You need a vacation but you’re not sure what you would like to do. It seems that whenever you sit to plan it, you get a little overwhelmed. The problem is, there are so many places you’d like to visit, it’s hard to settle on just one.
Before you get started, understand that there will always be an opportunity to take another vacation. So, if you choose something, go on the vacation, and then don’t like it – there’s always next time. Understanding this can take a lot of the stress out of planning!
Here are some tips that will help you plan the perfect trip.
Determine Who’s Going
Who is going on the trip? This will help you narrow things down because it may change the course of your vacation.
Kids. If you have children, you’ll want to plan a trip the whole family will enjoy. Beach vacations, amusement parks, national parks – these are all great family trips.
Solo travel. Are you traveling by yourself? If so, you can join a solo tour or head to a destination you always wanted to go but never had a chance.
With a partner. Will you be traveling with your partner? If so, a romantic vacation for two, such as a week in a romantic city like Paris, will be your best trip.
Friends. Group travel can also be fun. Have you always wanted to go to Oktoberfest in Germany? Do you want to rent a party house on the beach? These are all fun options for traveling with large numbers.
Think about who you will be going with. This will enable you to select the type of vacation that is best for both you and your traveling companions.
Select Your Destination
Next, you will want to decide on your destination. Once you decide whom you will travel with, it should make things a little easier. However, there are other factors that can be taken into account.
Time of year. When you are able to take your trip will play a role in where you go. If you’re traveling in the winter, for example, you can choose a cold weather vacation (such as a ski trip to Colorado) or you can avoid the cold entirely by heading somewhere tropical, like a Caribbean cruise.
Type of trip. There are so many types of trips out there it can be overwhelming. Do you like adventure travel? Are you fond of cruises? Would you like your trip to include a lot of cultural experiences? Think about what you want out of your vacation and then plan things accordingly.
Budget. The amount of money you have may also play a big role in helping you select a place to visit. So, analyze your finances and determine what you are comfortable spending. This will help you find a vacation that will not only satisfy your desires but will also be comfortable on the wallet. However, there are also tricks that will help you stretch the budget further.
During this stage of the planning, most of this has to do with your desires. If you are traveling in a group, everyone should be in agreement about what they want to do. Otherwise, you may have problems on the trip. The people who were never really excited about the destination may cause some headaches as the trip progresses.
How Will You Get There?
Another thing you will need to plan out is how you will get to your destination. Will you drive, take a train, take a boat, or fly? Some trips, also, may include a combination of these transportation methods. For example, you could fly to your destination and then require a rental car.
If you need to fly, you may notice that it can get expensive. There are a few strategies for saving money on airfare. If you have some flexibility as to when you can travel this will be easier because all you need to do is take advantage of any sales that may arise.
Do you not have flexibility? Then, some options include cashing in frequent flyer points, traveling during the week instead of the weekend, or using budget airlines whenever possible if you need to save money. Some tour groups also include airfare in their prices and these flights are often chartered which can also result in savings for you.
No matter what form of transportation you need, there are ways to save money. If you decide to take a train, you can wait for specials. If you require a rental car, you may be able to find a deal. Consult with a travel agent if you need help.
Selecting Your Itinerary
Once you know where you are going and how you will get there, it is time to select your itinerary. Now, there are two schools of thought with this. Some people prefer to map out every detail of their trip, others like to allow for some flexibility. Which school of thought do you adhere to? Be honest with yourself about what you are comfortable with and then plan the trip accordingly.
If you are the type who has a more enjoyable trip when every detail is accounted for before you arrive at your location, then you have several choices. First, you can work with a travel agent to have your trip booked. Secondly, you can book a trip through an organized tour company. These companies take care of everything and all you need to do is enjoy your vacation once you get there.
Do you people prefer not to have a set plan? Then, it is perfectly okay to treat your vacation like this. Just show up at the airport, get your rental car, and then decide at the airport what you want to do.
Some airports even have a service that will help you organize a hotel. Just visit the information centers at the airport if you are ever in this situation. You can determine each stage of your trip as you go along and allow for some flexibility.
People place a lot of stress on themselves to plan the perfect trip. Since vacations can be expensive it is only natural. Taking a vacation takes both time and money and most of us don’t have limited resources.
So, spending some extra time planning the best trip you possibly can will help you have a great time. However, no matter what, just remember to relax and have an open mind. Doing so will enable you to enjoy your vacation no matter what!