InTruBeauty: Planning an AWESOME Vacation Itinerary

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Planning an AWESOME Vacation Itinerary

This blog post is part of my vacation series on how to plan an AMAZING itinerary for your vacation and get the most bang for your buck.  I will include all my great tips and tricks for planning a stellar trip.

Ok, so here's the scoop.  I want to check out every possible aspect of our vacation destination while we are there.  Google can be your best friend!  I want to shop, eat great food, stay in an inexpensive but still luxurious hotel, and get a rental car for a reasonable rate.

Tips:


Hotels

Look up every single hotel in the area, call each one, and find out their rate for a night.  Ask if they offer any military or Triple A discounts.  If you are not a member of the military, or married to one, and don't have Triple A get creative.  Ask if they offer a lower room rate, a lower rate for staying multiple nights, or have any specials.

Just by asking these questions, I was offered a $39/night rate at a hotel that had free continental breakfast, a pool, outdoor hot tub, and free wifi.  That is way better of a deal than I had even hoped for!  The normal nightly rate was $80/night.  Almost every place I called had some sort of discount, and it was at least $5-10 off the normal rate.

Rental Cars


You don't need a Mercedes if you're on vacation.  Rental cars can be tricky.  I learned from Jessica that your insurance company can help you find a great rental place for your car at a much lower rate.  I plan on looking for an inexpensive but safe vehicle to drive for the five days we will be gone.  I believe Jessica said you can get a $100 car rental for something like $30 a day just by going through your insurance company.

If you hadn't planned on getting a rental car for your trip, ask yourself if you were going to do a cab instead.  Is it practical?  A cab ride from point A to point B in New York City can cost over $20.  It may be much more cost effective to spring for a rental.  If you plan on doing most of your traveling on foot then maybe the occasional cab ride instead of a rental would be the best plan.

Shopping


Ok, I might have gone a little overboard on this one, but I do love to shop.  I looked up all the different places to shop and their addresses so I can easily navigate everywhere I want to be.  Which reminds me...

Bring your GPS!  This works great if you're getting a rental car or driving yourself.

Look up/write down the opening and closing hours of the stores you want to hit up so you don't miss them!

Restaurants

This was the most work but the most worth it.  I looked up the different restaurants in the town we are going to.  I used the Chamber of Commerce website and Google Maps to pinpoint all the different places in town.  I then wrote down their addresses, hours, and what they had for food.

Example:  Jeepers Bagels, 123 Main St, open 8 am-5 pm, serves bagels and coffee.

This is going to be so helpful to have all my resources in one place!  I know there are visitors guides but this is more comprehensive and better for my needs to have it all on one piece of paper!



I'm going to do another post on what I packed for beauty stuff in my carry on and what I packed in my suitcase, but I want to wait until I'm at my destination.  That way I can show you pictures of how my makeup held up at the airport and on my THREE layovers.  Crazy, huh?  Yikes, I hope I don't look like crap!

I also can't wait to blog a ton while I'm gone.  I'm a dork and I've decided to bring my laptop.  Can't wait to take lots of pictures for ya'll.

Wish me a safe trip!  I have to be up and running to the airport by 4:30 am.

Yours in travel, Justina

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