Wednesday, February 13, 2019

5 Questions You Must Answer To Plan A Successful Vacation

It's that time of year again! Now that the holiday's are over and you've hopefully recovered from the shock to your pocket book it's time to start planning that vacation. I know what you're thinking....it's only February! But trust me...if you want the best deals now is the time to book your trip. I planned and reserved hotels for all of my 2019 trips the second week of January and the one I have scheduled for July was already 70% booked! It's better to reserve now (with the option to cancel for free) then to be sorry later when you can't find a decent hotel or you have to over pay just to get to stay where you want. So, now that you've decided to go ahead and plan that trip, where do you start? Well, it's always best to start at the beginning....with the basic 5 questions we all learned about in grade school. Who, What, When, Where, and How.




Who (is going on the trip with you)?

The first question you need to ask yourself when planning a trip is simple. Who is going to be going on this trip? Is it a family trip with kids, a family trip without kids, a trip with friends, or a couples trip? Answering this question will help you decide where you want to go and what activities you want to do. I mean you probably don't want to plan a family trip with kids to the casino. And you probably don't want to plan a trip to hike in the mountains with great grandma Sue who has a bad hip. Knowing who is going is key to planning a great trip everyone will enjoy and will help you answer the next question...



What (do you want to do on this trip)?

Now that you have decided who's going you can decide what you want to do. Are you a museum junky (like me) or are you into hiking and outdoor adventures? If you're bringing the kids you'll want to pick activities that are more kid friendly and of course if it's just you and your sweetie then the sky is the limit. My fiancé and I are going to the casino in August but in July we are taking the kids to the mountains to do some exploring. Be sure to pick something that everyone in your group will enjoy. You don't want any sad faces on vacation! Now that you have decided on some activities you can answer the next question...



When (do you want to go)

Once you know who's going and what activities you want to do you can decide what time of the year is best. If you're taking the kids and they are school aged then summer break is going to be the best time. If it's a friends trip or a couples trip then you can pretty much go any time depending on what you want to do. You probably don't want to plan a hiking trip in the dead of winter (unless you love hiking in the cold) and unless you love crowds you'll want to avoid all holiday weekends. Knowing when you are going on your trip will help you answer question number 4...



Where (do you want to go)

Now that you know who's going, what activities you want to do, and when you are going to go you can decide where to go. If you're planning a family trip with the kids and you want to take them to an amusement park in the summer of course (since they will be out of school) then you can do a google search of the best amusement parks and decide which one is right for your family. (Disney!!!) If you and your sweetie want to go hiking in the mountains during the spring so it's not too crowded you'll want to do some research and see where the best hiking spots are for that time of year. (Tennessee is perfect in the spring) Now that you have answered all of these questions you can ask yourself the final question...



How (are we going to get there)

Are you going to take a road trip or are you going to fly? Anyone who has ever been on a road trip with a car full of kids might want to consider flying...unless you love the open road (like me) and want to drive. Also, getting a large family through security and the hustle and bustle of a busy airport might be too much for some. Take into consideration your budget and time restraints. Some people may have a week to devote to a road trip while others do not. If your destination isn't too far away then a quick road trip might be a good choice. If it's a 36 hour drive one way then flying might be the better option. Choose the best method of transportation that suits your needs. Answering these simple questions will help you plan a successful vacation every time. 



Bonus: Why (WHY NOT)

Don't ask yourself why you want to go on a trip. If you want to go somewhere ask yourself why not. I've spent many years being told I'm not super rich and I need to realize I won't be able to see all the things I want to see. I made the decision last year I wasn't going to live that way anymore! I have a bucket list of places I want to see (over 100) and I'm going to see as many as possible before I die. No more negative thinking! I can and will get to travel if I work hard and make it happen...and so can you! Why not plan that trip today and experience something new and exciting that you will never forget....



I know you have some awesome trips planned for this year. I have 4 scheduled and I'm looking forward to sharing each and every experience with you. Maybe I'll inspire you to seek out your own adventure! 



Until next time,