How do I decide on a destination?
Deciding to take a trip is easy! But choosing a destination? That's a bit harder! There are thousands of incredible locations in the world, but how do you choose which is best for you? Here are a couple of things to help you narrow it down.
Time of Year
Are you planning your vacation around a school schedule? Many locations have higher rates during spring and summer break times, which are considered "peak" seasons. If your schedule is more flexible, you may find that late winter (January-February) and early fall (September-October) have better rates than other times of the year. Holidays and long weekends are popular times to travel, so certain weekends, like Presidents Day, may also have higher crowds and prices.
Length of Stay
Do you have two whole weeks to spend on your trip, or are you looking to spend a weekend away? If you're looking to travel to Europe or Hawaii, you'll need to consider travel time. These destinations are much farther away, so you'll need at least a day or two to travel and get accustomed to the time zone!
At Walt Disney World, expect to walk between 7-14 miles per day. Yes, MILES! Of course, strollers for kids are an option, as are scooters for adults. (I can get those lined up for you, too!) But you'll still be covering a lot of ground. A great option is Disneyland. It is significantly smaller, which saves you a lot of walking miles! Still want the Disney magic without the walking? How about a Disney cruise! There, you'll be able to meet the characters and experience the world-class entertainment and service without all of those miles on your feet!
Do crowds bother you? If you're planning to visit a theme park like Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World, or Disneyland, make sure to check with your travel agent before booking! (See suggestion 1...time of year!) Lots of kids off school = lots of kids in the parks! If you have your heart set on one of those popular locations, try to visit during an off-peak time. If your schedule is at the mercy of a school year calendar (like mine!), let your travel agent check for crowd calendars and special extra magic hours/early entry events to allow you more time in the parks with limited crowds. (Call me crazy, but making park recommendations and poring over the details of crowds and calendars is one of my favorite parts of my job! True story!)
Think you have a location or travel dates narrowed down? Time to contact me! Still not sure where and when you'd like to travel? Let's figure that out together!