why I love holiday planning
Oh, how I love holidays! Time to explore new places and experience new adventures. Time to hang out together as a family. Time to chill out. Time to reconnect.
Whether it’s an overnight stay at a fancypants hotel, a roadtrip getaway or an extended overseas adventure, it’s all a holiday.
One of the things the Welshman and I love to do is holiday planning. It’s just the best to know that you’ve got holidays locked in.
We love to brainstorm ideas, and plan ahead. Having our holidays mapped out in advance is a great way to have something to look forward to.
Holiday planning is also an excellent way to save money. We can keep an eye out for flight deals, and lock in accommodation bargains. The Welshman regularly checks for promotional offers and updates our booking to take advantage. We have scored resort credit, free buffet breakfast, suite upgrades and activity offers.
Plus, a benefit of holiday planning is that booking our holidays so far in advance means we can pay for our holidays well before we go.
Whilst there are fabulous bargains to be had from booking websites, don’t forget to check direct with hotels and airlines.
Recently, we saved an extra 10% just for booking via a mobile phone instead of a laptop. I know right?! Booking direct with the hotel instead of a booking website gave us free buffet breakfast, free happy hour cocktails and free access to the swimming pool.
When we travel overseas, the Welshman keeps an eye on exchange rates and often buys our currency in advance. When we visited the US in 2013, the Australian dollar took a dip, but we were still shopping at parity due to some Welshman ingenuity.
holiday planning September
We have an exciting September chocked full of holiday planning!
Next weekend, we are having a staycation in the city. Every year, we book a Saturday night in a fancypants hotel for the three of us. We go and hang out in our luxe hotel suite, take full advantage of the guest areas, hit the pool, go out for dinner, climb into bed to watch a movie with room service treats, and have a fabulous buffet breakfast the following morning.
Whilst Boyo is still cool with hanging out with us, we will be soaking it up!
The following weekend, we are heading to my hometown of Christchurch for a long weekend. I’m heading over early Friday morning, and the Blokefolk arrive late evening; and we will travel home Sunday afternoon.
I will get to cuddle my new nephew, celebrate my Grandma’s 90th birthday and kiss my Dad after he’s completed his cancer treatment. Plus we have booked a special treat – All Blacks tickets for Saturday night!
Do you know that I’ve never actually seen the All Blacks play in New Zealand, let alone my hometown? This is a definite bucket list experience for a rah rah rugby girl.
To finish off our September holiday planning extravaganza, we’re heading up the Pacific Highway for a family farm stay. Y Travel Blog had great things to say about Honeycomb Valley Farm.
The next holidays in the agenda are another trip to New Zealand – Christchurch, Akaroa and Queenstown in January; and a big family trip, meeting up with the Welshman’s family in Italy the following year.
Do you like a spot of holiday planning? Where are you going for your next holiday?