Planning a vacation can be pretty tough to do for someone who is traveling alone, but as soon as you start factoring in a larger group, the logistics of the trip start getting a little nutty. Even though questions will abound during the planning stage, and everyone involved in the trip will have an opinion or think they know the answer, the most important part of planning a perfect vacation has to do with where to stay during your trip.
It really is that simple. Knowing that your lodging is exactly what you wanted it to be makes the entire trip seem much nicer. This seems a little weird, but think about what going home after a long day at work feels like. Once you consider the amount of work a vacation can be, it becomes clear that where you stay can make, or break, the whole trip.
Still, there are some of you out there that just are not buying the idea that your lodging is key to a vacation's success. Here are a few more reasons to consider:
Best Bang for Your Buck – Vacations can be expensive, so managing a budget is a high priority. This also includes your accommodations. Choosing the right place for your family to stay on vacation at the right price can not only do wonders for your self-esteem, but it can really open things up financially for something really cool during your travels.
Proximity to Larger Attractions – One place most vacation planners skimp on is thinking about transportation while traveling. If you're hotel or rental is too far away from a big city or local attractions, how will you get around? Will you rent a car or take public transportation? If you're not careful, this could be a real nightmare for you and your entire family.
Place to Unwind & Refuel – Whether you're coming in after a long day of attractions & sight-seeing or waking up for more of it the next day, where you stay should help you feel refreshed & rested. You should be able to shower, shave, wash your face, and cozy up on a comfortable bed. If you go with a larger rental, you might even take solace in being able to have separate areas for kids & adults. If your oasis is more like a dessert island, having a spring in your step will be a real chore.
Actual Relaxation – If you play your cards right, your lodging may have the right pieces in place to actually be relaxing. You'll have a 24-hour desk that helps answer any questions you may have. You have an available breakfast option that helps you save money while also getting you ready for the day. You have on-site areas meant for leisure in case you want a 'hotel day' during your trip.
Deciding where to stay may seem like a low priority during your vacation planning, but if you do not give it its due attention, you'll probably be having a hard time getting up the next morning ready to tackle the day on your vacation. Have you ever heard someone say, “Man, why do I feel more tired after my vacation than I did before?” It's probably because they sank their attention into itineraries, attractions, and souvenirs rather than thinking more critically about where they'd spend the night.