A holiday is an exciting time, but it can all go wrong if you do not plan it properly. Planning requires time and attention and is not something you should rush into. You need to make some very important decisions such as where do you want to go and what sort of budget do you have.
Of course, both these two factors depend on each other. The place you can go to depends on your budget and your budget should be planned according to the place you wish to visit.
As a couple, you therefore need to sit together and devise a plan first. Choose a place that you can both agree on and divide the responsibilities, so you can make the most of your trip together.
If you want to have the time of your life when on a couple holiday, then it would be advisable to adhere to the following guidelines to ensure you have a wonderful holiday.
- Choosing a place without consulting with your partner
It is important to discuss your holiday plans together as a couple so that you can reach agreement and pick a place that you both like.
If both of your choices are poles apart then try looking for places that offer multiple activities so that both of you are happy. Different people like different things so it is not unusual to disagree when it comes to selecting a holiday destination.
For example, you may wish to go to a place that offers exquisite beaches, but your partner may not be fond of beaches. If this is the case then how about picking a place that offers a mix of both, such as Turkey, which has amazing beaches and a great city life as well.
It is all about finding a balance. Other than this, you can find a good private couples only resort that offers you a range of activities that both of you can enjoy. It is also very important to find a good place to stay so that you can enjoy your luxury holiday with great amenities. Resorts tend to be good for this and can also offer the privacy many couples want.
- Forgetting important stuff
It is quite normal to forget important things when packing for holidays and can lead to problems and arguments. For example, imagine forgetting your passport and leaving it at home, resulting in not be able to board your flight. Or imagine, forgetting any medications you may be taking, which would of course cause serious problems during the trip.
A good solution to this problem is to divide responsibilities. One of you can take care of the packing and the other take care of other items. This way neither of you would feel pressurised and chances are higher than things will be done in a proper and orderly manner. Other than this, it’s also a good idea to make a checklist. Write all the items that both of you need to take with you and put each item in the bag one by one as you go through the list.
- Waiting for the last moment
Booking plane tickets and hotel rooms at the last minute is a bad idea. It will usually cost you more money and you may mean that you have to cross off some of the adventures you have planned on doing together due to budget issues.
Ideally, try to book well in advance. According to reports, booking 2-3 months in advance can save you around 20% as opposed to making a last-minute booking which is usually far more expensive unless you are really lucky. To be on a safe side, always book hotels that allow refunds and tickets that are flexible so that you do not lose anything in case your plans change.
- Not sharing the responsibilities
If all the responsibilities are handled by just one of you then prepare to be exhausted by the time it comes to go on holiday! Looking after all the bookings and arrangements is a tiresome process, so the best advice as a couple, is to divide the responsibilities equally and you are far more likely to have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday together.