holiday to break free from daily routine

A holiday! What would life be without it? It’s often said that of all the books in the world, the best stories are found within the pages of a passport. But, in your excitement to switch on holiday mode, don’t forget to take the following steps to get a perfect, blissful break.

Grab tickets at cheap prices online by deleting cookies and history

A cost-effective holiday is not rocket science. Frequently checking ticket prices online for the same destination often leads to a surge in cost. Airlines guess your urgency and show you higher airfares. So, to get the best available price, don’t forget to delete your cookies and search history. You can also compare prices on websites like Skyscanner and Expedia. Bid adieu to your travel agent, shall we?

Plan your route well in advance

Getting to your destination is important, but it’s the journey that plays an even bigger role in making your holiday an epic one. So, before you hit the road, make sure you have Google Maps or other offline navigation apps like OpenStreetMaps and MapFactor installed on your phone. Planning your route well in advance is even more important for solo travellers. Don’t let a wrong turn hinder your experience.

A quick weather check to avoid impromptu umbrella shopping

One of the most basic things to do is to check the weather conditions for your place of holiday. You may prefer to bask in the sun and get tanned – or, like me, just get drenched in the rain. Pack your clothes accordingly. A quick weather check on apps like AccuWeather, 1Weather, Yahoo Weather will make your holiday hassle free.

Do a quick online search on local cuisine

Food can make or break a good holiday. What’s the point of spending your valuable time and money when you go to a new place but do not try the local cuisine? Our tip: search for low key, lesser known restaurants that serve mouth-watering food. Try websites like Tripoto, Lonely Planet, Tripadvisor to discover hiddens gems.

Stay safe

While nothing should stop you from having the time of your life, it’s also important that you respect the sensibilities of the place you are visiting and be cautious. This is even more true when you are visiting a place for the first time. Always keep local emergency numbers on speed dial. It’s a must. Also, download apps like TripLingo for quick translation of emergency phrases or Shake2Safety which will help inform your close contacts in case of panic – you just have to shake your smartphone. Lastly, do make sure your phone’s roaming is enabled. That said, don’t stop yourself from mingling with local people. This is where lifelong stories are made. 🙂

So, all checked and done, you are now set to wander lost – only to unleash your inner self. Don’t forget to take pictures, lots of them. And, if you want to share those pictures on Instagram or Snapchat while on roaming, you can always download Opera Max to save tons of internet data while doing so. It’s tried and tested. In the meantime, go have a blast. Bon voyage!

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