We’ve all heard the classic holiday complaints people make about the time away being so disappointing. Friends or family can often return from a highly anticipated trip with less than enthusiastic reviews of their time away. What should have been a well-deserved break, some much needed rest and relaxation or the adventure trip of a lifetime is simply a big let-down.
Often, the classic holiday complaints focus on destination but just as equally price and unfulfilled expectations are mitigating factors.
Here are the top five ‘classic holiday complaints’ and how to avoid saying them yourself:
- The hotel/motel/accommodation was inferior/poor quality.
Do your research before you book and pay. This includes reading reviews, both on the accommodation provider’s website and independent online reviews, particularly social media. The latter can provide more realistic evaluations from people who have actually stayed there, rather than glowing testimonials from the hotel’s receptionist! A good idea too is to phone the accommodation provider directly and ask specifics questions, such as – “are all the rooms the same?” or “is what I see online a good representation of what I will be staying in?”. If they seem shady, they probably are!
- The location wasn’t what I expected
Again, do your research. Check where the accommodation is located and what’s in the immediate vicinity. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet, then next to the local cop shop or an open-all-hours nightclub is probably not the best option. Be mindful of how you plan to get around. You may need to be near transport hubs or arrange for parking for your vehicle. These considerations are important to avoid inconvenience and disappointment.
- Plan what you want to do before you go
If you’ve got specific activities in mind or interests that you want to pursue, then it’s vital to make sure you can do them where you’re going. No-one going to visit Paris would reasonably expect to be able to go safari. In less well known places, these types of assumptions need to be confirmed. You need to check all those kinds of details rather than just assuming, otherwise you’ll definitely be verbalizing another classic holiday complaint yourself! Again, ask lots of questions and be specific with the accommodation provider to ensure you will get everything out of your holiday that you’re expecting.
- Don’t plan what you want to do before you go
If you’re getting away from a busy job or a stressful period, often the last thing you need is a firm and inflexible schedule. It can be tempting to fully book everything in, but again, this can result in another classic holiday complaint, which is “I’m so exhausted!”. Getting away should be about resetting, if necessary, and thoroughly enjoying the time away. Sometimes having nothing planned allows you to truly relax and experience the holiday at your own pace and in your own time. Don’t be tempted to turn your holiday into just another scheduled event that brings you no joy.
- Set your budget and keep to it (within reason)
Who doesn’t like to splurge now and then, but another classic holiday complaint is the credit card bill at the other end. Choose your destination, activities and accommodation levels with a realistic budget in mind. If your holiday is of an international nature, compare the exchange rate, general food and beverage costs, and expected accommodation prices. Again, ask what is included and what are additional extras, so there’s no surprises. Don’t set too tight a budget that you can’t be a little spontaneous if the mood strikes, and be mindful of unexpected contingencies. But also be realistic about what you can and can’t afford – you may want to check exactly what that vase from the Ming Dynasty might actually cost to get shipped home, not to mention the insurance cost once you’re back! Nothing bursts a post-holiday glow by the arrival of a heavy weight credit card bill.
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