How We Plan Our Summer Vacation

I’m joining Mix & Match Mama for their monthly linkup. Today’s topic is on how we plan our summer vacation.

Start Early

As soon as the Christmas & New Year holidays are over, my mind shifts to summer vacation planning. What better time to do some research than when it’s cold and dreary out?! I find when I prepare in advance, costs are more reasonable and there is more availability, especially important when you want to book that oceanfront room on the beach! I’m sure there are last-minute deals out there but as a family with 2 young kids, I like things to be planned, booked, and scheduled in my calendar.

Read about our Las Vegas trip

Agree On Destination

I’m the vacation planner in the family. Fortunately, the husband and kids are game for whatever I propose. We’ve gone on some amazing trips, including Scotland & Ireland, Las Vegas/Grand Canyon, and Martha’s Vineyard in previous years. This year, we’re booked on a cruise. I’ve already been on several cruises so I know we’ll have a great time!

Read about our Disney Cruise

Set A Budget & Compare Prices

Once we’ve figured out where we’re going, we set a budget. This helps when I do my research on where we’re going. For beach vacations, I like to find hotels that are right on the beach but as you know, the location equates to higher prices. Starting vacation planning earlier in the year gives us a chance to save up throughout the year as well.

Ireland | South Carolina

Read Reviews

As I’m booking hotels, I like to read reviews of the hotel that I’m considering. Reviews of the place help me compile a list of activities that are must-see and must-do as well. Reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp are invaluable! What did we do before the Internet?!

Purchase Vacation Items

Once everything is booked and we get closer to our vacation date, I like to make some purchases for our getaway. That’s always the fun part, isn’t it, the shopping?!! For warm weather getaways, I might be purchasing new swimsuits for the family. For foreign countries, I make sure we have converters and local currency ready.

Whenever I travel, I have my list of essentials. Check out my carry on post to see my list. Even though the post talks about flights and what I carry-on, I always have these items wherever I travel, whether to the beach or internationally.

portable charger | iPod | headphones | Kindle

So that’s how I plan our summer vacation! How do you plan for your vacation?


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