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We all love travelling and relaxing in sun, but the planning part is far from fun. Don’t leave it all to the last minute; now is the best time to plan your big break. Planning your holiday in advance doesn’t just save you a lot of money on the overall price, it means don’t have any last minute worries or unexpected costs popping up out of the blue.

Get prepared and get that much-needed break sorted before the stress starts. Not sure where to start? Read on for our five tips for getting your summer holidays planned and booked in advance. 

1. Look at prices throughout the year

One of the most important steps to getting your holiday planned is looking into when prices skyrocket; this way, you’ll know how much is left in your budget for holiday activities and essentials. Everyone knows that prices rise during the school summer holidays, but you may be shocked at just how much you can save by planning your holiday around these dates. 

If you can only go in the holidays, consider saving as early as possible. Clear those large debts as best you can - whether you’re paying off an old credit card or another form of credit - and look at ways you can maximise your disposable income. 

According to Cosmopolitan, it’s significantly cheaper to go on holiday in May than it is in August. In fact, you can save up to a whopping 98% when travelling to certain locations during this time compared to jetting off in August. If you don’t have any little ones, always avoid the school summer holiday period and plan your holiday around it. May or April half-terms are always the safest bet for families, so start looking at least a year in advance to get the best deal. 

2. Book in advance 

Booking your holiday in advance can work out better in terms of payment, too. Many of us struggle to come up with a lump sum of cash to pay for the break of our dreams, but getting it all sorted allows for other options. This way, you can easily budget your holiday into monthly instalments rather than dipping into savings or compromising on the quality of your getaway. 

3. Do your research 

Always research where you’re going beforehand and book popular activities in advance to avoid missing out. From family fun at a waterpark to the best places to eat, avoid disappointment by booking anything you really want to do or see as early as possible. 

Create a travel itinerary to maximise your time and manage your budget as you keep track of what you have planned. By making notes on what you’ve booked, you’ll never have to worry about missing out on your trip. Not sure where to start looking? Check out Airbnb’s experiences section for some information on what’s on near your holiday destination. 

4. Decide what accommodation you prefer beforehand 

Decide what type of accommodation you want before booking your holiday and consider the location. They all vary in price and popularity throughout the year which will have a direct influence on your holiday. For example, there’s no point going for a low-cost hostel if you need privacy, just as there’s no point going for a family resort in summer if you want some quiet time. Check out reviews before you book to get an idea of the atmosphere and vibe, as well as the best times to visit. Don’t leave it till the last minute either or you may end up praying for a hotel transfer before the holiday even starts. 

5. Book transfers beforehand 

Finally, make sure you’ve booked your arrival transfers and other transportation before you fly. Hotels are rarely a quick walk from the airport and nobody wants a delay after travelling. It’s always worth booking your transfers as early as possible, so you can get to the hotel and settled in no time. It may be tempting to just book a taxi at the last minute, but The Guardian claims this is both expensive and unreliable. Car hire should be the go-to choice for those who need to drive around, otherwise, it’s a good idea to book a private transfer by asking the hotel who they would recommend. 

With these five tips, you should have no trouble arranging that summer break well in advance. Have a great time! 

5 tips for getting your summer holiday planned and booked in advance
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