Spur-of-the-moment, last-minute vacations can be fun, but sometimes you need to settle down and plan out your next travel adventure. It doesn’t have to be a chore, either! The planning itself can be part of the fun, and working out exactly where you want to go and what you want to see allows you to get excited about what’s to come, and savor the joy of your upcoming vacation all the more.

Some vacations deserve time and attention in the planning stages and can be even more enjoyable and exciting because of it. Here are four vacations that are well worth booking in advance.

A cruise around the world


While pretty much everything is taken care of while on board if you want to get the best out of the experience it is best to plan a cruise vacation in advance. There are a bunch of choices you need to make about your life on board and the exciting shore excursions you plan to take, and the earlier you get everything sorted the more likely your experience will be a perfect one.

An African safari

Exploring the African plains and savannahs is one of the most exciting ways to spend a vacation, and the opportunity to see the continent’s vast mammals up close and personal should not be missed. To really take advantage of every opportunity on a safari it is worth booking in advance and doing some forward planning, so you know exactly where to stay to see your favorite creatures, and what time of the year it is best to go! If you are headed for the Great migration then fair bit of planning will give you a rewarding safari experience.

Seeing the islands in Indonesia

Island-hopping through Indonesia is an extraordinary experience, and the chance to explore the magic of Bali, Borneo, Java, and Sumatra is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The logistics of exploring this fantastic archipelago to its fullest can be tricky, however, and a bit of advance planning makes a whole lot of difference, allowing you to see everything from Ubud to Yogyakarta, and the magnificent city of Jakarta.

Cycling through Europe

One of the best ways to discover the wonderful history, culture, and landscapes of Europe is by bicycle. Cycle tours allow you to delve deeply into every country you visit, exploring the small yet important cultural and culinary differences that define each region. Planning ahead ensures that you have somewhere to sleep at every point along your route, and you can even arrange for your luggage to be transported independently, making your days less tiring!

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