The Ultimate Holiday Checklist

The ultimate holiday checklist

Going on a holiday, but you’re not sure where to start? Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer, or planning your first trip, I’ve got you! After years of hopping on last minute flights and eating my way around the world, I have gathered my fool-proof travel-checklist to make sure I never leave the house unprepared.

How to plan a trip in 3 steps

1. The Basics - (Don’t fret, bring a hat!)

Before you buy or book anything, make sure you know the following three things; - Be updated on the latest weather report, during the day AND during the night. Dress accordingly, so you are comfortable when you arrive. - Any holidays, local customs and religious events that can disrupt public transport and opening hours of restaurants and services. Whether it’s restaurants closing for a siesta, or public transport coming to a halt for a local holiday; be prepared for the unexpected. - Currencies, languages, outlets and their voltage. Be informed about what you need to bring, exchange, buy and learn to get around comfortably.

2. Transportation and accommodation (Don’t fright, book that flight!)

The two most important things to get out of the way. First, booking a flight, bus or train. Don’t wait too long, even as a serial last-minute booker, I have come to regret it a few times. You definitely don’t have to book a year in advance but be mindful about your means of transportation. Secondly, accommodation. Think about what is most important to you considering location, room type and food options. Check and compare prices and don’t wait too long to make the final decision.

Additionally, make sure you book your accommodation at the same time as your flight, and pay attention to cancellation policies. Even though nowadays cancellations are more flexible, you want to leave some space for a change of plans. Now that you have this part booked, you are ready for take off!

3. Activities and adventures

Before going anywhere, I always make a list of my top 3 things I don’t want to miss out on. Whether it’s tasting a local pastry (or 10) or a special landmark, you don’t want to miss something that is important to you due to a scheduling mistake. Pick your musts and plan the rest around that. This way you will also have more freedom to just wander around and explore without a plan.

Travel in times of COVID-19

COVID-19 is sadly still among us so be sure it won’t spoil your holiday. Be aware of the latest COVID-restrictions and guidelines and most importantly: - Check whether you need a COVID test, and what kind (PCR / Antigen) to enter the country you’re visiting. Additionally, some countries require you to be vaccinated, so before booking your flight I make sure you can enter the country. - Make sure your travel insurance covers COVID-related cancellations, for example: a last-minute positive test result. - Research where to do your COVID test before returning home and how much it costs so you won’t be in for an expensive surprise.

Bonus Tips

  • Think about your phone plan; do you want to be off the grid, or have Google Maps to help you out at any time? It’s a good idea to decide what you want to do before you go and prepare accordingly.
  • Test run your facemasks! You don’t want to be stuck in a place for hours with a face mask that hurts your ears, itches your cheeks or makes you sweat profusely.
  • Check if your bank card works in the country you’re going to, and let your bank know you are going to be travelling abroad so your card won’t be blocked.


Planning a trip doesn’t have to be difficult. There are so many options out there that can fit your needs. From online tools to offline agencies and travel guides, just find the most comfortable way for you to plan and research your dream vacation. And make sure you sign up for an! We’ve built it especially to ease the trip planning process and help you organise your trips like a pro!

Enjoy the ride,
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