Does it seem like your life is life is full of planned chaos? Between your job, chores, walking the dog, and life’s daily activities, there’s little time to relax and unwind.
Planning a last-minute holiday seems like adding more fuel to the chaos fire, but, believe us, it’s totally worth it.
If you’re itching for a break and up for the exciting prospects of a luxury getaway, keep reading to learn how you can plan an awesome last-minute holiday.
- Check Your Passport
There’s nothing worse than having everything planned for an international trip and realizing your passport has expired. Before you get your heart set on that quick trip to Papau New Guinea or Indonesia, make sure your passport is valid.
If your passport it expired, don’t worry, you’ll be able to find plenty of options traveling domestically.
- Mode of Transportation
Whether you’re going by plane, train, or automobile, you’ll need to figure out how you’re getting where you’re going.
Flight meta search engines like Google Flights and Kayak can help you find the best price for your intended dates. If you’re planning on going this weekend, try calling your local travel agent to see if they’ll bump a few hundred off your flight if you’re within 48 hours of departure.
- Find Your Accommodation
Finding a place to stay last minute can be just as tricky as finding a flight last minute. Hotel search aggregators like Kayak and Trivago will display all deals available online for your dates. Another option is checking with your reward credit card’s concierge service for any hotel deals they might have. You can also try getting in touch with the hotels directly, as they might still have some rooms in inventory.
- Pack Your Bags
Or bag if you’re only going away for the weekend.
Pull your favourite weekender bag out of the closet and pack the essentials. Don’t forget the essentials for airline travel including a travel pillow, wallet, and passport + passport holder like this one from Michael Kors.
Apps like DUFL and GetPacked can help you figure out what you need based on where you’re going.
If you’re the type that packs extra, check with your airline to see what their checked bag fees are. If you’re up for the challenge of packing light, try finding a messenger bag on sale online and put those packing skills to the test.
- Plan Your Activities
The last thing you want to have happen is arrive at your destination in a whirlwind and not know what to do when you get there.
While you’re still at home and planning your trip, research things you can do and places you can see. You don’t need to plan your itinerary now, but knowing what’s around can save you the stress once you arrive.
Of course, if you’re going just to sit on the beach and relax, you can eliminate this step.
This all may seem crazy, but planning a last-minute trip is one of the most exhilarating things you can do, especially when the last thing you feel like you have is time.