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Taking a Spontaneous Short Summer Break

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Most people plan their holidays weeks or even months in advance but what about those times when a deal too good to be true presents itself at the last minute? Do you pass it over because you haven’t planned every last detail or do you throw caution to the wind and take off on a summer adventure? Whilst throwing caution to the winds may not always be the best course of action, a little spontaneity can make a refreshing change. So if you are in a position to take off at short notice, why not consider your options before dismissing the idea out of hand? The first issue you will need to deal with is how to pay for your trip.

Financing an Impromptu Holiday

If you have a healthy savings account, paying for a spontaneous vacation could be as simple as making an online transfer into your current account to cover the cost of tickets, accommodation and spending money. However, not everybody is fortunate enough to be in such a position so what are your choices if you don’t already have the necessary funds?

Asking your employer for a cash advance – some employers are happy to consider advancing money to their workers on the understanding that it will be paid back in full once they receive their monthly salary payment. If your employer provides such a facility, this will almost certainly be the cheapest and most convenient option.

Approaching friends and family – this is another low cost option as interest is seldom demanded when borrowing from friends and relatives. However, it is one that many people are hesitant to pursue, for the simple reason that it can be very embarrassing to ask those closest to you for an interest-free loan. If you are turned down by a friend or family member, it can create long-term relationship issues that are difficult to resolve.

Paying with your credit card – if you have available credit on your card, you can use it to book your holiday and simply pay it off when your monthly statement arrives. There are very few downsides to this option assuming that you will not go over your credit limit by using your card to pay for everything.

A payday loan – for those with no savings, no credit card facilities, an employer who is not willing to consider cash advances and friends who prefer not to lend money, a spontaneous summer break may sound like an impossibility. However, if the only thing holding you back is the fact that you won’t have the money to pay for your break until your next monthly salary payment, a short term loan could allow you to take off at a moment’s notice.

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Making a Quick Getaway

Financing your trip is of course just one of the potential problems that you may have to overcome when booking a last-minute break. Another important consideration, and the one with which many people have difficulties, is how to pack in a hurry. The best way to pack quickly is to pack smartly:

Make a list – if you have a limited amount of time in which to pack everything you need for a short holiday, the first thing you need to do is to make a list. This might sound counterintuitive when time is of the essence but the more thought you put into it beforehand, the quicker the physical act of packing will be. Crossing something off a list because you decide that you don’t really need it is far easier than taking it out of a tightly packed travel bag or suitcase.

Focus on clothes that are versatile – don’t pack any garments that only go with certain others. Choose clothes that you can mix and match during your holiday to provide you with a variety of different outfits, without having to take your entire wardrobe along for the ride. In addition to helping you to save space, you will also save time by packing less in the first place.

Be firm about what you include – if you are unlikely to use something, don’t pack it in the first place. If you can buy it when you arrive at your destination and it isn’t too expensive, leave it at home. If you are worried that you might lose it and it would be difficult or expensive to replace, don’t take it. Be strict with yourself on what you can take with you and you can save yourself a lot of time and peace of mind.

Think about weight – if you are flying overseas, take a look at the baggage limits on the airline’s website. You can use your bathroom scales to make sure that you do not exceed the limit but you can save time by thinking about weight right from the start. Use the lightest bags possible, avoid packing heavy shoes and boots, and throw out anything that is not essential. If you have a heavy pair of boots that you really don’t want to leave behind, wear them instead of packing them!

Other considerations

If you want to make sure that you have a great holiday, it is worth doing a little research on your destination before you leave. If you find out what the weather is likely to have in store, what facilities are available at your hotel and in the resort, you will be able to tailor your packing to make sure that you only take what you really need. You may also find that you can book certain excursions in advance, which will save you the time and hassle of trying to organise them once you arrive. However, make sure that you leave yourself a little room for manoeuvre if you decide to book your holiday activities in advance; it is supposed to be a spontaneous break after all.

It is of course a bad idea to borrow money that you cannot repay, so if you are not sure whether you can really afford an impromptu break, consider organising a fun weekend at home instead.

About the author

David Griffin David Griffin trained as a graphic designer and now helps PaydayLoan123 with social media. He is a born and bred Londoner who has recently moved out of the capital and is probably missing it a little too much. He enjoys fishing, playing golf and working out at the gym, when he feels energetic enough!

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