6 Steps to Plan an Awesome Vacation

By Brittany Loeffler on December 15, 2018

It’s that time of year again where you have to plan an awesome vacation. If you’re anything like me, the responsibility of planning the vacation has fallen on you. It’s a lot of pressure, but you can plan an awesome vacation in just a handful of simple steps. Remember to plan ahead, do your research, and keep all of your group member’s personalities in mind when you go to plan an awesome vacation.

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Picking a Destination

The world is huge. You can probably feel its enormity when trying to decide where you would like to spend your vacation. To begin your search for a vacation destination, think about what you are looking to get out of your vacation. Are you looking to relax on a beach with your friends or are you looking to travel and experience a new culture? This will narrow down your possible destination list.

The next thing to think about is affordability. How much are you and everyone else in your group looking to spend on this vacation? This is the factor that will bring you closer to choosing your destination. While it sounds great to go to the Maldives, you may only be able to go to the Key West based on budget.

Do Your Research

Once you have decided on a destination, it’s time to do as much research as possible about what to do, where to stay, what to eat, and much more. This is the time to scroll through travel blogs and watch YouTube vlogs of experienced travelers who can give you advice on how to plan an awesome vacation. You can also buy books and watch documentaries about the destination.

The best way to learn about a destination is to talk to someone who has already been there. If you know someone, grab a coffee and ask them for advice, what they would do differently, and what you should definitely do while you are there.

Make a List of Things You Want to Do

After spending time doing some research, it’s time to make a list of all the things you would like to do on your vacation. It can be a long list or a very short list. Either way, this will help you plan an awesome vacation. When you make a list and see the destinations and activities you would like to do, you can then plan out your itinerary and start shaping what your vacation will look like.

Book Your Lodging

Make sure to book your lodging as early as possible. This can save you hundreds of dollars when you going on vacation. Depending on the type of vacation you would like to take, you may stay in one place the whole time or you may be moving around every few days. Either way, you should stay in close proximity to the activities you would like to do based on your list.

Create an Itinerary

It may sound very Type A, but you should definitely create an itinerary for your vacation. This will help to keep you organized from flight details to lodging accommodations to which activities you want to do each day. Make sure to include flight numbers and times, addresses of where you are staying, and any travel times that are important.

Creating an itinerary will also ensure that you get to do everything you want in an organized fashion.

Make a Packing List

It’s always good to pack light. Don’t bring any unnecessary items with you that will just weigh you down, especially if you are moving around every few days. Unpacking just to pack up again can be exhausting. Research what other travelers brought with them when they took their vacation and mimic their list. They may mention an item you would have never thought to bring.

Also, when you create a physical list of the items you are packing, you are less likely to lose anything while on vacation because you can keep track of everything. Nobody likes leaving their favorite outfit in a hotel room while on vacation.

Make Wonderful Memories

It can be very stressful to plan an awesome vacation. There are many things that go into it. You never really know what to expect when traveling somewhere new. The best thing you can do is research your destination, ask people for advice, and stay organized. The most important thing to do while on your vacation is to make wonderful memories with the people you are with.

Try new things. Eat unfamiliar foods. And remember that it’s okay to deviate from your itinerary, especially if you find something you would much rather do instead. Enjoy your awesome vacation and don’t forget to take pictures!

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