Having a successful vacation takes a little bit of planning and work. However, this is all work that will pay off in spades when you are enjoying a well-planned vacation in the end.
Whether you’re traveling alone, with your spouse, or with family, there are a couple of crucial steps to follow to ensure your vacation is a relaxing and fun time for everyone.
Here are five tips to make your trip a success.
Make Sure Your Destination Has Everything You Need
When you choose your destination, it can be tempting to think that it will have everything you need.
Make sure that you write down everything that you are looking for in your destination, from activities to dining options, and then research the location to make sure that they will be able to satisfy most of the things on your list.
Similarly, ensuring your accommodations have all of the necessary amenities you’re looking for is equally as crucial.
Having a restful and comfortable place to come back to after a full day of activities is an important part of a successful vacation as well!
For example, while many people think that staying at a hotel is the automatic choice for a vacation, think outside the box and consider a local bed & breakfast if you’re looking for a more personal accommodation.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when planning out where to stay on your vacation:
- How many people will be going on this vacation, and how many rooms are needed?
- Will you need any special accommodations (handicapped access, extra pillows, late-night room service)
- Is the location of your accommodations close enough to your planned activities? (For example, our bed & breakfast in Santa Fe can be close to both gorgeous hiking trails as well as the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi)
- Will you need a shuttle service (to/from airports or tourist destinations)?
- Are you looking for adults-only accommodations, or a kid-friendly location?
Plan Just the Right Amount of Vacation Activities
It can be a problem to plan too much or too little. If you plan too much, you can end up disappointed that you didn’t get to do everything or feel stressed out about not missing any activities.
Plan too little and you won’t be able to take advantage of your location fully and may leave your destination feeling like you didn’t explore as much as you’d like.
You may want to contact your accommodation about things to do in the area and suggested itineraries ahead of time so you can choose which sorts of activities sound like something you’re interested in.
You can typically get the best recommendations for activities from locals – such as the owner of a local B&B – and they can help you put together an itinerary that includes outings as well as rest time.
Another thing to consider when planning is to take into account what the weather will be like when you visit, what season you’re visiting in, and what activities are readily available.
Take Steps to Reduce Stress on Your Trip
On your trip, you will want to avoid stress as much as possible. There are simple things that you can do to avoid stress.
For instance, book a shuttle or airport taxi to and from your inn when you arrive. Be sure to pack all of your essentials well in advance so that you don’t forget anything at the last minute.
And call your bank to let them know where you’re going so that they don’t shut down your credit card.
Similar to #2, avoid overplanning your trip – always rushing to get to places can cause a lot of stress and can take the fun out of your vacation.
A good rule of thumb is to leave at least one day with no scheduled activities so that you have a chance to unwind and enjoy your surroundings.
A great piece of advice for any nervous traveler to reduce stress on your trip is to create a “vacation folder” that holds all necessary documents & itineraries.
By having all of these items in one place, you can have a more seamless travel experience without worrying about losing or misplacing them.
Here are some suggestions of what to include in your vacation folder:
- Rental car confirmation/receipt
- Trip itineraries
- Accommodation confirmation & address/phone number
- Contact information of fellow travelers
- Photocopy of driver’s license
- Airline tickets
Create a List of Essentials For Your Vacation
Make sure that you create a list of must-do’s on your trip. Try to tackle a few of them on each day of your trip.
This will help you to space everything out perfectly so that you have enough time to accomplish everything you wanted to do on your vacation.
A list of essentials for your vacation can include places you want to see, things you want to purchase, pictures you want to take, and more.
Having this list can be helpful if you have some free time to spare and need something to do, or to ensure you don’t forget something while on the trip.
If you’re planning on creating a scrapbook or photo album, planning ahead can make putting together the final product a lot easier afterwards as well.
Be Sure to Budget Correctly
Finally, one big travel tip for a successful vacation is to make sure that you budget enough money for the trip.
It can be hard to predict everything you will need to do during your trip, so it helps to have a bit of extra cash in your pocket so that you don’t run out in the middle of the trip.
Whatever you estimate your expenses to be, add 10 or 15 percent to your budget just to be safe.
If you plan on eating out or doing any other activity that may require a tip, be sure to also keep lower denominations of bills on your person.
Similarly, if you’re renting a car, it may be smart to carry some coins with you in case you need to park at a parking meter.
If you are traveling from a foreign country, be sure to work out the conversion ahead of time so you don’t get confused.
While you can convert your money at an airport, it may be cheaper for you to do so at a bank or other participating exchange centers in your home city before you leave.
Use a currency converter to determine your budget both in your currency and your destination’s.
At the Inn on the Paseo, one of the finest Santa Fe bed and breakfast options, many of these decisions can be taken care of for you.
When you stay at the b&b in Santa Fe, you’ll be able to scratch excellent accommodations and locations off your list.
There are many things near our inn in Santa Fe that can be explored at all times of year, and suitable both for families and adults.
Find all of the amenities you need as our innkeeper becomes your guide to make your way in the right direction towards everything you need to make your trip a success.
Contact our bed and breakfast in Santa Fe for more information on how to plan your great vacation.