Do you plan on taking a trip this year? Make the most of your time away and find the best attractions. Read our 10 tips on how to plan your perfect vacation.
1. Draft An Itinerary
This is definitely our number one tip in 10 tips to plan your perfect vacation. OK, so this may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people go on a trip without a plan. If you don’t set aside time for certain activities, you might find yourself wasting a lot more time than intended.
2. Be Definitive
Make a list off all of the potential things you would like to see and do. Then, divide this list into things you definitely want to do and things you would like to do if you have time. Prioritize your ‘must-do’s and do them first.
3. Make Time For ‘Downtime’
While it’s great to go to a new place and see everything that it has to offer, it is important to make some time for relaxation as well. Most of the time, we book trips away to escape our normal routine and take some time to ourselves. Make some time for some R&R and you will come back refreshed and revitalized!
4. Book Excursions Online
If there are specific sights or attractions you want to visit, you will often find that it is cheaper to book online and in advance. Once you make a list of your definite attractions, check their website to see if there are any offers you can avail of. Those discounts can all add up in the end! Don’t forget to take a look at their cancellation policy also. It’s good to have a backup plan just in case you change your mind.
5. Eat Like The Locals
When in Rome! One of the best ways to experience the culture of a new place, is to enjoy some of their traditional cuisine. If you’re not too sure where to go, look up some recommendations on TripAdvisor or social media before you leave. Better yet, if you know someone from the area, ask them about their favorite places to eat. Try to find out of there is any local food festivals taking place that you can take advantage of. For food related events in Vancouver, check out Vancouver Foodie Tours.
6. Confirm In Advance
Make sure to confirm everything by email a few days before you arrive, including the hotel, car rental, airport shuttle etc. If there is any mistakes with your booking, you will save a lot of time and hassle if you figure it out before you arrive.
7. Decide On Your Preferred Mode Of Transport
Are you planning on renting a car on your trip or is there a good public transport system where you are going? Do your research. Try and figure out what will be more cost effective and/or afford you more time to explore. Sometimes in larger cities, a car is necessary to get around. In smaller cities, you might find renting a bike, travelling by foot or using public transport more convenient. Save the headache on your trip and find out what documents you might need in advance. Some bike rental places require a credit card or to keep your passport for the duration of your rental. If you want to rent a car, ensure you have considered parking availability and factored in the potential costs
8. Research Lists Of ‘Free Stuff To Do’ In Your Chosen City
There is often plenty of websites that provides this information. Take a look at the Tourism Vancouver website if you’re looking for free stuff to do in Vancouver!
9. Check Your Roaming Capabilities In Advance
If you plan on using your cell phone while you are away, make sure to ask your network provider about your roaming capabilities. It might be necessary to temporarily adjust your plan to avoid high roaming fees.
10. Don’t Pack Too Much
This is where a list will be useful. Make a list of the things you will definitely need. Anything that is a ‘maybe’ or a ‘just in case’ leave it at home. Chances are you won’t use it and you will only end up lugging it around with you or even paying more money for your luggage at the airport. This is especially important for trips where you will be moving around a lot. If you do need urgently something while on your trip – the chances are you can buy it there.
If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver this year, make sure to check our website and take a look at our available packages. There is something to suit everyone.