Starting Your Holiday The Right Way

Its one month until I jet off on my annual week away for the children for some much-deserved respite. We really enjoy our time away and we always start our holiday with a trip to the executive lounge at Manchester Airport. It feels like a real treat and it's so relaxing compared to the hustle and bustle of a busy airport. I am teaming up with Destination 2  to offer one of my readers a voucher for 2 people to use the executive lounge on 1 of 12 airports, read on for your chance to win!
Destination 2 have created a fab blog post giving you a 7-day countdown for getting ready for your holiday abroad. So I thought I would share some of my top tips 5 for preparing to jet off.

1. Packing
Pack your case the week before you go! This gives you plenty of opportunity to make sure you have everything you need. I also always rolls my clothes rather than folding as it saves so much room

2. Shop Around
When it comes to currency I never buy from the first place I find as there are lots of ships on the high street that will offer to beat any previous quote. There are also lots of great online deals to be had for currency.

3. Check Your Documents
Most importantly check the date on your passport, you would be surprised how many people arrive at the airport with an out of date passport.

4. Pre-Book Trips
I always like to do a few day trips when I am away. I have always booked them in a resort with an agent. But last year I found that it was more cost effective to book and pay for my trips before I went. The cost of booking directly with attractions saved me roughly £60 last year. 

5. Research The Area
I love to explore the area I am staying in and Google is my friend when it comes to finding out what's what. 

What are your best tips for planning your holiday abroad, I would love to hear them? Now it's time for the giveaway, want to win those lounge passes? Enter via the widget below, do read the terms and conditions before entering.

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  1. Just returned from Icmeler in Turkey, fabulous. Now looking forward to Thailand in December.

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  2. we are off to majorca can't wait

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  3. I am going to Barcelona in September with my Fiance

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  4. I am off to New York in September for a foodie adventure :) cant wait

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  5. I am going to Corfu in 2 weeks I am so looking forward to a relaxing break

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  6. I'm off to Rhodes for 2 weeks, a lovely family run hotel who treat you like part of the family

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  7. We are going on family holiday to Russia in August. It's about 4 hour flight, so it would make a big difference for my boy if we win... somewhere to relax

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  8. Athens then Barcelona! Matt Halsall

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  9. I have nothing booked yet but Thailand is my dream destination!

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  10. I'm off to Catalonia in August

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  11. Off to Italy in September with my daughtet

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  12. Hoping to go to France later in year.

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  13. We're going to Tenerife later this year

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  14. I'm going to Boston and Toronto in August

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  15. I'm heading to Alicante for sun, sea and tapas!

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  16. To Portugal - the beautiful Algarve!

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  17. we are off to gran canaria. Cant wait!

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  18. We're off to Switzerland for some toblerone..!

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  19. I'm going to Athens in October

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  20. Incredible India!

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  21. Cuba
    with my daughter who is 21 she chose Cuba as it is somewhere she is very interested in and wanted to go for a long time

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  22. Spencer Broadley2 July 2017 at 12:41

    Cornwall - we love it there

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  23. We are off to Orlando

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  24. Singapore to visit my dad

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  25. Ibiza in August. Im taking my 62yr old mum clubbing ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  26. The Mediterranean, not sure where yet

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  27. Nowhere yet, need to get something booked! Hopefully Europe somewhere

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  28. Sadiyya Maryam5 July 2017 at 06:05

    We do lots of research beforehand and plan some of our excursions and things to do so we save valuable time when at our destination. Also I always think taking out travel insurance is so important especially when travelling with children. We are hoping to go to visit some friends in Bologna in the summer.

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  29. I'm off to Milan in September for a city break

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  30. I'm off to Orlando! Can't wait! :)

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  31. We are going to see our son who lives in Pennsylvania.

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  32. Not booked as yet,but probably somewhere in the Canaries in October

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  33. We are going to Vegas! This would be the perfect start to our first holiday child free ��

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  34. Montreal to go visit my son ๐Ÿ˜

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  35. Scarborough.

    Rachel Craig

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  36. Toronto, Canada... Cant wait !!!

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  37. We're heading to Italy, Sorrento! So excited, it's been on the holiday wishlist for years :)

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  38. We are going on a family holiday to Lanzarote from Manchester so this would be perfect.

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  39. This morning I booked to take my mum to Lisbon for a few days - she's been wanting to go ever since I went .

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  40. Sunny Bangkok but not until November

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  41. Would love to go back to Mauritius, beautiful island and people

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  42. My best tip is to roll not fold when packing, you get loads more in and less wrinkles!

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  43. I'm off to Mauritius on my honeymoon in October

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  44. Edinburgh.....fabulous city, fabulous people

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  45. We are off to Greece in October, First time there and apprently not the best weather :-( .... oh well quality time with family in the rain lol!!

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  46. Family holiday in Turkey in October

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  47. I haven't got any more trips planned for this year but I've been to ibiza twice this year already. The next trip will be ibiza next year.

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  48. Rome in August and Portugal in October

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  49. Cambodia - the cheapest place to eat and drink!!

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  50. My Mum and Dad are going to Sri Lanka. This would be a real treat for them to start their holidays :)

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  51. My son and I are going to Uganda in September.

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  52. Doesn't look like we are going to have a holiday this year but my favourite place to go is anywhere in France x

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  53. We're going to Kos in August.

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  54. We are off to Spain for the summer.

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  55. We would use this for our trip to Poznan in Poland soon xxx

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  56. Only across the sea to ireland in september

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  57. We are off to Seattle and then on to Portland in Oregon in August to watch the total eclipse - very excited

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  58. We are off to San Francisco in august, very excited

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  59. We are off to Fuerteventura next month, flying from Manchester. This would be fab :)

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  60. going to Crete cannot wait

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  61. I'm going to Kefalonia in Greece

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  62. Hopefully I will get to Malta.

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  63. I want to go to Las Vegas. Need to save up a decent amount of spending money though :)

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