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Living in luxury: How to plan an indulgent holiday abroad

Wherever you’re heading on holiday this year, the chances are that you’ll want to make it your best getaway yet – after all, it’s not that often you get to sit back, relax and unwind for a week or two whilst being entirely unapologetic about indulging yourself.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with allowing yourself a little luxury during your time away from work and responsibilities, so why not make this one really special? Planning the trip of a lifetime doesn’t have to be a difficult or time-consuming task, as long as you know where to start.

To get you crossing those days off the calendar instead of fretting about the minor details, just follow these simple tips – you’ll be well on your way to the best holiday you have ever had in to time, completely stress free.

Living like royalty

Staying in a villa can provide a more peaceful holiday experience

Nothing can ruin a holiday quite like a bad choice of accommodation, so if you’re tired of disappointing hotels then it might be time to try something new. Villa holidays are a great solution, and with most locations now offering a range of luxurious and reasonably-priced holiday villas to choose from, you should be able to find exactly what you need – regardless of group size or specifications.

Staying in a villa can provide a more peaceful holiday experience, with their self-contained nature allowing you to enjoy the company of just those you have chosen to go away without having to share with the masses. And, if you are flying solo, some quality time alone, enjoying the sun in your own home away from home could be just what the doctor ordered – just think of the peace and quiet.

Many villas, especially if you are going somewhere hot, will even come with their own pool, so you can make the most of the idyllic weather and surrounding views at your own leisurely pace rather than racing other guests to grab a sunbed each morning.

Don’t compromise on travel

Treat yourself to a first class airline ticket

While treating yourself to a first class airline ticket might seem a little extravagant, there are plenty of things you can take on the plane to make it feel like an upgrade, even if you find yourself travelling in economy. Try bringing your own noise-cancelling headphones to listen to music or watch films without the disturbance of other passengers – a particularly good idea if you’re on a night flight and find it hard to sleep. Be sure to pack some earplugs if you do plan to doze off, as these will help to ensure you can sleep peacefully, and wake feeling refreshed by the time your flight touches down.

Recycled cabin air can leave your complexion dry and blotchy, so if you pack one beauty product then make sure it’s a high-quality moisturiser. Take your makeup off and pop some on at the beginning of your flight, and reapply as needed throughout – you’ll be surprised how quickly your skin can become parched again, so keep it topped up.

Books, magazines, a game console such as a Nintendo 3DS or a Nintendo Switch or some puzzle books, such as crosswords are all good options for keeping yourself entertained during a long-haul flight – just don’t pack too much, as you’ll regret it when you have to carry your hand luggage through the airport.

Looking like a million dollars

Plan outfits beforehand to make sure you have all bases covered, packing for daytime and evening plus a variety of different weather eventualities

Everyone wants to look their best when they are away, so it is worth researching what to pack so you look and feel glam throughout your holiday. Plan outfits beforehand to make sure you have all bases covered, packing for daytime and evening plus a variety of different weather eventualities.

A capsule wardrobe is your best bet for packing light – take a few key items that go with everything, and work out the different combinations you can wear before you go. Pack skirts and tops that can be mixed and matched, shoes that match all outfit types, and clothes that can be easily dressed up or dressed down.

To ensure all the fashion essentials fit into your suitcase, tightly roll each item of clothing to make the most of the available space – but again, be sure not to overpack. By planning your outfits beforehand, you can be fashionable and pack lightly all in one go, making this your most efficient holiday wardrobe yet.

Don’t forget those makeup bag essentials – foundation, concealer, eyeliner, and mascara, moisturiser and makeup wipes. If you’re going somewhere sunny and hot, be sure to pack plenty of sun cream, too.

Going on holiday is the perfect time to start living like a VIP – so, now that you know where to start, what’s stopping you?