How To Plan Your Dream Vacation

November 10, 2021

Vacations are some of life’s most memorable experiences that will remain with you forever. Although vacations are supposed to be a relaxing experience, they can become a stressful ordeal without careful planning and preparation in the weeks and months beforehand. With so many pieces to the puzzle to join together, you need to ensure that you have tackled the basics at the start and allow the rest to fall into place. This is even more the case if you are looking to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip and wish for everything to go plain-sailing. If you require advice on planning a dream vacation, this guide will provide some helpful hints to keep in mind:


1. Set a budget

Before you can make any concrete plans, you will first need to set a budget. It is easy to go overboard on costs when booking accommodation, flights and activities; therefore, it is important to determine how much you can comfortably spend and spread the final figure across the various aspects of the trip. 

Location is a key factor in the overall cost of the vacation. Destinations that are extremely popular with sightseers and are long-haul are likely to be at the top end of the budget, whereas destinations that are less tourist-orientated, such as the likes of Eastern Europe, may be slightly less expensive but could still offer all the cultural delights and activities you are hoping for.

2. Think about what type of trip you would prefer

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to their type of dream vacation, they are keen to experience. If you are hoping for a relaxing trip away from the hustle and bustle, a simply do-nothing beach vacation may be more suitable for you. However, if you are an explorer and keen to learn about cultural sights, a jam-packed city vacation may be more up your street. Determining what you are hoping to achieve within your vacation will help narrow your focus on the key places you wish to visit and in turn, distribute your budget correctly.

It would also be worth being slightly flexible on dates. Traveling during the summer months may allow you to enjoy the very best of the weather, but it is typically the peak season in which tourists go on vacation; meaning it is often higher-priced and you are likely to be faced with long queues and crowds. As an alternative, traveling off-peak during the fall and winter will not only save you money, but can also make your trip much more pleasant as it will be a less congested environment. 

3. Research is key

If you have never been to your dream destination previously, it is important to gain an understanding of some of the key elements that will help make your trip a success. Extensive research will allow you to become aware of what to expect and make the most of your vacation from the moment you arrive. 

Some of these aspects may include:

  • Places to visit
  • How to get around
  • Best seasons to travel
  • Safety advice
  • Local tips and tricks

4. Leave room for adventure

Your trip is going to be full of surprises along the way; therefore, always ensure you leave plenty of room within your itinerary for unplanned adventures that are not necessarily part of your schedule. Some of the best memories are made through spontaneity; therefore, do not be afraid to run with whatever opportunities are thrown your way. What’s more, you never know when you may take a wrong turn that could take you somewhere off the beaten track. Do not be alarmed and take this experience as a plus point by giving you the chance to see more of the destination that you may never have otherwise come across. 

5. Convenience is key

Making your vacation as convenient as possible will cut out unnecessary stress and allow you to simply make the most of your time away. Therefore, if you need to book a taxi — do not hesitate to do so. If hiring room service makes your day much less demanding, so be it. If you are planning a ski holiday, booking ski rental delivery for Deer Valley means you have everything you need on the day of the ski, without having to bring your belongings with you or go on the hunt for rental equipment. All of these factors will take the pressure off your shoulders and allow you to enjoy your vacation, without having to worry about the nitty-gritty specifics that waste valuable time. 

6. Bring your dog

If you own a pooch, deciding to leave them behind as you embark on your adventures can be extremely difficult. After all, you may have adjusted to having them by your side constantly and several weeks away may lead you to consider various pet care options, if you do not already have a plan. 

Although many destinations are not exactly the most welcoming of dogs, you may be surprised to know that there are transport methods, hotels and entertainment venues around the world that now openly embrace pets. Bringing your dog on vacation may mean having a sense of responsibility, but the real benefit is that you will always have a companion if traveling by yourself, so you will never feel lonely.

7. Learn the language

If you are traveling to a country that does not speak English as the first language, it may be best to scrub up on some of the most common words and phrases to help you get by on a day-to-day basis. However, many European countries do speak relatively good English, it is always a polite gesture to greet residents with the local language, which could potentially improve communication — and who knows, you may even make friends along the way. 

If you are about to plan a dream vacation, we hope the above tips have given you some insightful considerations to think about in the next few months. As it is set to be a costly venture, you should aim to make the trip an experience of a lifetime that you can always look back on fondly in the years to come. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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