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How to plan a summer trip

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/7/2006 | Travel

With the advent of the Internet and increased number of publications exclusively dealing in travel, the tourist now has more choices than ever before. Since the number of travel agencies has also risen by manifolds the tourist also has better deals to look forward to. But one should also remember that more the choices the harder it gets to choose. So one thing you definitely need to do is to plan ahead. You should do enough research and settle for your travel package once you are sure that it is the best you can have.

The very first thing you need to decide on is the budget. Remember the tourism industry offers plenty of special programs like rebate, upgrades and credits. The basic idea is to be aware of these programs and then to avail the one that suits you. You can get all the relevant information from good travel agents or you may surf the web. Mostly these discounts are provided for early birds so you need to book early. That means you have to have your travel plans ready early. However dont just settle for the lowest price cause it does not always prove to be the best deal. Choose wisely. Your budget should be important but it should not be the sole criterion for you to decide on your trip. It makes sense to book your trip from one of the more reputed travel providers.

If you are planning on a long vacation then always get yourself travel insurance. As most of the tours and cruises are non-refundable, travel insurance can help you recover your expenses in case of a sudden illness or tragedy.

Planning early helps you in more ways than one. Not only do you get sizeable discounts on your airfares and travel packages you also have a better chance to get accommodation in the hotel of your choice. It also allows you more flexibility when it comes to your travel schedule.

There is always the possibility that a last minute deal works out cheaper than a trip planned in advance, but in peak seasons such as summer you can hardly bank on those. You also will have to give up the option of a flexible schedule and have to take whatever you get.

Road trips are very popular among the Americans and it is a nice way to get some adventure and explore the surroundings. You also get to find out a lot about yourself during the trip.

The most critical thing about road trips is to have the right set of companions. Since you would be spending all your day with your companions in close proximity, you have to have a good camaraderie going. Or else all the fun will be lost. To find the right companion make sure that your goals for the trip are more or less similar. It is impossible that you will all have exactly the same interests but there should be some sort of common ground.

You have to plan ahead and get your itinerary ready. But dont plan to the very last detail. Much of the fun in a road trip is to discover things you had not expected to discover.

Always carry a camera to capture those amazing sights and the incidents that happen along the trip. You can also keep a journal with you.