Travel is rewarding but the planning can sometimes be a headache; especially if you are planning for a group. I have a few vacation planning tips that make my travel planning experience a pleasant one.
- If you know where you want to go, start planning early. You don’t have to book early but start comparing pricing. You’ll notice patterns. Historically, I have found the best airline pricing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you don’t have a destination in mind and just want to get away, you can save big on last minute bundles. Nearly every travel site has last minute deals.
- If you’re not yet ready to book, do your searching in an incognito tab. When sites collect cookies they also adjust prices on what you’re searching. Using the incognito tab will help you avoid price hikes.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for extras, free extras. I have gotten my hotel upgraded from a King to a Suite just by asking. If you are checking in and there are upgraded rooms available, the hotel isn’t losing anything. I have done the same with late checkout requests. Just ask. While you’re at it ask for car rental upgrades and flight upgrades as well. The worst that can happen is they’ll say “no.”
- Make a packing list. While most hotels will have anything you forget, it’s best to just have it in the first place.
- Take pictures of your passport and any other important documents and email them to yourself. If these items are lost or stolen, having those photos could save you.
Lastly, once you book relax and start your countdown.