You’ve saved up for that vacation and now you’re ready to book it. But do you know what day of the week to find the cheapest flights? Or how to score an entire apartment in Hong Kong for less than what you might pay at a hotel? For all this and more, take a look at our tips for planning a memorable vacation.
- Enjoy the planning process, suggests The New York Times. They note that studies have shown the most enjoyable part of a vacation is often the planning and anticipation. They even recommend getting an early start on planning to extend that happiness.
- Get travel insurance, especially for a major trip like a honeymoon or some other big-ticket getaway, recommends Fox Business. They note that the cost of insurance can be up to 10 percent of the total trip cost, but you can rest assured that you’ll be covered if you need to change or cancel your plans.
- Consider skipping a hotel and finding a less expensive place to stay via VRBO or Airbnb, suggests Lifehacker. While some listings offer an extra bedroom in someone’s home, others offer up the entire place.
- Follow Mashable’s advice and load up on apps that can help you with every step of your trip, from choosing a destination to creating an itinerary when you’re there. A couple they recommend are Minube, which can help you decide where to go, and Hotel Tonight, an app to help you find a last minute place to stay.
- Forget to do your research, reminds Fox Business. They recommend researching the local weather before booking your trip, as well as getting familiar with all the amenities your hotel may, or may not have.
- Pay more than you have to for airline tickets. Lifehacker recommends using Hipmunk, Google Flights or Invisible Hand to find the cheapest flights. They also note that you can often find cheaper flights by looking for airfare on a Tuesday afternoon.
- Stress about work. Or at least try not to. The New York Times suggests ditching the smartphone, if at all possible. They also recommend an out-of-office message that explains you’ll have no email access and asks people to resend their emails after your return date.
- Ignore the cultural norms and standards if you’re traveling abroad, notes Fox Business. They suggest visiting CultureGrams for tips on what is and isn’t acceptable in certain countries.
How do you prepare for a big vacation? What apps or sites do you use to make the most of your trip?