Summer vacations are the perfect way to recharge⚡, gain inspiration, experience the world and ultimately live your best life. To often planning a vacation is seen as stressful instead of exciting. It’s figuring out the little details: passports, hotels, transportation, activities, food, etc. that can make it overwhelming. Studies have shown that vacation can increase productivity, concentration, and creativity as much as 80%. Of course, there’s always going to be planning to do, which is why we incorporated a travel itinerary & packing list to handle the not so glamorous stuff. You need to be able to enjoy your vacation knowing you’ve packed everything and scheduled all your events accordingly. We’ve gather 5 steps to plan your perfect trip:
Step 01. Choose your destination & dates
Choosing the best vacation spot for the summer is tough. You’re debating whether to take that dream trip overseas or stay in the states. But there’s more than picking a pretty vacation than you may think. Many destinations have a slow season/budget friendly season. Staying in hotels during the week tend to be cheaper than weekend rates. Type a few dates in to see for yourself.
Step 02. Calculate your budget
Let’s face it – the thought of budgeting doesn’t make us jump for joy. The reality is that vacations can be expensive if not planned properly. Outdoor activities tend to be cheaper when purchased in advice, saving you money in the long run. Another tip, label your money: food, activities, shopping, and Uber. This will help you avoid those unnecessary pop-up expenses. Calculate your budget and stick to it. We’ve found that the best practice is to DO YOUR RESEARCH. Look up the menu prices for restaurants ahead of time, ask the hotel do they offer discounts on activities and read the reviews.
Step 03. Get your itinerary together
This is where we come in to save the day! In every planner, in the goals section, there is a travel itinerary & packing list designed to help you get the most out of your vacation, headache free! Keep track of your plans + reservations, lodging, transportation, car rental, and bucket list items. Nothing is worse than coming from vacation WISHING you did something or went somewhere.
Step 04. Start getting visuals
Okay, okay these IG influencers are killing it on their vacations. From outfits, to poses, to scenery, they are absolutely on point. Trust us, you can be just as glamorous on vacation too. It all starts with a plan. Pinterest is a great source to create a mood board for your destination. Save all those Instagram-able locations, scenic spots, famous places to see and best restaurants in town.
Step 05. Time to start packing
Do you get the packing blues? Is your idea of packing, scrambling the day before your flight and staying up all night? Sure, packing is a science and we’ve created the ultimate list to keep you organized and away from money-sucking hotel gift shops for those items you “forgot.” Small coins add up! Also, keep in mind your carry-on is just as important as your checked luggage. Always, always pack an extra outfit, jacket, toiletries and essentials. Bonus: our packing list gives you the best head start.
Free download: Glamorous Planning Travel Itinerary + Packing List