Vacations are expensive, but two purchases will comprise the majority of your spending: travel and lodging. Flights are very temporary—sure, you might have an early-morning flight, but it’ll be over in a few hours. Your hotel choice will make or break the vacation experience—choose wrong and you’ll suffer the consequences for the duration of your holiday. This is why you should never compromise on your lodging, even if it means saving a few dollars in the end.
Every traveler has different needs when searching for a hotel. Therefore, when planning the trip, you need to figure out what’s most important. Have you been dreaming about a beach-front vacation rental? Is it amenity availability, such as a spa or swimming pool? Is it ambiance or luxury, or maybe sustainability and eco-friendliness? Each vacationer has a dream hotel or lodging spot—think through what’s important to your holiday before making a purchase.
Of course, price is important. We would never advise vacationers to make an unsound or irresponsible financial decision. Most price points will have several options for what you’re looking for. Can’t afford to spend the whole week at the luxury, 5-star hotel in a perfect area? Simply cut and paste your options; spend the majority of the holiday at a hotel you enjoy and can afford but spend the last night in your dream suite. Working around a budget is easier than you might think.
Your hotel or vacation home is the most important decision you will make while planning the trip. This is the one constant in your holiday—every day, you will return to the same room, use the same bathroom, and sleep in the same bed. Do your research and make sure you don’t cut corners on this one essential. The perfect lodging can make your vacation the best of your life or turn it into the joke your family brings up for years after. Your vacation matters.
I am a lifelong explorer and travel enthusiast. I've never been a certified travel agent, but I have multiple family members who were. I'm not necessarily plugged in to the latest travel vendors and exclusive packages, and I've never cared for the label "life coach," but I do think I have some wisdom to offer about how people can get the most of your their vacation time.