They say the best trips begin with proper planning. While many enjoy doing those spur of the moment, whatever goes kind of travel, there’s still always some advantage in having your vacation planned in advance. Knowing when to travel allows you to enjoy some discounts, engage in interesting activities, prepare enough budgets, and make the most out of your vacation.
Here are some travel ideas you can apply as you map out your vacation plans for the coming months:
Have a clear picture in your mind on what you want to do and where you want to go.
Early on, imagine what your dream vacation would be like for this year: do you want to hit the beach, do some mountain climbing, or just relax in the tranquil environs of the countryside? Knowing what kind of activities you want to engage in when you travel will help you in zeroing the destination for your vacation.
You can also do it the other way around. You can start with a destination and work out the activities. Whichever way you choose, it is advantageous that as early as now, you know already where you want to go and when you want to go there. Knowing the timeline and the destination will help you as it makes the act of hunting for promo fares easier.
Buy tickets in advance
It is oftentimes best to buy tickets in advance as they are cheaper. Airlines assign some seat class and normally fills-in the cheapest classification first so what is left are normally the more expensive ones if you book in late. Air carriers are also known to be one of the biggest price discriminators among other types of companies. They know that those who buy tickets in advance are people who fly for leisure and are more price sensitive than business types of travelers who are willing to pay the price to get to their destination for an important meeting or engagement. Be on the lookout for promo fares. If you are a frequent traveler, there may be value also in buying those open-dated coupon booklet that one airline is selling.
Ensure that you can take that leave
There is no point in booking an airline, hotel and tour if in the end your boss (if your employed) will just tell you “I’m sorry, you cannot go!” So before spending that buck, make sure that you can actually go on leave on your desired date of travel. That is why planning your vacation ahead is important. If you already have a date in mind, you can already advise your superiors about your plans and get their feedback whether they are feasible or not. It will save you the hassle of having to rebook the last minute or finding a replacement to take on your work.
Get it a habit to try to know more about your destination: what are the specialties of the place, must see places, restaurants and delicacies to try out, activities to do, hotels to stay. Having some knowledge about these things will make your planning easier. You can read on blogs, travel sites and travel guides about your desired locations. Of course, recommendations from friends are also one of the best source of information. You may even ask your buddies to give their itineraries to you.