How to Perfectly Plan Your Summer Getaway
Published: January 27, 2015 | Updated: July 23, 2021 | Posted by: Moneymax | Lifestyle
Summertime is coming! While it’s still at least another month or so away, it never hurts to prepare this early. The sooner you and your friends or families come up with plans, the easier it will be to manage funds and get the most out of the time you spend with them.
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Pick a destination
The beach or the city? Of course, first, you’ll need to choose where you want to go. Do you want to go to the beach and catch some sun, or stay in a relatively cooler locale? Do you want to stay in the country or visit a more exotic destination? Pick one that you’ve never been to if you’re feeling adventurous, and pick a familiar destination if you prefer a getaway that is relatively more focused on relaxation.
More familiar destinations tend to fall closer to the realms of a stay-cation, where most of the activities you plan involve very little driving and less planning to get the most out of what you want to do over the course of your getaway.
Picking more exotic destinations require more planning. Factors to consider will be where you plan on staying, and whether your planned activities are anywhere in the vicinity of your chosen area. There’s also the cost of airfare to consider, so if you plan on traveling outside of the country, make sure that your passport and other travel documents are ready to go.
Prepare your budget and documents
What’s a summer getaway without souvenirs? But before you think about that, you might want to check how much the trip is going to cost. Traveling with family or friends means that the costs are generally split, but it’s always good to have your own funding.
In the case of a getaway outside your home turf, you’ll want to make sure your passport is updated. If you need any other travel documents (like a visa to enter the country), you’ll want to check that out as soon as possible and get it out of the way. Acquiring documents in the Philippines might take long, so make sure that you’ve got enough time between getting the visa and going on your actual trip.
Book your accommodation
Barring that, your next step should be finding a location. Plenty of travel agencies offer packages for travel and tour to other countries, including accommodation. If this is out of your price range, hit the Internet for local hotels (some countries even offer homes for rent over the course of a short stay at an affordable price), and book at your convenience. An important thing to remember when researching places is to cross-check with other people who’ve used these services before and have your credit card or debit card ready for online payment.
The same applies to vacations within shorter distances of your home. Accommodation may be a little higher during the summer period, so look for deals that apply to your budget (and that of your companions), asking around also helps as some places to stay at rely mostly on word-of-mouth to get people to check them out.
Research and compare
For food and activities, it’s best to research the best offers and deals from restaurants and establishments near your hotel. Read on reviews but compare the different opinions of travel bloggers.
Planning your activities should be easy enough. Consider the age of the people you’re traveling with: your parents might want to simply sightsee, you and your cousins might want to explore, and the younger kids just want to play. Arrange meeting places, and in the case of kids, make sure they have an adult with them at all times.
A little something for everyone
As previously stated, what’s a trip without souvenirs? Well, souvenirs don’t have to be pricey kind. Little knickknacks and doodads will do. In cases of some places, haggling is a thing. If you can’t haggle to save your life, bring someone along who’s great at it and you might be able to walk away with more bang for your buck.
Overall, the point of a summer getaway is to have fun, and perhaps to escape the blistering heat of the city. Planning one takes time, effort, and corralling people at multiple points. It totally pays off when things go as planned, but remember to plan contingencies in case they don’t, and that summer getaways don’t always have to happen when summer hits.
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