Friday, February 08, 2013

Vacation planning starts now for best deals

Summer vacation planning starts now. This gives you time to choose a destination, plan a budget and figure out how to pay for it all. I always feel like vacation planning gives me something to look forward to during the cold weather months. Time also seems to go faster when you're planning something fun.

Welcome to California sign
Spring break beach trips have become a tradition. Families and groups who wait to book may find themselves out in the cold. Researching rates and booking hotel rooms can land spring break deals that others will envy.

Use Expedia, Travelocity or another booking sites easily help you search for name brand hotels and lesser known places. Vacation planning now may be the only way for you to get a prime oceanfront room.

My husband's favorite getaway destination is Walt Disney World. Specials, campground sites and value resort rooms can go quickly. I just checked and guests can receive 30% off through March 23. Walt Disney World specials move fast. Keep watching for the latest updates.

Cruises are popular. Although you can reserve your room online, I prefer to speak with a travel agent. The one we talked with provided us with information on the best times to go, vacation deals and packages.

Hotel rooms, cruises and theme parks aren't cheap. A week's stay at a campground is usually cheaper than a hotel room but costs still add up. Starting early gives you time to work out financing your getaway. Do you need to have a yard sale, cut back on household spending or takeout a vacation loan?

If vacation planning starts now, then you have plenty of time to work out the details. When the time comes to get away all you'll have to worry about is lounging by the hotel pool or taking a great camping trip like we did. Isn't leaving stress behind what you want for any vacation?

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