Spring break is supposed to be fun and memorable. Often times, with so many people traveling all over the world at the same time it can actually end up being stressful and overwhelming. Wherever it is you plan on traveling – by car or by plane, use these tips for planning a stress-free vacation this spring break.
Traveling by airplane is the quickest way to get to your destination. Saving time on traveling means you get extra time to spend on your vacation.
Nowadays air travel can be quite affordable as well. One of the best ways to save on travel is to plan ahead of time. You can strategize and use rewards points from your credit cards, just make sure there are no blackout dates. Websites like Google flights allow you to search the cheapest days to travel to your destination of choice easily. There are also apps available like Hopper and Airfarewatchdog which allow you to monitor prices on air fare and hotels so you can choose the best deal for your budget.
Some additional steps you can take to reduce stress when traveling by air is to check the airline’s baggage policy for both checked and carry-on luggage ahead of time and ensuring not to over-pack or pack any restricted items. If available, take advantage of early check-in by doing so online or through the airline’s app. You can also save time by using a mobile boarding pass or curbside check-in at the airport.
The best thing about road trips is the sightseeing. And of course, the fact that you already have a car to use at your destination.
The first thing you want to do before embarking on a road trip is to have your car checked out. Check all fluid levels like oil, brake fluid, etc. Inspect tires and windshield wipers for possible damage and test out your breaks and lights. Make sure you have a roadside kit including a spare tire, jack, lug wrench, flashlight, flares, jumper cables and such. It’s wise to also pack an emergency kit with basic first aid supplies, local maps (GPS signal is not always reliable), water, food, blanket, solar powered phone charger, etc.
You should also carefully consider the best time to embark on your road trip so you are not hitting peak traffic hours and fill up your gas tank in advance to save some time.
Try not to over pack but do pack extras in case you run into unforeseen circumstances. Also remember to pack plenty of snacks and entertainment you will need during the stretch of your road trip, specially when traveling with little ones.
Research your destination ahead of time and book any hotel or restaurant reservations, sightseeing tours, and purchase entrance tickets in advance. Have a list of places you want to check out or things you want to do so you don’t forget once you arrive.
You may want to consider purchasing traveler’s insurance to protect you in case of last-minute cancellations, lost luggage, or medical emergencies.
Don’t forget about what you leave behind! Double check your home to ensure all doors and windows are closed and locked, alarm is on and a neighbor, friend or relative is aware of your travel plans just in case. Same thing goes for your car if you choose to travel by air.
The best ways to protect your home and your car whether you choose to travel or not this spring break is by having the best homeowners and auto insurance policy possible. For professional help finding the best coverage for your needs, contact one of our licensed agents today.