Last updated: 16/10/20
As a teacher, getting quality time away from the classroom is important. But it can also be difficult to get a great deal on your trip when you’re tied to travelling during school holidays.
We’ve pulled together 7 holidays tips for teachers that’ll help you not only find a better deal on your holiday package, but also how to find special discounts on your teacher travel insurance. This may not be relevant for many right now as we're mid-pandemic, but soak up the tips for when things start settling down and your holiday schedule re-commences!
Find the right deal for you
Although teaching is rewarding, the one admitted downside is that you're always having to travel during peak season. Not only are the beaches and tourist attractions more crowded, but you'll likely end up paying more for flights and accommodation.
• Research is essential, so take some time to spool through holiday deals online or check out some travel agent windows.
• Try and book further in advance, or take a risk and wait until a week or so before you want to travel to get a last-minute bargain.
• If you normally look for package deals, try booking your hotel and flights separately, or look at alternative dates – you could be saving hundreds!
There are also lots of other ways of saving money on holiday, such as including dinner and breakfast in your accommodation price so you only have to pay for lunch each day.
Even the most careful travellers can experience bad luck when they're on holiday - whether they get an especially bad bout of food poisoning or have their passport stolen.
Having teacher travel insurance in place will help you feel secure while you're away, with peace of mind that there are 24 hour medical helplines available to support you should you need it.
Switch off from the classroom
When you’re a teacher, your schedule is stacked for most of the year and it can be easy to get caught in the trap of picking up extra work or spending your evenings thinking about the school year ahead. So when you get the opportunity to take a step back, make sure you take full advantage of it.
Switching off can be something as simple as closing your laptop, locking your paperwork away in a drawer or choosing to ignore the overload of work emails for a few days.
Stay safe on the road
Time off doesn’t mean your life stops. During the holidays, you might even find that you’re driving more than you usually do or travelling longer distances.
If you’re planning days out with the family or a road trip with friends, you need to make sure you have the right car insurance insurance in place. You might also want to think about additional breakdown cover for your trip - your holiday doesn’t have to stop just because your car does!
Find out more about Endsleigh’s car insurance for teachers, with exclusive discounts and rewards to say thank you for the work you do.
Keep track of the date
At the start it always feels like the school holiday will last forever, but all teachers know how fast it flies by. Before you know it, you’ll be back to planning your lessons and printing out marking schemes. Not only that, but it’s so easy to lose track of what day it is when you’re not going to work every morning. Make plans with friends and family in advance so you have time to catch up with everyone, as well as making time for yourself.
It can also help to make a to-do list of everything you want to experience or get sorted before heading back to work – such as the bathroom you’ve been meaning to repaint, or that new museum exhibit you wanted to visit. Ticking off each activity or task will keep your mind active and allow you to focus on yourself.
Plan a staycation
We get it. You’ve waited patiently all year for the school holidays to arrive, but you don’t have enough time or money to go abroad. The good news is, a staycation can be just as exciting.
Why not channel your extra energy and teacher organisation skills into planning a staycation for your family or friends?
If you like an active holiday, you could head down to the sandy beaches of England and do some surfing or water sports. Or if you prefer to completely unwind, why not opt for a luxury spa break in the countryside?
Ultimately, your break from teaching is what you make it. You’ve sailed through another school term and just like your students, you’ve passed with flying colours. So, whatever it is you’re doing this holiday, make sure it’s a good one!