Oct 05, 2014 12:23PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys
by Margaret Miner
Wherever your travels lead you, you want to create memories that will last a lifetime- preferably without breaking the bank. Vacation is a recess from your nine-to-five routine; a chance to “reboot” and decompress. It should be everything you want it to be! When it’s all over, you want to be able to say to yourself, “Wow! That was an amazing vacation. I can’t wait for my next adventure/cruise/resort stay!” Here are my Top 3 Tips for making your vacation dreams come true:
1. Book early. Of course there are always going to be spectacular last minute deals, but they may involve compromise on location, dates, or room type. By planning ahead, you can take advantage of early booking promotions such as resort/onboard credits, additional perks, and discounted rates. Booking early, sometimes more than a year out, ensures you get exactly what you want.
2. Follow your interests. We all have activities we love to do outside of office hours, and the truth is that few folks are lucky enough to work their passions into their business life. What do you love to do when you are off the clock? Work it in to your vacation! Land or sea vacations can incorporate things like rock climbing, health and wellness, photography, wine, knitting (yes, knitting!)…the list is endless! Yoga in Cancun? Check! Craft beer in the Pacific Northwest? Check! Fine wines on the Danube? Double check! Pick your passion and follow it; a vacation doing what you love is priceless, and by booking early, you’ll be able to snag the best rates with the optimal amount of choice.
3. Call your Travel Agent. In this age of online booking engines and deals delivered directly to your inbox, why on earth would you want to call a travel agent? Because we act as your personal travel concierge, crafting your dream vacation based on your interests, style and budget. Have you ever been unhappy with an online purchase? Using the Internet for research is a must, but booking through a professional eliminates the risk of the unknown; you can’t return a disappointing experience. Ask your agent if they charge a fee, and what it is; you may be surprised by the answer.
I can’t tell you how many times I hear the same chorus each week: “I’d like to go to (insert dream destination here) someday…” The phrase is usually accompanied by a heavy sigh and a far off look as the would-be traveler imagines himself doing something he’s wanted to do for ages. Fortunately, there’s a quick fix for the “someday” blues, and it starts with your dream destination! What’s first on your list?Margaret Miner is the owner of VinoCruising, a full-service travel agency. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org