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When you are looking at booking the perfect beach vacation, there are going to be things you need to consider. There are lots of elements that make up an awesome beach vacation, and it is not just the beach or the location that you choose that matters. Now, what can you do to book the perfect beach vacation, and what steps should you start taking?
Think About What Your Perfect Location Looks Like
Do you want a deserted beach?
To get things off on the right step, you need to establish what your perfect location looks like. Have you been on a beach vacation before, and do you know what you want from this vacation? So, does your beach look pristine, white, and clean, or is it a large beach that has lots of activities to do all year round? When you know what your vacation looks like, you can then start piecing together other elements of your vacation. If you do not have the vision to work towards, then you will struggle to realize your dream, and this may mean that your vacation never really looks or feels how your thought it would.
Source: Instagram, posted on September 27th, 2021. Westgate Resorts Official Profile
Look at Staying in a Resort
If you are traveling with a family, a resort is ideal
When you are planning a beach vacation, you may want to look at staying in a resort. If you simply stay in a hotel near to the beach, you may not get everything that you want, and you may have to compromise. However, if you stay in a resort, you get access to lots of amenities and facilities that you may not have gotten access to before. For example, resorts have access to fantastic dining options, and this can save you money, especially if you are not having to find three meals a day. When you are looking at staying in a resort, you do not want to just choose any resort. Instead, you want to choose one that can offer you the relaxation and comfort that you want and deserve. For example, at www.westgateresorts.com you will see that there are beach resorts available on some of the best beaches. These resorts offer the highest standards and levels of service, and they give you the peace of mind that you need. If you do not stay in a resort, your vacation may end up being costly, and you may end up missing out on that welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
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Do Your Research
Focus on your research
To get the most out of your vacation, you need to do your research. Researching where you can stay and researching the beaches are important. For example, if you are visiting a popular beach in the summertime, you want to be sure that you can enjoy yourself and deal with the ever-increasing crowds. If you do not do your own research, you will simply be going on what other people have said, and this could mean that you end up choosing or selecting the wrong place for you. Primary research that you do can tell you so much about a location and about what you can expect to see and do. Without research, you will not know how to plan your vacation, and you will not know how to get the most out of your beach vacation.
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Focus on the Duration of Your Stay
How long will your vacation last?
The perfect vacation is one that gives you enough time to relax and unwind. This may be one week, or it may be two weeks. If your beach vacation is too short, then you will not get a chance to fully relax and unwind. When you are working out what the perfect duration of your stay should be, you need to think about what you want to do in your vacation time. If you just want to spend time relaxing on the beach, and taking in the beautiful scenery, then you may find that one week will be long enough. However, if you want to fit in some sightseeing and some additional excursions, you may need at least two weeks of vacation time.
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How Much Do You Want to Spend?
A budget and savings will be required
Your budget and your spending are important. Getting together a budget before you start making any formal decisions is important. A budget in the place will help you search and select a vacation that is right for you and for those whom you might be traveling with. The budget that you have will vary, and if you are looking to get away from it all, you must be prepared to pay a fair price. If your budget is too tight, you will struggle to get what you want, and this will taint your perfect beach vacation. A healthy budget for two people traveling to a beach resort should be between $200-400 a night. When you are working out your spending, you may also need to factor in extra money for food and drink – especially if these are not provided on an all-inclusive basis.
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Home or Away
Vacay or Staycay
You may be lucky enough to live within driving distance of a beach resort, or you may not. Deciding whether to stay home or travel away is important. If you are staying closer to home, of course, costs will be lower, and so too will travel times. However, if you are traveling a bit further, perhaps on a long-haul vacation, you may find that you get more of an exotic feel to your beach vacation. When you are looking at staying close to home or going that little bit further, you need to also factor in time and expense. A long-haul journey or trip is going to take longer, and it will end up costing you more. Whereas a trip that is a little closer to home is likely to be more manageable (in times of journey times) and more affordable.
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Time of Year You Want to Travel
Are you planning a trip around an event or occasion?
The beach can change all throughout the year, and to make the most of the beach, you need to know when you are going to travel. So, what time are you going to travel? Are you looking at traveling in the summertime when you can virtually guarantee good weather? Or, are you looking at traveling in the autumn time or winter time when perhaps temperatures care a little cooler, and beaches will be a little quieter. If you are traveling in the summertime, you may have to face long queues, and you may have to contend with everywhere being busier in general. If you are content with this, then a summertime booking is probably the best option for you.
Source: Unsplash, Posted September 27th 2019, John McArthur
Booking Competitive Flights
Prices of flights can fluctuate
Even if you are only traveling the short-haul, you may need to take a flight. When it comes to booking competitive flights, you need to have flexibility with when you travel and from which airport. You can often find better deals by using a flight comparison website. Flight comparison websites can save you a few dollars, or they can save you hundreds of dollars. So, always be sure to check them out before you book. When you are looking at flights, you also need to look at possibly being flexible with your travel dates. For example, flights around festivals and festivities such as thanksgiving or spring break are going to be more costly.
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Transfers and Transportation
How are you going to move around
You may be staying on the beach, but do you know how you will get to your location. Do you know what transfers and transportation you will use to move around – should you wish to see more of a local area. Transportation and transfers can be style, and they can be expensive if you leave them until the last minute. So, try and get your transfers sorted around the same time as you book your flights and your accommodation. You could always look at booking a package, but these do not always represent great value for money.
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Always Use Trusted Providers
Check out a provider, make sure it is legitimate
Even if you are not traveling far, you need peace of mind, stability, and security. You can get this by booking your vacation with a trusted provider. Using a name and provider that you trust is crucial. If you are traveling long-haul, you need to have that extra peace of mind because, without it, you may find that you ever relax and unwind as much as you need to (or as much as you should). To make sure that providers are trusted and reputable, you need to check out their credentials before parting with any of your hard-earned cash. If they say they are with an association – then take time to check this out.
There is so much you must think about with a beach vacation, and this is a vacation that will be long-awaited. Getting it right requires a great deal of time, patience, and research. Simply going for the cheapest option is not always the best solution. Instead, focus on what you want, and instead start building your vacation around your dream or your ideal. When you do this, then you do not have to compromise or settle for any less than great.