Top tips for your next holiday

JoAdventures, Travel

No road is long with good company

Holidays are something we all look forward to – a chance to relax, spend quality time with our favourite people and open our eyes to new places. However, as lovely as it can be to fly away to exotic destinations, it isn’t always possible especially with a cost of living crisis and high prices all around. Not to mention, the planning process can be somewhat stressful. When considering your next holiday you may be seeking something a little different to the standard resort-based packages, but it can seem more challenging to break the mould and explore places off the beaten path. Luckily, if you’re yearning for an incredible adventure with minimal stress I have just the thing for you. Together with some insider information, I have three great tips to help you get the most out of your next holiday:

Consider sustainability

With many of us looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact, holiday planning can feel a little sour when we realise the massive carbon footprint of classic getaways. A great way to reduce this impact is to prioritise sustainable travel for your next holiday. Camping can be great fun, and it’s something that’s sure to be a firm hit with the kids. By setting up your tent somewhere closer to home, you’ll have a less expensive break that is also kinder to the planet.

Photo of the inside of a tent whilst camping

You can make use of the local landscape by trekking through woodlands, exploring coastlines and enjoying a little nature hunting. This is also the perfect opportunity to take your dog with you, so you can enjoy a break as a complete family rather than needing to find kennels or pet sitters.

Brush up on water safety

The lure of glistening oceans and warm water is tempting for us all, which is largely why beach holidays are so popular. But as serene as the ocean may appear, it’s vital to recognise its potential dangers. You should only swim on beaches with lifeguards present, and always be guided by signs indicating dangerous currents or unsafe waters.

Photo of a glistening sea

It’s wise to brush up on your water safety skills regularly, and teach your children how to swim safely in open bodies of water. They should know how to signal for help if they need it, what to do in case they get caught in a current, and also be aware of any potential marine creatures to avoid, such as sharks and jellyfish.

It might also be wise to buy aqua shoes before you leave too. I often find good quality ones available on local selling sites which reduces the cost. That said, even if you buy them new they might be cheaper in your home town or city than from a seafront store.

Go somewhere unexpected

Depending on the age of the travellers, to spice things up why not join an escorted tour for your next holiday? With access to remote destinations and a pre-planned itinerary, these holidays offer a level of peace of mind that’s hard to achieve when planning solo. From hiking up the soaring peaks of the Himalayan mountains to trekking dense jungle, enjoying an ethical safari or diving into the magical underwater worlds of protected reefs and tropical oceans – escorted tours provide an abundance of new experiences.

Try somewhere new on your next holiday

Some places in the world, such as the Inca Trail in Peru (close to my heart as I went here in my early 20s) and the Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica (I would love to go here!), are only accessible via a tour. This is to ensure the safety of both yourselves and the beautiful natural landscapes, as well as to protect the wildlife and historical monuments of the regions. So by booking an escorted tour, you’ll be able to open the door for a rare and exclusive holiday.

The world is your oyster

Whichever type of holiday you’re setting your sights on, don’t be afraid to try something new. This could be choosing your own meal at a local supermarket whilst you’re away, to pre-booking excursions to get the best prices. The most important thing when planning any break though is good organisation. Be sure to set the expectations with your children before you head off too (essential for us with a neurodiverse family). Whether you opt for a staycation or jet off to distant shores, always do your research to ensure you holiday safely. With these tips in mind, I hope have a blast on your next holiday!

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