Something about this winter weather makes one want to start planning a vacation….. Warm sun, hot sand, cool blue water… Ah, sounds good to me! So what are some things you should consider when planning a holiday?
6 Things to Consider When Planning a Vacation
1. Find a house sitter, or trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things. This is especially valuable if you have pets. Someone who can care for your pets, and get your mail if you don’t decide to have it stopped. If you are on good terms with your neighbors letting them know you will be gone is a good idea, as well as telling them someone will be there to check on things. You can never be to careful.
2. Start a list that will help you on planning a vacation. Write down everything you want to take with you. If you think of something, write it down. A week before you leave, start a pile. As the clothes come out of the dryer, put the ones you want to take with you in a pile. Are you going to need swimming stuff? Put it in the pile. Winter stuff? Put it in the pile. That way when you are ready to start packing, much of your stuff is already there and you can start ticking things off your list.
3. If you plan on driving, service your vehicle! I cannot stress this enough, make sure your tires have the right pressure, and are properly aligned and balanced. Make sure the oil change is recent and your gauges are working properly. Nothing can spoil a good vacation like a broke down vehicle.
4. Clean your house. Yes, clean your house! My mom taught me this and it is great. After all, when you come home from your vacation, you are tired, you have been traveling all day and you have an army of suitcases to unload, laundry to do and a score of other things. Won’t it be great not to worry about a messy house and stinky dishes in the sink? (Trust me, no one wants to come home to stinky dishes!)
5. Conserve electricity. Turn the air off, or according to the weather outside, up or down. Unplug alarm clocks, electronics and even stoves and dryers. If you are not using them, unplug them!
6. This last one, most of us are guilty of it. Do not post photos on Facebook, or talk about your vacation online while you are on holiday. Nothing like telling the world, “hey guys, here we are in Europe enjoying this fabulous vacation!” That just says, “we are not home, come rob us!”. Stick to text, email, and phone calls. Once you are home, then you can brag about it. 🙂
Check out this board I found in Pinterest, excellent tips for planning a vacation. Speaking of vacation, I think we need to start planning a vacation very soon! Warm sun and cool water sounds amaaaazing!