Ready for the Summer Adventure of a Lifetime?
Whether you are single, have a significant other, or have a significant other with a family, what are your summertime plans?
As hard as many Americans work, the idea of getting away for a fun-filled summer vacation should suit just about everyone.
That said the choices can be a tad overwhelming at times.
There is so much to do and oftentimes so little time to do them all.
So, where will your summer adventure take you this year?
Choices and More Choices
In order for you and/or your family to get the most out of your summer vacation, make sure it is planned-out well in advance.
For starters, making the reservations sooner rather than later assists you in several ways.
First, the earlier the reservations are made, the better chance you have of getting the destination you want. Keep in mind that hotels and resorts (see more below) typically book quickly for summertime rentals, so waiting a few weeks before you want to go on your trip is playing with fire.
Secondly, if you’re traveling by air to reach your destination of choice, again, waiting until the last minute can be very detrimental.
Keep in mind that the earlier you book an airfare, the better chance you have of getting it at a reasonable price (most airlines require a 14-day advance notice anyhow).
The same attention to detail should be taken when it comes to renting cars, making reservations for special activities at a resort etc.
If you are looking at 3 or 4 day rogue river rafting wilderness trips, the earlier you sign-up, the better chance you have of making such a trip come true. Such adventures can be great with family and/or friends, bringing your group even closer together.
Another factor to always remember is the typical weather conditions for the area of the country (or outside for that matter if venturing away from the U.S. for a European vacation etc.) you plan to head to.
For example, heading to the Gulf Coast states in the summertime can be great for the beaches, nightlife and more they have offer, but keep weather conditions in mind. The area can be ripe for hurricanes come summertime, so plan accordingly.
Vacationers also want to make sure that they have backup options when it comes to hotels and resorts.
Paying extra money to stay at the nearest hotel or resort to where you plan to do the bulk of your vacationing certainly makes sense.
On the flip side, you may want to consider staying a little further away if you can save on money and/or the first of your choices is booked solid. The crowds and traffic can be a little less frustrating to deal with, this despite having a little longer of a drive.
Social Media Can Assist You
Travelers should also take note that social media can be a great resource to use when booking vacations.
More and more hotels, resorts, travel companies, outdoor expedition sites etc. are using social networking to market their offerings not just for the summertime, but also for year-round enjoyment.
Look to different sites and their presence on social media outlets such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, not to mention YouTube. The latter site can be great for these companies to post 30-second or slightly longer videos about their products and/or services.
Another advantage to turning to social media when looking to the summer adventure of a lifetime is that you can get feedback from other consumers, some of whom have made such visits in the past.
While you should take all consumer feedback on social sites with a grain of salt, you can learn some interesting tidbits about the very places or activities you are considering for your summertime experiences.
Whether you will hit the waters for some rafting this summer, scale some tall mountain peaks, or just hang out by the pool or river for some low-key relaxation, making your plans well in advance is the way to travel.
Remember, doing so will take the stress out of planning your trip in the first place.
Quite frankly, who wants stress in planning a summertime adventure?