January might not seem like the ideal travel time, but it is a great time to start planning for your summer vacation. Check out these steps so you can be prepared for an amazing stress-free vacation:
Step 1: Decide Where You Want To Go And For How Long
This can be the hardest part. Do you head to the beach, discover a new city, explore a national park, hit the amusement parks or take an adventure in the mountains? Whatever it may be, pick something and pick the amount of time you will be gone. This will help you be able to know what to budget for.
Step 2: Plan A Budget
It’s time to do a little research. Are you planning to fly, drive, camp, stay in a hotel, take an tour, enjoy the attraction, eat out etc? Check out how much things cost so you can get an idea on how much you need to save and prepare for. Knowing will allow you to estimate how much money you’ll need for your trip. If this seems overwhelming, you can always find a travel agent to help:
Step 3: Work And Save
This is an important step. Paying for the trip without going into debt helps make the trip even more enjoyable. Make a conscious effort to watch your pennies. You don’t always need that extra coffee or the candy bar at the checkout aisle. Cut back where you can so you can put the extra towards your trip.
Check out this post about 22 Ways to Cut Your Expenses and Save for Travel for some creative ways to cut your day-to-day expenses.
Step 4: Look For Deals
Okay, you’re inspired, prepared, and on your way to saving money for your trip. But before you go buy that flight or book that hotel, check for deals you might have missed. Download travel apps on your phone so you can get notified when flights go down or discounts come available. Always be on the watch. Some deal websites and apps worth checking out:
Step 5: Pack
Depending on where you are going will depend on what you need to pack. Check out these great sites for awesome travel packing checklists: (and don’t forget your Westwood Sunglasses)
Step 6: Go And Enjoy
The work is done and the fun is just starting. Go on your trip and live it up! Head to the airport, board your plane (don’t forget your passport!), and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You’ve worked hard to get here.