Posted on March 22, 2016
How to Plan that Perfect Summer Vacation

While the cold weather may be hanging around, it won’t be long before the sun is shining bright and you are spending more time outdoors.

Even though summer is a few months away, now is the time to plan your vacation. The steps you take today will ensure a fun experience this summer. Here are three steps that deserve your attention:

1. Choose Your Destination

Where do you want to visit this summer? Maybe you are interested in a trip to Hawaii. Or maybe Florida is the destination calling your name. Or who knows, it may be time for you to visit Europe.

There are thousands of destinations to consider, so make sure you keep an open mind. On top of this, booking early means the best choice of flights and hotels. Not to mention the fact that planning ahead can save you money as well.

2. Set a Budget

A Hawaii vacation may be your dream, but it’s not reality unless you can afford everything that goes along with it. Once you have a budget in mind, you can cross off destinations that are unaffordable and focus on those that make more sense.

Tip: don’t overlook any strategy for saving money, such as driving to your destination as opposed to flying.

3. Create an Itinerary

For some, there is nothing more exciting than creating a vacation itinerary. If this sounds like your idea of fun, this is a step you can take right now.

Check out Trip Advisor to search the local hot spots. Look for extracurricular activities that you and your family will enjoy. Talk with others about places they want to see upon arrival. An itinerary is not required, but it allows you to do a bit of planning and look forward to the fun that awaits.

10 Top Summer Vacation Destinations

Now that you have an idea of what goes into the planning process, it’s time to settle on a perfect destination. If you need a push in the right direction, here are 10 top summer vacation destinations:

  • Hawaii (any of the islands will do)

  • Miami, Florida

  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  • San Diego, California

  • Paris, France

  • Barcelona, Spain

  • Montreal, Canada

  • Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Chicago, Illinois

As you can see, there are destinations for every type of traveler. It doesn’t matter if you want to spend time at the beach, go camping, or take in historical sites, an open mind will lead you in the right direction.

Do you have any other summer vacation destinations to add to this list? What was your favorite vacation of the past?

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