Summer is just around the corner, and that means one thing – holidays! Whether you’re planning a family trip to Greece, a week in Spain, or even a trip to Thailand, it’s a good idea to get the ball rolling asap.
Summer holidays are booking up fast, and the longer you leave it, the pricier things are likely to get – book now, and that’s one less thing to worry about. Let’s get planning!
Step 1: choosing the right type of holiday
For families, going All Inclusive is often the most economical way to enjoy a holiday in the sun. With all your meals taken care of, you’re free to enjoy the pool and beach without the hassle of planning breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, your kids will thank you for the never-ending ice-cream, burgers and pizza slices! Check out our latest family deals to Greece and Spain.
For couples too, an All Inclusive deal can take the planning out of summer holidays, especially if you prefer to budget in advance. With no expensive surprises, you can just lay back with a colourful cocktail, safe in the knowledge that everything’s taken care of. Top destinations for couples include Corfu and Zante.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just want to push the boat out after long time without a break, how about going Ultra All Inclusive? This luxurious package will cover you for premium meals and drinks 24 hours a day, with a host of fancy perks like spa days and boat trips.
Self Catering is a neat idea for holiday goers who like to do things at their own pace. With no restrictions on when and what to eat, you get the freedom to prepare your meals at your apartment, or dine at a different restaurant every night. Variety is the spice of life, after all!
A good compromise between Self Catering and All Inclusive is going Half Board. You’ll get two meals a day at the hotel, so you can choose where to go at lunch or breakfast. As a bonus, most Half Board deals cost only slightly more than room only – a good way to save extra cash for day trips and nights out. Tenerife is an ever-popular destination for Half Board holidays.
Step 2: checking travel requirements
At the time of writing, travel restrictions have been lifted for all people coming into the UK from abroad. However, most countries still have restrictions, so you’ll need to check these well before you fly. We’ve outlined the requirements for a few of our most popular destinations below.
If you’re visiting Spain including the Canary and Balearic islands, you’ll need to fill out this health form before you travel. This will give you a QR code which you’ll be asked to show when checking in at the airport.
You will also need to show evidence of being fully vaccinated, (either on your phone or a paper copy) or proof of recovery. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will need either evidence of being fully vaccinated, or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.
For Greece, you will need one of the following: proof of vaccinations or recovery, a PCR test withing 72 hours of arrival, or an authorised rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival. Children under 5 are exempt from these requirements.
Portugal requires all travellers to fill out a passenger locator form for travel to the mainland, and evidence of vaccinations. For travel to Madeira and Porto Santo, there are currently no restrictions.
Step 3: booking transfers and trips in advance
Play it smart
When it comes to popular summer destinations, the smart money is on booking your day trips and hotel transfers before you travel. This will ensure the attraction is not sold out by the time you get there, and add a bit of pre-holiday excitement to your planning.
For Majorca, the train to Soller is one top island experience that can get pretty busy in the summer months. While you don’t have to book ahead of time, it’s much easier to book online before you leave – when you get there, simply head to the kiosk with your phone, and you’re good to go.
If you’re off to Tenerife in the summer, how about riding to the top of the word’s 3rd highest volcano on a cable car? Avoid the long lines by booking in advance, and hop aboard for magical views of the island from 12,000ft!
Skip the queues
When a holiday to the Algarve is on the cards, don’t miss out on Slide & Splash, the area’s best water park. Skip straight to the front of a queue with a prebooked ticket and test your mettle on the kamikaze and black hole rides!
Don’t forget to add transfers from the airport when you book your holiday. This will save you the headache of looking for public transport to your hotel, or taking an expensive taxi. Catching a local bus might be the cheapest option but it can take a long time, and there’s always the chance you’ll end up in the wrong part of town.