Vacations are the best way to recharge, regroup and restore. As the New Year approaches, you may be thinking of planning a getaway for early 2020. One of the most stressful parts of a vacation is packing and planning. Figuring out all of the little details from passports, hotels, transportation, activities, food, and beyond can be overwhelming to think about. To simplify your life, we included a travel itinerary and packing list in your 2019-2020 Glamorous Planner to handle the not so glamorous stuff. And to top it off, we’ve rounded up 5 best practices for planning a trip:
1. 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.
2. Create a vacation 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.
3. Map our your itinerary
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.
4. Gather visuals and inspiration
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.
5. Start packing early
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. Our packing list gives you the blueprint you need to pack and plan an unforgettable vacation.
Free download: Travel Itinerary + Packing List