In the excitement of planning a vacation, a lot of people focus on the big things, such as booking accommodations and airline tickets, and focusing on deciding which excursions or activities to take. But a successful vacation involves many small details, and taking care of these details in advance can help ensure that there are no last-minutes bumps on your trip. If you're in the process of planning a vacation, don't forget these important details:
Getting to and from the airport is an important detail that many people overlook until the last minute. Getting to the airport late or having to pay a huge amount for airport parking can be avoided with a little bit of advanced planning. A lot of people prefer using an airport shuttle that picks you up at your door and then drops you off at your terminal-- you don't have to worry about driving or parking at all. If you're not renting a car at your vacation destination, don't forget to arrange airport transportation to your accommodations. Airport shuttles typically need to be booked in advance, so it is a good idea to make a reservation after you purchase airfare.
Special Requests at a Hotel
Whether you need a portable crib, adjoining rooms, or a hotel room with some other special amenity, it is in your best interest to take care of these details while your booking your hotel, or after you receive confirmation of your reservation online. In your mind your request may seem minor, but hotels may have a much harder time accommodating you if you wait to mention it until you're checking in. Skip the potential for a hassle by calling the hotel as far in advance as possible to make special arrangements.
The Internet has made it much easier to find the best places to dine in popular vacation destinations, but other vacationers are clamoring to visit the same restaurants. If you have your heart set at having a special meal at a certain restaurant during your vacation, don't make the mistake of thinking that you can easily book a reservation after you arrive. Many of the most popular restaurants are booked up far in advance, so it is a good idea to make your reservation as soon as your vacation plans are set.
Most people have a vacation budget, so unexpected expenses can be very unwelcome. When booking your airline tickets, it is important to know the carriers policy concerning fees for checked baggage. Every carrier is different, and some carriers may even charge for carry on baggage. In order to budget appropriately, make sure you know exactly how much you will be charged at the airport when you check baggage.