What is life without spontaneity? Would there be any attraction in vacations if all of them followed the same routine approach that we follow in our daily life? Vacations are meant to be different, and though there are advantages of properly planned vacations, unplanned ones definitely spice up our lives more.
For a planned trip, you have time to put in some perfect research for flights, hotels, and activities to get the best deal or a confirmed reservation. But there are times when you are with friends and you decide overnight that you want to go for a vacation. Or, there might be some unplanned downtime from work, and you would like to spend it catching up on the pending family time. To ease the worry off your shoulders, here’s a guide to help you in your last-minute vacations plans.
Do not restrict yourself to only grand destinations. Your perfect gateway for this unplanned time off might be just an hour’s drive outside the city, where the environment is peaceful and the scenery is awesome. Try searching for resorts that prove all-inclusive offers, so you don’t need to bother looking for places to stay, food arrangements, as well as sight-seeing and entertainment separately. Also, as per travel experts suggest, call the resort reservation directly instead of going through a travel agent since the front desk always has the most up-to-date information on last-minute cancellations. And if you have the gift of the gab, you can bargain a bit as well, because since you are the last-minute customer and there are rooms empty, they might as well offer it to you at a discounted price rather than keeping them empty and losing out business.
Last-minute vacation plans can be stressful as well as convenient. Yes, I said “convenient” because you will not have much option to choose from and arriving at a decision would be easier. One important thing that you must remember while choosing a destination for a rushed-up vacation is that the nearer to home it is, the better, because the second-most-important thing that comes to mind when you plan any vacation is how to reach your destination. The mantra here is “choose a destination within the drivable distance” so that you can save money by driving down and not spending a fortune on last-minute air tickets. Also, an impromptu road trip with family or friends will surely add to the excitement of a sudden vacation.
The Preparation – That Tiny Bit
Most of your work is done once you have finalized your destination, your accommodation, and your conveyance. What remains is the last-minute packing and the excitement. Check the booking slips and take your passport. If you would be travelling with kids – though I must admit that a last-minute vacation with kids is not the most convenient thing – pack their stuff first. Pack their clothes, medicines, food, and some entertainment stuff to keep them busy. Check the current weather of your destination online, or check with the hotel’s travel desk, and pack clothes accordingly. If you are driving down, get your car checked and refueled. And, do not forget your phones and laptops in case you need to take care of your bills and other emergency work, which you did not have time to do before leaving. Remember, this was a sudden arrangement after all!