What’s up, globe-trotters?! Has the travel bug bit you too? Ah, the tantalizing thoughts of dipping your toes in the warm sands of a distant beach, exploring hidden alleyways in an ancient city, or just watching the sunset from a remote mountaintop. Exciting, right?
But wait a sec. Rewind. Back to reality. Planning the perfect vacation can be a monstrous task! Worry not, wanderlusters, I got you covered. Sit tight and let’s tackle this behemoth together with some vacation planning tips that will supercharge your trip and make it go from ‘meh’ to ‘WOW!’
1. “Fail to plan, plan to fail” – let’s talk itinerary
Planning doesn’t mean scheduling every minute of your vacation. That’s called a school timetable. However, a rough itinerary keeps you on track and helps you hit all the hot spots. What’s the use of flying halfway across the globe and missing out on the Colosseum because you lost track of days, right? Do your research, note down must-visit places, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or a great restaurant like the Cathedral Italian Bistro in Texas, and plot them on a map. Prioritize and organize!
2. Be a deal diva – save those bucks!
Most of us would love to have a Ritz experience on a shoestring budget, and although that probably isn’t going to happen, it still makes sense to look for savings where you can because, when you have a really amazing vacation without paying your life savings for it, then the experience is all the sweeter.
Thankfully, websites like Skyscanner, Booking.com, Groupon, can all help you to wheedle down the costs of your next trip, so you can maybe upgrade to a better hotel or a business class flight, without overstretching yourself.
3. Pack lie a pro – ditch the “just in case”
Raise your hand if you’ve ever packed for a month for a week-long trip. Yup, we’ve all been there. Throwing in everything including the kitchen sink seems like a good idea because we will always have what we need, but actually, it just ends up weighing you down and making your travels more stressful than they need to be. Do you really need five pairs of shoes for a beach vacation? I doubt it! Come up with a great capsule wardrobe for the destination you are visiting and it will be a weight off your mind and your luggage! Oh, and you’ll always look great in the vacation snaps too!
4. Early bird or night owl – pick your flight wisely
Oh, the dreaded jet lag! It can turn your dream vacation into a snoozefest. Luckily, you can easily prevent it from becoming a problem by simply showing your flight times more wisely. Red-eye flight? Long-haul during the day? Find what works best for you, try to match it with the time zones you will be traveling as best y can, and spend far less of your next vacation tired and grumpy.
Here’s to your next vacation, may it be more amazing than the last!