Are you wondering how to get off to a good start with your holiday planning for 2022?
The past two years were a true rollercoaster of changes for the travel industry. As a result, many of us still find it baffling navigating the constant rule changes and safety concerns. The planning process was once an enjoyable part of a holiday is now seen as a series of dreaded hoops to jump through.
Fear not friends, we have you covered! Read on and discover our Top Tips to make 2022 your best year of travel ever.
SET YOUR PRIORITIES.
What do you expect from your time off? Are you seeking a relaxing time, or do you prefer a high-octane adventure?
If Covid is your main concern, get off the beaten path and choose locations where you can spend a lot of time outside. Try to look for accommodation near the hot spots you want to visit rather than in the epicentre of it all? Skip the resort or city centre for a smaller boutique-like hotel on the outskirts. Swap the tourist sites in favour of a hike or choose to travel by bike instead of on top of the sightseeing bus?
Top tip! Look for local accommodation providers who are more likely to be on the outskirts. For example, Cedar Court Hotels are all located near key Yorkshire attractions. But away from the hustle and bustle.
STAY CLOSE TO HOME.
The idea of distant exotic locations is a tempting one (for sure!). Yet, staycations are growing their popularity more than ever. There is so much to explore. Miles of coastline, rolling countryside, lively cities, and vibrant culture. Even a 100-mile road trip to the neighboring county will feel like a whole new destination!
Top tip! Traveling within the UK allows you to keep full control of your journey. It can be very comforting, especially if you’ve become a little uneasy since the pandemic.
The pandemic has led to an unprecedented level of demand for travel, so if there was ever a time to book early, it is now!
Plan to have hotels and attractions sorted well in advance. Choose companies and accommodation providers who are offering flexibility in their booking policies. This means that in a lot of cases, booking early is a win-win for you! The earlier you book, the more options you’ll have, with the less financial risk involved. Lock your plans in early, then sit back and count down the days until you embark on your epic adventure.
Top tip! Book now, for example, our best rates are always available on our website.
LOCK YOUR BUDGET…AND STICK TO IT.
It will be hard to enjoy your trip if you are penny-pinching, worried about spending more than you should. To avoid any unnecessary stress, create your budget beforehand. Reduce spending before you begin the trip and set aside money for the trip duration. Divide your budget towards transportation, accommodation, food, activities, souvenirs, and emergency funds. That way you will be in control of your splurge and will be able to enjoy the last day of your holiday as much as the first!
Top tip! Look for promotions. Find out if your accommodation provider has any partnership deals you may enjoy – usually the best offers are direct.
GET ‘IN THE KNOW’ BEFORE YOU GO
It is best to have an idea of what to expect when you get to the destination. So, do your research beforehand. Are there any local restrictions to be aware of?
Can you take your four-legged friend with you, is your accommodation dog friendly? Make your time on holiday more relaxing and fulfilling. Have an idea of the activities you want to engage in. Scour the internet for ideas. Check out the local visitor centres. Read travel blogs (like ours!). And scroll down on Instagram for inspiration and insider tips.
Top tip! Don’t be afraid to ask for directions or information. The hotel team knows exactly where to go for attractions or a good meal…and many people will be more than happy to tell you more about their hometown!
Now, we hope you will enjoy the holiday planning as you should. So go on! Start researching the next place to go and tick it off your bucket list once for all.
And if that place is Yorkshire… you know who to call!