When it comes to planning a holiday, everyone has a different style.
Whether you follow a strict itinerary or prefer to play it by ear, look to book months in advance or always leave it last-minute, whatever your personality booking a getaway can be a somewhat timely process.
Luckily the travel gurus at TripAdvisor have searched out the top holidaymaker personality types, and created some tailored guides to help you have a stress-free process.
There’s the Budgeter who’s always after a travel bargain, the Planner who’ll have a firm idea of what they want to do, the Chiller who takes a laidback approach and finally the Panicker who tends to leave everything until the last minute.
Simply pick which holidaymaker type matches your personality best, and check out the exclusive tailored guide that goes with it…
1. The Budgeter
You know you’re one if: you’re always on the hunt for a bargain, and you love going on holiday feeling like you’ve bagged the best deals and discounts.
TOP TRAVEL TIPS
1. Be flexible with your dates
It’s no secret that travelling during school term time can save you a small fortune, but it’s worth considering the day of the week you travel – weekdays will be cheaper than a weekend.
TripAdvisor’s flight search lets you compare prices across a whole month, so you can find the cheapest days and arrange your trip around them.
2. Loyalty pays
It’s worth signing up for hotel loyalty programmes and getting yourself a credit card that rewards you with air miles when you spend – after all, if you’re going to be parting with your cash, why not earn perks at the same time?
3. Don’t waste hours comparing prices
It takes time to search out a holiday bargain, but you don’t need to scour every website to find the deal that’s right for you. In fact, search the hotel you’re after in TripAdvisor and will search over 200 websites for the best price so you can be comfortable knowing you’re paying the lowers price available.
4. Stay on the ball
Keeping an eye on exchange rates is also a good way to ensure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck – a good rate could help you stretch your pennies further. Oh, and it will leave you with extra budget to spend on cocktails on the beach or days out sightseeing!
Extra travel inspiration for the Budgeter:
Our Cheap Holidays page has everything from budget-friendly destinations to the latest deals and offers, and we’ve also rounded up the best holiday deals of 2017 here , as well as the top airline sales happening right now .
2. The Chiller
You know you’re one if: You prefer to just go with the flow and see what happens, and when it comes to holidays you often just get there and then figure out your itinerary later.
TOP TRAVEL TIPS
1. Organise some accommodation
We know you like to keep your plans fluid, but it’s a good idea to at least try and have one or two nights’ accommodation booked when you arrive at your destination so you’ve got somewhere to go.
You can still keep your plans flexible if you want to move on after, but there is nothing worse than getting off a long flight, then having to cart your luggage around while you organise somewhere to stay – especially if you arrive late at night.
2. Have a back-up guide
Go with the flow but if you don’t know what’s worth checking out, then an app can be a handy travel companion. Try the TripAdvisor app’s ‘Near Me Now’ feature which finds you the best attractions nearby – and you can read the reviews to decide if it’s up your street.
3. Play it safe with the essentials
Whatever you do, don’t go on your trip without travel insurance – your mum was right when she said it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
The thought of living life on the edge might be thrilling but when you’re sat in a hospital bed on the other side of the world, faced with an eye-wateringly expensive bill, you’ll soon wish you had played things safe.
4. Make the most of your time
How many times have you found yourself stuck in a queue for a museum, waterpark or other attraction and ended up wasting precious hours of your trip waiting in line?
Yes, you like to go with the flow but it pays to book – not just in cash, but in valuable time. Book skip-the-line tickets ahead of time and you can walk straight in, instantly gaining precious hours that you can spend being spontaneous elsewhere instead.
Extra travel inspiration for the Chiller:
We’ve searched out some of the best places to catch some rays in our Sunshine Holidays page , or check out these top 10 places you’ll want to visit in 2017 .
3. The Planner
You know you’re one if: You like to meticulously plan all aspects of your holiday including activities, and you have everything wrapped up well ahead of the trip.
TOP TRAVEL TIPS
1. Get ahead of the game
If you already know where you want to go in a year, then you’re almost certain to bag a bargain on your flights. These typically go on sale 10-11 months before the departure date, so it’s worth keeping an eye out to get some brilliant deals.
2. Do your research
There’s nothing like a dirty hotel room or a dodgy restaurant to ruin a trip! Do your research and get advice from people who’ve travelled to your chosen destination and can recommend where to go/avoid.
TripAdvisor is famous for its millions of reviews on hotels, tours, restaurants and attractions from people all over the world, so you can get a wealth of information before choosing what will make your final itinerary.
3. Customise your search
Just because someone’s rated a hotel 5/5 doesn’t mean you’ll love it too – for example, the reviewer may have raved about it because they have kids and it’s family-friendly, when you’re after a romantic couple’s getaway.
Use filters to narrow down your search and make sure you’re finding places that meet your criteria, whether by traveller type, amenities you’re after, or even the neighbourhood where you were thinking of staying.
4. Ditch the bulky itinerary folder
We know you’ll love nothing more than a comprehensive itinerary, but sometimes the wads of paper can be annoying to carry on your travels.
Try an app like TripAdvisor’s ‘Trip Saves’ where you can search for hotels, restaurants and tours and save your favourite ones, as well as adding dates and building a day-by-day itinerary.
Extra travel inspiration for the Planner:
We’ve got a host of handy destination guides on our City Breaks page with everything from how to get there to the top things to see and do, but if you feel like you need to give yourself a break, there’s nothing like all-inclusive holidays where the hard work is done for you!
4. The Panicker
You know you’re one if: You always think you’ve got loads of time to get organised and suddenly you haven’t. While you always plan to go on holiday, you somehow always leave the actual organisation until it’s almost too late to get a bargain.
TOP TRAVEL TIPS
1. Lists are your friends
If you’re not super organised, the idea of writing a checklist might sound tedious. However, it doesn’t need to be extensive, just a brief list of things you need to get done that are important.
It will save you loads of time in the long run, and it means you won’t be left spending loads of money on things like travel insurance and hotel rooms a few days before you set off.
2. Pick your destination wisely
Vaccinations and visas will rule out some destinations if you’ve left it last minute, so make sure you’ve done your research before you spend the cash.
You can always check on the country’s embassy website for visas and restrictions, while a quick call to your GP should clear up queries you have about vaccinations.
3. Don’t forget to tell your bank you’re going
Forget to do this and you could be in for a nasty surprise when you hand over your card to pay for that beach cocktail you’ve been looking forward to.
In fact, many of the banks will block cards from being used, as a fraud prevention technique, which could mean big problems for you and your relaxing holiday!
4. Book everything together
Time isn’t exactly on your side, so look out for all-inclusive holidays or packages where your flights and hotel are sorted.
Thinking of a city break or want to go exploring somewhere new? Check out TripAdvisor reviews or book your flights, accommodation, tours and tickets all in one go on the website to save you extra hassle.
Extra travel inspiration for the Panicker:
Reading this and thinking you should really get booking for the summer? We’ve got all the best last-minute deals on holiday cottages, all-inclusive holidays and luxury villas.