Now that vacation areas are slowly and carefully making plans to reopen, it’s acceptable to start thinking about your next vacation. Whether you’re planning to travel solo or with the entire family, there is always some planning that needs to happen before you book a ticket and go. If you’re not planning on traveling for a while, that’s ok. Luckily, you don’t need a set date to start planning your next vacation.
Typically vacation planning can begin anywhere from 3-24 months in advance. So, grab your laptop, a pen, and a notebook, and check out these tips for pre-planning your next vacation!
Assign The Leader of the Group
If you’re traveling in a group, assigning a leader or two to help designate roles and keep organization is a priority. If having just one person as a leader is too overwhelming, you can have multiple different people in charge of different parts of the group trip. Usually, there are natural leaders in your friend group or family, so you can have them decide the strengths of your group members and assign roles accordingly.
For example, one person can be in charge of looking for accommodations, and someone else can choose a few attractions you can do, etc. Collectively, as a group, you can finalize the itinerary.
Setting a Budget and Saving for Your Trip
One of the harder parts of planning a trip is setting your budget. This is especially so if you’re traveling in a group because people can have different opinions on how they would like to spend their money. If you’re traveling in a group, you should agree on a budget for your trip and stick to it. You should budget for everything from accommodations, food/drinks, and experiences.
If you’re planning on traveling solo, it’s easier to create a budget for yourself. Once you assess your budget, you can set goals and create a plan to start saving. Try starting a travel fund for yourself and add to it monthly, weekly, or even daily. You can also make small changes like making your own coffee in the morning or packing your lunch for work every day instead of buying.
Check Out Flight Prices
If you’ve traveled by plane before, then you know that flight prices can vary. It’s important to get the best deal on airfare because it can be the most significant expense on your trip. The cost of your plane ticket can determine where you end up traveling and your accommodations.
Here are some tips for booking your flight:
- Book Early for Cheap Flights
- Set Price Alerts
- Be Flexible with Airports and Travel Times
- Book a Connecting Flight for a Cheaper Price
- Consider Discounted Airlines (Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines)
- Use Credit Card Travel Credits to Book Your Flights
How to Choose The Most Affordable Accommodation
When traveling, choosing where you stay can make a huge difference in your vacation experience. Many people think that their best options when traveling are to stay at a hotel, but actually, they’re not always the best option when vacationing.
Instead, staying at a luxury vacation condo has more benefits than your typical hotel stay. Staying in a condo allows you to cook home-made meals and sit back and lounge around in comfort.
When you stay at Innsbrook Condos, we offer a range of vacation rental amenities that allow you to take full advantage of your visit. Enjoy our outdoor pool, 9-hole golf course, basketball and tennis courts, and our clubhouse free to use and included in your stay!
Plan Your Next Adventure to Ruidoso, NM
Are you ready to start planning your next vacation? Stay and play with us at Innsbrook Condos located in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Plan to stay in one of our beautiful and privately owned resort condo rentals or townhome rentals. It’s an excellent place for a family vacation, and all of our amenities are free to our guests and owners.
Remember, rules are always changing for summer travelers. So, check the New Mexico restrictions before planning your stay!