Do You Know How to Have a Successful Vacation?

Being a travel agent has given me the opportunity to plan many vacations, not only for thousands of clients, but my own personal travel.  Because of my expertise, I have decided to share some of the things to look  for to have a successful vacation.

Plan Early. This is especially true when you are going away for long vacations during peak travel periods. Planning early for your vacation can help to ease some of the last minute anxieties. Removing these anxieties can help to ensure that you will have a stress-free vacation. Here are some other benefits of why you should plan early for your vacation.

Better Prices for Air fares/Hotels. Planning early can help you lock in low prices especially when you know that you are travelling during peak seasons, such as, holidays,  summer vacations and special events. I am sure you have noticed that when you travel during peak seasons like Christmas or Thanksgiving, prices are higher.  As you get closer to the holiday, the prices increase even more.   A good rule of thumb is to book two to three months prior to departure; by doing this I am sure you will get a better price. Of course, there are last minute flight and hotel deals, but these are good for off-peak periods.

Personal Arrangements. Planning early can give you time to make personal arrangements. For instance, you may want to submit your leave request so that you do not have any conflicts with your colleagues. Also, by planning early, you will have time to make arrangements for someone to look after your house, kids, or pets while you are away.

Anticipate. One of the best parts of planning early is that as you go about your busy schedule each day, you know you will be rewarded with a well-deserved and well planned vacation in the not too distant future.   In fact, studies have shown that people derive substantial happiness simply by anticipating their upcoming vacation.  So what are you waiting for, call your travel agent and start planning that vacation early and start deriving the joy of happiness now!

Budget. It is important to establish your budget early when you start planning for your next vacation. This is where your travel agent comes in.  First, you need to establish what you can afford to spend.  Your travel agent will provide you with quotes on different locations taking into account your budget and lifestyle. You also need to budget for your daily spending while on vacation.  Think about all the souvenirs you need to buy, your transportation while on vacation and all the miscellaneous stuff.  I always tell my clients to purchase all of their tours and activities while they are in the U.S. for a couple of reasons.  First, it is usually less expensive to pay for your tours in the U.S., and secondly, it gives you more spending money while you are away.

Adding in the tours and activities while planning your trip may overrun your initial budget estimate, but you will be better off in the long run.  Adding in your tours and paying for them in advance will guarantee a stress free vacation and ensure that you get to see all that you can see in the country that you are visiting.

There is nothing worse than being on vacation and not being able to go on a tour, splurge on a local delicacy, or miss out on seeing some of the country because you are short on funds.  This is when anxiety sets in and disrupts your entire vacation.  So, it is always important to include all your tours and activities in your budgeting, and pay in advance. The last thing you want on your mind when you go on your vacation is worrying about how much to spend/save and not having enough money.

It is therefore important to think ahead, establish a budget and stick to it.  If you’re only buying gifts for your parents or kids, then stick to it. You will enjoy your vacation more knowing that you have planned ahead for all the expenses along the way.

Plan Ahead – Know What You Want To See And Do. If you are going on an unescorted tour, you have the flexibility of going and doing pretty much whatever you want to do.  Having said that, it is always important to know what you want to do when you arrive in your destination.  Why not buy a travel guide and do some research on the destination?  It is always a good idea to know what you want to see and do before leaving on vacation.  You can read your travel guide on the plane so you can hit the ground running!

If you are not adventurous, then you may want to join a group or an escorted tour.  This is a very carefree and stress-free way to travel.  You just show up at the predetermined time and everything is taken care for you.  On an escorted or group tour, you will also have plenty of free time to explore on your own.

Murphy’s LawThings Do Go Wrong. It is always important to keep an open mind when you are travelling. According to Murphy’s Law, whatever can go wrong will go wrong! Bottom line is – when you travel things can and will go wrong!

Can you imagine landing in the wrong airport, missing a connection, the hotel losing your reservation or not knowing that a visa is required to enter the country you are visiting?  When these things happen, my advice is to remain calm and contact the proper authorities to assist you.  Don’t let these setbacks ruin your vacation.  Just pick up the pieces and make the best of the situation and enjoy the rest of your vacation. On a smaller scale, you might have forgotten your shaver, your phone or adaptor.  It’s not the end of the world, you are still on vacation and there is lots of fun to be had.  Enjoy the moment and the time you have for vacation!  When you look back and recall the incidents you may laugh or cry, but the memories will remain forever.

Last but not least, enjoy your vacation and the thrill of anticipation.  Call Colesville Travel today to get started planning that much needed vacation.

Cynthia Amin-Hall
Colesville Travel, LLC
P.O. Box 4844
Silver Spring, MD  20914|
(301) 989-1654 (office)
(301) 989-8473 (fax)

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