Planning a Summer Vacation
Summer is all about having fun, relaxing with friends and family and spending time in nature. Summertime means the kids are out of school, its wedding season, road trips are a must and a family reunion is bound to pop up on your calendar. It can be overwhelming to think of all of the things you want and need to do during summer. One way to avoid a feeling of panic when you look at your summer to-do list is to plan ahead. When you start planning your summer vacation in April you can reduce your stress and save money on all of your travel expenses. You are also more likely to find your number one choice for lodging whether that’s a beachfront home or a mountainside condo. Read through our summer planning tips below and start planning your vacation today.
Hassle-free Summer Vacations
Drive or fly?
Depending on where you live a road trip could be a fun and affordable option for your summer travel. For example, for California residents a road trip to Lake Tahoe, Mammoth and Yosemite would be a wonderful way to explore three scenic mountain destinations during a week or two-week trip. The West is famous for wide open spaces and stunning vistas and you can see all of the wild country of the West from a car. If you book your rental car in advance you are also more likely to find 10 or 15% off discounts.
Choose your beach wisely
Not all beaches are created equally. Some beaches are great for surfing with big waves year-round — which might not be great for families with small children or beginner swimmers. For example, on the Hawaii islands the best surfing beaches are Pipeline, Waikiki, Shipwrecks Beach in Poipu, Hanalei Bay and Hookipa. If your number one goal is to see sea turtles on the beach then you should go to Laniakea Beach in Oahu or Akumal Bay on the Riviera Maya. Many beaches accommodate both surfers, swimmers and kayakers in different sections of the beach. Other beaches are great for sun bathing but might not be great for snorkeling, or vice versa. One last thing to consider is activities. If you want to rent scuba gear, kayaks or snorkeling equipment, you might want to stay at a beach that has access to a rental shop (not all beaches do).
Turn a wedding into a vacation
Your refrigerator is probably already full of “Save the Date” cards for summer weddings. It’s time to sift through the cute photos and decide which weddings you will attend and which third cousin might just get a wedding gift this year. If you decide to attend your friend’s out-of-state wedding you can turn your wedding trip into a full vacation. Try traveling from a Wednesday to a Wednesday rather than just a weekend. This way you’ll be able to take advantage of mid-week travel discounts and enjoy some down time before and after the festivities. The week can be a romantic trip for two or a family vacation. One benefit to weddings with your entire family is childcare! There’s always a cousin or friend that can help watch your children while you enjoy some adult time with your friends and family.
Plan children activities in advance
If you are traveling with young children you will want to make sure you plan their activities in advance. There is nothing worse than showing up to a hotel and finding out that the pool is closed (or even worse, they don’t have one!) and the day camp is full. Most ski resort towns have day camps for children where they can ride zip lines, go horseback riding and go hiking. You’ll want to book these type of activities in advance to ensure that your children have plenty to do while on vacation. It’s also possible to plan family activities like white water rafting and mountain biking before you travel.
Book with a Destination Expert
One of the worst things that can happen on a vacation are hidden fees. You book your rental care or home online and then when you arrive you find out there are “additional taxes” or “traveler fees” added to your bill. When you work with our Destination Experts to book your travel you can avoid those hidden fees. Not only will they help plan everything from airport pickup to childcare but you will also know about the total price of your vacation before you travel.
The VacationRoost Team