I absolutely love a good vacation. By good I mean, 5-7 days in a tropical location with the beach at my feet and a cocktail in my hand. It doesn’t take much for me to have a good time on vacation but after a recent trip I realized I require a few things for my summer escapes. Things I had never thought of because in my head they’re standard amenities. I’ve learned my lesson and here are 5 things I’ll consider when planning my next trip:
If you’re going on a 7 day trip, you don’t want to live out of your suitcase. Tossing everything around everyday can get old, fast. If you’re an over-packer (like me) you want to be able to take everything out so you can see what you’ve brought. It’s easy to inquire with the resort or your travel agent on what storage options are provided in your room. This is a tiny detail but it becomes a big deal when your accommodations don’t meet your needs.
Resort Entertainment & Options
I love a good excursion and sometimes there are great ones available to book. Zip lining, kayaking, river rafting, horse back rides, etc. If you’re a go getter you’re going to sign up for a million excursions to cover the entire span of your trip. If you’re a lounger you’ll still want to be entertained when you’re just relaxing on the beach. The best resort I’ve been to had a cultural night that had dancers, music, food and taught us the history of the island. It was beautiful and I didn’t have to pay extra or leave the resort. That’s my kind of deal.
How are you getting to/from your hotel? What if you want to explore the city you’re staying in? Not only should you think of these things but also consider safety as well. Everywhere you go there are taxis of some sort, but not all of them are authorized. You can check with the hotel or find out from friends how they got around the town. I would advise to never get into an independent cab, anything could happen and there’s no major company to protect you. Also consider personal driver services so you have one person taking you all around. This is a real gem, the personal driver my family hired for our Jamaican vacation took us to sites that aren’t on the tourist radar and we got tons of great pictures, ate local authentic food, and found better souvenirs.
There are so many websites dedicated to visitors leaving reviews on their accommodations and experiences, it’s insane to not glance their way. I look more at the positive reviews than the negative because in many cases the good does outweigh the bad. When the bad reviews share similar complaints and are beyond overwhelming, I take it immediately as a red flag and find a new hotel/resort for your stay. No reason to have a poor experience when there are excellent ones just waiting to be enjoyed.
Any tips to share for vacation planning? Leave them in the comments in the below!