2021 may seem like it’s still a long way off, but time goes quickly when you haven’t experienced travel for a long time. If you’re like me, you’re wondering if you can start planning your 2021 vacation now. Truth be told, it is definitely possible. Many travellers are looking ahead, and there’s certainly room for the hope that next year will be the best vacation year yet.
There’s no better way to get excited about travel than to start the planning process. Here’s what you can do to start planning your 2021 vacation…
Research great destinations
If you are beginning to feel the call of wanderlust, you should start looking at the destinations that will be trending in 2021— and the locations that make you want to travel when you see them in your Instagram feed. Doesn’t everyone have a list of “the places I want to go”?
Because 2021 will not be a traditional travel year, you should also begin by researching destinations that are the most likely to be safe for travelers next year, and that may have the least restrictions for Americans at the time.
Find flights and hotels with flexible booking policies
If you want to sit back and relax on your vacation next year, you should consider finding flights and hotels with flexible booking policies. Most companies are now offering flexible booking in order to entice vacation-makers. With all the uncertainty surrounding travel at this time, it’s good to know you can move forward with travel plans without risking your travel savings. Now is also a great time to start booking travel because there are so many good deals available. Substantial savings on airline flights, hotels, cruises, and even attractions are just waiting to be snatched up. Just reserve them to lock in the savings.
Book your airport parking in advance
Another element of your vacation you can book now is your airport parking. You know how you usually wait till the last minute, wondering who you can persuade to drive you to the airport at 6:00 am for your flight? That’s just not necessary when it’s so easy to reserve airport parking ahead of time, and it saves you so much trouble. Plus, then your car is there waiting for you when you return, too. At Parkon.com, their easy booking service can help you find the perfect spot for your car, at the cheapest rates, in 2021 and beyond.
Use virtual travel resources
Although you might not be able to pop down to a brick-and-mortar travel agency right now, there is no reason why you cannot use virtual travel resources in order to find the best vacation for you. You don’t have to do all the travel planning on your own because top travel guides are available to help you navigate the must-dos and must-sees wherever you desire to go.
This can include software such as Google Earth, which can allow you to see some of the wonders of the world from the comfort of your bedroom, as well as digital travel guides and travel blogs, which can help you to discover tips from the experts.
Plan your itinerary
After scouring travel guides and blogs, you should have a pretty good idea of what you most want to include in your itinerary. In fact, it’s actually a plus that you have so much time to plan your 2021 vacation now, because it gives you more time to narrow down your choices. Remember, you can’t do everything, so choose wisely.
- Consider your needs/wants or that of your family
- Determine how much time you have to explore each destination
- Think about whether or not you prefer to be on your own or part of a guided tour
- Keep your budget in mind when choosing attractions
- Write everything down, including your lodging and transportation plans
Start putting money aside
One of the problems that prevent families from taking their dream vacation is not having enough money. However, you now have more time than ever to save for your vacation, especially if you have been refunded for an anticipated trip in early 2020. It’s a good idea to create a travel fund by opening a separate bank account, and placing a small amount into this fund on a regular basis. Remind yourself often that making small financial sacrifices now will have a huge payoff when you finally get to go on your dream vacation!
You can start planning your 2021 vacation now. It will be fun and give you something to look forward to. Just choose your favorite destination, do your research, and make reservations now to lock in savings while taking advantage of flexible booking. Au revoir!