The art of vacation planning
Part science and part art, some people say planning is the fun, albeit hard, part of a vacation. It’s difficult to anticipate obstacles when you’ve never been to your destination before! While planning the perfect vacation is never foolproof, you can maximize your chances for smooth sailing (or whatever your trip entails!) with these 10 tips for planning the perfect vacation.
Planning the perfect vacation tips:
- Choose the time you go wisely
- Compare prices and look for deals
- Read reviews
- Make a schedule
- Consider flight times
- Jump on it
- Make a packing list
- Copy important documents
- Have fun and enjoy yourself!
When planning the perfect vacation money is usually part of the equation. Research the costs associated with the trip. Are restaurants expensive? Are the activities you want to do more than you can afford?
If so, take that trip another time and instead visit a destination where you’ll be able to do the things you’d like to do to make the trip enjoyable and not feel restrictive. The last thing you want is to journey to your dream spot and feel like you’re depriving yourself the entire time!
If you’re traveling with someone else, the costs could lead to arguments about money. Not very relaxing! Go somewhere you can truly enjoy the environment and people you’re with.
Bavarian Inn tip: Relative to other parts of the United States, especially big cities, the Midwest has a less costly standard of living. That means you get more bang for your buck on a vacation in rural Michigan.
Additionally, the festivals and events in Frankenmuth are usually free or relatively inexpensive. There are many fun things to do in life that cost a lot. They say “you get what you pay for,” but there are many fun things to do in Frankenmuth for free! Planning the perfect vacation can mean prioritizing activities according to cost. When it comes to festivals and events in Frankenmuth, you mostly need to consider budgeting your time, not your money.
2. Choose the time you go wisely
If you’re not beholden to a school schedule, planning the perfect vacation while saving money just got a little easier. Try to select dates that avoid peak seasons, bad weather, and the country’s official holidays and school vacations.
Bavarian Inn tip: If you visit the Bavarian Inn while school is in session and there aren’t any festivals or major events happening, you will likely pay less for your room, have a luxurious amount of space in the pools or whirlpools, and be seated right away for dinner. Off-peak has many perks!
3. Compare prices and look for deals
Sometimes if you adjust your vacation dates by a few days, your trip can be significantly cheaper.
Bavarian Inn tip: Look for specials on our website! Read our Perks Club Newsletter. Notice that room prices change based on the season, holidays, events, and other factors. Just want to go and don’t care when? Check out our deals and save.
4. Read reviews
The internet makes planning the perfect vacation a lot easier. We’re living in a different time than 20 years ago. People can write reviews – and do – about hotels, restaurants, airlines, and more. While you can’t trust all reviews, reading multiple reviews will give you a sense of a place – and if it’s a business you would like to patronage – or not.
Bavarian Inn tip: Read some of our reviews and see how we measure up!
5. Make a schedule
It can be changed later, but make sure that the things at the top of your must-see list are open when you’ll be there.
Then shape your notes into a full-blown plan that gets more detailed as you book events, find restaurants you want to try out, etc.
Bavarian Inn tip: Plan outdoor activities at the beginning of your stay. Then if the weather is bad later in the week, you already got to do those activities and can spend the rest of your time exploring the many things to do indoors.
6. Consider flight times
We all like to get a great deal on flights. However, when planning the perfect vacation, there’s more to consider than the numerical cost.
If the flight’s time is going to make you more tired or have to wait in the wee hours of the morning to rent a car or check into a hotel, remember that your time is valuable too. If it’s going to take you a day to recover at a hotel that’s $200/night when you saved $100 on your flight, it’s not a deal – it’s a waste of half a hotel night’s stay!
There could also be hidden costs. Were you planning to take public transportation, but now the train’s not running? A taxi or Uber will cost a lot more. Is the difference greater than your savings on the flight?
The answer might be “Yes!” but make sure you consider both.
Bavarian Inn tip: Visiting during Christmastime or the Midwest’s snowy season? Book a flight that is earlier in the day. If the weather is bad and the plane is delayed you might leave two hours late. If you book the last flight of the day, your flight might be bumped to the next day. Don’t lose precious vacation time waiting in a cement building.
7. Jump on it
If you see a good deal on a flight, take it! Prices fluctuate and usually deals quickly disappear.
8. Make a packing list
You can usually buy it somewhere, but it’s annoying. Make a list to avoid spending money on items you already have and spending precious time searching out these items. Planning the perfect vacation should always involve packing a toothbrush!
Bavarian Inn tip: The hotel is a short walking distance to most stores so it won’t take much time to find a shop!
9. Copy important documents
Bring receipts for your airline ticket, hotel reservation, and car rental; and make copies of your passport if applicable. Planning the perfect vacation isn’t a one-way street. If something goes wrong on the other end, you should have proof of payment handy.
Bavarian Inn tip: You don’t need a passport to experience the culture of Bavaria! Visit us to experience all Little Bavaria has to offer!
10. Have fun and enjoy yourself!
Planning the perfect vacation is done. Now it’s time to enjoy it!
Book with us today
Planning the perfect vacation with Frankenmuth as your vacation destination and want to stay at the Bavarian Inn? Our friendly, highly-trained staff is here to make sure you have a great stay. Ask us for suggestions and we’d be happy to share our knowledge so you can plan the itinerary perfect for you and your family!
Bavarian Inn tip: Contact us today to get ideas and book your reservation! Planning the perfect vacation begins with a call or a click!