Planning a vacation can be exciting and overwhelming all at once. Unfortunately, most people consider planning a vacation done when the plane and hotel are booked. Before heading to the airport, consider these four planning tips for a relaxing, stress-free vacation.
Budget for Expenses
The cost of a vacation doesn’t end with booking the flight and hotel rooms. Food, drinks, and entertainment expenses build up fast, especially on vacation when budgeting isn’t in the forefront of your mind. Before leaving for vacation, set aside money in a savings account marked for your trip so you don’t end up pawning your car in Vegas to get more spending cash. You may even want to consider getting loans in Dallas to help get you financially prepared for the trip. Once the hotel and flight are booked, keep putting away money on a weekly or biweekly basis. Right before vacation, put this money in your regular spending account to full enjoy your trip.
Pack, Pack, and Pack Again
Some people are able to throw everything they need in a suitcase ten minutes before heading out the door. Though most who try this approach end up packing fifteen pairs of socks, and end up buying everything else on the road. At least a week before your next adventure, write down a packing list. Glance at that list nightly, adding items you forgot, and taking off things you won’t need. Pack at least three days before your vacation, and revisit your suitcase every night until the trip. Most vacationers over pack and end up lugging extra clothes and unnecessary items halfway around the country. Be brutal about what will and won’t be used on the trip. Checking luggage on flights is expensive, so try to pare your luggage down to a single carry on.
Review All Travel Information
Getting to the airport only to discover you had the wrong flight time is every vacationer’s nightmare. Before leaving the house, print out and recheck all travel information. Ensure that you booked flights, car rentals, and hotels for the correct day. If you’re traveling with an airline using a codeshare ticket, make sure you know which terminal you’re leaving from, and arriving at. Codeshares are airline routes that two airlines share so while you may have purchased the ticket for Delta, you’ll be traveling a United flight. Be prepared with boarding passes and print all information for a seamless trip.
Bound for the Bahamas, or touring Turin, do some research before leaving home. A little Internet surfing can find fun attractions, must eat restaurants, and can’t miss sites that aren’t always advertised at your destination. Whether it’s a roadside taquería or an offbeat attraction, finding fun destinations will not only increase excitement for your vacation, but make it more memorable. If you’re traveling to well-known tourist destinations, research can yield discounted tickets or free passes to museums.
Choosing the destination is the easy part. Planning for a successful, fun, and cost effective vacation takes a little forethought. Make your vacation better by researching the destination, packing effectively, planning your travel and creating a vacation budget.