Summer Vacation Planning
Time is flying by and we haven’t made any plans yet for a vacation this summer, although we are talking about going to Disneyland this year because Barry has never been there. Hard to believe at his age (won’t talk about it) he has never been to the World of Disney. So maybe it`s time!
So what needs to be done when planning for a vacation?
- What do you want to do on your trip? Sight see, see something specific, attend an event, go on a tour, learn something new, self guided tour or visit relatives. There are so many options but you should know what you want to do on your trip (somewhat) before you start planning.
- Plan either your destination or the time frame because each affects the other. If you want to ski then it’s best not to plan your vacation in June. Makes sense. Or maybe you wish to travel to a foreign country – when is the best time to be there? Is it too hot in the summer but perfect in the fall or too cold in the winter but beautiful in the spring.
- How are you going to get there? By plane, car, bus, train or mule (kidding) but that also affects your plans.
- Budget – what do you have to spend?
- Travelling alone or with someone changes the dynamics because the plans have to include both parties needs and wants. Compromise is the solution, meeting in the middle if in dispute.
- Passports, travel visas, vaccinations all come into play if travelling out of the country.
- Clothing – don’t pack everything you own! By packing light you can have room in your suitcase to bring things home with you and part of the travel experience is shopping at your destination. Also, invariably I bring too much, the wrong type of clothing and then have to carry it around for the next few weeks. Why not wait until you get there and see what you need? Take the basics and add to it as you go along.
- Contingency plan – have a rough idea of what you will do if you plans fail. We were in Guatemala a few years ago when my husband got really sick and we decided it would be best to go to the US and get medical care. We didn’t want to go home so Texas was the next best thing. Instead of touring around Guatemala for a couple of months we ended up on a driving holiday in Texas for a shorter period of time. Disappointing? Yes, but we still enjoyed it. However, I had all the wrong clothes for a cool winter in Texas and almost had to buy a new winter coat. Darn.
So think about what you want to do this summer and get started on making arrangements before the event tickets are all gone, hotels are full and airline prices go up. Plus it gives you something to look forward to. Happy holidays.
Although we haven’t made any definite plans for Disneyland yet, I think the chances of us going are good – but that is always subject to change. For people who know us that is not a surprise. I would love to hear about your summer travel plans so feel free to share them with us.
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