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How to Plan a Vacation

For tired, overworked men and women, it isn’t Thanksgiving, Christmas, or birthdays they most look forward to each year. Instead, it is vacation time they eagerly anticipate. Vacation provides a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy yourself to the fullest, participating in the adventures that you find most enjoyable. But, a great vacation doesn’t just happen because you need the time. It happens when you’ve properly planned and had the best leather journals or best planners for mom and a few tips in hand to help you plan a vacation.


How to Plan a Vacation

It all starts with the right destination for your desires. Whether you plan to travel close to home, across the country, in an RV,  or across international borders, it’s more than possible to have a good time if you chose a destination that has the fun things and scenery that you most enjoy. A bit of research ahead of time is all that it takes to find this amazing destination that’s awaiting your arrival.

Once you’ve chosen the right destination for your getaway, the following information is useful in planning a vacation that you will never forget.

The Top Tool for Vacation Planning

A journal is a must-have accessory for your vacation planning needs. It helps plan your getaway easier than a smartphone or other tools out there. When you have an elegant journal to jot down all your information, not only is it easier to stay organized and plan a great time away, it’s also more fun and exciting. With a great journal readily available to write down your information, planning the trip is something that you’ll actually look forward to doing, and that is important when planning a vacation.


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Choosing a journal is just as much fun. Once you browse the journals, you’ll notice there are a plethora of options to choose from. There’s softbound and hardbound journals, as well as wide-ruled and college-ruled journals and even those that are unlined. There are small and large journals and those with special personalizations. Take the time to sort through a few journals to find one that appeals to your style. When you like the look of the journal, it inspires you to write in it more.

Don’t rush to plan your vacation and miss out on the fun this experience offers. Take all the time that is necessary to ensure that you’ve properly planned your trip. If you rush, small details are easily overlooked and while they may not seem important, they can impact the entire innovation and the fun that you have.

How to use a Journal for Vacation Planning Success

How can you use a journal to help prepare and plan for your vacation? There’s an endless number of ways a journal helps your vacation planning needs. Those include:

– Jot down your vacay ideas, i.e. dates, hotels, special offers, etc.
– Keep your itinerary in the journal
– Write down telephone numbers, addresses, etc.
– Write own confirmation numbers for hotel and car reservations, ticket purchases, etc.
– Write down your ideas for the trip. You never know just what is going to come to mind as you find new attractions and activities in your chosen destination. Don’t let them go to waste and jot it all down in your journal.
– Keep track of places that you’ve called, prices, and other important information

These ideas are only some of the many ways to use a journal during the vacation planning process. Put your imagination into overdrive and you’ll quickly learn that a journal has limitless uses in your journey.

The journal goes with you since they’re easy to put in a pocket, purse, briefcase, etc. Take it out and access the information any time that it’s needed and you have vacation planning down to perfection.


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More Than Meets the Eye

We’ve discussed many ways to use the journal to plan your vacation. But, we’ve yet to discuss one of the best reasons to buy a journal when planning your trip. What could possibly be better than using a journal to write down all the exciting details of your trip?

For most people, a journal is a diary of sorts used to write down our innermost thoughts and secrets. Just because the journal is serving as a book for vacation planning doesn’t mean that it cannot also double as a place to write down all your thoughts.

Whoever said that planning a vacation wasn’t stressful obviously had a lot of help in the process. When the day gets the best of you, use a section of the journal separate from your vacay planning info to track your thoughts. Sometimes, getting it all out is the absolute best therapy we can possibly use to improve our well-being. This is the perfect time to that fact out for size.


Nia McKenna

Nia is an Associate Editor at The Fairytale Traveler and self diagnosed travel junkie. Having traveled to 5 of the 7 continents, her love of good food and culture is a force to be reckoned with. When she isn't off adventuring with her husband, which she writes about on her blog CircaWanderlust, she can be found with a good cup of tea cuddling her pups and taking pictures of her food. She loves black and white movies and could listen to Elvis on repeat.

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