holiday ended up being a wonderful break, a much needed one in fact. Whether you're planning a weekend excursion for a few days or a fortnight holiday, making travel plans can often seem daunting if you're not used to taking your time. Be patient.

I usually make a handwritten list. It sounds like a natural thing to do, but there's something about visually seeing my travel list that helps me to check things off more expediently. Of course, I still use a digital list, however the initial travel list of city selections, best packages, and our flexible dates are all on my written list.

Where would you like to go this year or next year? Fancy taking a trip to ancient horizons, attend the Bodrum ballet festival in Turkey, or enjoy a Western Mediterranean cruise—either way hopefully these images will inspire your next destination.

Do you and your significant other typically travel to the same places or are you adventurers? Do you like to travel with friends or alone?  

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  1. Very nice and informative post!I couldn't agree more.


  2. Very nice and informative post!I couldn't agree more.


  3. Mediterranean cruise sounds fab!


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    1. Thanks, but I believe you meant this comment for my other post! :)