It may seem like the summer has just ended but in reality our winter holidays are just around the corner. Before you know it you’ll be traveling across country to see family, old friends, or maybe just a much needed vacation, while the kids have breaks from school. REgardless of your plans, here are some tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years to help your winter holiday plans go as smoothly as possible.
- Research Destinations and Prices Before Making any Major decisions.
- If you are taking a destination vacation, talk it over with everyone in the family to see what sounds most exciting yet also reasonable, both with money and time. If you live in a hot climate, you could talk about the endless possibilities of spending a week or so in the snow covered mountains. For those who live in cold, winter conditions, explore the options of a beach vacation or possibly sending the kids of with their grandparents and taking a romantic getaway to a Caribbean island. Normally, if you do your background work ahead of time, you can find the perfect location within your budget, it just takes a little work.
- Once You Have Picked a Destination, Be Sure to Plan Accordingly
- If you live in a warm climate, chances are you don’t already own cold weather clothes; jackets, insulated pants, snowboard boots, snowboards, skiis, etc. If you do a simple internet search you can find some discount stores, or local rental places at your destination. Unless you plan to return on multiple occasions, it’s probably best to rent, but look for package deals and online coupons to get your biggest bang for your buck.
- Book Everything as Far in Advance as Possible to Get the Best Deal and Secure Availability
- Now you know where you are going and what you will need, now its time to start thinking about what to do. The best advice for this is to always book as far in advance as you can in order to secure reservations and get the best prices out there..
- Plan Activities and Excursions that Everyone Will Enjoy
- When going on a vacation, whether to see family or just for kicks, you should always try to make the best of it and have some fun. For example, if you are going to visit family in Southern California or Florida, you can plan a day for Disney, another day for Seaworld, and probably a couple of fun relaxing “picnic” beach days with some fun activities and even some books.
- Exchange money before leaving the United States.
- If you are traveling over borders, pay attention to the exchange rates and try to exchange your US currency while still in the US at a time when the rates are favorable. Even if the rates appear to stay pretty stable, you will still want/need local currency when you arrive, so exchange at least a small amount before departing.
Now that everything’s taken care of on the planning side, make sure to take care of the last minute details like packing sunscreen, eyeglasses, passports, itinerary… anything that will make your trip go smoothly and enjoyable.