The thought of booking a summer vacation abroad still seems pretty risky, doesn’t it? Since international travel is still unknown for the summer months, it feels like a gamble to make a deposit.
That being said, when the borders open again and we are allowed to travel, then I want to be the first on this flight.
One of the safer options during this time is staycations. A staycation is a portmanteau of “stay” and “vacation”, which means to stay in your country for a vacation. Since travel is still indeterminate, this could be our best choice to go on that “vacation”.
Some tips are pretty obvious and others that you may not have thought of before. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 8 things to look out for when booking a summer stay.
Here are the top staycation tips from My Baggages:
1. Check out as many rental companies as possible.
As simple as it sounds, everyone always goes straight to Airbnb or booking.com. There are so many different smaller companies out there doing the same thing and potentially cheaper. Sites like VRBO, which are more suitable for family stays (without renting out common space), or Plum Guide which has put together a list of more luxury stays in the UK. Research what type of stay you want, where you are going and there will be a company to accommodate you.
2. Get a bigger house for more people
If you get a bigger apartment and fill it up with friends and family (if restrictions allow), your stay will most likely get a lot cheaper. If you are planning on going out with friends anyway, this would be a great option instead of getting two apartments. A bigger apartment usually means more space and better amenities.
3. Make sure it has a kitchen
If you plan on staying away for an extended period of time, you might want to consider an apartment with a kitchen instead of a hotel. This means you can cook your own food if you want but still have the option to go out. This will 1. save you a lot of money 2. enable a relaxing vacation (sometimes you just want to relax and get something to take away!). Either way, it’s always nice to have the option.
4. Free cancellation
As much as everything is looking up at the moment, there are many unexpected events that can happen by then. You want to make sure you are covered in case you encounter any unexpected travel restrictions or events that would mean you would have to self-isolate. Free cancellation just means you are guaranteed to get the money you spent back.
5. Book early
It’s always best to book as early as possible to avoid snapping up all the great deals, especially since a lot more people are going to be staying this year. Check what is available and don’t let it book for too long as it may be gone when you return! The sooner, the longer you have to pay for accommodation and plan all of your exciting activities.
When driving to your Staycation be sure to park at your accommodation. This is especially important if you are going on a city break. Parking in the city can be very expensive and will definitely increase over the course of a week. So before you book the perfect apartment, do your research to make sure you have somewhere to park your car!
7. Pack a boredom box
If your stay is in a place where it is likely to rain (UK !!) we recommend bringing a boredom box! Whether for adults or children, it is always best to be as prepared as possible. Bring the cards, jenga, and anything else you can think of to help cure the boredom on a rainy day!
8. Do your research
Before you set off, make sure to check out what activities and events are going on while you are there. There may be theater shows or activities that you need to book in advance to get a seat. Make sure you have a rough plan of what to fill your days with so as not to miss out!
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