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10 Tips on How to Plan the Perfect Vacation

Vacations are an important part of life, whether you realize it or not. Taking time off will refresh and reset your mind, making you able to return to work with a clear head, and ready to take on what lies ahead. Many people don’t take all of the vacation time they’re allowed if they take any at all.  Well, we need to remedy that and realize how amazing time away can be! If it’s been a while since you planned a vacation or you just want a few guidelines to make sure you get the most out of the time you take off, we have some friendly advice to share with you. These 10 tips on how to plan the perfect vacation will get you started on making your next getaway a reality! 

10 Tips on How to Plan the Perfect Vacation

1. Choose a Region & Time of Year

The first step in how to plan the perfect vacation is deciding where you want to go. Don’t overwhelm yourself at first by thinking you have to pinpoint a destination in the first step. First, decide what time of year you want to get away and then identify the region you want to visit. Do you want to see the mountains? Are you longing to lounge on a California beach? Do you want to explore a big city? Maybe you’ve always wanted to visit some of our nation’s National Parks. Answering these questions will help get you on your way.

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Brewster Room in the Captain Freeman Inn of Cape Cod

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Outdoor patio at the Carter House Inns in Eureka, California

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2. Narrow It down to a Specific Destination

Once you know which region you want to visit, you can narrow your choices down to a single destination. Consider the activities and atmosphere of the places in the region, then pick the town or city which best fits your desires. It can also be helpful to consider accommodations in the area. Make the most of your vacation when you stay in a Select Registry bed and breakfast

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Guest room at the Inn on Negley in Pittsburgh

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Common area with a piano in Stonehurst Place in Atlanta, Georgia

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3. Find the Perfect Amount of Time Away

You might think that more time away is better, but that’s not always the case. If you stretch out your getaway for too long, then you might tire of being away from home and nerves may begin to fray. If traveling with family, sometimes there is such a thing as togetherness. So plan enough time to enjoy your destination and do the activities you want without lingering too long.

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Hill Farm Inn in winter in Sunderland, Vermont

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Vilas, NC

Cozy fire place in the Lazy Bear Lodge in Vilas, North Carolina

Lazy Bear Lodge

4. Start a Countdown

Anticipating the vacation is actually a big part of the fun of a trip! Planning a vacation well ahead of time means that you’ll have a better chance of getting the reservations you want. It also offers peace of mind when it comes to waiting for the trip. You want the trip to be fun, so don’t let yourself get caught up in making last minute plans. Then, you can simply look forward to exploring outdoor adventures, enjoying local art and culture, and treating yourself to delicious food and wine!

5. Take Care of the Practical

Another tip on how to plan the perfect vacation is to get practical things out of the way as early as possible. This includes making arrangements for pets or getting someone to watch your home. This is also the time to make sure you have everything you need for the trip such as special clothing, any medications you’re going to need, tickets to special events, etc.

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West Chesterfield, NH

Pet-friendly accommodations at the Chesterfield Inn in New Hampshire

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6. Plan out Activities

Make a list of what you want to do while you’re on vacation, and make a loose schedule of what days you want to do them. It doesn’t have to be regimented, just a general idea of what you want to experience and when.

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Clarkesville, GA

Guest room at the Glen-Ella Springs Inn in Clarkesville, Georgia

Glen-Ella Springs Inn 

Arsenic and Old Lace B&B

Eureka Springs, AR

Elegant guest room at the Arsenic and Old Lace B&B in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Arsenic and Old Lace B&B

7. Or Plan to Do Nothing

Maybe the whole point of your getaway is to do nothing but relax. Aside from booking massage or spa service, consider leaving your schedule completely open so that you can just go with the flow!

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Bluefield, WV

Outdoor dining area at the Bluefield Inn in Bluefield, West Virginia

Bluefield Inn

8. Consider Going Tech-Free

We’re often reliant on technology for work, so if you’re burnt out, consider only using your phone or computer when completely necessary. Unplugging can do wonders for you in regards to refreshing and resetting your brain.

9. Save Something Fun for the End

End the vacation on a high note. Try not to pack in the activities in the beginning of the vacation. Save something that you’ve been looking forward to until the last day of your trip to end it with a bang.

10. Stay Somewhere Amazing

One of the biggest tips we have on how to plan the perfect vacation is to pick the perfect place to stay. With hundreds of Select Registry properties around North America, it isn’t hard to find premium accommodations in a variety of destinations! From Maine and Missouri to Tennessee and Texas Hill Country, our esteemed properties aim to please. Maybe you’ve always wanted to stay in a castle. Perhaps you’d prefer to rest your head in a farmhouse in the middle of the country. Wherever you see yourself on your dream vacation, rest assured that your getaway will be a success when you book with us!

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