IMG_0504.JPGThere’s something to be said about sitting at home one day, then going on an impromptu vacation the next. The thrill of spontaneity and the “I can’t believe we’re doing this” factor are two sweet combinations. That being said, it can be a bit nerve wracking as vacations are usually planned out months in advance, and not only a week or two. In light of that, here’s how to smoothly plan an instant holiday.
Get in the right mindset
This is the most important part, to let go of control over every single detail and just enjoy the ride. Last minute holidays are best enjoyed by letting the fun come to you and your family, by not knowing what the day brings and flying by the seat of your pants. A last minute holiday is an adventure, and you should take that mindset into the holiday itself.
Choose where you’re going
Seems pretty obvious, that you would need to pick a place to go before going on a spontaneous trip. While you may have some destinations in mind, the key is to not be picky. You never know what place will have the cheapest airfare, it may be a place you’ve never thought about before. You don’t even need to fly, sometimes just driving a few hours for a change of scene will be enough.
Have everything ready
As soon as you have booked everything, make sure that you have got everything you need and keep them in a safe place. This includes: passport, printed off flight tickets, hotel reservations and another form of ID. Look over all the times and details with an intricate eye then don’t forget to check in. There will be an exchange point at the airport where you can change currency, so don’t worry about rushing to find one near you.
Act like a local
Chances are you’re not going to want to do “touristy” things the whole time you’re on holiday, they’ll be times when you just want to veg out and relax. That’s when you can start acting like a local, and do what locals do. You’ll find out more about the city and what truly makes that city special, away from the tourist traps.
A spontaneous trip is great when you’re feeling stressed or just need to get a way for a bit. With these tips in mind, hopefully you’ll have a great, inexpensive trip filled with lots of memories.
Disclosure: The post was published in collaboration with Thomson.