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How to plan your next beach holiday

It’s never too early to start planning your next sunny getaway, but it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help you through those initial planning stages, from online vision boards to social media hacks. Even if your next trip is far from the horizon, these ideas are sure to fuel enough wanderlust to last you many months ahead.

Create a vision board

Daydreaming is one of the most fun parts of trip planning, and it usually comes at the start of the whole process. Pinterest is a tried-and-tested tool for researching ideas and compiling vision boards. Seach by location or keyword (like ‘tropical beach’ or ‘infinity pool’), and sort them into custom boards. It’s an easy and fun way to organise the thousands of ideas that are probably floating through your head right now.

Let Instagram be your guide

Instagram is another great place for soaking up some holiday inspiration. If you haven’t narrowed down your scope to a specific location yet, you can search for hashtags to see the spots that other people have discovered. If you do know the destination, type it into the ‘Places’ tab in the search feature. This will populate your feed with photos taken in that exact location, allowing you to discover trendy restaurants, hidden gems and the most photographic spots to steal for your own profile. (Don’t forget to follow @Expediauk for inspiration too.)

Have a summer staycation while you wait

Not quite ready to leave home? Enjoy a mini staycation to help pass the time. Crank up your heat, listen to some beachy playlists on Spotify, whip up a tropical cocktail and take a virtual tour of some sunny destinations online. (Just google your dream destination and ‘virtual tour’, and the odds that something will pop up are high.) It’s not quite as good as hopping on a plane to Fiji, but it might just be the next best thing.

Find your perfect hotel or rental

Take the time to enjoy researching hotels and holiday rentals in your intended destination. Expedia has a handy tool that lets you bookmark specific properties and create lists to revisit later. Simply hit the ‘save’ button on the hotel or rental page, then see your compiled list under your profile at the top. (It certainly beats having a million tabs and bookmarks open on your computer at one time.) Also try searching for hotels and rentals with flexible booking options, such as free cancellation*, for the ultimate peace of mind.

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