The first step of planning your holiday is deciding where you are going. The next stage is working out how you are going to get there.
There are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.
How long will it take to get there?
If your destination is a couple of hours by plane, would it be possible to drive instead? If driving is cheaper and less stressful than booking and boarding a flight it may be worth it. Not only will you have your own car with you at all times to be able to give you the freedom to go out when you are at your destination, but you can also pack as much as you can fit in your car as there are no baggage limits!
On the other hand, if you are travelling to Australia it can take you more than 24 hours by airplane from the UK. Driving would be a bit extreme to say the least, so get searching for those cheap flights!
How much can you afford on the travel arrangements?
The more you spend on the getting there, the less you may have to spend on accommodation or going out. Consider if taking the Eurostar is cheaper than booking a flight, or will making a stop-over on your flight shave a couple of hundred pounds off your ticket cost?
What equipment are you planning on taking with you?
Some flights may not allow you to take certain equipment on board, or they will charge you for certain items. For example, if you are taking Sports equipment with you on holiday, Ryanair will charge £80* per item for a return journey (maximum weight applies).
What about your canine friend?
Are you taking Fido with you? This may restrict your flight plans as it can be expensive to take a pet on board. Not only do you have the hassle of sorting out special arrangements, you need to think about the Pet Travel Rules applied by Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Driving to your destination may be less stressful for your pet as well as less hassle for you, meaning a pleasant journey all around.
Don’t forget your travel insurance! When you have decided how you are going to get to your chosen destination, don’t forget to purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip/holiday to cover you should you need to cancel your trip. Term and conditions apply to this of course so make sure you read the policy wording.