We all go, but do we actually know what it means to holiday? The literal definition from the Oxford dictionary states that holidays are “An extended period of leisure and recreation, especially one spent away from home or in travelling.” But, the meaning behind holidays is different for us all.
What defines a holiday for me isn’t exactly what defines it for you. So like me, you’ve probably spent years trying to figure out what you want. I’ve tried everything from a girl’s weekend in Magaluf to a city break in Budapest and travelling around Asia, but what I’ve found is there’s a simple set of rules to follow, so you can really enjoy it. Here are my top tips and seven ways to make the most of your holiday.
- Plan ahead with our My Holiday app
Before your trip, give yourself plenty of time to research. Download our My Holiday App for hotel information, so that you can start planning where you can grab a cocktail or find a waterpark. While you’re away, connect to the hotel’s Wi-Fi for information about booking excursions as well as a contact number for your rep or our 24-Hour Connected Service.
- Make it your own with added extras
Whether you prefer topping up your tan around the pool or want to get out, and experience the culture, we have incredible added extras to make every part of your journey more comfortable. From airport parking to car rentals and transfers, we’ll give you the chance to travel in style. Don’t forget, before you’ve even leave home, at selected hotels, you can also Choose Your Room or Choose Your Favourite Sunbed.
- Really switch off from work
With work emails at the touch of a button, not switching off is harder than ever before. The temptation to check your emails while lounging around the pool is massive, and after you’ve been away from your desk a couple of days, you might be curious about has come into your inbox. Spending time and being present with your family is essential; it’s the reason you jetted off in the first place, right? So, turn off your laptop or phone and you won’t have the opportunity to look.
- Think about your mind, body and soul
Going abroad is a chance to breathe and take a moment for yourself. At our SENTIDO Hotels & Resorts, everything’s about tapping into your senses. The SENTIDO Holiday Plus Activities are designed to keep both your body and mind active; with Discovery Walks, yoga and cooking lessons, you’ll find a way a way to ignite your passions. Plus, for the best night’s sleep, choose from the SENTIDO Pillow Menu. With a variety of sizes and material, you can relax knowing you’ll have the perfect pillow for you.
- Spend it with the people you love
Whether you’re looking for a holiday with great activities for kids, a honeymoon to remember or a luxury winter escape, what makes going away special is spending it with the people you love. Once a year, you should organise a trip with your whole family. Bring your grandparents, cousins or friends along for a reunion. Not only can reconnect over old memories, but you’ll also create new ones when staying up all night talking, living like a local or splashing around in the hotel pool.
- Be prepared for anything
You can never be too prepared to go away on holiday. From writing a packing list to booking your insurance, you need to make sure you’ve got everything covered. That’s why at selected hotels, you’ll find our 24-Hour Hotel Satisfaction Promise. This hotel guarantee means if on arrival your hotel isn’t as we’ve described, you’ll have 24-hours to inform our rep service. From the moment you tell us about your issue, we’ll then have 24-hours to sort it out or offer to move you to another hotel of the same standard.
Share your memories
There’s a lot of bad press about technology, but when you’re creating memories, it gives you the opportunity to capture them. One of the best ways to get over your holiday blues is by sharing stories about your amazing time away. Grab a coffee with your best friends and take them through your phone gallery.
We’d love to see these on our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you upload any snaps to your Instagram, don’t forget to use #thomascook
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