Making your Holiday a Huge Success

For Months in advance, we dream about the fantastic holiday that we are about to Plan, we look forward to it and we try to hurry it along. But we all know that sometimes it can run less smoothly than we have dreamed about, and it leaves us with great disappointment. Today I have put together some travel tips, so your next holiday will be a roaring success.

Some Advice

Firstly, be realistic and plan for any mishaps, this way you won’t be disappointed and can only be pleasantly surprised. It may sound a little negative but its not, it just means that you have thought about the worst case scenarios and the problems that may arise if they do rear their ugly heads, and are dealt with quickly and easily.

Make sure that all your emergency items are packed with your hand luggage and not in the bottom of your main suitcase. You need to be able to access them at any given time. it is wise to add a few pairs of underwear and basic toiletries as Millions of bags and suitcases are lost, delayed or damaged on a yearly basis at airports nationwide.

Booking all you’re connecting flights on one itinerary is a must, as the first airline that you flew with is responsible for sorting out all your flights and luggage problems if need be, by doing it this way you would not have to end up speaking to 20 different companies to try to sort out your problems.

Pack Wisely, always try to pack a little lighter, often you find that you don’t use half the items that you have actually packed. You would then have more space for gifts and souvenirs at the end of your Holiday, and would save you buying another bag. Clever packing is never a bad skill to have if you are planing on travelling during your lifetime.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, people are genuinely very friendly and helpful and often go out of their way to be of assistance to help you get the best experience from their country.

Finally, keep a positive mindset. Sometimes things do go wrong, but if you can keep a level head and not get bogged down with stress and negativity, you will then be able to get through any issues that may arise. Travel is all about leaving your comfort zone, meeting new people, experiencing a new culture and having the time of your life.

Travel on a budget

With the high cost of living and for many of us wages not reflecting this, travelling can only be on a budget and can sometimes put us off taking the leap and booking a holiday. But if you are careful and knowledge then a budget is the way to go.

  1. Planning – Although being spontaneous and jetting off on holiday to a new destination sounds like fun, but if you are on a budget it may not work for you. In order to get the best value for your money you need to plan well, ask yourself these questions
  • How long can we stay for
  • Where are the best priced hotels
  • Are there any free activities
  • Are meals included in the price of your stay
  • Is there free WiFi

Above are just a few examples things you need to ask yourself. Planning will save you a lot of money and stress when you finally arrive.

2. When to goTraveling out of season can cut your costs on accommodation and flights by half the price, as well off-season special prices for tourist attractions, eating out and so on.

3. Accommodation savvy – This is going to be one of your biggest costs on your trip and prices vary, spending less does not mean that you are going to stay in a place that is not nice, there are plenty of and lodges that are very nice and don’t cost the earth. Airbnb, just to name a few, are just a few to help save money, if you book a cottage, house or apartment with a kitchen where you can cook some of your own meals can save you a lot of money, you are also able to spend some evenings just relaxing rather than going out and spending money.

4. Packing – Make sure you bring all your essentials from home so that you are not using your spending money once you are on holiday. Buying toiletries and other items can really add up very quickly and leaving you short at the end of the day.

5. Bookings – Its always wise to book your accommodation from home before you leave, to get the best deals available, you can also compare flight and accommodation costs to pick the cheapest time to travel. If you leave it to the last moment before you travel you will most properly have to pay almost double for a flight, so be sure to book well in advance.

6. Eating out – Its lovely to eat out, but being another big cost its best to use the local supermarkets, and buy picnic foods for while you are on your sightseeing trips find scenic picnic spots and eat without having to spend a fortune. Drinking alcohol can also be costly, choose the local drinks which are much cheaper than imported drinks.

7. Be flexible – One of the most important things when traveling on a budget, is to be flexible. Don’t plan too many activities until you are actually at your holiday destination, rather go with the flow as there might be better and cheaper deals available to you once you are there.

Don’t miss out on life experiences just because you are short of cash, this can be done cheaper than most people realize Plan well and you will enjoy your travelling as much as any other holiday that you have taken.

Take Care Safe Travels

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, please feel free to leave a comment below




  1. Very insightful information! Although I have always booked my connecting flights on one itinerary, I had never really thought of more risk of loosing my luggage otherwise.
    And thanks for the budget friendly ideas too. I’m always on the hunt for how to travel budget savvy πŸ™‚

    • Only a pleasure Holly, loosing luggage is a common thing these days and not a very nice experience a friend of mind lost her luggage and only got it back a few days before she was due to fly home …at least she got it all back πŸ˜‰

  2. OMG Devlyn I love this! So often do we want to just get up and go but when we do that, we tend to not be quite as prepared as we would have been had we taken the time to plan beforehand. Especially if you have kids or pets, it’s always smart to plan ahead just in case anything happens during your travels just like you said for instance about putting all your flights on the same itinerary. Much less hassle should something go wrong!

