Choose your perfect getaway with these tips

*This is a collaborative post. I am so excited to be getting my second vaccine next week. I'm looking forward to getting to travel somew...

*This is a collaborative post.

I am so excited to be getting my second vaccine next week. I'm looking forward to getting to travel somewhat soon (with precautions, physical distancing, and masks, of course). White sands and crystal-clear waters are what many people think of when they think vacation, but that doesn’t mean one size fits all when it comes to getting away from it all. Many prefer a more active adventure holiday or perhaps a back-to-basics retreat to just relax and get away from everyday stress. Whatever the case, these tips will help you decide on your perfect getaway.

Active or relaxed

The first and most essential factor to consider is how you want to spend your vacation. If you sit at a desk all day, you may be craving a fun hiking expedition to get the body moving. On the other hand, if you are on your feet 24/7, a sun-lounger by the pool vibe is perhaps more what you are leaning towards, in which case, you could try a hotel with luxury hot tub suites in Houston. Decide if you want an itinerary full of excursions and adventures, or if you'd rather get away and do absolutely nothing.

City, coastal or rural

Now you’ve picked whether you want to climb a mountain or climb down the pool ladder, you can decide which area is for you. City nightlife will balance the lazy pool days and shopping sprees with happy hours and a plethora of restaurants to dine in. In comparison, coastal destinations are perfect for getting in your daily doses of vitamin C and dabbling in water sports. If you want a mix of both city and coastal, California has some of the best beaches on offer and plenty of urban scenes to explore. Those who are a fan of rural retreats, vineyards, country cottages, and campsites have a beautiful plethora of landscapes and scenic views to escape to.

Partner, family or friends

Who is going with you on vacation? If the getaway is for you and a partner, a romantic escapade could be on the cards. Try a remote, scenic location to relax with a special someone, like Kauai, a Hawaiian island covered in tropical rainforest. Meanwhile, a central location is better suited to a family trip, with plenty of nearby places to visit for activities. If vacationing with friends, sightseeing mixed with relaxation (and most likely some partying) could mean a coastal-city break is a perfect choice.

Days, weeks or longer

How much time you are away will help you decide where best to visit. For example, if you only have a few days, a local staycation is the best option as traveling time can take away from the time spent enjoying the vacation. For instance, New Jersey has countless resorts to satisfy your need for a getaway with a coastal oasis and boutique hotels from which to choose. If you have a week or two spare, an international trip could be an exciting adventure. There are a few things to prepare with long-haul trips before you go, including passports, visas, and any essential medical checkups.

Climate and season

A beach getaway may not be as relaxing as you think if summer is drawing to a close and the winds are picking up. Look up the climate of your chosen location, and check the temperatures match your expectations. For ski resorts, check the season for its busiest times and book ahead to avoid disappointment. Plus, researching the location is an excellent way to plan a vacation to coincide with any special events, like visiting New Orleans for Mardis Gras. Or of course, you may decide to travel during off-seasons to save more money.

Have you received your vaccine? Are you looking forward to traveling?

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