As more and more of my colleagues talk about the plans they have made for vacations this year, or actually have already taken time away from work, I long to head out for some “time off” of my own. Where to go? What to see? Decisions, decisions. As I buckle down to make my own plans, I thought I’d share some tips that have helped guide me in the past
Consider your group.
Do you have young children that will be going on vacation with you? Teenagers? Elderly parents? Every aspect from your trip needs to keep your company in mind, from travel method to accommodations to planned activities. Tailor your plans to find something everyone can enjoy, whether that be a trip to the beach or mountains, or a road trip with numerous stops along the way. Remember that some members of your group will tire easily, or need snacks, or distractions along the way- you know who these are!
Consider a “destination vacation.”
There are various places that offer all-inclusive packages, from theme parks that include transport to/from the airport, as well as meal plans and shuttle services; to cruises that offer a variety of on-board and site-seeing tours; to resorts that feature water parks, spas, and quality restaurants on the premises. This type of vacation means you can book and pay for almost your entire trip in advance, and spend less time on the road and more time having fun! Plus, there are trips of this type to meet almost every budget. It’s easy to find good deals on vacation packages to destinations like Florida here
Staycations can work-really!
If you have no desire to spend your free time in an airport or on the road, or if you only have a short break from jobs and other commitments, a staycation could be your best bet. The key to enjoying this type of holiday is that you absolutely must remember you’re on vacation, and actually taking a break. No fair checking in with work or completing that household project you’ve been planning to get done!
Play tourist in your home town. Do the fun and interesting things you’ve always meant to do, like trying a new restaurant, or visiting the aquarium or museum, that you keep postponing until “you have time.” Take a day trip to a nearby attraction, something you can enjoy in one day, and still be home to sleep in your own bed. Turn off social media, and pretend that you’re far off the grid.
Hopefully very soon my husband and I will settle on some plans for a vacation,; I think he is just as ready for one as I am! Until then, I hope you all enjoy the warmer weather, and get to plan a trip of your own!