Top 5 Vacation Planning Tips

No matter where you’re headed, everyone wants to have a memorable trip and one that is stress free, and relaxing. It is a vacation after all! To help ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible, it important you plan according. When planning your next vacation keep these 5 VACATION PLANNING TIPS in mind.

1. Plan Ahead The best way to plan a memorable vacation is by planning ahead and not leaving it to the last minute. Why do you ask? You will save money and it will be less stressful. By booking your trip ahead of time you will definitely save money on flights, no questions asked. You will be able to look at different options, and there will be no headache. You could actually take your time and save money so you can enhance your vacation experience. A vacation that will definitely be unforgettable.

2. Decide where do you want to travel to?  Is it going to be domestic where no passport is needed or an international destination where you need a passport to travel there? Are you looking for somewhere warm or somewhere colder, maybe for a ski retreat?  One popular a response I hear is “I want to go somewhere tropical.” Does that mean Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii, Tahiti or someplace else?  WOW, How do you narrow that down? OR Are there specific destinations that have attractions and specific activities you want to experience. For example, Visit the Eifel Tower in Paris, take a gondola ride in Venice, or visit Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

3. How long do you plan on travelling for? What would be your preferred dates of travel? All my prior trips before becoming a travel agent were usually 7 days long and in the 1st or 2nd week August. This was as a child and also as an adult traveling with my friends. Your length of travel and travel dates will influence where do you want to go? Take into consideration “peak” season. Just as an example, do you want to travel when it is a very busy time, such as Spring Break visiting Cancun or when it is quiet and more calm? Consider the weather conditions in your choice of destination as well. Is it rainy season or not? These are things you need to research and find out or consult a travel agent.

4. What is your travel budget?  When you have decided on your destination(s), travel dates and length of travel, remember all of these impact your budget. You might have to reduce the number of days you are on vacation. Are there any extra “hidden fees” written in small print? Did you read EVERYTHING? Some examples of hidden fees could include the price of luggage bags on your flight, non refundable security deposits if for some reason you need to cancel your vacation package you booked. This does not include the travel insurance everyone should buy for any vacation they take. Finally hotel fees for your stay per night or price for parking at the hotel. These extra fees can add up if you do not pay attention to all the details, just maybe pushing you over your budget. Read carefully.

5. What kind of experience do you want? Are you looking for an active sightseeing vacation or a more beach relaxation vacation? What is more important to you? Your hotel stay or what you can do? If you are a more active traveler, perhaps the hotel stay isn’t as high a priority for such things as accommodations, amenities, dining, and activities. Staying at an all-inclusive resort, could be your best bet if you want a beach vacation, but would you want a budget friendly resort or a resort more luxurious? With both vacation options, you still need to read all the fine print to make sure you are paying for what you want. Take into what the hotel offers. Does the places you want to go visit, does it have transportation, are you going to be doing a lot of walking, or are you going to want to rent a car?

These are all things you need to think about when you plan your next vacation. Do you need help in customizing your next vacation that meet your interests, desires, and budget? Consider using a dedicated experienced travel agent. Click here and Let’s Get Acquainted!

Happy planning!

Laura Gibson
Destination & Tour Specialist

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