Summer Travel Blog Series #3

5/16/12


It's that time of week! Welcome back to my Summer Travel Blog Series in collaboration with the lovely Skye of Neathering Our Fest

 
Skye and I are back chatting about everything you need to plan your upcoming Summer holidays. This week will I will be giving you some tips on planning where to go and more importantly what to do when you get there! Make sure you head on over to Skye's post as well!


As mentioned previously a trip is what you make of it. You don't need to go to Europe if you have no desire to visit, or your budget won't allow.  For as many destinations there are in this world, there is the same amount of traveling options. 








When choosing your travel destination there are three major things you need to keep in mind:
1. Budget
2. Time
3. Interest

I can tell you there are literally thousands of places I would love to travel to. But my budget just won't allow. And that's okay, because of this I have explored places closer to home and those trips are even more meaningful. Another key point in choosing a destination is thinking about the person you are traveling. 

After our last beach vacation we decided that all-inclusive vacations probably were not suited for us. My husband is not the type of person to sit and laze around a beach all day long. I on the other hand can sit anywhere, anytime and read until my heart's content. 
When planning a trip it's best to find out as much information on all the activities, restaurants and attractions available. This will help you determine which place will suit all your needs.

I cannot recommend guide books enough. Guide books are an excellent resource for any traveler. Best part is that most guide books are available through your local library. I love pouring over a guide book, planning out our itinerary for every day of the trip. Guide books also have excellent recommendations for lodging, restaurants and which attractions you should skip.

Once you get there, be sure to check out the welcome centre or tourist office. Not only do they offer a plethora of knowledge, but also have deals and coupons for point of interest.  Walking tours and sightseeing buses also offer guided tours.  Hotels can also prove to be a wealth of information. I've found the best restaurant recommendations come from people working in the hotel who are locals.
Like I said, a trip is like anything else - you get what you put into it.
If you are super organized then plan out an itinerary by day. However, if you like to do things on the fly, then don't plan anything and wait to see where the trip takes you.  That's why traveling is so wonderful - no trip is ever the same.








Don't forget we are planning a very special giveaway, so don't forget to check back next week for our third installment in the series.

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We want to hear from you! What are your tips on planning where to go and what to do when you get there? 





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