For a stress-free va­ca­tion with the fam­ily

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Matta Fair -

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

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