Summer has slipped away for folks up north but it’s just getting going south of the equator. Whether you’re looking to escape the coming winter snows or already planning that next summer getaway, here are five tips for a successful summer vacation.
1. Book Early
Booking your dream getaway is going to cost you a pretty penny but you can ensure it’s money well spent if you can stretch those dollars. Finding deals months before you’re ready to depart is easy and you’ve got all the time in the world to find the price or trip package that suits your budget. Take your time, put your travel agent to work, use the internet and keep your ears open. Be patient. And get all your paperwork in order to avoid pawing frantically at your pockets when the time comes to get past airport security.
2. When In Rome…
Okay, once you’ve dotted the “i’s” and crossed the “t’s” on your vacation plan, it’s time to become a local. We’re not talking about a crash course in the native dialects but rather acquiring a good base of knowledge about the place and people you are going to be visiting. Strange customs in strange lands can not only be baffling, then can be downright dangerous in some cases so take the time to pick up a solid overview of your travel destination. Even if you’re travelling in your own country, traffic laws, etc might be different than what you’re used to. A little knowledge here can go a long way.
3. The Lay Of The Land
It’s seems tragic that a good number of the truly breathtaking parts of the world are often torn apart by disasters both natural and man-made. If you’re planning on heading to any of these troubled spots you might want to know ahead of time if it’s hurricane/typhoon season there or whether there is any political unrest or disease outbreaks. Sure, these are rare and don’t happen every day, but why not find out ahead of time.
4. A Little Added Insurance
While preparing all the fun things you are going to do on your vacation, it doesn’t hurt to spare a few moments to think about what could go wrong. If, heaven forbid, there should be an accident, will your medical plan cover your expenses when you’re away from home? Should you take out some insurance before you depart? As with life in general, one should hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
5. Have Fun!
Jetting off to Maui to get away from it all only to sit on the beach with your Blackberry in hand sending/reading texts to and from the office is not a vacation. It’s not even a working vacation. It’s just work. The same goes for sitting in the hotel catching up on your favorite TV programs. Taking a vacation is not only about leaving your familiar environment, it’s also about taking a vacation from yourself. It’s time for new experiences, ones you can’t get back home. Get out there and have fun!
This article was written by Andrew Salmon from the life insurance website www.lifecover.ca.