Choose your entourage, pick a location, and find out how to pay for it.
The Simple Formula to Plan a Vacation
Step One: CHOOSE YOUR CREW WISELY
The first step
This is a very crucial decision. (Disregard this step if you are going on a family vacation). When deciding who to go on vacation with, you need to realize a few things. The main thing is, WILL THIS PERSON BE ABLE TO PAY? Vacations aren’t free unless you are lucky enough to win one, or have your parents pay for it. Whoever you choose will need to be able to pay for this trip. I have planned many trips and I know which friends will flake out at the last minute because they don’t have the money, or they just don’t want to spend it. Also, you need to be able to hang out and have a fun time with these friends. If you can’t have a good time with them, I suggest you do not invite them. I like to choose my entourage by having one of the following of each:
-The Controller: No matter how fun and crazy a vacation can be, this person will keep everyone and everything in check.
-The Laidback Larry: If you need a day during vacation to relax and do nothing, this person will be there with you.
-The Party Animal: I don’t need to explain this one.
-The World Traveler: Knows everything about traveling, from transportation to hotel check-in.
You are able to pick whoever you want. This is just my way of always choosing a solid crew to have a great time with. If I had to put a number on the amount of people you invite, I would have to say……
No more than 8, but no less than 4.
Step Two: WHERE IS THIS VACATION TAKING PLACE?
Since I live in the US of A, the usual vacation spots are as follows: Miami and the Caribbean (Bahamas usually). I like to think outside of the box and try to go places that the average tourist wouldn’t go. But, these places are always extremely fun and a great time is in your future. The way my friends and I figure out where to go, is by having each person choose a destination and then state WHY this would be a good place to vacation. The point of this is to build off of each other’s ideas. Don’t be surprised when a lot of progress is made due to this. Here are my 2 favorite options:
Puerto Plata or Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic
Eurotrip (The best and most amazing experience I have ever done. It can get pricey)
Step Three: HOW THE HECK AM I GOING TO PAY FOR THIS?
I highly suggest you start saving money 6-12 months before your estimated time of departure, even if you didn’t book the trip yet. The worst thing to do is to save up last minute and wonder “will I have enough cash to go”? Just break it down like this. You will need money for:
-Food/Drink Money (If not all-inclusive)
Figure out how much each of these will cost and save up very accordingly. It will work out and definitely pay off. Trust me.
Overall, vacationing with my friends and traveling to different places has been amazing for me during my youth, and I am so glad that I worked and saved money to do so. I highly recommend it to anybody who wants to have a great and memorable time.
HAPPY TRAVELS FOLKS!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Taken during my Eurotrip
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic