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7 Planning Tips to Make Your Vacation More Enjoyable

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Marleny Hucks
Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marleny Hucks has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively she has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a news company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. Marleny currently works as a content management specialist covering Myrtle Beach News for MyrtleBeachSC News.

There’s nothing better than a vacation to help you relax, unwind and recharge your batteries. If you want to have the best possible experience, however, it’s important to be fully prepared. If you read the 7 tips in this article, it’ll help you make the most of your vacation and you’ll have a more enjoyable time.

  1. Book Your Transport In Advance

You should book your flight tickets as soon as possible, preferably months in advance. By doing so, you’ll be able to snag cheaper rates and have a better chance of getting the flight schedule that you want. Some great websites that can help you find the best deals include Skyscanner, Google Flights, and Expedia.

If you hire a car before your vacation, your vehicle will be ready and waiting, and you’ll save money. Dubai is one of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with a 2022 population of 2,964,000. If you need a monthly car rental in Dubai, specialist websites can provide you with a hatchback, SUV, sedan, luxury vehicle, van, or pickup. You can view cars, book online, or request a call, as well as read customer reviews before you choose.

  1. Book Your Accommodation In Advance

Websites such as Tripadvisor and often have great discounts if you book your room a few months ahead of time. You also have more choice over where you stay.

Booking early also gives you extra peace of mind. If you’re not sure where you want to stay yet, don’t worry. Most websites will allow you to cancel your booking free of charge up to a certain date.

  1. Create An Itinerary

This is simply a plan of action for your vacation. You’ll need to research your destination, reading travel guides, blog posts, and articles.

The important thing is that you end up with all of your plans laid out in chronological order. You can then budget your time and money accordingly.

  1. Don’t Overschedule Yourself

It’s surprisingly easy to plan too much for your vacation, trying to fit in as many activities as possible. Sadly, this approach can often lead to more stress than relaxation.

To avoid this, give yourself some free time each day to explore at your own pace and rest when you need to. Allow yourself some room for flexibility and be spontaneous.

  1. Pack Wisely

If you pack light, you won’t have to lug around a heavy suitcase – and if you’re traveling by plane, you won’t have to worry about paying extra for baggage fees. Here are some practical suggestions to help you:

  • Pack adaptable clothing that can be worn in multiple ways
  • Roll your clothes instead of folding them
  • Use packing cubes
  • Invest in travel-sized toiletries

Be sure to include essential items, such as your passport, visa and travel insurance documents. Make a note of any electronics you’ll need, such as phones, chargers and adaptors. Think about what clothes you’ll require, based on the climate and activities you have planned. Don’t forget to pack any medication you take regularly, and also bring along a first-aid kit.

  1. Stay Within Budget

Find out in advance how much money you have available to spend on your vacation. You can then book everything in such a way that you’ll remain within budget. By doing this you’ll avoid going into debt or worrying about your finances while you’re away.

You should make a list of all the expenses you anticipate for your trip. A good rule of thumb is to allocate 50% of your total budget for travel and accommodation costs, 30% for activities and sightseeing, and 20% for food and incidentals.

  1. Take Advantage of Technology

There are all sorts of apps and websites that can make planning a vacation easier. As we mentioned earlier, TripAdvisor can help you learn about attractions, restaurants, and hotels in any given location. There are also apps like Google Maps that can help you plan out your route and make sure you don’t miss anything important.

It’s wise to bring along some electronic entertainment with you, especially if there’ll be long journeys or traffic queues. Your kids will be more content if they have some games to play or films to watch.

If you put these 7 tips into practice you’ll be all set for an enjoyable and memorable vacation. You’ll be fully organized and packed, confident about your finances, and well-entertained. In turn, you’ll return home full of fun stories and photos to show others. You’ll also be keen to book your next vacation sometime soon!



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