Are you planning a vacation and are actually “paralyzed” with information overload and all of the decisions that need to be made?
Not to worry…you’re not alone…this is a common reaction. After all, a vacation is to be a fun and enjoyable get-away-from-home experience.
These Top 7 Considerations will help you focus:
- Your Budget – Take a realistic look at your finances and determine what you can afford to spend. Then you can start looking for destinations that fit into your budget.
- Length of Time for Vacation – How much time can you be gone from home? Are you considering a lengthy vacation or long weekend vacations?
- Time of Year for Vacation – Are you flexible with the time of year for your vacation or do jobs and/or school schedule’s dictate when you can go. If you travel during the shoulder* season and not during the peak travel times, that will save you money.
- Climate and US vs. International Travel – Do you like it hot and tropical or cold and wintry? Do you want to stay in North America or travel internationally? These are both personal preferences to consider.
- Mode of Transportation – How do you want to travel? Do you want to take a road trip or sit back and relax on a plane, train or ship?
- Main goal of the vacation? Do you want to relax and do nothing, participate in outdoor activities, take in culture or even have a volunteer vacation? Also, consideration should be given to the interests of other members of your travel party, such as children or older family or friends.
- Visiting Family During a Vacation – Visiting family during a trip may limit your travel, but not necessarily. For instance, you can have a stopover before or after the main part of your trip. That way everyone is happy!
Going over the Top 7 Considerations listed above and checking them off will make the vacation planning much less daunting.
*Shoulder Season – This is the travel season between peak and off-peak seasons, when fares tend to be lower. This season is usually spring and fall. When traveling to Europe it is generally April through mid-June, September, and October.
Now, get busy planning a vacation that is long, overdue!
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