Surely everyone dreams of having a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. But simple peeves from forgetting your toothbrush to major issues like missing your flight can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. Here are five tips on planning your next worry-free vacation.
- Plan when and where you’re going. Figuring out the right time to travel is as important as deciding where to travel. A certain place might be a hot spot in certain months, and not-so-hot for the rest of the year. Also, airline tickets and hotel reservations are harder to book and even tend to be more expensive during holidays and peak seasons, so it’s best to book ahead of time. Don’t forget to check the weather at your destination, too. Sudden changes in temperature and climate often lead to sickness and allergies and might spoil the rest of your trip.
Where you’re going for a vacation is dependent on your goal and/or reason for traveling. Whether you’re traveling for time out on the beach, to experience a cruise, your honeymoon, or just the popular places most people go to, planning ahead of time and researching about your destination is a sure-fire way to ensure that you’re properly prepared for the trip.
- Decide how you’ll get there. Once you’ve decided when and where you’re going, the next step would be to plan how you’ll get there. If you’re traveling great distances and want to make the most out of your vacation, flying would be the best choice. On the other hand, if you enjoy the trip as much as the destination, driving is the best alternative. Once you’ve decided how to get there, make all the necessary reservations and confirm them about two weeks before your departure.
- Pack well, light, and right. Packing for a travel can be a challenge. Have an idea of the things you need for the trip, i.e. trekking shoes if mountain climbing, suntan for lounging at beaches, etc., toiletries, the right clothes for activities you intend to do at your destination, and important documents like passports, plane tickets, and credit cards.
- Set your finances. Since you know where and how to get to your destination, you’ll be able to determine how much you’ll be spending for and during the trip. Make sure there’s enough money in your debit cards, get traveler’s cheques, have cash on hand, and don’t forget to carry them in a safe place.Make it a point to check the exchange rates before you leave and when you get to your destination.
- Make final arrangements. About a week before you leave would be a good time to have your newspaper and magazine deliveries held until you return. Don’t forget to remind neighbors to check your mail and water your plants, and unless you’re taking your pets with you on your travel, make sure you’ve made the necessary arrangements on where they’ll stay while you’re gone.