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Plan the Perfect Holiday

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Gwen O'Toole is the director of a boutique event management and creative services company, The Ideas Library. Visit www.TheIdeasLibrary.com.au
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Ready to take a break from your hectic everyday schedule and get away to spend a bit of quality time with your family, your partner or travel solo for a bit of 'me' time?

While the concept of a holiday is having a whole lot of stress free time, people planning a trip can be bogged down even more with the stress of organising one. Here are some tips to make your holiday a memorable one.

Know your budget. Finding a holiday that fits your budget will make it more enjoyable and stress free.

Step 1 Set a budget.
Who wouldn't like to go on a luxury five star holiday to a glamourous destination for an extended period of time? Trouble is, it's not always affordable. Before putting together a plan for the holiday, the most important thing is to set a budget. It helps you to plan and enjoy the trip within your limits without the stress of coming home to bills you can't afford. Always estimate a little more than what you might need for extras, emergencies and a bit of spending money.

Step 2 Do your research.
Think about what you want from your holiday. Are you seeking a retreat from the world with plenty of fresh air and trees, or is it a sandy beach with a cocktail in hand you're seeking?

The first thing you need to do is to be sure of what you need from this trip. Do you want to experience the local culture or just have a few morning where you can sleep in and read a good book? Do you want to get out there and mingle with the locals or fade away from the world?

Choose your destination. Is it a remote tree change you're looking for?

Step 3 Hop online and read up.
Read up before you go. If you're taking on a new destination, get a bit of a feel fro the culture, what activities are available, etc. This information can prove to be invaluable when booking your hotel or tours, etc. Sites like TripAdvisor are great for discovering things to do and places to avoid.

Sometimes it is cheaper to buy or book online, although this isn't always the case. Consider how many people are going on the trip and how many children are going because many hotels offer freebies for children. Grab a notebook and write down ideas, prices, etc so you can compare and get the best deals.

The more you know, the better you can enjoy or appreciate the destination.

Step 4 Pack light and right. Pack only the essentials. Remember you're on holiday so leave work at home.Carry clothes that are comfortable and right for the season and clothes that can be worn for multiple occasions to save space. Try as best as you can to fit everything you need in a single carry-on bag.

Take a breather from the hectic schedule of the everyday and book a stress free holiday.

Step 5 Have realistic expectations: Unreasonable expectations can lead to unwanted stress, so enjoy the holiday by managing what you can with the time you have. Unexpected things happen and sometimes taking children out of their routine can be unsettling. Remember it's a holiday. Just enjoy each moment, whether good or bad and remember, even if there are hiccups along the way, you'll have a travel tale to tell on your return.

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