Believe it or not, for many travelers, spring break is right around the corner! This year we’re headed to Glacier National Park and are excited to explore it in the winter. We’ve found that a little organization and planning can go a long way when it comes to getting the most out of your spring break time and budget. Here are six tips for reducing pre-travel stress and maximizing spring break fun!
1. Purchase Airline Tickets. It’s never too early to start thinking about airline tickets for your trip. It’s probably a bit late to find the best deals for this year’s spring break trip, but a little flexibility, research, and planning can stretch your travel budget.
Tip: compare fares from nearby airports (e.g., Milwaukee instead of Chicago, Burbank instead of LAX) when planning your trip.
Tip: don’t pack with every possibility in mind; remember that you can probably make those types of purchases once you get to your destination.
4. Make a Pre-Travel Checklist. A few weeks before your departure, make a list of what you need to do before you leave — and when. Checking a few things off of that list every day will decrease stress as your trip approaches, increasing the chances of a relaxing vacation!
Tip: consider putting some services (e.g., newspaper delivery, garbage pickup, cable TV) on a vacation hold to save money.
5. Research Rental Cars. It’s well worth visiting multiple websites when researching rental car prices, as they can fluctuate wildly from one source to another. Use discounts you’ve earned through memberships in organizations like AAA and Costco.
Tip: since there’s no fee for canceling a reservation, check prices again once or twice after you’ve booked — we’ve saved hundreds of dollars this way!
6. Get Some Travel Guidebooks. Learning a little bit (or a lot) about your travel destination not only adds to the anticipation of your trip, it can make your trip that much better — by knowing ahead of time about sights, lodging options, and discounts that you otherwise would have been unaware of.
Tip: pay attention to the days of the week certain sights and restaurants are closed — and plan your itinerary accordingly.
We find that travel planning can be almost as much fun as the trip itself, and it’s turned us on to sights and experiences that we wouldn’t have otherwise had. Enjoy planning for your next travel adventure, whether it’s for a week or a weekend!