Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer vacation season. The extended weekend gives a lot of people the opportunity to take a well-deserved and desperately needed break from the everyday demands of modern life. However, with so many people taking advantage of the extra day off, most travelers can plan on a lot of crowds and some long waits.
Planning for your Memorial Day vacation needs to start as early as possible. You may not be able to avoid all the lines and crows on the weekend, but you can at least take advantage of some special deals before you get started. The sooner you begin your preparations, the more you’ll be able to enjoy every moment of your time away from the office.
Choose Your Destination
There’s a pretty good chance that all the best beaches and campsites are going to be filled with other travelers on Memorial Day, but that shouldn’t stop you from choosing the destinations that hold the most appeal. At the same time, though, you might consider some of the special events going on around the country that could be a change from the usual beach getaway.
In New York City, for example, you could experience the free concert by the New York Philharmonic or watch the special Memorial Day Parade that states on Broadway. If you have a more historical mindset, Colonial Williamsburg has a famous ceremony to commemorate the history of the holiday. If that’s not your thing, there are some great music festivals in Seattle, San Francisco, and many other places around the country. Then again, maybe you just want to enjoy some time at a theme park – and don’t forget that many of them have a fireworks display that night.
Find Travel Deals Early
The closer you get to the holiday weekend, the more expensive the airfare and accommodations are going to be. However, a lot of hotels and airlines offer some great discounts leading up to Memorial Day to attract a larger portion of the population their way. Start looking for deals and discounts early and be flexible on your preferences and you will be able to enjoy the vacation without breaking the bank.
Whether you’re going to the beach, the mountains, or the big city, you need to pack appropriately. The trick, though, is to make sure you get everything you need while still packing as light as possible. This weekend may keep you moving from one place to another, and you don’t want to get bogged down with excessively large amounts of baggage.
Make Your Time Count
Assuming you’re not taking a few extra days off around the holiday, the three day weekend will be over before you know it. You need to make the most of the time you have so you don’t end up going back to work feeling more tired than when you left. Do everything you can to leave work behind (this may include leaving the digital devices that connect you to the office at home, if you dare), and while you don’t have to schedule every minute of the weekend with different activities, you should plan to take the opportunity to see or experience something new.
Be Ready for the Crowds
Like it or not, you are probably going to have to deal with a lot of people on your Memorial Day trip. Whether it’s the crowded airport or the long check-in line at the hotel, you’re going to be surrounded by other travelers. Be sure to take some books, apps, or music to keep yourself entertained while you’re swimming through the crowds of vacationers. Don’t let the crowds get to you. Find a way to stay relaxed and realize that you’ll soon be at your destination and enjoying the rest of your time.