How Not To Book A Holiday

I’m currently trying to book a holiday, but I seem to be doing it all wrong. If you, too, want to massively fail at booking a trip away, just follow these easy steps… 


[Even my beloved Voyage Prive is failing me. NB chintz.]



Try and book something just two weeks before you’re due to go away ¦¦ Because that’s what last minute deals are for, right?!

Have no clear idea of where you want to go ¦¦  …and then get two people to try and agree on anything. We just about got as far as deciding we wanted to go and sit on a beach and read for 4 days, which was a massive achievement, and based solely on the fact we’re both having a Stop The World I Want To Get Off kind of a moment. 
Accidentally keep looking at city breaks when you just decided you wanted a beach holiday ¦¦ When you don’t normally do beach holidays, the temptation to click on all the exciting looking weekends in Prague and Madrid is overwhelming.

Be stingy ¦¦ Of course we don’t want to spend a fortune.
Go for an awkward length of time ¦¦ We have 4 days off, which apparently is not a common holiday length to cater for. 5 days is fine, and obviously 7 or 14 is great. But 4? Nope.
Try and make bookings from somewhere without wifi or good phone signal ¦¦ It’s a lesson in frustration.
Be fussy ¦¦ I usually operate on the principle that everywhere promises an adventure worth having, so why am I suddenly exceedingly picky about where I want to go? So far I’ve decided I ‘don’t fancy’ going to Amsterdam, large swathes of France, or the basically the whole of Italy. Why?! What’s got into me??
I think it’s a bit like that thing that happens whenever you go into a shop with a gift voucher. You want to buy something, you have the means to, but suddenly you can’t find anything that fits. Does anyone else get that?
So, where shall I go for 4 days at the beginning of September…? All suggestions welcome (no, seriously).
-Rachel

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13 Comments

  1. 18th August 2015 / 02:17

    Haha totally been there before! *hugs* gurlie! know that no matter where you go you’ll have a blast! And I vote for beachy vacay so you can relax instead of running around for 4 days 😉

    • 18th August 2015 / 08:48

      Thank you for the moral support! Glad it’s not just me being a last minute lassie. A beach is sounding so good right now… It’s pouring with rain and freezing here at the moment! Argh British summertime.

  2. 18th August 2015 / 04:26

    My favorite booking failure? That time I booked hotel reservations in Taipei for New Year’s Eve… of the FOLLOWING year. Hahaha! Oops! I went to check in and the staff was like, “you did make a reservation for NYE, but for next year, not this one”.

    • 18th August 2015 / 08:46

      Hahaha nooo! That’s just the kind of thing I’d do! Did you manage to get into the hotel in the end?! How stressful!

  3. 18th August 2015 / 19:19

    Hahaha.. I love your analogy of the shopping voucher, because THAT IS SO TRUE. Every time I get a shopping voucher, suddenly I have nothing to buy. What’s up with that??

    And I am currently going through the same thing as you with my year-end vacation. Got to go somewhere… But trying to keep cost low… Changing my mind on which country to visit every other day… And yes, it’s totally frustrating trying to check airfares when internet connection is slow.

    • 18th August 2015 / 20:56

      So I’m not the only one who does the shopping voucher thing! I think someone should investigate. There must be some kind of powerful law of physics behind that… Good luck booking your end of year trip, I look forward to finding out where you decide on going. Sounds like things won’t be easy for either of us!

      • 20th August 2015 / 05:24

        Probably the same laws that define Murphy’s Laws.

  4. 19th August 2015 / 10:07

    Sounds like my week a month ago when my sister finally confirmed she was coming to visit me in Spain. I spent hours booking accommodation, train and bus tickets and creating a loose itinerary, less than a week before she was due to arrive. It worked out in the end though. Hope you were able to sort out your holidays!

    • 19th August 2015 / 18:00

      Argh stressful! It does take a surprisingly long time to get everything lined up, doesn’t it?! I bet it was worth it to see your sister though 🙂 Still nothing booked yet… 14 days until departure, so had best get a move on!

  5. Andrea On Vacation
    19th August 2015 / 14:31

    Haha! This happens to me all the time. I get overwhelmed with all the good options and then nothing seems to work with my days/budget.

    • 19th August 2015 / 18:01

      I’m comforted to know that I’m not the only one! Not sure what’s got into me, I’m usually full of ideas just like you. Hey ho. I’m sure it will get sorted at some point!

  6. 20th August 2015 / 17:31

    Oh no! I hope you sort it out as fast as possible. :p
    I used to do this for a living, I was a travel agent and the picky, stingy and have-no-idea-where-to-go clients are the worst. Lol. So I do feel you. 🙂

  7. 27th August 2015 / 07:22

    That’s so true about 4 days being hard to book for. I don’t know anything about beaches in Europe. Have you decided where to go?

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