WHERE — Ionian islands, Greece
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty
IN COLLABORATION WITH — Reserved
How to research, plan and organise the ultimate holiday — whether you’re after an island escape, a city break or an adventure.
First things first: there’s no such thing as the perfect holiday. However, some trips always stay with you, with each and every memory savoured because it was so damn great. More often than not, these are the trips that are well planned.
I’m fortunate that I get to travel a lot for work, however I think that whether you take one trip per year or twenty, the approach to planning a trip is still the same. You need to consider your budget. You don’t want to be rained out. And you don’t want to turn up to your accommodation to find it’s a million miles from anywhere.
This past week I shot an edit of Reserved’s Riverea collection (aka the perfect clothes for a summer get-away) on the teeny island of Lefkada, a lesser known Greek island populated by mountainous villages and turquoise waters. Our trip throughout the Ionian islands required a hefty amount of planning (on this trip we visited Corfu, Leftkada, Kefalonia and Ithaca), so I wanted to share the low-down on how I actually plan our travel.
Full disclosure; I’m a massive research nerd. I’m a big believer in the idea that the planning and anticipation of travel should be part of the adventure. Most of our trips – both for work and pleasure – are planned around tips and advice from locals, and that always requires a fair amount of digging (aka research).