Because I wasn't sure where I'd be going, I wrote a 'universal' packing list. I knew it would be somewhere in Europe so I had that to work with :)
In terms of choosing where to go, I knew I had to opt for somewhere safe as I'd opted to travel on my own. I wrote a list of places I was considering but ultimately opted for one not on the list... Go figure! (My mind works in mysterious ways.) It had to be somewhere I could book pretty much last minute because I didn't want to tempt fate and book a holiday before results were released. However, me being me, I booked it anyway but for the week after the resit exams. This gave me three weeks to sort out the logistics of my trip.
Eventually, I settled on Stockholm. It was a spur of the moment thing and Scandinavia has been high on my 'want to visit' list for the last few years. What better time to visit than during summer? Once this was booked, my sister bought me a Top 10 guide for Stockholm and I began planning what to do and where to go during each day of my holiday. I like structure and wanted to make the most of my visit as I'd only booked five days and four nights due to financial constraints.
After booking my flights and hotel, I organised transport to and from the airport in Stockholm, applied for a Halifax Clarity credit card and sorted out any other urgent paperwork that needed to be done. This included travel insurance, health insurance and currency.