5 tips to gather event planning ideas while on holidays

5 tips to gather event planning ideas while on holidays

Gath­er­ing intel­li­gence and ideas is crit­i­cal for any event organ­is­er. Find­ing inspi­ra­tion in oth­er places allows for inno­va­tion and cre­ative ideas. While the main pur­pose of a hol­i­day is to rest and dis­con­nect from our dai­ly rou­tine, there are ways to gath­er good event plan­ning ideas and still enjoy a lie on the beach.


  1. Be curi­ous
  2. Rest and relax
  3. Attend local events
  4. Think out­side the box
  5. Write in a note­book

1. Be curious

We can nev­er repeat it enough… open your eyes wide! This is the key to being cre­ative. Every­thing around you can be a source of inspi­ra­tion. It is up to you to make good use of it. For exam­ple, when you are in a bar or shop, look at the fly­ers on the coun­ters. Some­times local events can give you ideas for your com­mu­ni­ca­tion, or for your next themed par­ty for exam­ple.

2. Rest and relax

You are FINALLY on hol­i­day and you have earned the right to rest! But don’t wor­ry, being on the look­out for ideas does­n’t nec­es­sar­i­ly mean run­ning around.

Relax­ing on a deckchair will not make you unpro­duc­tive, quite the con­trary. Your body and mind need to rest and relax to be more cre­ative when you get back in the sad­dle.

3. Attend local events

No mat­ter where you go, there is always some­thing going on. This is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend local events and dis­cov­er cul­tures and event prac­tices that you can inte­grate into your own events. Be care­ful, how­ev­er, not to copy and paste! As in any oth­er field, it is nec­es­sary to adjust the prac­tices that we con­sid­er rel­e­vant to our audi­ence, our ter­ri­to­ry, our event. Oth­er­wise, beware of dis­il­lu­sion­ment!

Once you have found an event that inter­ests you — via fly­ers in bars, Face­book, local (web)magazines, the Tourism Office, pay par­tic­u­lar atten­tion to the dec­o­ra­tion around you, the lay­out of the place, the dif­fer­ent types of cock­tails, enter­tain­ment, music… You can even ask ques­tions to the organ­is­ers and atten­dees. This advice also applies in your dai­ly life to events near you.

4. Think outside the box

Hol­i­days are also an oppor­tu­ni­ty to do what you would­n’t do at home! Why not go to events that you would nev­er have nor­mal­ly attend­ed! Whether it is because the venue is unusu­al, because you think you will be bored, or because the type of music played is not the one you lis­ten to… be curi­ous!

If you have good obser­va­tion skills, if you talk to the peo­ple there, or if you notice even one thing nev­er to do dur­ing an event, you are win­ning!

5. Write in a notebook

Leave your lap­top, emails can wait! To take note of your find­ings, go back to basics and walk around with a nice note­book. It will also make a nice hol­i­day sou­venir. You can draw, write down things that are not nec­es­sar­i­ly relat­ed to your events. On hol­i­days, no rules, no con­straints… you are free to do what you want!

Above all, the note­book is more prac­ti­cal than a com­put­er or a tablet, and it does not have a bat­tery that needs charg­ing every 3 hours!

Fol­low these tips and you will be rest­ed and ready to work when you get back! Don’t miss this cru­cial time of the year and take a look at our solu­tion for organ­is­ing events:

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