Believe it or not, spring vacations are right around the corner, and if you are like most people, you are just beginning to think about planning your next vacation. Chances are good that you have picked a warm weather location in an effort to warm up from the chill of the winter. The Caribbean is a popular spot as is Florida and Hawaii for those looking to stay closer to home. However, other favorite warm spots include the Mediterranean, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Wherever your travels take you this spring, be sure that you are thoroughly prepared by following these four tips.
Prep Your Body
First, consider how your body looks. You are most likely going to be wearing some body-baring looks, such as sundresses, shorts and bathing suits, and you will want to feel proud of your body and not self-conscious at all. Therefore, now is the time to start getting your body into shape. If you are not currently exercising at all, start with moderate-paced walks before working up to more full-body or cardio routines. Some great options to get you into shape are planks and other body weight exercises for your core and arms as well as barre exercises for your buttocks and legs. Of course, you cannot forget about your mind. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all you have to get done, add in some yoga once or twice each week for its calming benefits.
Prep Your Budget
The only way to afford your next vacation comfortably is to start planning the financial aspect of it now. Consider booking your hotel, resort or cruise now because there may be an early-bird discount. Also, write out a basic budget of what you plan on spending for travel, lodging, food, activities and souvenirs. Then, be sure to slowly put that amount into savings over the next few months so that you do not have to depend on your credit cards to see you through your vacation expenses.
Prep Your Clothes
Because you have most likely been living in jeans and sweaters or cozy leggings and sweatshirts for months, you will want to gather your summer wardrobe around you to see if you have what you need. Consider whether you will need any formal apparel or if you will need mainly shorts, tank tops and bathing suits. Then, add in a few key pieces that are new to help you get excited about your upcoming plans. For example, choose a daring new sundress or some designer swimwear that will show off your body to perfection.
Take Care of Details
Of course, your body, your budget and your clothes are not all that you will have to consider before you leave home. Most families have several other details that they must take care of before hitting the road. If you are going to be gone for a week or more, you may need to ask someone to check on your house occasionally, especially if you have plants that need watering. If you have a pet, be sure to get a trustworthy kennel or sitter lined up now. You will also want to make sure that your upcoming bills are paid before you leave town. Finally, ask your employer for time off work now so that there will be no surprises closer to your vacation time.
Preparing for a spring vacation can be nearly as exciting as going on the vacation itself. Your organization and planning will pay off dividends later, leaving you calm enough to enjoy your vacation thoroughly and ensuring that there are no worries on your mind. Plus, by preparing your body and your wardrobe ahead of time, you can feel strong and beautiful for your week away from home.