When it comes to planning your perfect getaway, is it really possible to find a truly personalised holiday package – a travel itinerary that's been especially curated according to your needs and preferences? Luckily for keen jetsetters and tourists, the answer is a resounding yes.
Bespoke holiday providers can be found online by doing a little digging and performing some basic research. This may involve combing customer review sites to find the most reputable service providers, as well as comparing quotations from competing travel agencies. You may also know somebody that can recommend a good company to use.
Bear in mind that the best travel and tour providers tend to be located near to where you're staying. This way, not only will they be able to impart valuable information about the local area, they will also be on hand to help should any problems arise during your visit. Some even provide management staff to help with your daily duties and security.
With that in mind, the first thing to consider is what kind of holiday experience you're looking to have. Are you travelling alone, or with your family or friends, for example? Do you have a romantic city break in mind, or a fun-filled fortnight of activities for the kids to enjoy, with poolside relaxation during the evenings?
You will also need to have an idea about to location you wish to visit, as this will help you narrow down your travel company options. Some franchises will specialise in Sandals resort holidays, for example, whereas others may provide travel to the world's most remote islands, capital cities or beaches – this may require a little research.
If you're open to suggestions about your holiday destination, it's worth sitting down with an adviser, as they will be able to use their skill and contracts to find you the best deals and a number of location options. This often works out well for those jetting off at the last minute, as there will be an abundance of discounted flight and hotel options available.
Once you've decided where you want to go, narrow down your online search options according to the dates you wish to fly and the type of accommodation you're looking for. If you're travelling with a large party, you may consider renting a private villa for the week, which can generally accommodate up to 27 people (though smaller villas can be found).
If you're planning a more low-key holiday, you may still wish to look at renting privately. This will allow you to enjoy more space and make use of your own facilities. Options may include villas, condos, holiday homes and apartments. Make contact with an agency in the local area and ask them to find you something that suits your budget.
If you're hoping to learn a little about the local culture, it's a good idea to look into the 'travel and tour' options provided by the company you choose. If you have specific places in mind that you would like to see, it's worth contacting the company to discuss your requirements in detail so they can come up with a personalised itinerary for you.
The holiday company you choose should be able to assist you with every detail of the booking process – from organising the most convenient and cost-effective flights, to planning activities for you when you arrive. They may also be able to recommend local restaurants, cultural sites and places to visit, along with a range of other services.
Wherever you choose to visit, make sure the company you book your holiday with offers 100% financial protection and are members of the ABTA.