If you’re anything like me, you often have grand ideas of travel plans that don’t always plan out how you have envisioned them. It’s so easy for me to devote hours of my time looking at faraway exotic travel destinations and get all excited about visiting and wind up never going. As of this past year I told myself no more psyching myself out for trips I am never going to take. Instead, I actively take the necessary steps to insure that I get the trip of my dreams. Last year, after much dreaming, I was finally able to take my husband on a surprise trip to an amazing resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and from there, the traveling bug has officially bit me. If you’re like me and need a little extra help following through with travel plans, these tips should help.
1. Don’t overdo it
Do not overexert yourself trying to plan 5 trips in a one year time span. If you know it’s difficult to get the time and or money that you need to live it up how you plan to on vacation, stick to one big trip and possibly a smaller trip or two like a family reunion, or road trip. Sure it’s fun being able to get away but if it’s hard enough for you to commit to one trip, then don’t fool yourself into thinking you will be able to successfully pull off several trips that you aren’t prepared for. Space out your trips so you are sure you have the time and money to do them.
2. Save securely
I’ll admit I am not always the best at saving. If I can easily access the money, I can easily end up spending it. If you know keeping your vacation fund in your room or in a bank account with a debit card attached is going to cause you to spend it, you have to find another way. Some banks or credit unions have saving options where you are not allowed to touch the money until a certain date, this is a great option for those who have little self control when it comes to saving. I like to keep my money in paypal or cashapp when I know I’m saving for a vacation. I am for some reason, less likely to spend it there. Whatever you need to do, whatever works for you, do it, so that you can save what you need to so money will not be an issue on your trip.
3. Pay as you go
Some vacation sites like bookit.com allow you to pay as you go for certain vacation packages. This way you can book your vacation a year in advance and set up days where the funds are automatically drafted from your account. With this option, you are able to book a vacation that you may have not been able to pay for in full all at once and you are also able to get the trip paid for well in advance so you can save more money and have more funds at your disposal for your actual vacation.
4. Enlist a travel agent
While travel agents are phasing out in the digital do-it-yourself era that we live in, there are still travel agents out there. If none of these options have been working for you, enlisting a travel agent is a great way to stay on task. Travel agents book the vacations for you and you pay them typically monthly, or bi-weekly for your trip. Travel agents also are able to give you an inside look at the area you will be staying in and events and activities to do while you are there. If there is ever an emergency where you need to cancel, typically they are pretty good at getting you a refund.
Research is key when traveling, especially outside of the country. While you may find an amazing flight to some tropical island for dirt cheap, there may be a reason why it is so cheap. It could be very likely that you are traveling there during rain or flood season and absolutely no one wants that. Research the best times to go, the best places to stay and if there are any parades or cultural events going on at the time. Make sure you are in the know with all things involving your trip. If you are planning it yourself do as much research as possible because you don’t want a small oversight to completely ruin or stop your trip from happening. Research, research, research.
What is your go-to tip of insuring your vacation happens?