Preparation is the Secret to a Heavenly Vacation

As a frequent traveler, I have learned that the key to a perfect summer vacation is preparation. It’s important to make sure everything is in order before you set off on your travels. That way you don’t have to deal with any stress or problems. Use my advice below to help you prepare for the ultimate vacation right now.

Use a Folder for Important Documents

One of the main pieces of advice I can give you is to get a folder for important bits and pieces. You need to make sure you do what you can to keep this information safe. I always sort this out as soon as I book a trip anywhere. It doesn’t even need to be a folder; you might decide an envelope would be fine. But make sure everything goes into it. This means your passport(s), boarding passes and hotel booking information. You have to make sure you keep all this safe and with you at all times.

Pack Entertainment

I also think it’s worth noting that you’re likely to need some form of entertainment. Sure, you’re going away on vacation, and this should provide plenty of entertainment. Bout, you need to consider your flight and how long it’s likely to be. Also, you may have a lot of downtime at the hotel, so you need stuff to keep you entertained. This is even more important if you have kids traveling with you because they need stimulation. Pack your iPad, MP3 player, and perhaps your Kindle as well. Make sure there is plenty to go around everyone and that you can all keep amused as much as possible.

Remember the Toiletries Rule

Now, you need to think about the rules that a lot of airports have. Many of them will not allow you to have liquids in your hand luggage. Or, they will allow it but only up to a certain measurement. And only when it is displayed in a see-through plastic bag. You need to make sure you remember this and don’t pack all your toiletries in with your hand luggage. Make sure your wash bag, makeup, moisturizer, etc all goes into your hold luggage. The last thing you want is to be having to throw all of this away when you get to the airport.

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Sort Your Booking Well in Advance

It’s important to sort out where you’re staying well in advance. Most people will do this anyway by booking package holidays. But there are still a lot of people who simply book flights and then like to deal with the accommodation aspect later. I would recommend that you try to get it all sorted out in one go. The longer you leave it, the less chance you have of securing the hotel or apartment you want. Looking at vacation rentals well in advance is ideal for helping you to make the right choice.

Their best way of enjoying a successful and enjoyable holiday is to prepare in advance. I find that a lot of people don’t take the time to do this, and they live to regret it. You don’t want to forget anything or have to deal with last minute stress. So, it’s important to make sure you have planned and prepared all the important bits before you head to the airport.

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Head Up Blackpool Tower for Thrills and Chills

Blackpool Tower is an iconic Northern UK landmark, and if you’ve never been up it then this is the year to be brave.

The school holidays are approaching fast, so why not check out Blackpool hotels and treat the kids to a fun few days away?

There’s so much to experience up Blackpool Tower that it’s a full day destination in itself. It’s especially great for kids, but there really is something for all ages. It’s a genuinely family friendly place to enjoy.

Thrills

For the thrill-seekers among you, with extra brave offspring, the Blackpool Tower Eye is an amazing experience for those with a head for heights. Zoom to the top of the tower in the lift, then step out onto the SkyWalk for vertical drop views, as well as far reaching views across Blackpool.

Chills

If the Blackpool Tower Eye isn’t thrilling enough for you then why not brave the Blackpool Tower Dungeon as well? This scare attraction is gentle enough for over eights to enjoy, so you don’t need to worry about the kids not sleeping that night!

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Speaking of sleeping, Travelodge has some great budget Blackpool hotels for you to choose from. Blackpool Central, Blackpool South Promenade and Blackpool South Shore are all in the heart of this busy seaside resort, and make a great base for any short Blackpool break.

All Travelodge Blackpool hotels offer family rooms for four, so you can all enjoy a comfortable night’s rest and relaxation after a day up the Tower.

If the Eye and the Dungeon aren’t enough to wear you out, Blackpool Tower also has its very own circus (check for show times, they will vary), as well as the huge (and hugely exciting for kids!) Jungle Jims indoor play area, and the world famous ballroom.

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Where To Find The Best Vacations

The list of things you’ll want to get from your holiday will probably be pretty substantial! If you want a tan, you’ll want to go somewhere with guaranteed sunshine. If you want to explore new museums and galleries, you’ll want somewhere with a bustling culture. If you want some peace and quiet, you might want an adults-only hotel or a private suite!

No matter your specific requirements and preference, most vacationers have one thing in common. They want a holiday that is good value. They want to get the most for the money. For some this might be a total bargain, where you can’t believe how cheap it was! Or if it is for a special occasion that you’ve been saving for, you’ll want to know that your money is going as far as it can. You’ll want to know that you’re not paying more for internal flights or day trips that you should be.

So how you can ensure that you get the best vacations on the market? Here are a handful of tips.

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Speak to friends

With such a wide range of vacation companies out there, it can be really tough to pick out the best companies. Chat to your friends and colleagues about their most recent holidays. They might tell you about an awesome hotel they went to for a bargain. Or they might warn you off certain hotel chains or accommodation. Hands-on experience from friends will give you a genuine insight. If they put together their own vacation, they might be able to furnish you with the number of the person who put their package together for them.

Scour online reviews

If you find what sounds like the perfect vacation, it can tempting to skim over any negative reviews you find online. After all, it’s the good ones you really want to read. Be sure you take these reviews in. Distinguish what is actually being said; is it a grumpy man making mountains out of molehills. Or is there an actual issue being mentioned; the closing of pools with no notice is inconsiderate on the management’s part. It can also put a real dampener on the holiday- especially if there is no beach nearby! This is just one example of things you need to be looking out for in online reviews. Also, check out whether or not the hotel or resort manager has replied. The nature and tone of their reply says a lot.

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Browse online

The fact is, the best deals are now online. This is because operators don’t have to pay for call centres and their advisors. As a result, you’ll often find that you can get special discounts and deals if you book online. Start by searching things like ‘cruise deals 2016’ or ‘honeymoon spots 2017.’. This will give you a good starting point. From here you can pick out the best deals.

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Be quick to move

Finally, it could be very important to make quick decisions. The best deals can sometimes appear online and then get snapped up super quick. So if you see something fantastic come available, be ready to book!

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