Often holidays are one of the highlights of our year. We dream about them, spend ages doing planning and research and spend a fair proportion of our disposable income on them. So do they really deliver for you?
In order to judge this, you have to be clear about what you want from your trip. That’s not always as simple as it sounds and can certainly vary from one holiday to another.
Do you really just want to chill out, soak up the sun, read or spend time with your travelling companions? Do you want to pursue an interest or hobby e.g. a themed holiday, painting, trekking, cycling or learning a language? Do you want to explore new destinations? Is an all inclusive holiday ideal because no one will have to shop or cook and you won’t need much spending money?
Most of us only have a limited amount to spend on travel, so have to decide if we prefer to have one special holiday or a couple of cheapos. Again you must be realistic, if you’d enjoy an exotic, long haul location in luxury accommodation, that may be more enjoyable for you than two cheaper holidays staying in more modest accommodation in a short haul location.
As if it weren’t hard enough to decide what you want from your holiday, if you then have to factor in the inclinations of your travelling companion(s) it can start to get pretty complex. I’d suggest that everyone going on the trip list and rank their top 5 priorities for the holiday, giving the most important factor a score of 5 and the least important a score of 1. When you add up the score of each priority, the results will give the top group priorities. If you look at holidays which fulfil say the 3 factors with the highest scores, there should be something to please everyone.
I think this is one of the hardest aspects of holiday planning, as it’s likely to be nigh on impossible to keep everyone happy. A solution may be for each individual to spend some time pursuing their interests and meeting up again for the remainder of the day. This could work much better than feeling that you have to be together all the time doing activities that some member of the group is not in the least interested in doing.
Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean that you should expect everything to be sweetness and light. If you usually only see members of your family for brief periods throughout the week, suddenly being together all day sharing one room or a small apartment may seem less than heavenly.
I do believe that some careful planning, compromise and realism can go a long way to everyone getting what they want from their holiday.
Posted : Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 11:05
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.