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5 ways planning a summer vacation can be made easy

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Planning a vacation can seem like a chore. However, a poorly-planned trip can be more of a headache than a relaxing vacation. Here are valuable some tips to help you plan and get the most out of your summer vacation this year.

1. Flexibility

Part of good planning is staying flexible. You can’t expect every detail of your plan to play out exactly as it is on paper. Many things are out of your control. Heavy traffic, flight delays, and weather can all affect your travel time. It’s a good idea to allow some extra time for these unpredictable things. Always have a back-up plan.

2. Where To Eat

Hunting down a good restaurant can cost you valuable time. Look in advance to find out where restaurants are located en route. It’s a good idea to bring snacks, drinks, and non-perishables . This provides an option if you run out of time and can’t stop for a meal. Plan your travel time so that restaurant stops will hit close to meal times.

3. Pack Light, but be Prepared

Often the thought of being prepared can lead to over packing. It’s important to know what to be prepared for. You can’t be prepared for absolutely everything but you can prepare for some basic things. Prepare for various weather events by packing clothes that can be layered. You can always add or remove layers based on conditions. It’s also a good idea to bring a basic first-aid kit. It doesn’t have to be big, but it can make all the difference.

4. Don’t Procrastinate

While it’s true that you can sometimes find great last-minute deals on airfare or hotels, chances are you’re more likely to pay a lot more if you have to buy a ticket or book a room on short notice. By planning ahead you may find that the price will come down since you’re not desperate.

5. Safety First

Summer vacations are all about fun, but it’s also important that everyone stays safe. There are potential hazards to consider: excessive heat, sunburn, insect bites and stings, safe driving, and more. Take time to create a safety checklist before you leave to insure your fun time isn’t cut short by an emergency.

 

 

Matthew Nappo

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