Steps on how to perfectly plan your holiday in Malta
Planning is essential for the success of every trip. Without a solid plan, you may end up doing less than you intended or skipping the most important things. If you are planning a holiday to Malta, below are some steps you can follow to ensure your trip is a success.
How to perfectly plan your holiday in Malta
Start with a budget
While Malta is a small area, it has so much to offer. There are many places to visit, lots of good food to try and plenty of local shops to peruse. Without a budget, it is so easy to go overboard, run out of money before your trip is over, or spend money meant for the bills. To avoid this, make a budget and determine how much you can comfortably spend on your Malta holiday trip. If you are planning a future trip, start setting aside some savings as soon as possible. You can make the most of the payments with Visa and Mastercards. Note that the Euro is the local currency, so you will need to exchange your money if you are travelling from a country that uses a different currency.
Identify things to do
What places do you want to visit? What activities do you want to do in Malta? Are you interested in any of their festivals? Other than spending time at the beach, you could also visit the archaeological and historical sites, go to the music festivals and explore the cities among many other activities. Make a list of all the places you would like to go and things to do and assign a specific date and time for each. When you make a list in advance, your trip will be very productive. If you are not familiar with the place, use the search engines to identify activities and places. Check out blogs by travellers who have been to Malta and make use of travel forums too.
Find a place to stay
You should find a place to stay in advance for two key reasons. One, when you search in advance, you will have enough time to explore different options. Two, you get enough time to compare offers and choose what is most affordable. Accommodation options in Malta are numerous. You can stay in a hotel, resort or apartments. It all depends on your budget and preferences.
Know how you will get around Malta
This is another thing you need to think about upfront when planning your trip to Malta. Public buses are available and are relatively cheap. They cover most areas and are a great way to get around, especially if you are staying for long. However, with buses there can be delays and you don’t get the freedom to move at your own convenience. The other options you have include hiring a car, using a taxi, or renting a bicycle. If you intend to tour a number of places within a short time, a rental car would be a good choice.
Write a packing checklist
Packing for a trip can be tough, especially when it comes to making decisions on what to bring along. If you are travelling during the hot months, pack light clothing and a few jumpers to keep you warm when it gets cold in the evening. For the rainy season, pack more jumpers and don’t forget your umbrella. Two things you shouldn’t leave behind when packing for a holiday to Malta are your sunscreen (ideally a natural eco-friendly one) and a good hat to shield you from the sun. Don’t forget your swim wear, too.
Find places to eat and new dishes to try
Holidays not only give you an opportunity to explore new places, but also a chance to try out new dishes as well. The Maltese bread and rabbit dishes are some of the must try foods on most travellers’ lists. Take time to check out different menus and identify things you would like to try out when you get there. Whenever you are trying out a new dish, ensure you check the ingredients, especially if you have any food allergies. Try out foods that you find on the internet as well as new dishes you discover when you get there.
Things to buy
When coming up with your budget, ensure you set aside some money for buying some souvenirs for you and your loved ones! There will be plenty to discover once you get there, and you will want something to remember your holiday by. Remember to stay within your budget when shopping for souvenirs. Give preference to items you will not find anywhere else.
For each step, make a list either on a piece of paper or online. Keep adding to your list as you discover more things. Once you get there, don’t hesitate to adjust your lists if you feel the need. Finally, exercise caution when booking accommodation or hiring a car. Take time to check out reviews in order to avoid places or agencies with a bad reputation. Read reviews about places you intend to visit as well.
TIP: I visited Malta back in 2010 for a few days with friends. Here’s my list of top 15 things to do in Malta I wrote after my visist.