Zen Tips: Ready, Set, Go: How To Plan For A Summer Vacation


Vacations are supposed to be fun, but getting ready for them can sometimes be a bit stressful, unless you’re prepared. This summer we are doing something totally different  we’re going road tripping in an RV!

With 2 kids under 5, we don’t take many roadtrips and I’ve never stayed in an RV.  I’m sure it will be an adventure. Do you have any plans? Are you trying anything different this year?

To help keep you zen here are a few tips to help you prepare no matter what type of summer vacation you’re planning to take.

READY. Before you drive, fly or take a train or boat to your summer vacation destination, make sure you’re prepared.

Ask yourself these questions to help you get ready:
-Did you take the proper amount of time off work?
-Did you put a hold on getting your mail delivered while you’re gone?
-Do you have someone that’s willing to check on your house?
– Does someone at home have your contact information in case you need to be reached while vacationing?
-Do you have the right medical and car insurance coverage to protect you while traveling?

SET. After you ask yourself those basic questions it’s time to start planning your summer vacation.

Here are just a few summer vacation planning tips to keep in mind:
-Set a goal.  Is this a vacation meant to pack in quality family time? Is it a trip to climb a certain mountain or surf a specific beach? The goal you set for your summer vacation will dictate the steps you need to achieve it. If you want to go scuba diving, is there a certification class you can take before you head out on your ocean adventure? If you’re going camping, should you research about starting fires and performing basic first aid? When you set the expectations of your summer vacation, it will not only help everyone involved know what to expect, but will also help you adequately prepare and get set to go.

Set a budget. It’s always important to understand how much money you can afford to spend.  While traveling. If possible, start saving months before you go; if you can’t, be sure to put a price tag on what you are able and willing to spend so you don’t regret your financial decisions once  you return home.

Set a course of action. After you’ve determined what type of vacation you want and have set your budget, it’s time to start setting the details. Compare prices on flights, hotels and the other big ticket items that can quickly sap a vacation fund. Get directions if you plan to drive; find some fun tourist attraction along your route and plan your rest stops. Set yourself up for success. No matter what kind of summer vacation you have in mind, taking
the time to plan as much of it as you can is sure to set you up for vacation success. Another way to set yourself up for success is to make sure you have an insurance company you can trust should an accident occur.


Lastly, and most importantly, have fun! Summer vacations are all about enjoying time with your friends and family and making invaluable memories that will last a lifetime.

Take along your camera, your video camera, a journal and a pen, a good book for the road and a cooler full of snacks, and enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Let go, relax and breathe in the warm summer air as you regroup and recharge for the seasons to come!
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