Booking a holiday isn’t as simple as where you’re going, and it’s important to give as much consideration to your time away as it is to how you’re going to get to the airport, what you’re going to do once you’re there, and all the other little add-ons that make a holiday into a complete package.
If you book a flight from a different airport to your norm, which I’ve done a few times in order to get a cheaper deal, than driving yourself to the airport could be the easiest and cheapest way to get from A to B. I do this regardless of where I’m flying from, and regularly book my parking spot through ParkBCP. I find this so much easier and less stressful, not to mention cheaper than expensive public transport.
Every little helps, so they say!
In the case of public transport, it’s never any fun having to drag your suitcase across a busy train platform, or having to go around the houses to get to the airport from your local bus station. I’ve been known to have to leave the previous evening, in order to catch a bus to get me to the airport in time for check in at around 8am. It just adds extra time and tiredness to your travel plans, which let’s face it, you don’t really need. Driving takes all that away, so if you can, I’d recommend you do it! You’ll find parking facilities at all major UK airports, and I’ve regularly used Airparks at Gatwick, so if you find a cheap London flight, I can vouch for the service you’ll receive, as well as the low cost.
Once you’ve sorted out exactly how you’re going to make your way to meet your flight, it’s time to get into the good stuff – researching what you can see whilst you’re away. It’s not being over prepared to check out reviews and opinions online, in fact I always check out the Trip Advisor rating and reviews before I book any accommodation. The only thing to bear in mind is that people don’t generally like to say too much in terms of positive, so do take it with a slight pinch of salt, but for logistical information, reviews are always a good place to start.
Whether your holiday consists of a city break or a break getaway, I’d recommend a few trips out, because this breaks up your time away and gives you an overall view of the place you’re visiting. Too often, tourist spots are geared up for exactly that – the tourist, and you won’t find much in the way of authentic life. However, if you head off on a village tour for example, or a jeep safari, you’ll see much more, but with the help and advice of a guide as a safety blanket.
These are all things you can do to occupy your time pre-holiday, and believe me, it will make that countdown move much quicker!