After the last year and a half, we have all had, it is safe to say we all deserve a vacation right about now!
Who can forget last year when all of our favorite destinations around the world shut down. We had to cancel all our plans—weddings, birthdays, reunions and get-togethers. We had to postpone our adventures to explore the world. We had to literally sit at home and wait.
Well, thankfully vacations are once again back on the table! We can start dreaming, planning and actually taking trips to places all around the world that have been on our bucket list. We can learn about new cultures, new ways of living and make memories to last a lifetime.
But, we do have to admit, with the lag of time between our last holiday and now, it could be handy to have a bit of a refresher on what we need to do to plan the next vacation. Especially planning a vacation in the middle of a pandemic.
While we can travel again, it will look a little bit different. We will need to do a bit more preparation upfront. We will need to research destination guidelines and understand what the current entry requirements are. And we will need to have an open mind about the vacation as a whole.
To help you get prepared and plan your next vacation, we’ve listed the steps you should take so that you can take the trip of a lifetime that you have been waiting for.
Step 1: Dust off Your Passport
If you are wanting to go on a vacation that is outside the United States, you will need to dust off that passport and get it ready to go. Make sure to check the expiry date and ensure that you can still travel using that document. Remember that many countries won’t allow you in if your passport is under 6 months from expiring. Not to fret if it is though. Just go online and apply for a new one. If you plan your vacation far enough in advance you should have plenty of time to get your new passport before your departing flight.
Step 2: Understand Entry Requirements
As we alluded to earlier, each destination will have different entry requirements. This means that some destinations will require you to have a vaccination card, a Covid-19 test and/or wear a face mask. Each place is different, so it is worthwhile to understand your requirements and know that you can meet them before committing to a holiday there.
Step 3: Find a Place to Stay
This is one of the most fun parts of planning a vacation. Finding a vacation rental or dreamy hotel is a super important step to consider and can often be the make it or break it factor in a holiday. Make sure that the location is great, the accommodation itself is to the standard you want, there have been great reviews from previous guests and that it is within your budget. Travelling is a bit more stressful these days, so finding a home away from home is essential for making your vacation one to remember.
Step 4: Have a Way to Get Around
If you are not driving to your holiday destination in your own vehicle, you will likely need to look at car rentals to get around. The good news is that there is a range of rental car options that will suit a lot of different budgets. Most can be picked up directly at the airport you are flying into as well. Plus, it is a great excuse to splurge on driving around that convertible Mustang you’ve always dreamed of. But rather than spend thousands of dollars on it, you can rent it for much cheaper and live out your car dreams on your vacation. We call this a practical splurge!
Step 5: Look After Your Health
When we go to new places, we risk being exposed to a new set of germs that our immune system may have not yet encountered. Plus, vacations tend to be a time where we let go of all our emotional stresses—which can often cause our immune systems to crash. One way to stay healthy on holiday is by bringing BioHealth supplements so your body gets all the nutrients and vitamins it needs, regardless of the options that may be available to you locally. That way, you can still have your morning protein shake or get your green smoothie in and feel great during your holiday! To also look after your health, you should bring lots of hydration packets. Chances are you will be indulging in a few more cocktails than normal and risk getting a hangover. Staying hydrated will ensure that your hangover does not ruin your vacation!
Step 6: Socks for the Plane
If you are flying away for your vacation, don’t forget to pack your Comrad Socks. Especially if your body hasn’t flown in the air for a while, you will want to have some compression socks on hand so that your feet and ankles don’t swell up mid-flight. It is a great way to ensure that your body will feel refreshed as soon as you exit the plane. If the inflammation from flying is something you deal with often, it may be advisable to also pack some Hempvana Pain Cream in your carry on so you can provide immediate support to your joints. No one wants to be in pain on holiday!
Step 7: Toys for the Pool
If you are renting a holiday home, make sure to bring your FUNBOY inflatables to lounge on the water with. From unicorns to rainbow cloud loungers, this will be the ultimate way to sit back in the sun and sip on that holiday cocktail. It also is the perfect prop for your Instagram holiday pick. Rock those sunglasses, bring out that stress-free smile and post those photos of you on the floaties that will make everyone else wish they were you right now.
Step 8: Pack for Comfort and Style
When you are on vacation, you don’t need to worry about your corporate wardrobe. You can wear whatever you are most comfortable in. This includes graphic tees for men that are normally reserved for the weekends only, or that swimsuit cover-up that can rock all day long. But don’t forget to bring at least one great evening outfit for the night you do decide to go out on the town for. And of course, hairspray for all day hold so that your hair looks great whether you are in the pool, at the beach or dancing at a nightclub.
Get ready for the most rewarding vacation yet. You have waited long enough to get some much deserved R&R time and have some fun. These eight steps are here to guide you in ensuring you have everything organized for your next vacation and will help ensure it remains a stress-free experience. Add these to your checklist and you can travel in confidence knowing you’ve sorted everything you need to for the best holiday yet.
Just make sure that you leave enough room in your luggage to bring home all the stuff you treated yourself to on your holiday shopping spree!