Good morning friends!
Today I’m talking about one of my favorite things ever
SO, How-To Plan Vacations?
Disclaimer: There is no right way or wrong way, this is just my way.
1. What Kind Of Vacation?
I find that there are two types of vacations.
1. Vacation where you just relax and do things at your own leisure.
2. Adventure vacation where you have a full itinerary of things to see and do.
You can tell the difference because you may think you need another vacation after an adventure vacation 😉
Back in January, Andrew and I vacationed in Miami (you can read Part 1&2 here and here) and that was a flat out vacation where we’d wake up, get breakfast, and mosey on over to the beach. Spontaneous plans and just chilling.
And then back in November, Andrew and I went on a long weekend getaway to D.C. (you can read those here and here) and that was an adventure vacation. We had a ton that we wanted to do and see and A LOT of walking was involved.
2. Pick A Location
I’ve mentioned this before but Andrew and I have a pretty clear idea of the places we want to go. But once we pick a place our main deciding factors are:
-For how long? A Long Getaway or Long Weekend?
This is a great flight reference app.
Once you have a place and a time frame in mind, you plug in the details and it highlights the cheaper time to fly.
So more often than not, Andrew and I are laying in bedAnd I’ll look over and find him on Hopper. Of course yesterday he’s looking up trips to MIAMI (again). Green is the cheaper time and Red being the more expensive time. But this helps us narrow down what week we want to look at. Another favorite thing about Hopper, is that you can plug in the week you want to go and it “watches” the trip for you and will update you if/when the prices go lower or rise higher.
4. Booking Flights
For most of our destinations we pretty much know the high, medium, and low costs so we obviously want to pay the lowest.
I’ve flown to Florida countless times and know that you can get really cheap RT flights there so I refuse to pay anything more than $250. Even $250 is high- I’d say generally our flights to Florida have ranged from $150-$200 which is fine.
D.C. is another where you can get cheap flights I’ve seen them as low at $98-$118 so I really wouldn’t want to pay more than $125, but even that is high.
California is tricky. Tickets are almost always $300-350+ of course depending where exactly you fly into. But my general thought is nothing more than $350 for me. Britt on the other hand magically found RT flights to LA for a whopping $196. I don’t know her secret but she ALWAYS manages to find some real cheap flights to most destinations.
Anyways, depending on the Hopper updates as soon as we see a low and reasonable price we book it. We’ve never actually bought tickets off of Hopper because we go onto Andrew’s old work perk-site and usually flights are $10-15 cheaper.
4. Booking Hotels + Rental Car
This is where Andrew and I differ.
He’s more of a “lets wait it out” and I’m more of a “lets book now since the price is already good” I always get nervous of rising prices so why not just book while it’s cheap. Car included, if necessary.
But again, we generally always book through his perk-site because it’s always cheaper. And as an added bonus each time we book a trip, we get “points” which is equivalent to cash to use on our next trip.
SIDE NOTE: Sometimes I find that some of the best prices are through package deals.
I often use this for flight and hotel bookings to Florida. I’ve used it for the past 3 years on me and my sister’s yearly trip there. And I just recently found Andrew and I one for this year. For the past, now 4 times that I’ve used Expedia, for FLIGHT AND HOTEL, I usually do 4 nights/5 day stay and we spend between $430-$500 for the whole darn thing! #WIN
5. Plan & JET SET GO
Once everything is booked. I usually go to google (if I don’t already know what the plan is at whatever destination) I will always look up things online to see and do regardless and BUY TICKETS TO ANYTHING IN ADVANCE! 🙂
I’m thankful that Andrew has the travel bug in him. He’s usually the more adamant one to book the next trip before we even go on our trip. Right now we have 3 trips coming up and he’s still looking up more. His train of though it, one getaway per month… ha…But I love him for that! ❤
Any traveling tips and tricks PLEASE SHARE THEM! Also if you have any
secret flight sites or apps, I’d love to know!!!!