by Valerie Demetros
If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to get out and see the world more, then start planning now. The earlier you make your travel plans, the easier your vacations will be.
For one thing, going on trip brings a sense of joy and anticipation as soon as it is decided. If you plan early, you have that much more time to research where you are going and all the sights you want to see.
The whole family can participate in the planning. Let the children research your destination and see if they can find activities and places they want to visit.
If you book in advance, most of the time you can ensure your room at the hotel of your choice, or homestay. You can choose among different types of rooms, the view you want and other details up front.
By booking just before your trip, you risk losing out on many of the choices you could have had.
The same goes for airline tickets. Booking early eliminates the risk of not finding flights on the date you want, higher costs, and if you like to fly first-class there may not be any seats remaining.
The memories you’ll make on your vacation are priceless. But the vacation itself requires a financial investment. One of the major benefits of planning a trip in advance is having time to save up for it.
If you plan in advance and realize you really want to stay in that castle in Scotland, you can make sure you have the money for it rather than opting for something less expensive and less exciting.
Some people plan years in advance for vacations just to make sure they can travel without money restrictions or other hinderances.
On top of planning travel ahead with booking in mind, it’s important to know up front who is going with you. Deciding in advance gives everyone a chance to plan. Whether that means vacations from work, scheduling for a house sitter or even getting a pet sitter, these things take time.
And now that you know who is tagging along on the adventure, planning ahead gives everyone time to thoughtfully consider where they’d like to go and what they’d like to experience, as well as their ideal time frame.
Once you decide on dates and a place, it’s time to do some research.
Since you planned in advance, you can spend the time leading up to your trip diving into novels, movies, maps, cookbooks, destination guides and grilling your friends who already have been where you want to go.
Traveling somewhere to experience a special or seasonal event is packed with adventure. It can also pose challenges like sold-out hotels, booked restaurants and sold-out event tickets. If you planned well in advance, you’re sure to be all set.
Spontaneous adventures where you just wing it and go with the flow have their charm. But planning ahead for a vacation getaway means you can just sit back and relax with the knowledge that everything is taken care of. And isn’t that what vacationing is all about?