Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your holidays if you haven’t already begun. Whether you’re going overseas or staying in this beautiful country of ours, the sooner you start planning the better. In this post, we will take a look at the necessary planning involved to make your Christmas holidays run smooth and stress-free. Christmas is the time for spending quality moments and with your loved ones and the last thing you want is to be stressed out and aggravated when things aren’t running as smoothly as you had hoped.
Start Planning Now
Prior planning prevents poor performance – the five Ps to live by. The earlier you plan for your holidays the better. If you plan early you may even be able to a good deal on your airfares and accommodation. It’s a matter of supply and demand. The later you leave the booking process the less of everything there is available, so prices will go through the roof.
Deciding Where to Go
This is the first step in planning your holiday. Do you want to be in a sunny location by the beach or perhaps enjoy a winter wonderland? Do you want to be in a crowded place or would you like a nice quiet location? All of these things should be considered before you start planning your Christmas holiday. It pays also to check the weather because some parts of the world will be in monsoon season and probably very wet over the Christmas period. After all, you don’t want to be cooped up over the holiday season with a family that is suffering cabin fever. It can cause kids to become like wild animals, squawking and fighting while you struggle to maintain sanity by keeping them occupied as best as you can in an unfamiliar setting.
Overseas travel will require a little extra planning especially if you’re intending to go somewhere that requires an entry visa. So, do your research about whether your holiday destination needs a visa and get it sorted as soon as possible to avoid the trauma of getting to the airport and having to go straight home again. Bali is one popular Christmas travel destination for Australians that doesn’t require a visa. You can get 30 days’ entry with no visa or fees to pay but can get quite busy so start booking now.
Coastal getaways are usually the holiday of choice for Australians over Christmas when the weather is ideal. The only catch is that everyone has the same idea and beach locations can book out very quickly. If you leave it to the last minute you will struggle to find a place and it will most likely be at an exorbitant rate. Accommodation providers take no mercy and will squeeze you for as much as possible if you leave it to the last minute so decide where you want to go and get in quick.
There are also many less crowded beaches and other holiday destinations in Australia that are beautiful and still relatively cheap. It’s just a matter of doing some research and finding somewhere a little out of the way. Small coastal towns often don’t really offer much in the way of shopping or entertainment but if you’re happy with living the simple life, they will suit you just fine. Such places still offer swimming, fishing, camping and all the rest, and if you have a boat, even better.
Stacks of Packing
Don’t get caught off guard this holiday season and be sure to pack your bags according to the weather of your chosen location. As long you as you pack the essentials, everything else can be bought when you arrive unless of course, you’re going off the radar to place like Inskip Point, near Queensland’s Fraser Island. If you are going out bush and camping, careful packing is vital, and you will need a checklist of essential equipment and supplies. For a mission like this, you will need to take everything, including the kitchen sink. Maybe forget the kitchen sink but you will still need a bucket because your planning will be quite a large task especially if you have small children. Start with essentials such as food, clothing, shelter and medicine, and then branch out into activities and entertainment. Always take extra water because as it’s better to have too much than run out. If you decide to cook with gas always take an extra bottle just in case. Even if you don’t smoke, cigarette lighters are handy for starting campfires if they are permitted. Have at least four lighters on hand because they can run out unexpectedly.
Start planning now before you get caught up in the silly season and you should be fine. It will save you time and money down the track and avoid the unwanted stress of last-minute packing. Early planning will also free up more time for you to spend on better things like making magical memories with your loved ones.