We all love going on holiday and it is often something that we look forward to all year around. Holidays are great because they give us a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. They also give us a chance to explore new countries, new cities and something that is important to many people is that we can get better weather when we go on holiday.

More so now than ever, with the current health crisis that is COVID-19, looking forward to the next holiday is extremely important. As I write this article now, I have been in self-isolation for the past 4 weeks and so there is nothing that I can think more fondly of than sitting on a hot beach somewhere, the sun blazing down on me and a cocktail in my hand.

For these reasons, it is really important now to start thinking about the holiday that you will be going on perhaps next summer. Especially if, like many of us, you have recently had to cancel a holiday as it was to near to the present, or perhaps had been forcibly cancelled already, by your travel provider.

So, onward and upwards, lets think positive, if you are planning your holiday for next summer, here are the top 5 things that you should be thinking about in order to make it a success.

1.Think about your travel date

The date in which you travel is always important. You want to pick a date that isn’t going to coincide with any important events such as relatives birthdays, school times or even perhaps your best friends wedding. Now, with the corona virus and all the issues that come along with that, the date of travel is even more important. Some people are saying that things may be back to normal by May, or June or perhaps even August at the latest. However, it would be sensible to assume the worst and book your holiday for some time after that – ideally sometime next year, just to avoid disappointment if things don’t go as planned.

2.Take out travel insurance

This is always important, but now it is more important than ever. This is especially relevant if you are booking your holiday in the near future. There is something offered by travel companies called cancellation insurance, and this is very important. Think about all of the things you are purchasing relating to your holiday including hotel bookings, flights and any other types of insurance. Make sure that you have an option to either re-book, or cancel, all of these things; just as a precaution in case the holiday gets cancelled or postponed.

3.Make sure you have quality suitcases

Your suitcases are a really mundane, and yet extremely important, part of your holiday planning. Suitcases are important of course because they are what you will use to take all of your stuff on holiday with you. It is important that you have enough room in your luggage to fit everything you need and to not be over-flowing. It is also important to keep some free space in your luggage in case you want to bring anything back from holiday with you such as clothes or souvenirs. As well as these practical things, it is also a good idea to get decent quality luggage because you are going to be pulling heavy gear around with you all the way to your destination and all the way back. There is nothing worse than having poor quality luggage that is extra hard to transport around.

A good tip is to look around online for luggage reviews and really do your research to find the most suitable and quality luggage for your budget. There are many websites out there, such as this one for example, that write periodic reviews about different types of luggage and you can often get a personal opinion as well as technical reviews.

4.Plan your holiday itinerary

When planning a holiday, most people will just plan the logistics – getting to and from the airport for example – the accommodation (such as hotels or lodges) and the destination itself. However, it is a good idea to go one step further than that. You can actually start doing local research into the country and area in which you are going to be staying. In this way, you can plan out the things you will be doing when you are there, day by day. This might sound like over-kill to some people, however, if you plan out what you are going to do – trips you are going on, places you will go to eat, sight seeing excursions and so on, then you will ensure that your holiday is packed with fun and that you get the most out of the trip.

In addition, if you have already planned these things, then you can really get stuck in to enjoying your holiday when you are there, rather than having to worry and think every day about what you are going to do.

5.Save, save, save

Paying for the holiday is one thing, especially in these difficult times. However, you will also need spending money when you go on holiday and perhaps you also need to pay the holiday off in installments if you have paid on a credit card or similar. Because of this, it is always a good idea to really save hard for your holidays. The more money you can save before you go, the more you can spend when you are there. Even if you don’t want to spend lots of money whilst you are on your holiday, saving up before hand means you can go away guilt free and knowing that you don’t have to worry about money when you get back.

That’s all the important tips that you need to plan out the perfect holiday so that when you finally get to your destination you can have the absolute best time of your life.