Ahhhh Spring is finally upon us! The flowers on my bushes have finally bloomed, the sun is shining and everyone on my social media timeline is on vacation. As someone who loves to pack and leave, I know all too well why people are ready to hit the road! My boyfriend and I recently traveled a few hours away to Savannah, GA to celebrate a milestone and get out of town for a little while.
When it comes to traveling, I am an extreme planner. I plan out every part of the trip from breakfast, to naps, to restaurants and activities. For some, it is a bit much but for me, it just makes sense. I am a self-proclaimed travel agent. I take months to research and make sure everything I want to do has an allotted time. I am slowly learning that plans can change and unless I pay in advance, I may not be able to hit everything on my list (but please believe that I will try!)
Here are 5 tips on how to plan a quick summer getaway:
1. Travel with the right crew
I have friends that I can only grab a drink with and then I have friends that I can travel the world with them by my side. You can’t travel with just anybody! Learn who your travel buddies are sooner than later (or earlier in your romantic relationships) so that as salaries increase, you know who to call when it’s time to explore! If you find that no one fits your travel criteria, as long as you take precautions, solo travel is always an option.
2. Research the city
Take time to learn as much as you can about the city you plan to visit. For example, find out about tourist attractions, nightlife, the best hotels, whether its best to ride public transportation or have a car, and how far most of the attractions are from one another. You can never conduct too much research and Google is definitely your best friend. Because I used to live in Savannah for a few years, I knew the area pretty well but I still researched new activities and attractions. Don’t forget to check Airbnb for experiences as they list attractions that Google may have missed. I am so thankful I took time to plan because we were able to ride a sailboat and participate in a romantic candle making class!
3. Create an itinerary
An itinerary is a necessity. As annoying as it is to some of my travel companions, they are always thankful that I took the time to plan everything. Even if you have to deviate from some plans, having an itinerary will keep everyone on the same page during the trip.
4. Make all Necessary Reservations
Whew, this is a big one! Make those dinner and activity reservations well in advance. This is why researching the city is extremely important. In Savannah, there is a popular restaurant called the Old Pink House that books up weeks in advance. Because I knew the city, I made a reservation at the restaurant before even booking the hotel.
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5. Enjoy yourself!
Above all itineraries, reservations, and activities, it’s most important to have as much fun as you can handle! No matter if all your plans fall through or a person cancels right before you expect to leave, remember why you needed to get away and live your best life! You paid your hard earned money (or stimulus check but no one is judging) to enjoy yourself so make sure you do just that!
If you have any more tips, please share them in the comments below!