Help! I Want To Get Out Of Here!

by Donna on January 22, 2012

You haven’t seen the sun for three weeks.  The kids might enjoy making snowmen, but you are getting tired of shoveling the driveway.  You need a break, and the Sunday papers are full of ads shouting “Go here!  Go there!  We’ve got great deals!  Just call!”  Remember, you’ve got choices and picking the wrong one might be worse than not getting away at all.  So how to decide what it is you really want?

Begin by asking yourself a lot of questions–and be honest with the answers!

  • When do you want to go?
  • How long do you want to be away?
  • How may will be traveling?
  • Are children or teenagers involved?
  • Do you have someplace in mind?  Where?  Why?
  • Where have you been before?  Where did you stay?
  • What did you like about your previous trips?  Not like?
  • How do you want to spend your days on this trip?
  • What activities do you like to do?  Or not do?
  • Are there “must sees” or do’s?
  • What concerns do you have?
  • What is a realistic budget?

If a Caribbean resort is your dream, you need to know that every island ha its own character, and every resort its own personality.  Dreams properties are wonderful for families,  so are Rui’s.  But you might want that special adults-only Secrets Capri or Maroma seclusion, or world-class golfing at teh Sanctuary.

Have you always wanted to travel to Europe?  Off season the rates are better and the summer crowds at the Louvre are gone.  But the weather can be dicey and other museum goers might not be thrilled with your restless 8 year old.

Hawaii is always wonderful, a South Seas paradise.  But again, each island is very different.

How to begin sorting it all out?  One way is to start with official tourism websites.  They’ve got a lot of useful information and you can request brochures and travel planning guides.  Looking for inspiration?  There is nothing like a wonderful travel book, such as Patricia Schultz’s 1000 Places to See Before You Die.  Take a look at travel blogs and sites such as TripAdvisor, but remember this is your trip, not theirs.  Many companies, like Apple Vacations, include an enormous amount of information on their websites.  And remember to always call a travel advisor for the latest information and advice.

 

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