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    Spring Vacations: Tips & Tricks for the best vacation experience

    By: Christy V. Temple

    Well, it’s that time of the year again when lots of our locals are heading out to warmer climates to escape the doldrums from winter on their Spring Breaks. Usually, this means that about half the population of Owensboro leaves and there aren’t a whole lot of people left in town. However, this was years ago and it seems as though there are more people that tend to stay closer to home than what they used to.

    I would say a variety of factors play into this including the cost of either flying or driving to the warmer locale; being able to get the time off from work to go in the first place; and usually there is a decent amount of planning and prep work that goes into a lot of vacations that some people just really don’t want to have to contend with at this time of the year.

    In my case, however, I am always ready and willing to do the planning, prep work, and research well in advance to make sure that when the time comes then hopefully things should fall into place. I realize that not everybody is a planner like I am and that’s okay if you like to “fly by the seat of your pants.” I have found that once-in-a-while those types of trips can be very liberating. As far as I am concerned though, I like to know what I am getting myself into in advance. Generally, waiting till the last minute makes me very nervous so I do my best to plan with a sense of purpose.

    With that said, I thought I would pass along some of my hints and tips on preparing for a calmer, albeit smoother vacation, through my research over the years. Here are just some of my vacation ideas:

    1. Decide where it is that you want to visit on vacation.
    2. Go online to www.google.com and type in the destination in the search box to see what kinds of hits you get. Example: Miami Florida travel or Miami Florida vacations or Miami Florida hotel reviews.
    3. By doing some online research through legitimate websites you can find a plethora of information about the area that you are traveling to and know what to expect.
    4. Here are just a few websites that I found using the example above:
    1. Once you have perused a few websites and found where you want to stay then I would suggest using TripAdvisor to get some reviews of the hotel to see how it fares. Sometimes all that glitters is not gold and the best-looking hotels online could be a flop in real life. I also do an image search on Google to see if I can find any photos taken by actual travelers to see what the place really looks like instead of relying solely on the hotel website, which of course will always look nice.
    2. If you are driving to your destination use the map app already installed on your phone if you own an iphone or any other smartphone. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can to your local public library and get driving directions to and from the location printed for a nominal fee. In our case, it’s .10 cents per page.
    3. If you are flying, then make sure and take a close look at the Airport website where you will be leaving from and flying into so you know what the expectations are before you get to that point. Also, you may want to take a look to see what kind of rental car services they may provide as well since you will need some sort of transportation once you arrive at your destination.
    4. Finally, if you aren’t tech savvy at all and prefer doing things the old-fashioned way, then here are some other possibilities. Stop by your local public library and see what type of travel guides that they have on your travel destination. You may be able to check something out and take it with you, depending upon how long you will be gone. Also, most public libraries, including the Daviess County Public Library, have United States atlases that you should be able to check out as well for directions.
    5. If all else fails and you are the type that doesn’t want to have to do any prep work yourself for the vacation, then hire a travel agent and from what I’ve heard they do most of the work for you. I have never personally used one because I feel as though I could do just as good a job or better than they can, but that’s my personal opinion.
    6. Finally, now that you’ve done some planning and prep work, either by yourself or you’ve had someone help you, sit back, relax, and take a load-off. You’ve earned it so go en joy yourself.

     

    Arrive derci!

    Bon Voyage!          

    Hasta Luego!

    See you soon!!

     

    ALOHA!!

     
     
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