Planting The Seeds
If you have enlisted the aide of a travel advisor, he or she should have provided you with enough information so you can now choose your destination. Congratulations, you are on your way!!
Which do you do first? I usually recommend securing your accommodation first – you don’t want to be stuck with plane tickets somewhere only to find out there is a convention in town and no hotels are available! This is VERY important during busy times, as flights are usually available (at a price) but the best hotels may sell out early. Always book fully flexible rates to allow yourself the opportunity to change your mind.
Go here for tips on booking flights.
This is also the time when you want to plan anything with limited availability – sporting events, show tickets, coveted restaurant reservations and sights that only have limited admittance.
Now is also a good time to purchase travel insurance (although if you have pre-existing conditions, you should purchase it within 14 days if your initial deposit). Go here for more information on why you should consider travel insurance.
travel advisor, he or she should be assisting during this phase, tapping
their resources to suggest the “best of the best” in your destination.
Depending on what type of vacation you are planning, this can run the gamut from having every detail of every day planned, to days full of relaxing on the beach and spa appointments.
For sightseeing vacations, I usually recommend planning something for three out of every five days and trying to limit yourself to half day tours (excursions are the exception to this). This allows plenty of time for spontaneity while also giving you some structure to your trip. You can book tours in advance or just loosely plan your days, depending on your personal style of traveling.
Go here for more information on why it makes sense to book tours in advance.
During this final stage, you will also want to research special events happening in your destination, as well as restaurants you want to try.
Preparing For The Harvest
have provided you with all your necessary documents for your trip – be
sure to review everything and obtain answers to any last minute
It is time to make any necessary arrangements for your home or pets while you are traveling, figure out how to get to/from the airport in your home town, leave your itinerary with family, etc.
Be sure to call your bank and credit card companies to let them know you will be traveling.
If going abroad, make sure you add international capabilities to your mobile phone plan.
Don’t forget your passport (and be sure to send yourself a copy by email too).
Remember to pack smart – no need to drag around lots of unnecessary items, but be sure to bring your essentials.
Go here for a checklist of things to do before you leave. Go here for a packing checklist.
Enjoying The “Fruits” Of Your Garden
For more travel tips, check out my Travel Tips page.
Katie Clooney says
Great post, Sandy! Inspiring ideas. Have a great week.
Castles Crowns and Cottages says
I am very excited that we are going to stay local. But your suggestions always spark a new idea or good skill to take along, no matter how far the destination. Have a great day, Sandy!
Splendid Market says
What a great checklist. I love that you advise to not overbook, to leave time for spontaneity. I always love the times I wander and get a little lost. Well done,
Excellent advice! I love all the extra links for tips on booking, preparing for departure and packing. You prepare your clients very well!!