So it’s finally beginning to look a lot like Spring here in New York City. I even went to a rooftop party on Sunday and had a great time (just wearing a leather jacket!). Spring is the perfect time to start planning those vacations for the rest of the year. I’m a travel connoisseur and I’m all about getting away at least 2-3 times a year to recharge, reboot and to be inspired. Taking a trip every 4 months is a wonderful way to go especially when you work a solid 9-5 with limited vacation time. Hey I get exactly 10 vacation days a year, which really isn’t much. But I make it my business to get away. It’s possible, especially if you plan ahead and take weekends and holidays into consideration.
When I plan a trip, I already know where I want to go. I always have 3 places in mind every year and I work to hit up each one every 4 months. So far I’ve already gone to Cuba and had a hell of a time. I’m going to California next month and in October I’m heading to Oaxaca, Mexico. I only have 10 vacation days but I only used 3 for Cuba and I have 7 left. I’m using 4 for California and 3 for Mexico. Vacationing during weekends adds a few days to every trip. Here are a few tips for planning vacations.
1). Think of 3 places you’d love to visit and research the hell out of them. By research I mean go on instagram, type in a hashtag or geotag and flag away at everything you want to save and research more in depth later. I have so many flagged saved photos on Instagram of places I want to go and things I want to do when I get there. It’s a great starting point.
2). Find a place to stay! I love checking out Airbnb for an authentic experience, Mr. & Mrs. Smith for luxurious yet refined hotels, and Boutique Homes which is pretty much Airbnb on architecture and design crack. You can also check out Trivago.com to find the best deals on hotels.
3). Keep an eye out on flights. I love Kayak.com for keeping up with price alert emails on flights. For those deep discounts I always check out Airfarespot.com which has pretty amazing deals (albeit with some blackout travel dates and restrictions) on cool places all over the world. Currently you can fly from New York to Turks and Caicos round trip for $280, Houston to LA for $81 and New York to Cuba for $284. I also love JetBlue.com and their awesome 2 day sales (this is how I got a flight to Bermuda for $100 and to Cuba for $200 round trip). So make sure to sign up for JetBlue email alerts so you can be first to score their sales tickets. Google flights is also the goat. Sometimes it’s much cheaper to buy two one way tickets rather than a round trip, especially when there aren’t many direct flights to a place.
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Are any of you planning any upcoming vacations? Where are you going and how do you go about planning?