Recently me and my friend decided that we wanted a last minute getaway somewhere. Within a week – it was booked! If you’re looking to do the same, then here is what we did to book a holiday in a week.
Brain storm places
Obviously the first thing you need to decide is where you fancy going. I would recommend picking a place one or both of you have been before. If you’re looking for a last-minute trip, you don’t really have the time to research a bunch of places. However, if it’s something ultra-spontaneous you’re after, then go for it! If someone has been there before then you know the area, know the rough cost of spending some time there etc. If you’re looking for some inspiration for some places to visit, check out my travel bucket list.
Search price comparison sites
After we had decided where we wanted to go, both of us started looking at different sites to gather some hotel and flight suggestions. This meant that when we came to booking, we had a place to start and didn’t have to scroll and scroll into precious booking time! Some of the sites we looked into were booking.com, Expedia, Jet2 etc.
Meet up (if you can) – FaceTime would also do the trick!
Once we had a place in mind, we immediately picked a close date to meet up so we could get everything booked – we ain’t messing around! We each came with some ideas so we could have a last look at each other’s suggestions and whittle down our options. Once we picked a place and flights, we started to write everything down so we could clearly see the costs.
Any other arrangements?
Once we had decided on a place, we had to find out if there was anything else we needed to take care of. Because of where we were flying from, we needed to travel to the airport the night before – we therefore require a hotel. We researched some hotels, decided whether or not we would travel by train or car. The best way to decide is to count up all of the costs involved in each – train, taxi, petrol, parking etc. We decided one of us would drive down – we therefore also needed airport parking. Since we were together, we thought it would be best if we sorted this out at the same time. Therefore, by the end of the 2 hours, we had a hotel, flights, airport hotel and airport parking,
Time to book
Obviously you can book everything there and then (if you can, great). But we decided we were going to try one more travel agent the next day. Once we decided we were going to stick with our original plan, we got on FaceTime and booked! And that was that – we booked a holiday in a week (a few days actually but a week’s a better title)!
As it is last minute, you have to make sure that you have everything else in order. At the time of booking, we still had a month until we were due to leave. This therefore gave us time to ensure we had insurance, currency, clothes, an up to date passport etc. You know, all the things you need! Maybe make sure you’ve got all of this stuff before booking if you’re planning on leaving the country IMMEDIATELY.
And that’s it – that’s how we booked a holiday in a week.
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