Planning Your Next Vacation
Are you in the process of planning your next vacation?
From what to pack to what time of year to go, there is a lot that goes into it before you are off to your chosen destination.
But while it may seem stressful to take care of all the logistics, planning is actually half the fun because it builds the anticipation while giving you something to look forward to! And as long as you keep the following helpful tips in mind, the process shouldn’t be too difficult.
Decide on your budget
First and foremost, it is important to figure out how much you are able to spend on your vacation.
There are many costs that will start to eat up your vacation fund, such as booking airplane travel to the place you want to visit.
However, the longer in advance you buy your tickets the more money you will save, so try to start researching ticket prices as soon as possible so you can purchase them well ahead of your departure date.
If you don’t have as much money to spend for your getaway, there are many local places where you can still have a memorable time with plenty to do to keep you busy.
It is also important to keep in mind that the longer you are gone, the more expensive your vacation will become.
Choose your destination
Are you going to travel internationally, or will you stay within the United States instead?
Usually the decision will be based on how much vacation time you have, how much is within your budget, and how far away from home you want to go.
Keep in mind that if you opt to travel overseas, it is essential to learn a few of the basic phrases of that country’s language so you can get around more easily.
But if you aren’t yet sure where you want to go, try looking at online sites like Pinterest for inspiration. Or do an online search to find out where the most popular destinations are, and see what cities may interest you and your family.
Figure out what type of vacation it will be
After you have chosen your destination, the next step is to decide what kind of vacation it will be.
Do you want your trip to be educational where you visit museums, libraries, and historical landmarks? Or, do you prefer to have a more relaxing trip where you don’t have anything specific planned and would rather unwind and eat at some of the recommended restaurants in the area or even go wine tasting?
You might even want to do a combination of both where you are out sightseeing all day but can then get excited about sampling the local cuisine in the evening!
Pack your suitcase
When it comes to packing, don’t plan a different outfit for each day because bringing all those extra clothes will make your suitcase heavy and may turn carry-on luggage into a bag that now needs to be checked – which costs extra on most airlines.
Instead, bring clothes that can be mixed and matched on multiple days such as two pairs of jeans and several tops that go with those jeans, one or two sweaters, one jacket, not more than three pairs of shoes, and no more than two bathing suits if you are planning to swim during your vacation.
And, don’t forget the essentials such as prescription medications, toiletries, sunscreen, and phone charging cables!
Pick your accommodations
There are many different types of accommodations to choose from for your vacation.
If you want to cook some of your own meals, booking an apartment with a kitchen may be ideal. An apartment also gives you more space than a hotel, which works better when traveling with a large group of people.
If you are looking for charm, a bed and breakfast is always a good choice. You will be able to enjoy a hearty meal each morning when you wake up, plus the experience is usually more personable.
When relaxation is on the itinerary, a hotel that is known for its spa services or its luxurious pool is the way to go.
And if you are planning to go to the mountains, a cozy cabin with all the amenities you could want is the perfect option.
Get travel insurance
Travel insurance is quite possibly one of the most crucial things to purchase before you leave on your trip.
This type of insurance generally covers any last minute cancelations, luggage that is lost or stolen, if you get sick or injured during your trip, or a weather-related event such as a hurricane causing your hotel to close down.
You will also have phone assistance any hour of the day or night to help you locate the nearest hospital, arrange for transportation home in the event of an emergency, and even replace your prescription medications if an emergency does occur.
Tasks to take care of before you leave
There are several things that should be done before you go on your vacation.
To start, be sure you have made boarding accommodations for your pets. And if you choose not to board them, make arrangements for someone you trust to watch your home for you.
It is also important to ask the post office to hold your mail for the time you are gone. Plus, make sure all necessary bills are paid so that you won’t have any missed or late payments to come home to.
Next, take some time to shop for any necessary clothing items you may need.
Also, let friends or relatives know about your travel plans by giving them a copy of your itinerary so they will know when they may hear from you and when you may be out of touch for a day or two.
And finally, thoroughly go over your packing and to-do lists so you can confirm that you haven’t forgotten anything.
Even though there is a lot that goes into the planning of a vacation, tackling one task at a time makes the process less of a challenge. Plus, you get to come home with priceless memories that will last a lifetime!
When it comes to planning your next vacation, keep WowRentals in mind for a getaway you’ll never forget.