Everyone needs a vacation once in a while, and whether you choose to travel overseas or you want to explore more of your own country, the same amount of preparation needs to go into your trip.
If you plan properly, you’ll find you can have a much more enjoyable time away from home as you won’t be worrying about anything you forgot to do should have arranged. Although it might be hard work to get everything dealt with and in place, it will be worth it when you’re able to truly relax on vacation. Here are some of the things you’ll need to think about before you go.
Organize A House Sitter
Once you know when you’re going to be traveling, you should contact a house sitter to take care of your home when you’re away. If you have pets make sure they also carry out pet sitting duties, as then you can have complete peace of mind that your animals are being fed, loved, and exercised as they need to be. The sooner you can book these services the better, as you don’t want to find that there’s no availability when you need them.
Although it’s not something that everyone does, employing a house sitter is a great way to ensure that you have nothing at all to worry about, so it’s a nice added touch that will make your vacation even better.
Something that makes it clear that a house is empty and that the owner has gone away for a few days or weeks is when services continue to be sent. Whether it’s mail, groceries, newspapers, or anything else, when they are piling up by a door, it’s a clear sign that this property can be broken into.
Pause these services for the duration of your trip (unless you have a house sitter who’s going to need them, of course), and you won’t be signalling to anyone with bad intentions that your home is empty. Plus you’ll be saving money as you don’t want to pay for something to be delivered when you’re not there.
Think About Your Spending Money
It’s one thing to book a trip and look forward to going, but it’s another to have enough money to spend when you’re on that trip, especially if it cost you all your savings in the first place. You’re going to need spending money, and you’ll need to arrange it before you go to ensure you’re not going to be left short.
The best way to start is to think about your current account. What money would you be spending at home that you won’t need to because you’re away? This is money that can be used on your vacation instead as it won’t cause you any difficulties and it won’t be missed. After that, if you need more, you could look at any savings you might have, or utilize a credit card. Be careful here; make sure you can pay the card off as soon as you return or your trip might cost you a lot more than you intended. Credit cards do have an advantage though; they are the safest way to pay when you’re away.
If you intend to use any kind of credit or debit card when you’re on vacation, call your bank and credit provider to let them know. Sometimes cards can be blocked if suspicious activity is noted, and being used in a different country may well look suspicious. You wouldn’t want your bank’s security measures to prevent you from having fun.
Plan The First And Last Days
Some people love to plan their entire vacations from beginning to end, enjoying the fact they know just what they’re going to be doing each day. Others prefer to be a lot more spontaneous, taking each day as it comes and seeing what opportunities arise.
No matter which camp you fall into, you should always plan your first and last days when you go on vacation. The first day will be about getting to know your hotel and the area you’ve chosen to vacation in which includes working out what choices there are with regards to activities and so on. The last day is often a rush because you have to get packed up and ready to leave; if you are traveling by plane, it’s even more hurried as you’ll need to get to the airport.
Knowing the timings for these days at the very least will help you make the most of the first and last days, which can otherwise feel somewhat rushed, confusing, and wasted.