6 Tips for an unforgettable holiday

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The secret to enjoying a stress-free holiday is to be organised right from the start. A spur of the moment holiday getaway might sound enticing, but a well-planned holiday will ensure that you don't face any unnecessary obstacles that might impact your holiday experience negatively.

We have compiled a list of tips that will aid you in planning the perfect holiday. 

1) Decide on a destination 

Deciding on the ideal holiday spot can be challenging. We strongly suggest taking Ballito into consideration for your next holiday. Ballito has some great attractions fit for the entire family. There is plenty to do and see and the pristine beaches are perfect for some well deserved R&R.     

2) Book in advance 

Avoid the rush and book your holiday accommodation early. Leaving booking till the very last minute might put unnecessary stress on you. Scour the web for holiday rentals a few months in advance to ensure that you find the perfect holiday accommodation to match your requirements.

If you are flying, book your tickets in advance - this will ensure a cheaper rate. 

3) Don't get scammed 

Don't fall victim to scamming. It happens all too often - people find the perfect holiday spot and pay their deposit only to find that the holiday venue doesn't exist. Ensure that you search for holiday accommodation on a reputable website. Read reviews on various websites and social media to ensure that you get an accurate idea of what to expect.  

4) Research 

Research is key. There are various aspects to consider when conducting research before your holiday. Read up on: 

  • Types of accommodation. Are you looking for self catering holiday properties to let, or would you like a venue where breakfast is included? Weigh up the pros and cons of each.
  • The best route to your holiday destination. Perhaps there is a scenic alternative route with less traffic that will get you in the holiday mood before you arrive at your destination. 
  • Find some healthy recipes for "pad kos". This is a great time saver and also more cost effective.   
  • Read up on attractions, shopping malls and restaurants close to your holiday venue. Be sure to read reviews and check out social media pages for any negative comments/reviews. Be critical about how the businesses respond to those with negative comments to get some insight into how they treat their customers. 
  • If you have children, be sure to cater for their needs too. Research child-friendly spots in the area that will keep your little one occupied while you can still relax and unwind. 
  • Create a wish list. Get every member of the family to participate and specify what they want to do during their holiday. Compile a fair list and try to stick to it.  

5) Set up a budget 

It is easy to get carried away while you are on holiday, so set up a budget before the time. Your budget should be kept in mind during the research phase. Take note of entrance fees at main attractions and the average prices at restaurants in the area. Remember to budget for:   

  • Food 
  • Accommodation 
  • Fuel 
  • Entrance to attractions 
  • Spending money 

6) Utlise your smart phone 

It is tempting to want to chuck your phone aside and break away from life for a while, but make your smartphone your best friend during your next holiday. Your smartphone is a useful tool and can be used for: 

  • Checking weather 
  • Finding points of interests (GPS) 
  • Staying in touch with those you are holidaying with if you decide to split up 
  • Apps like TripIt can help you to manage your itinerary if you are flying to your destination. 

7) Some general tips 

  • Familiarise yourself with the surrounding neighbourhood of your holiday venue. Make sure that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into. Opt for a safe and secure environment. 
  • If you have kids and you are opting for a beach holiday, stick to beaches where there are lifeguards on duty. Remember to keep an eye on your kids at all times, especially if the beach is crowded. 
  • Don't leave your belongings unattended. 
  • Ensure that you have important contact numbers in your possession.  
  • If you are on a medical aid, remember to pack your medical aid card.   


Submitted 04 Aug 15 / Views 3321