What is the length of your stay?
It’s important to consider how much time you have to travel and if it aligns with the amount of time you need for your destination. The travel process alone can eat up valuable time, especially when long car rides or flights are involved. Also, be sure to take into account the fact that travel is more complicated when children are involved. Long journeys and time changes are tiring, especially for the smaller set!
What can you afford?
While we all dream about money being no object, that’s simply not the reality for most people. It is important to look at your budget and see what is actually feasible. Be sure to think through the details, and be specific about costs. It might be helpful to make a list in advance of what you’ll need to pay for, i.e. hotels, airfare, food, luggage fees, rental cars, additional clothing or supplies needed. This is certainly not the most fun part of the vacation planning process, but it is a very important one nonetheless. When you get everything down on paper, you may actually find yourself pleasantly surprised or realize that you may need to save for a bit longer.
Any time you’re on the hunt for a vacation, we hope you’ll come back to this list and find it helpful in the planning process!