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How to Plan your Dream Vacation

How to Plan your Dream Vacation

You know that you had the perfect Dream Vacation when afterward you can say “ You know what? I really had a great time, I’d definitely do it again”. Sometimes the options can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many things to do and places to go. I can help you narrow down the choices to find the perfect fit just by asking yourself these questions…

1) Who will be on your Dream Vacation with you?

When choosing your destination keep in mind who will be going with you:

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  • Will it be a family vacation?

  • Does it have to be kid friendly?

  • Will there only be adults?

  • Is it a solo vacation?

          *Tip: Keep in mind to have the perfect Dream Vacation, everyone traveling with you must have a good time too.

*If you’re traveling with smaller children, try to somewhat keep their same schedule for sleeping and eating so that they don’t get cranky.

*If you plan to do a good bit of driving, it works best to have plenty of stops for bathroom breaks and to stretch the legs.

*Plan to take some travel entertainment to occupy any downtime. Pick activities that will be suitable for everyone.

2) What are your interests?  Everyone’s idea of a “Dream Vacation” can be very different.

  •  Do you like the hustle and bustle of a large city?

*Some people love to flock to the city for the fast-paced excitement. There are so many options for tourists to enjoy. Cities are full of history and culture, museums and architecture. Maybe you’d like a food tour. Some people choose a city vacation because they enjoy the nightlife.

  • Are you looking for a more relaxing time?

  • Trying to take a break from it all?

  • Need to restore your energy?

*Maybe you will finally have the chance to read the book that you’ve been wanting to get to. There are a lot of options for you. Maybe visit a mid-sized touristy location or a small quiet town with a scenic drive. Relax by the pool or snorkeling off a beach.

                *Tip: A perfect way to visit a lot of different places and have a lot of free time is to do a cross country train ride.

  • Do you consider yourself a nature lover?

  • Do you like adventure?

*If you’re looking for a budget-friendly vacation, a National Park might be the way to go. Many National Parks are free or have a low fee to get in. Some Parks provide areas to park your RV or allow you to pitch a tent. You can hike on your own or sign up with a group tour. Choose from a 1-day tour or if you want to be more adventurous, do a 7-day camping tour. There are many beautiful landmarks, picturesque trails, and lookouts. For camping, swimming, boat launching, link to source to make your reservations. Reservations fill up on a first come, first serve basis.

3) How many days will your Dream Vacation have?

This will determine how far you’ll want to travel. When will your Vacation start? Will it start when you arrive at your destination? Unless you’re planning a continuous road trip, where the journey begins and ends at your house with a lot of fun-filled stops in between…you don’t want to waste too much time traveling to and from your dream vacation.

*If you’re planning to drive straight to your destination spot, you really don’t want to be driving more than vacationing. I would recommend no more than 12 hours of driving for each day of vacation. For example 6 hours of driving to the vacation spot. Stay 24 hours, then 6 hours to drive home. This way you can have time to really enjoy your time off and you’re not spending it all unwinding or gearing up for the trip home.

*If you’re flying to your destination. Trust me when Julie Chen says “Expect the Unexpected”. I think she was talking about departure and arrival times. The best flights to take if you want to be on time without a hiccup are the earliest flights. Even then, there’s no guarantee. It seems like the go-to excuse most frequently used now is “The Pilot ran out of hours” sure thing Murphy! To get the most out of your vacation time you don’t want to feel as if you’re hours are mostly spent in an airport.

A good rule of thumb to follow is:

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  • If you have a 3 to 7-day vacation, flight time shouldn’t be more than 4-5 hours, each way

  • If you have a 10 to 12-day vacation, max flight time should be no more than 6-10 hours, each way

  • 13+ days is good for a flight over 10 hours

4) What time of year are you planning to take your Dream Vacation?

*The dates that you travel may limit what you can do or how long you can be outside. The time of year will also make a difference when it comes to lowering your costs to travel.

  • If you plan to travel in the peak of the tourist season you’ll find bigger crowds and most likely run into higher pricing.

  • Peak times will be when all businesses are open and you’ll find the best travel weather

  • Keep in mind the weather can be somewhat unpredictable. It’s always a good idea to have some back up indoor activities planned

  • Some regions, the seasons may make it unsafe to drive or possibly run into flight delays due to bad weather

5) How much do you really know about your Dream Vacation destination?

              *Tip: Do the Research!

*You have an idea of what your destination is like, even an expectation. If you’ve never been there before, Do The Research! By doing a little investigative work you can find things that you want to do. Find the perfect spot that you want to stay. Read the current reviews. If a friend recommends a place to stay. Read the current reviews. Hotels and Resorts have constant management changes. Not only that, if your friend loved it doesn’t mean that you will. What they look for in a vacation might be different than what you want.

6) How important is your Dream Vacation travel budget?

*This step might be the most important step. Once you’ve picked a destination, does it fit your budget? Experts suggest an average annual cost of a family vacation to be 5% to 10% of yearly income.

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  • Look up what it will cost to cover your entertainment and attractions

  • Research the cost of transportation. How much will it be to get to your destination

  • Research the cost for accommodations

The saying is true “If you fail to plan then plan to fail”. Remember it’s not only the destination that counts. It’s the journey to get there too.

Now that you have a good idea of how far to travel, picked what you like to do, thought about your favorite places to go… your Dream Vacation is waiting!

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