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Tips for Planning Great Summer Vacations

Tips for Planning Great Summer Vacations

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It’s the time of year child of all ages, love and look forward to. SUMMER!  The season that is most prominent in making lifetime memories that help build the framework and form nostalgia in the minds of adults.  So, the big question is, what memories are you going to make this year?  These top tips for planning a summer vacation will get you started in the right direction for an experience to remember.

If you’re thinking about a summer 2019 getaway but haven’t started planning, it’s time to get started. The sooner the better as travel prices increase daily depending on the destination.  Booking flights, hotels or rental cars for your summer vacation can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.  The first step in planning is figuring out where should you go, and what should you do? Here are our top five summer vacation planning tips to get you on your way.

Think smaller. Instead of taking one big (and possibly stressful) vacation, consider planning several mini-trips over the summer. Breaking up your vacation days – and spending sprees – can give you and your family more to look forward to over weeks instead of days and relieve some of the financial pressure that extensive vacations often bring. You’ll also get to experience a variety of locations and cultural experiences without having to jam-pack every activity within a limited amount of time.

Watch your points. Take the time to assess all those frequent flyer miles and points programs you’re enrolled in. Make sure you are taking advantage of any special offers or bonus rewards and stay on the lookout for freebies or discounts just sitting there, waiting to be claimed. Signup for the FlightGurus Newsletter and receive notification about last minute deals or flash sales, coupons or added bonuses offered by our partners.

Book early. Although summer is just around the corner, you still have time to book hotels and flights before prices sky rocket. And keep an open mind – if you’re willing to fly during non-peak times, or even drive to a different airport for departure, you can save money. Same goes for hotels – consider alternatives like Airbnb or Extended Stay America which offers great suites for those who want to save money by cooking some meals in the suite, verses eating out on every meal.  Stay at locations off the beaten path and further away from main attractions.

Be open to last-minute gambles. When it comes to vacation plans, “just winging it” isn’t for everyone. But if you’re willing to take a chance, you can often find great hotel and excursion deals at the last minute, when there are no-shows, unclaimed tickets or empty rooms. Be friendly and flexible and see what happens.

Work with us!  FlightGurus offers round the clock traveler assistance and has the latest deals offered by airlines, accommodation providers as well as car rental services and incredible cruises that specialize in individual AND family excursions. With so many online travel providers at your fingertips, it’s difficult to know where to go for accurate information and best pricing.  With fostered relationships with venues and facilities, and detailed knowledge of what they offer, we can recommend tried-and-true destinations that really do live up to the slick photographs and reviews you see online.

Take advantage of our knowledge, connections and experience. In addition, consider all-inclusive cruises or resorts, or destinations that might not be the most popular this time of year – and let us find you the awesome deals and special offers.