What to Plan and What Not to Plan

As mentioned previously, one of the benefits of using a Travel Agent is that they can help to arrange most of the travel details for you. However, an important question to ask yourself is to what extent do you wish to plan out your vacation.

If you take a cruise or land tour, excursions are often available to buy or they may be part of the trip. Should these be booked in advance or when you get there? Should you have each stop planned out or give yourself time to loaf around or wander the streets at your own ease? (It is a vacation after all.) In the end, it depends on the person and their idea of a vacation.

Some people love to have every minute planned out and feel that this is the best way to get the most out of the time and others want to just go with the flow and plan as you feel at the moment. Some people want to see everything a place has to offer, regardless of the physical strain (like my younger brother). They want to explore, do it all and see it all, in which case planning excursions and tours in advance is the best way to get the most out of your schedule. Others wish to take in the sights but not at the cost of relaxation (like me). They want to take a step back and take in their surroundings at their own pace, in which case planning your days activities in advance may quickly become exhausting.

Regardless of what type of vacationer you are, here is a generalized list of what you should plan and what you don’t have to plan:

  • To Plan
    • Important transportation
      • Transportation from the airport to hotel and back again. However, if taxis are available in the place you are visiting, even this does not have to be planned. Consult your agent about places you will likely need prepared transport.
    • Hotels
      • Even if you just have to stay in one overnight, hotels should be booked in advance. Not only will you have to call different places to make reservations while you are on vacation, there is always the chance that you may not be able to find one! Never a good situation.
    • Popular attractions/ Things you really want to do
      • As I mentioned before, some people don’t like planning their vacations. However, if you went somewhere to see a certain attraction or participate in a certain activity, book it in advance so that you are covered. Popular attractions will usually have space and you can buy the entry tickets on site. Not always though! An example of this is the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam or the Rome Colosseum. BUY THESE IN ADVANCE online or you will most likely not be able to see it when there. Contact On Site Travel LLC and speak with one of our people for other spots that may be tight on space.
  • Not to Plan
    • Meals
    • Minor transportation

Hawaii Interesting Fact
A popular tourist attraction of the Big Island is the active volcano Kilauea. Legend says that it is the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele, known for her passion and fiery temper. Sightings of her near her home are common legend, appearing either as an old woman or beautiful young lady. If you are impolite to her, your belongings will be destroyed, so mind your manners!

Have a great week!

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