Tips for Travel Planning

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. Make a packing list.  While most hotels will have anything you forget, it’s best to just have it in the first place.
  5. 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.

 

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Summer Vacation

This time of year typically has me craving the beach. Florida is usually my first choice. With several beaches to choose from and a short flight, it’s an ideal get away for me. However this week has me exploring other options.

This week I had the pleasure of working with the Visit Austin Texas Summer Tour.  Working this tour reminded me of a few of things.  One was Austin Texas is the live music capital if the world.  Who doesn’t like live music? Austin has over two hundred and fifty live music venues making it a music lovers dream.

The second reminder was all the options for lovers of the great outdoors.  Few things bring me more peace than a nature walk or just quiet moments outside.  Austin has plenty of outdoor activities to choose from. Zilker park alone is well over 300 acres.

I still love my Florida vacations but this year two or three summer vacations may be the way to go.  For more info on Austin Texas, visit http://www.AustinTexas.org