7 ways to have a great holiday every holiday

Although the thought of going on holiday is exciting, there’s often a bit of nervousness involved too – what if you end up hating it?, what if you get homesick?  I’m here to say, forget all that negativity.  Here are a few tips to help increase your chances of having a fabulous holiday every time you go on holiday.

 1.  Go on holiday with an open mind:  If you go to a new place expecting to hate it, you probably will but if you go somewhere new with an attitude of excitement and expect to have fun, you probably will too.

 2.  Clean your room or house before you go on holiday:  It might seem strange to do the cleaning before you go on holiday but when you think about it, it makes sense.  It means you’ll come back to a clean (or at least, not so dirty) house and will spend less time cleaning when you first get back.  Doing so also means you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more on holiday since you won’t be dreading your return to a dirty room or house.

 3.  Plan what you plan to do:  So you’ve booked your tickets and hotel.  That’s cool but your planning shouldn’t end there.  What do you intend to do when you get to your holiday destination?  I’m not saying you need to come up with an hourly schedule for your holiday but if you have an idea what you intend to do each day, you’re more likely to have a great time.

 4.  Leave some cash at home:  By this, I don’t necessarily mean leaving money under your mattress (but if that works for you, hey, why not? ;-))  What I mean is make sure you have money at home that you can’t access while on holiday.  That way, you won’t be completely broke when you return from your shopping spree in Spain.

 5.  Record your holiday:  Do this in any way you feel most comfortable:  by taking pictures, filming your days, writing in a journal or all three!  Recording your holiday might feel cheesy at the time but you’ll be pretty glad you did when you go through your pictures or journal weeks or years later.

 6.  Do what you really want to do (as long as it’s legal of course 😉 ):  And ignore what you think other people will say.  If you want to spend everyday taking pictures at all the tourist sites at your holiday location, spending all day in malls so that you have no idea what the weather is like or lying down on the beach occasionally turning over, that’s what makes you happy so get on with it.

 7.  Make new friends:  These don’t have to be your new BFFs but that’s okay.  You never know where chatting to new people could lead – a great restaurant no guidebook ever told you about, a cheaper way to get around or a new BFF after all 😉


What made your last great holiday great?  Tell us in the comments!


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Photograph by Kevin Dooley