You’ve been dealing with floods of emails, office gossip, and awful commuter traffic all week. The good news, your vacation time is just around the corner. The bad news, you haven’t planned your perfect vacation, yet.
As a perfectionist, there can’t be a single flaw in your getaway. With so much to do in so little time, how do you plan the perfect vacation? Below we’ve put together everything you need to know when planning the magnum opus of getaways. Except for traffic. The one thing you can never plan for is traffic.
Decide on a budget
Deciding on a budget before you begin planning your vacation will help you save yourself from abusing your bank account. Before you travel, decide if you want to save money relaxing somewhere secluded or if you want to blow your life saving at roulette in Los Vegas.
Choose a destination
The best way to choose a destination is by asking yourself what you want from your vacation. For example, if you want to become inspired by arts and culture, then maybe don’t visit the rural countryside of Indiana.
Research your vacation
When you have a destination in mind, conduct a thorough investigation into its location. Learning about your getaway will help you become more familiar with the area. You can also find fun things to do in the process.
Determine the duration
Decide how long you want your vacation to last. Setting parameters on your stay will help you ease back into your day-to-day life. What you don’t want to happen is to take a 5-day vacation to Florida, realize you have nothing waiting for you at home, and then live the rest of your life somewhere in Key West.
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Tune up your car
If you plan on taking a road trip, make sure you and your car are in perfect condition to drive. That includes oil change, air in the tires, traffic school passed, and emergency kit ready. Nobody ever has had a relaxing vacation while stranded on the side of the road somewhere in Death Valley.
Pick out your wardrobe
Your wardrobe is the most important part of the trip – sort of. Packing clothes will determine how much storage space you have, and how fine you look in your vacation paradise. The best way to optimize your wardrobe options and storage space is by choosing clothes that will mix and match. Remember the golden rule of traveling: pack more socks and underwear than days spent on vacation.
Don’t forget your pets
Most of the time, your fuzzy friends can’t go with you on vacation. If they can, make sure you know how to stay safe while driving with pets in the car. If they can’t, don’t forget about them when you’re gone. Ask a trusted friend to pet sit while you’re away or rent out a space in the nearest pet hotel.
Rent some lodging
Take time to decide on the lodging and sleeping arrangements of your trip. It’s illegal to sleep in your car in most cities, so it’s best to rent from a hotel, motel, or home sharing website. If you’re on a budget, pack a tent and sleep in the woods.
Schedule fun activities
With so much to check off your list, you might forget to schedule time to have fun. Discover attractions, museums, and restaurants around the location you want to go. Also, leave open ended time for you to explore and improvise a part of the vacation. Don’t forget to check out the sights, even if you’re stranded in the desert!