Research Now for a Great Vacation this Summer
Are you already thinking about that summer vacation? Now is a great time to begin making preparations and choosing a destination that will leave you with great memories for years to come.
To help determine where you want to go, first decide what you want out of your vacation and what your budget limits are. Consider these things:
- Do you want to go to an area loaded with other tourists, or are you looking for peace and quiet?
- What sort of travel would be involved to get to your location of choice and how much would it cost?
- Will you be going during the tourist season or during off-season? Consider the benefits of both. While off-season times may be less crowded, you may find many of the attractions you are interested in are closed during those times. Check in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Consider the lodging you’ll need or want. Do you prefer roughing it and camping, a four-star hotel that will pamper you, or something in between? Do some research in advance to know what’s available and what it will cost you.
- If you’re looking for an unusual or adventurous experience, check the travel services that cater to “agenda” travelers. This could be anything from volunteer work to mountain climbing to learning a language abroad.
- Consider activities that are free. Free sightseeing or excursions may be available, depending on the location. Museums or festivals are often free. You can easily spend a month touring all the free sights in Washington D.C., for example.
- Find a destination where currency is equal to or weaker than the American dollar if staying on a budget is important for your vacation. Even trips within the U.S. can be cheaper than where you live, if the cost of living is lower at your destination.
- If you don’t want to travel too long or far, consider tourist attractions within your state or the U.S. Not only will the trip be less expensive, but you won’t be too far from home. In Oklahoma, check out www.travelok.com for ideas.