The school holiday is coming and I'm sure a lot of us are planning a vacation with the family. If you have not done any planning before it can be a bit over whelming at first. So many things to do and so many things to check off the lists before the dream vacation can be a reality.
Having a planner or tools (like Evernote) really helps with the process of gathering information and storing them at one place for easy access.
TEN THINGS // PLANNING YOUR PERFECT VACATION
HERE ARE MY 10 THINGS LISTS FOR PLANNING A PERFECT VACATION
#1. Decide where you want to go
This is the first step. Deciding on where you want to go will determine how much cost you need to allocate for the trip and it will also determine how long you want to stay
#2. The duration of your stay
The duration of your stay will determine how long you need to apply for leave of absence from work and will determine you trip itinerary
#3. Check the local weather and temperature
This is especially important if you are going to a place that has four seasons or at a place around mountains area. This will determine what kind of clothing you will bring with you.
#4. Check in advance the local prayer time
The is super important because you need to plan your trip according to prayer time. This information will also gives you an idea what is the time of sunrise and sunset.
#5. NEVER FORGET TO BRING COMPASS
For a muslim a compass is a must. One essential thing that you need to make sure that you do every single day no matter where you are is pray five times a day. You need to know where is Qibla and a compass help you to do that. It helps to be prepare.
#6. IF YOU ARE GOING TO OVERSEAS CHECK YOUR PASSPORT EXPIRY DATE
This is only relevant if you are planning oversea trip. You have to make sure that your passport is valid for the next 6 months. And don't forget to check if the country requires visa to enter.
#7. Plan your Itinerary if possible up to the hours and the minute
It's all about timing. When you plan your itinerary check also travelling time from your hotel to the place you are going.
#8. Check of halal food in the area
Now it' not hard to find halal food. If possible opt for halal food. If you can cook at your hotel or apartment, it's a good idea to cook yourself.
#9. Journal or notebook
The memory keeper in me can't ignore this. I need a place to document my journey as it happened. Having a notebook and a plan of what I want to document a head of time will ensure that I don't miss out on anything.
#10. Make a list of every thing
If you like me and you seems to forget stuffs immediately after you think of them, it's about time you make a lists. There's no such thing as making too much lists. I made a master lists of all the things that I need to make the trip happen, lists of all the places I want to go, lists of things to bring on the trip either in my carry on or in my suitcase, lists of makeup to bring, lists of things/memorabilia you want to put in your journal and many more.
I hope this lists will help you during your planning stage. There are a lot of things to consider when you are planning a trip especially when you have small kids to bring along.