As winter draws to a close, many of us are just returning from our vacations and settling in back home.

Right now, you may be thinking about your upcoming work-week or getting kids back to school. As you get back into your normal routine, your next vacation may be the farthest thing from your mind, but it can actually save you money and time to start planning your next vacation now!

Taking time off is associated with increased happiness at home and less stress and higher productivity and performance levels at work. The earlier you start on planning your next vacation, the more time you will have to choose the best location and the more deals your travel agent will be able to find for your next adventure!

Here are some tips to make planning your next getaway a walk on the beach!

1. Choose a destination

If you just returned from a great vacation, it may be difficult to start to think about other locations. Instead of focusing on the many different places there are, start by thinking about what kind of vacation you want to take.

Do you want to relax or explore? Do you prefer the beach or the forest? Do you want to visit a city or somewhere more rural?

Once you have that narrowed down, you can now start looking at locations. Do some research! You may have decided that you want to go “someplace warm,” but there are lots of warm weather vacations that are unique and each trip will be very different.

2. Research your destination

Now that you’ve decided where you want to go, the next step is to decide what kinds of things you want to do when you get there.

The research for the first step may give you an idea to start off with, but there may be more than you realize in the location you chose.

Try looking up some of the popular tourist spots or maybe some restaurants you’d like to try. This will help you to narrow down your vacation plan and give you a better idea of how the trip will actually turn out.

3. Decide when you want to go

Is there an ideal time for the location that you’ve chosen? Traveling to Florida can be very different if you go in June rather than visiting in December.

Other questions that may be helpful to ask are:
When is the tourist season in that area? When is it most convenient for you and your family? When will it be the most affordable? (Your travel agent will be able to let you know when you can get the best deals for a specific location.)

4. Know your budget

You can take an amazing trip for any cost, but depending on what you’d like to do and where you’d like to go, the cost of your trip might go up or down significantly.

Figuring out what your budget is early will help your travel agent make the best travel experience for your budget.

5. Find out if you’ll need a passport or travel visa

Traveling out of the country can sometimes be inconvenient depending on where you’re going. Make sure you have researched the travel protocol for your destination to make things go smoothly during travel.

Some important things to find out before you travel:

  • Do you need a passport and/or a visa?
  • Are there any shots you need to receive before or after your travel?
  • How early do you need to start making these preparations?

Remember to make copies of all your important travel documents for safety. While your travel agent may be able to help you out with the details, it is your responsibility to know the documents you need to travel.

6. Call Lori

The most important step you need to take in planning your next vacation is to call Adventures by Lori today to start booking your vacation.

All of these tips will help you prepare for the vacation of the dreams, but Lori can make it happen – and at the best price.