It’s never too early to start planning your vacations in 2017. Plenty of alluring destinations are on the table this year, and you don’t want to miss out because of an attempt to book at the last minute. Use these tips to get ahead of the rush.
Choose Your Destinations
Make a list of potential destinations, organizing them with your favorite picks at the top. If something happens and you can’t make it to your planned destinations, you already have backup plans in place.
Research Potential Attractions, Restaurants and Other Points of Interest
Unless you’re going to a resort, you probably aren’t going to stick around the hotel the entire vacation. Make a list of the things you want to do in the area, and check for seasonal events that are going on at the same time.
Create a Savings Plan
Once you know where you want to go, get a rough estimate of how much it will cost for the trip. Your travel method, food, rental car, accommodations and attraction prices should all be included in this figure. Look at your budget and how many months you have before you would go on the trip. Make a savings plan so you can put back a set amount each month for your vacation.
Mark Exactly When to Book Your Travel
Don’t wait until the last minute to get plane tickets or a hotel room. Prices go up significantly as you inch closer to your vacation days. Ideally, you can book everything a month in advance or more. Mark the last day to get a lower price on your calendar, so you don’t forget.
Make Packing Lists in Advance
Think about the things that always go with you on your vacation. Do you want to stress out by packing at the last minute and just assuming you have everything you need? Create packing lists for each holiday to streamline this process. You can even use an app like Wunderlist to create a mobile checklist of these items.
You deserve to take a great vacation. Don’t let logistics get you down in the 11th hour. Put these tips to work so all you need to do is pick up your bags and head out the door.