Finally! Winter is over and spring is here! No more cold temps, wind chill factors, snow, and dreary days. It’s during this time of year, that a lot of people need something to look forward to. They want warmth, they want an escape, so they start to think of vacation. And the first opportunity after the new year is typically in the spring when schools are on break.
But where do you begin and what do you need to keep in mind during travel to make sure things go smoothly? Here are my top tips for planning a successful spring vacation.
We encourage you to have a conversation with your travel professional about the wants and needs of your travel party. From there a destination recommendation for a girl’s or guy’s getaway to party is going to be completely different than a recommendation for a family or a couple. And this applies to your hotel selection too. Your pro doesn’t want to put you in a hotel overrun with spring breakers if you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe.
Plan your spring vacation early! The notion that waiting for a last-minute deal for a spring trip is long gone. It is a very popular time to travel, and availability and pricing will reflect that. To ensure the best availability it is recommended that you book all travel components as far in advance as possible. Our recommendation is six to nine months prior to travel. This will hopefully save you a few bucks too! Pricing is typically based on supply and demand, and as those in-demand dates draw closer, you’re likely to see an increase.
Follow basic safety precautions. Leave all valuables at home. If you have electronics or medications, ensure they’re in your carry-on, not checked luggage. Once at your destination, your electronics and important documents should be locked in an in-room safe. Carry a copy of your passport and travel documents and leave a copy with a friend or relative as a backup.
Absolutely pack over-the-counter medications, first aid supplies and other toiletries in your carry-on luggage. Also, think about where you’re traveling to and if there’s anything specific to that destination that is a must-have item. Do you need sunscreen? Bug spray? Rain gear? If so, pack it! Once in destination, there will likely be a steep premium on all these things if you were to purchase. If in doubt, pack it!
There are probably a ton of things available to you in your destination that you can’t find back home. Spring vacation is the perfect time to learn something new. Commit to yourself that you’ll try something you normally wouldn’t consider or hadn’t thought of before. Now is the time to step outside of your comfort zone. New places mean new adventures!
Yes, you’re on vacation. Have the frosty drinks by the pool or pre-dinner cocktails at a lounge. But be responsible. We don’t want overindulgence ruining a fabulous trip! On the flip side, remember to be responsible by staying hydrated! Drink water regularly, not just when you’re thirsty!
There you have it. Some quick tips and tricks to ensure that your spring vacation goes off without a hitch. Do you have some tips of your own that you’d like to share? Reach out and let us know! Are you ready to get something on the books for next spring vacation? Let’s chat! Simply schedule a quick 15 minute call with me when it’s convenient for you. CLICK HERE to view the online scheduler.
At Gourmet Adventures Travel Co., I craft culinary getaways for travelers who love to eat well and yearn to truly savor the authentic side of their destination. From a river cruise through Provencal wine country to a journey through the heady spice markets and medinas of Morocco, you'll taste your way through the world's most enchanting landscapes.