You work hard to earn those vacation days–now it’s time to enjoy them. To make planning your next trip easy, we’ve rounded up some tips to help you stay organized, save money, and focus on the fun of enjoying your well-deserved break.
Figure out a list of destinations that appeal to you.
Are you looking for a sunny destination? An all-inclusive, zero-stress vacation? Want to explore a new city or unwind in a remote location? Think about what kind of a vacation you’re looking for and narrow down a list of destinations that match your criteria, then research each spot to figure out exactly where you’d like to be. Similarly, decide on a type of accommodation you’d prefer–is this trip all about pampering, or are you comfortable roughing it in more rustic accommodations? Do you like a full-service hotel, or does a residential-style hotel with a full kitchen suit your needs better?
Choose a time of year.
Chat with your traveling companions to figure out what time of year works best for everyone’s schedule. Do you want your trip to align with the kids’ school holiday? Is there a busy period at work where you’d prefer to be in the office? Research the weather in your destination at that time of year to make sure it’s a good time to visit.
Sign up for Google Flight Alerts.
Airfare can be one of the biggest expenses when it comes to travel. Google’s Flight Alert service monitors the price of flights you’re interested in and emails you when the price goes up or down. If you’ve got some time before you need to book a flight, consider signing up to see how flight cost patterns are moving and save yourself some dollars!
If you’re traveling with friends or a partner, don’t be the one who takes on all the planning responsibilities! Set up a Facebook group or What’s App chat to keep each other in the loop and give everybody a task. Perhaps someone researches flights, someone finds the best hotels, and another person books dinner reservations or chooses an excursion for everyone to try.
Don’t forget–short trips count too!
A vacation doesn’t need to be a week or two long to be beneficial. Even a quick weekend getaway can be just the change of scene you need to feel relaxed, refocused, and rejuvenated. Try booking off a Friday and a Monday to create an extra-long weekend for some R&R.
Subscribe to travel emails.
Many destinations, resorts, and hotels offer email newsletters that can help you save money and time as you plan your adventure. With travel tips, great deals, and the latest info on visiting Nassau Paradise Island, our very own email newsletter is a helpful resource when it comes to vacation planning! It’s the best way to stay informed and save money on your next trip to The Bahamas. Bon voyage!