We're all fans of holidays here, right? Few things are as exciting as a villa holiday, but there are quite a few things that can ruin it, and we know all about those. But what about those little things that make a villa holiday just right? What makes a villa holiday perfect? Let's take a look.
The Right Price
Before you can even think of anything else, you need to figure out how much you can actually afford to spend on this perfect villa holiday. Do you have a budget set aside for this purpose? Is it enough to cover all the associated costs? According to the Office For National Statistics, UK residents spent £43.8 billion in 2016 alone on visits and holidays abroad. If that sounds enormous, all is not lost. You can rely on financing solutions such as holiday loans.
A holiday loan is especially designed to help with holiday-related costs, such as airfare, train tickets, accommodation, etc. Especially if you're travelling with your family, the cost of a holiday rises quickly, so some help might be welcome. You get the loan, book everything, and then repay in affordable instalments. Easy! Experian has a good guide to holiday loans if you need one.
The Right Time Of Year
You may be tempted to think that a classic August holiday is ideal, but actually, not only is that the busiest time of the year, but it's also the most expensive one. If you don't want to share your holiday with thousands of strangers on a crowded beach and bars and restaurants where you have to wait for hours for a table, there's a very simple solution for you.
Consider going on holiday during off-season instead. Depending on the place you choose for your holiday, the weather will be just as nice in October or April, and you won't need to elbow people out of the way just to be able to get some sun. Of course, this kind of thing needs to be pre-planned, so consider it at the beginning of the year, and take time off accordingly from work and school. Whenever you go, be sure to check the GOV.uk tips on travelling abroad.
The Right Place
When you think about a villa holiday, you're probably picturing gorgeous European beaches, picturesque little towns and old, beautiful Italian villas. However, things are changing, and you know what I'm talking about - the looming Brexit date has us all a bit on edge and uncertain about what that means for our yearly holidays.
It's already been affecting currency and prices and come 2019, the situation may be more unstable than ever. So, perhaps it's time to broaden your horizons and consider seeking nice weather farther away from home. There are plenty of other places where you can enjoy a nice holiday that isn't in Europe, such as Mexico, the Caribbean, and even Florida. You just have to invite a different perspective and maybe shift your idea of a perfect holiday.
Choosing Your Positioning Carefully
Even once you've decided on a country, there are still location decisions that are crucial. A beachside villa sounds amazing, but what are the realities of living close to the beach? Is it going to be loud? Is it going to be dirty? Do you want to go visit locally? If so, how far is the town? You've got to think about your needs and wants and pick your ideal location based on real life needs and not the ideal image of a holiday.
The Right People
Finally, no holiday is perfect unless the people you're sharing your time with are entertaining and provide an enjoyable experience. A villa holiday is normally shared with at least a second family, so be sure to pick the "nice" relatives that won't ruin your time by acting like sourpusses. And if you are sharing, account for that in your decision making regarding the villa you pick, where it is located, the country, the price, etc. Especially if there are kids involved, you want to have all the amenities ready and accessible and minimal fuss getting to the beach and back.
All in all, a villa holiday can certainly be perfect - or at least close - all you have to do is plan ahead and be aware of some tricks on the organisation part of things. Be aware of what your needs are and prioritise accordingly.