For a stress-free vacation with the family
IF you are thinking of taking the brood abroad or giving yourself some respite from normality, it’s never too early to start drawing up plans.
To help you ensure that your hard-earned money isn’t blown on another typically harried, angst-filled one- or two-week break, here are some common holiday planning mistakes and tips for avoiding them.
Overloading yourself with information Though thorough research is likely to uncover a gem or two, don’t wear yourself out on the Internet reading about destinations, searching for things to do, comparing lodging options or finding the best deals – because there’s no end to it.
Determine what you want first
Seek some options and go for whatever you think fits the bill. Travel guidebooks are a valuable resource as they can give you the “big picture” and help you draw up a shortlist of things you want to see and do.
Let’s pack everything in
Don’t try to go to too many places and do too much. Just ensure that you have enough “must sees” and interesting activities to make your holiday fun and memorable.
Remember, your aim of going for a holiday is to unwind, not stress yourself out tearing from place to place. If you have young children, bear in mind all that packing and moving around can be unsettling for them, not to mention time-consuming and costly. Travelling at a more relaxing pace would be more conducive to family bonding. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network