Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to travel more? Sure, skiing down the slopes or sitting on a tropical beach does sound quite nice, but there’s a lot that goes into vacation planning. Spend less time flight searching and itinerary making with these stress-free vacation planning tips.
Establish Travel Goals
Before you get started, figure out what exactly you want out of your vacation. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Who will you travel with?
- How much do you want to spend?
- Where do you want to go?
Who Will You Travel With?
Maybe you are planning a vacation for the entire family, including children, or a romantic getaway for two. On the other hand, many prefer to travel solo. If you do choose to travel on your own, you may feel awkward or anxious about doing so, but you shouldn’t, as you will meet lots of fellow solo travelers along the way. Whether you like to travel alone or you are bringing a crowd, first establish who is coming along the journey.
How Much Do You Want to Spend?
Have you ever heard the saying time is money? Sure you have, and that also applies to traveling. A huge factor that plays into how much you will spend while traveling. For example, if you head to the beach, you may only choose to have a five to seven-day trip, but if you are leaving the country or going on an extensive hiking trip, you may be looking at a 10–14-day trip, which in the end, will cost you more, as you will need lodging and food for a longer period of time.
Another factor to consider is your time frame. Are you traveling for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, to where it’s important to you to travel during certain dates? If you are flexible on dates, look into more affordable times of year for travel and see how much you can save! Before you start looking, set a budget that includes flights, hotel, food, and entertainment.
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Where Do You Want to Go?
Now that you have answered those questions, the fun part is here! It’s time to start planning. Maybe you have been longing for a relaxing beach vacation or a chilly, adventurous mountain cabin. On the other hand, maybe you are finally ready to take your dream trip to Europe. Check out these epic suggestions:
- National Parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park
- European City: Budapest
- New York State Parks: Letchworth and Buttermilk Falls
- Desert: Atacama in Chile
- Cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego
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