    • Hey ash, thanks so much and yes we tend to forget about a ton of things to do due to all the excitement in the home, especally if you are traveling abroad

  3. What a great post! I do tend to be one of those people who fret when I travel. I’m always worried I forgot something or if I’m going somewhere I’ve never been before worrying about the what if’s and such… But I realized I just need to relax and remember that traveling is fun πŸ™‚

    Thank you again!

    • we all tend to have the “What If’s” at the back of our minds and its normal for everyone to think like that. Relax,have fun and enjoy the moment.

  4. Hey, Devlyn!

    The tips you gave are great and I definitely do agree that one can travel on budget. For some essentially it might seem impossible, but it’s not that impossible, if you truly plan. Some hard work on planning I feel is a must.

    But above all, I couldn’t agree with you more that it’s extremely important to keep a positive mindset and be flexible. I know way too many people who get stressed out about the slightest deviations from the vacation plan. Which ultimately, is only a detriment to their happiness, something to definitely not occupy one’s mind with.
    Try to see the good in such deviations. What did you see or do that you would otherwise not have done or not been able to.

    I feel that if you truly stay true to being positive and flexible, you will find great joy in travelling despite not being able to be 100% spontaneous and lavish.

    Cheers, loved the article!

    • Hello Matiss,
      Everyone wants that “perfect” holiday and tries to plan in advance and when something does not go according to plan,instead of putting a plan B into action and being Flexible, I think thats when the stress levels hit sky high. I think the best way to go about things on holiday is just relax and go with the flow and enjoy every moment.

    • No worries Donald, at least you have a few more tips on hand, and with time you will get better. πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Delyn,
    Great looking website and it seems to cover all aspects of what we need to do in preparation before we go on Holiday.


    • Hey Dave,
      Thank you very much,
      Some folk dont realize that there is so much to remember before traveling, and end up with very high stress levels that it actually spoils their holidays.

  6. Hi, this was actually really helpful πŸ™‚ I remember one time that I traveled to the Bahamas and my suitcase got lost, I didn’t have any clothes to put on for two days just the one that I was wearing. It was a disaster but also it was the first time that I traveled hahaha

    • Oh Gosh Paola so sorry to hear about your luggage,at least you got it back fairly quickly. Some people only get it back days before they are due to fly home. At least next time you will be well prepared.

  7. Hi Devlyn πŸ™‚ This is perfect as we’ll be planning a trip soon. There is so much to consider and to remember. And especially around the holiday period, it gets to be extremely stressful traveling if you aren’t prepared. I try to remember everything but you’ve really got it covered. Do you think it’s better to check your luggage or bring it on board if you can? I always want my most important things with me. Thank you for some great tips Devlyn!

    • Hey Rob,
      How exciting for you ! The best way to is to make a lists for hand luggage before you pack, but be careful you dont pack to many unnecessary items as you only allowed 7kgs in your hand luggage, that includes laptops etc, you dont want to be lugging a huge heavy bag around for a few hours when waiting for a connecting flight. If you plastic wrap your main luggage before you check it in it should be safe as I have never had any problems doing it that way.
      Safe Travels & have a fab time

  8. Brilliant advice. As someone who loves to go on holiday I never really thought of packing some of my main things in my hand luggage, think I’ll be doing that from now on. These will definitely come in handy the next time I go on holiday. Thanks a bunch!

    • So Glad i could Help with some info Ki, we definitely learn form our experiences,it does get a lot easier and less stressful the more you travel.

  9. I love this post. I think you have thought of everything. Very informative. I travel a lot but there are some things on here that I never really thought about. My favorite one is #7, be flexible. I have been in that situation where I have booked stuff in advance and then found a better excursion once I got there. This is a great idea, flexibility.

    • Hey Laura,
      Sometimes we tend to Get so excited that we just book anything instead of waiting. there are a lot of sites that offer excursions at fantastic prices.
      Happy Travels

  10. Very helpful info. Planning ahead and Flexibility are the most important I think.
    And I’d like to add Packing as my personal choice. I tend to forget things a lot. So what I do is, I start slowly packing like a week ahead, it’s funny as it sound but it works for me.

    Thanks for laying it out.

    • HI Mina,
      Its nice that you have a system that works for you, the main goal is to get to the end result stress free, and without forgetting any major items.

      Take Care & Happy Travels

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