We’re all familiar with that creeping sensation that is the January blues setting in. This year, why not get ahead of that sinking feeling by booking yourself a trip, as something to look forward to! Here are a few top tips that will help you to plan a trip that will stop the January blues before they start (on a January budget!).
Set your budget early
Christmas is an expensive time of year, we all know this. That’s why you need to set a budget for your January trip as early as possible. There are so many ways you can save money on your travel, accommodation and more! Consider split ticketing if you’re taking the train on your journey, or look at budget airlines for a cheap trip abroad. Opt for an AirBNB rather than a swanky hotel to save even more money.
Choose where you’d like to go
Are you hoping to go somewhere sunny with beaches, or are you fancying a city break? You need to choose somewhere that fits nicely within your budget, but also ticks all of your vacation spot boxes. You must also bear in mind the cost of the location you’re travelling to. How expensive is food and drink or activities in the city you’re looking at? All of these things will need to be accommodated into your budget.
Pack ahead of time
When you’re packing, it’s tempting to throw everything in your bag, including the kitchen sink! How many of you are guilty of packing 10+ pairs of pants for a three night trip? Firstly, make sure you understand the climate you’re travelling to – you’re not going to need your swimming costume in the bitter cold! Plan ahead to make sure everything you need is washed and ironed, before you’re rushing round to pack everything in your suitcase.
Plan your activities
Sometimes, it’s fun to make plans on impulse or gut feeling, but if you’re going somewhere new and exciting, it’s handy to make a list of all of the activities you want to do before you get there. This way, you can schedule in time for these things and nothing will get missed. Make sure you check the availability of the activities you’re looking to book, as November to April in the UK is considered the tourist off-season, and not everything will be available.
Make sure your day bag is well stocked
If you’re going on a day trip, make sure you have all of the essentials packed in a secure bag. You’ll probably need a phone charger (and a portable charger if you have one) and it’s always a good idea to have some cash, just in case. If you’re stopping overnight, it’s a good idea to leave any valuables in your hotel room, so they aren’t lost if you fall victim to pickpockets. Make sure your bag is always secure, and someone has eyes on the opening where possible.
The most important thing to remember is that you’re going away to have fun! Sometimes, we just need to relax after the mania that is Christmas, and January is the perfect time.