The best vacations are often the ones you have yet to take. But, to make a trip a dream vacation, some planning, effort, and careful execution can go a long way to help make it a reality. With summer upon us, it’s prime time to begin planning that next vacation!
First, you’ve got to set your plan based on how big or small you want your excursion to be. Whether it is listening to music at the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee, setting your eyes on the masterpieces of the Louvre in Paris, or swimming in the aquamarine, crystal-clear-blue waters of Bora Bora, you’ll need a plan and a budget for how you’re going to make it happen. How long will you go? How much money will you need? How long will it take you to save?
Your strategy should include the length of time you want to take (days) multiplied by the daily amount you plan to spend. Make sure to include a little extra for a souvenir or two. However, regardless of the budget you are setting, whether a conservative one or one that is more flexible, you can undoubtedly find a venue that will cater to your pricing limits. Additionally, outside your daily expenses (like food), you will also need to factor in how much you will need to spend on the hotels and airfare and car expenses. Many credit card companies can offer redeemable points to cover these most expensive parts of your trip. Look into them as they may be able to help provide you an airplane ticket or two and hotel stays just for opening an account.
Next, stick to your plan and put some effort into it. Put up a picture to keep you motivated. A nice-sized, bright-and-colorful photo can work wonders to keep you inspired and on track. Your dream vacation may not be for many weeks or months, but if you stay focused, and stick to your plan (i.e., how much you will save, etc.), your vacation will come to you sooner than you think.
Finally, execute your plans and make those reservations. But, shop around before you make a purchase. With so many competing offers, use Google to help navigate who can give you a reasonable price, and consider different dates. Don’t be conventional, be creative, and play around with multiple travel scenarios. You’ll be bound to come up with various options that fall within your price point and put you on the road to your goal dream vacation.
After you’ve completed all the leg work, make it happen, live it up, live that dream! Once you’re on vacation, whether it lasts 3 or 7 days or more, the time will seem short, but the memories will live with you forever. So, be bold, put yourself out there, and make it happen. Make the effort! It may appear daunting at times, but in the end you’ll thank yourself. When you look back, your inner “happy-you” will be forever grateful.
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