The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Vacation


The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Vacation

Vacation. We all need one, most of us get one, but some of us have no idea what to do once we have one. Where do I go? What do I do? How much is this going to cost me? It is important to take time to map out a plan and possibly a list of pros and cons when it comes to places, activities, etc. I hope this cheat sheet will help when deciding what to do on your much-deserved vacation.

Summer is right around the corner and for some of us it has already started to look and feel like it. However, you are in NO rush. We are barely through Spring and there is still plenty of time to be looking into how to spend your vacation. Let's start planning by using these steps listed below.

Planning Stage:

1. Make a list. For families - what do your kids enjoy doing or what has sparked their interests recently? For couples - think of places you haven't been before. Do you want to experience a whole new culture, take a romantic cruise or simply try a new restaurant? For friends - we all need time away from the real world and to hang out with the ones who make us laugh. It may be time for a new adventure full of learning, excitement and maybe a little trouble.

Your list should contain both pros and cons. Places and things you have always wanted to experience and things you should just avoid. Keep the pros and cons concise. You don't want to get excited over 10 different places and have to harp over picking just one. Once you've narrowed your choices down to about three to five, you are ready to move on to the next step.

2. Know your wallet. How much are you willing to spend and what is going to break the bank by doing so? Flights, hotels, rentals, food and activities can definitely add up and before you know it you've cut into your Christmas fund. If you're like me, you are always trying to find a deal. Being thrifty is being smart and it's always a plus to know where to look for deals. Google is your best friend. Search away!

Implementation Stage:

3. Pack light. First off, it is summer. You wear less, eat less and should most definitely pack less. This also allows you to make purchases while at different souvenir and antique shops while on your trip. You will have more room for items you wouldn't find at home.

4. Reserve your seat. If you plan on doing sightseeing and guided tours, seeing a show or getting a scuba lesson, this should most definitely be planned ahead of time. You don't want to be the one struggling to fit into a class or be told that the show you've been dying to see has been sold out.

Execution Stage:

5. Don't be late. We've all seen it. There is always that one person that shows up late for everything. But it is most embarrassing when a tour or class that others have paid a small fortune for is being delayed by that one person. Of course, things always come up, but try your best to be on time for all activities because most places don't give refunds.

6. Be prepared for anything. Know the climate where you will be visiting, which is also important when packing. Sunscreen, raincoat, toothbrush, etc. Nothing puts a damper on a trip like a sunburn.

7. Have fun. This is your vacation. This is what you have been saving up months ahead for. Enjoy every bit of your trip, take lots of pictures and keep the thought of work and responsibility out of your mind.


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Margaret Hoynes
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