Getting Last Minute Sunshine!
Thanks to the Internet and other modern communication methods, it’s no longer necessary to book a holiday months in advance. In fact, you can get sunshine at the last minute. Booking a late holiday is becoming a more popular and cost effective way of jetting abroad with huge last minute discounts on offer. But what do you need to bear in mind to make this method of vacation practical as well as economical?
Whether you’re booking a month, two weeks, or just one week in advance, there are many things to consider to make sure your home life isn’t compromised by your impromptu break.
To start off, if you’re working, is it appropriate for you to be taking time off? Have you given your employer adequate notice, as stated in your contract? If you’re self-employed, are there outstanding tasks to be completed to meet certain deadlines? It’s easy to get swept up in the spontaneity of your holiday and forget the work you’ve left behind; just make sure you have a job to return to. Don’t leave your boss in the lurch!
Another point to bear in mind is your household. For instance, you may own pets that need to be cared for in your absence, or plants that will need watering. No one wants to return from a relaxing break to a dead goldfish or dehydrated pot plants.
You also need to consider who’s going on the holiday. If your children aren’t joining you on your retreat, then childcare arrangements will have to be made with a family member or trusted friend. If, however, they’re coming along with you (no matter how you might have tried to palm them off onto Grandma!), you’ll need to make sure that their education provider approves any school time missed.
Every country has different policies, and some may be stricter than others when it comes to entry visas. If you’re booking right at the last minute, it’s crucial to check that the country you’re entering doesn’t require a complex visa. Organizing it can take longer than your arrival date. Another concern is whether any vaccinations or medications are advised for your chosen holiday destination. The best way to gather the necessary medical information is to visit your family doctor.
Obviously, every family is different and each will have different arrangements to make when booking a late holiday but, the final and most important point is to enjoy your time away.
Go out there and make some memories!
What are some things you take care of before you leave on an impromptu getaway?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.