Posted by Sean Thompson

Planning Your Summer Vacation

There’s something worse than no vacation and that’s a bad one. Positive vacations have a significant effect upon energy and stress. Doing your vacation planning early can’t guarantee a great vacation but it sure lays solid groundwork for a relaxing and enjoyable time away.

It’s that time of year again. If you’re planning a summer vacation it’s time to get your organizing hat on. We’ve put together a few tips for you to make the task less daunting.

Decide Who’s Going
Is the whole family going? Maybe very young children are going to their grandparents or perhaps older teenagers are staying home. It’s time to sync those schedules so that there are no last minute surprises. If you need a house or a pet sitter, book this service early. If you’re travelling with children make sure your destination is kid friendly. If you’re travelling alone, your vacation planning is much more streamlined but the downside is you have all the planning to do.

Decide on a Destination
This sounds like a no brainer but it’s the hardest and most important part of your vacation preparation. It sets a definite goal. It makes it more concrete in your mind and makes planning around your goal a whole lot easier.

Decide How Long You’re Going For
You need to know how long you’ll be away so that you can set enough funds aside for your trip.

Decide How You’re Getting There
Are you flying? Doing a road trip? Or maybe you’re doing both. Do you need to book ferry reservations? Do you need to reserve a vehicle at your destination?

Research Your Costs
Once you know where you’re going, you need to research your costs thoroughly. Build an itinerary for each day of your trip. Include accommodation, meals, sightseeing, activities and a daily shopping limit. Consider where you can stretch your budget and where you have to hold the line.

Your travel costs will likely be your biggest expenditure. If you’re driving, don’t forget to factor in your fuel costs. If you’re flying, you’ll get better deals if you can fly mid-week. Weekends are the most expensive. You’ll also get better fares if you are prepared to fly late night or early morning.

Book your accommodation 45 days in advance. Shop around and ask for deals. If you plan on spending most of your vacation in one spot most hotels are willing to do a little extra for you in terms of price and service.

So, get on with the planning. Besides it’s actually fun to dream a bit and that’s what planning a vacation is.  Enjoy yourself and come back refreshed.