For a majority of the working population, vacation days can often feel far too few in number. For that reason alone, when you are finally granted time away from the everyday routines of office life, you want to make the most of the time given to you. You've earned it, after all. Perhaps more importantly, you don't want to be fretting about schedules, accommodation, finances and what routes to take while you're actually out there; you want to be enjoying yourself! For this reason, planning a getaway trip well in advance, even if it's only in Australia, can be crucial. Luckily, there are a number of things you can focus on to make that planning process as quick and painless as possible. 

1. Book flights and accommodation in advance

While backpackers with far more free time may enjoy the luxury of showing up at a hostel or hotel and taking whatever room is available, people with limited time on their hands should prioritise finding where to stay early. Nothing causes a greater headache than not having a bed to sleep in for the night. As such, after you've decided where you want to go, it's crucial to check out a variety of pre-booking sites to check for availability and compare prices. The earlier you do this, the more relaxed you will feel the closer you get to leaving day. In the same sense, checking and comparing flight prices will also save you a lot of heartache when prices inevitably rise.

2. Consider hiring a car or charter bus

Hiring a car or charter bus, especially if you're coming into a state via plane, can provide a great deal of flexibility and make vacationing less about running after taxis and more about sitting back and enjoying the scenery on the way to a destination. If you're with your family or a big group, charter buses are an affordable option to consider. Many people aren't aware that charter buses can provide a variety of services beyond serving as transport for school excursion or wedding groups. A vacationer can hire charter buses for airport transfer or as a tour service and can even hire a bus to drive themselves. Air-con and on-board televisions are a big hit when you're tasked with transporting a lot of people.  

3. Create a general budget

Working out how much you've spent on a trip can be a nightmare afterwards. For the best peace of mind, it's helpful to research the general price of food and supplies at a destination ahead of time. Knowing how much you can spend ahead of time also prevents indecisiveness when it comes to meal time. Saving money and time is the name of the game. 

These are just a few useful tips for minimising the stress of pre-trip planning. Perhaps most importantly, once all has been taken care of, remember to let yourself enjoy the ride while you're on it. Vacations don't have to be as stressful as many seem to think they are.

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