Deciding where to go for your next holiday

For anyone who is on a budget and limited to the number of holidays they can take, it can be tricky to decide where to go next.

Personally, I try to visit places I have never been before even though I do enjoy re-visiting places where I’ve made special memories. I hope one day to go back to Rhodes where my partner and I first went on holiday together back in 2010. Yet, we have decided that we want to see as much of the world as we can. This is part of the reason we went on our first skiing holiday this year. It was great to try something new and helped inspire us to try new things and visit new places.

Millennial Natalie and Ady Skiing in La Plagne

Millennial Natalie and Ady Skiing 1

In fact, there is a story to tell about how we ended up going to Rhodes. We were joking around with a brochure and said whichever place we land on that’s where we’ll go on our first holiday together. So, Rhodes it was!

It’s good to be spontaneous sometimes but it’s probably not a destination choosing exercise we would use in the future. Although it paid off that time, I’m thinking it was a lucky stab in the dark.

Millennial Natalie and Ady in Rhodes

Millennial Natalie and Ady in Rhodes

So for our next holiday I’m planning on using some of the following techniques to find the perfect destination:

  • Check out where the best festivals or parties will be around the globe at the time you’re planning on going away. It’s a great way to absorb the local culture. Although, make sure you book in advance for this!
  • Speak to a few experienced travel reps. There’s nothing like receiving word of mouth recommendations from someone who has been there and done it. We did this when we went to Kusadasi in Turkey. The travel rep gave us lots of amazing tips about where to go in a place that isn’t rife with tourists.
  • There are plenty of quizzes out there you can take which consider your personal budget, style of holiday preferred, and the weather conditions you would like. For example, there is a quiz by My Voucher Codes to find the perfect holiday. Zig Zag on Earth has written a review of some of these tools if you wanted to check it out.
  • Take a look at travel social media pages. There are literally thousands of keen travellers online who enjoy sharing their travel experiences and giving tips about where to go.
  • Listen to what family and friends have to say. They know you and have a good idea about what you would like from a holiday, so why not seek their input? My partner’s auntie and uncle used to be travel reps and they are amazing at giving advice about where to go.

Let me know how you choose your holiday destinations!

Natalie x

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Why everyone should try skiing

How I learnt to ski

In March 2017 I bought a monthly pass to the Chill Factore in Manchester, ahead of my first skiing holiday. I had taken a beginner’s day lesson a year earlier than this, so was able to ski to a very basic level.

I highly recommend beginners to top up any lessons by going and practicing on their own. You kind of teach yourself and get better naturally. It also gives you that independence and confidence to know you can ski by yourself before heading out on those big mountains.

Our skiing holiday to La Plagne in France

So, once I had mastered coming down from the top of the Chill Factore slope I was pretty much ready to jet off to France. My partner and I went with a large group of skiing ‘experts’, who go skiing every year. His auntie and uncle used to be ski holiday reps, so we had lots to live up to.

Some of the Ski Group - La Plagne 2017

Some of the Ski Group – La Plagne 2017

I am happy to say we did not disappoint! Despite it being our first holiday and the snow conditions being the worst they could remember for a lack of snow, we were able to make it up to the glacier and ski all the way back to the resort before the end of our week’s holiday.

Millennial Natalie at the Top of the Glacier

Millennial Natalie at the Top of the Glacier

The whole group were impressed and we were suitably chuffed with our achievements. It made the hard work worth it and I would definitely recommend anyone considering learning to ski to do so.

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Some of the key benefits of learning to ski:

  • Skiing is a great life skill to have. Learning to ski is on many people’s bucket list and it’s great to be able to say you know how to ski.
  • It improves your fitness and you can have fun whilst you exercise.
  • Skiing makes for an active holiday combined with lots of fun and apres-ski! Definition of aprèsski: social activity after a day’s skiing.

Our next holiday

As we sacrificed our summer break to go skiing, we decided that our 2018 holiday will be in the summer. This unfortunately means we will likely not be going on a skiing holiday next year.

Although we’re not going on a holiday, we’ll be sure to make a couple of visits to the Chill Factore so we don’t become rusty for when we next decide to go on a skiing holiday. I would love to try skiing somewhere like Austria, Switzerland or even Canada in the future.

So why not give it a shot?

In the meantime, here’s a quick guide for learning to ski.

Natalie x