Best Places for Vacation

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3 Tips to Preparing for an Incredible Vacation

You want to have an incredible vacation, that’s a given. Preparing for that vacation though, well that can be a bit tricky, which makes sense because it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement when you’re getting ready to do a bit of traveling and take a break from the daily grind you experience at work.

You’ve taken a look at list after list of the best places for vacation and narrowed it down to the place you’ll be visiting. Whether it’s a mountain getaway or a beach adventure, it’s pretty easy to get so excited about the trip that you forget what needs to be done to prepare for it. Luckily for you, the team at Vacation Strategy is here to help.

How to Prepare for Your Next Awesome Vacation

After you figure out where to go for vacation, it’s time to get ready. You don’t want to forget anything, of course, so where do you even begin? Let us help.

Make a List of Everything You Need to Bring

Probably the best bit of advice we have for you is to start the process of making a list of everything you should bring on your trip as early as you can. People regularly forget to bring everything from toothbrushes to underwear to phone chargers. That makes sense because they’re things you use on a daily basis without giving a whole lot of thought to. Start your list with these items while you’re thinking of them.

Of course you’ll also want to remember everything from plane tickets to itineraries, so whether you’re making the list in your favorite notebook or typing it out on your phone, make sure you are as thorough as possible. As you work your way through the list, cross things off that are going into your luggage. This little bit of effort at the offset could save you a trip (or three) to the local grocery store when you arrive at your destination, making it worth the time and effort that you put into making a list at the offset.

Have Someone Look After Your Home

Do you have a finicky plant that needs the perfect amount of water and light? Need someone to mow your lawn or turn off the sprinkler system? Want to make sure that cats didn’t get into anything they shouldn’t have gotten into?

Whether you ask a neighbor to look after your home or you have a family friend pop in, it’s always worth it to have someone to look after your home while you’re away. Not only will it ensure that the things that need to be taken care of are actually taken care of, but it will provide you with much needed peace of mind while you’re trying to have some fun! Because after all, there’s nothing worse than thinking you may have left the oven on when you’re in the middle of Disney World and not having anyone who can check on it. Enlisting the help of someone to keep an eye on your home is in your benefit.

Pro Traveling Tip: Be sure to bring the person who watches your home a small souvenir as a token of your thanks. Even if he or she is being paid to keep an eye on your house while you’re away, a bit of fancy chocolate or an Orlando snow globe will be very much appreciated.

Research What to Do Before You Leave

Another thing that we find gets overlooked is doing research on what you’ll actually do while you’re on vacation. People get invested in finding the best vacation packages and booking flights or rental cars that they can sometimes forget to do a bit of planning on what they’ll do when they arrive at their vacation destination.

Sure, some locations (such as the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort which is right across from Disney World) have a good portion of what you’ll be doing built right in, but others might be a little different. For example, consider a trip to Nashville--you may have some fun stuff to do right near the place you’re staying, but it’s also a good idea to plan for a trip to the highly-rated restaurant across town or a nightly excursion to a music venue.

Do a bit of research into your destination and add to our first tip’s list, ensuring that you’ll have plenty of things to see and do on your big trip.

Wondering Where to Go For Vacation?

At Vacation Strategy, we offer a number of different vacation packages at some of the best prices in the business. Take a look at all of our vacations and see if there’s something that catches your eye. We pride ourselves on making sure that you have the time of your life and we hope that the tips above can help to contribute to your next big trip!

By saving our customers as much as 70% over our closest competitors such as Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, and other similar sites, we’re able to give our customers the absolute best bang for their buck whether they’re taking a Flagstaff vacation or a weekend trip to a beach in Hawaii.

Have a question? We’re here to help! Feel free to call us at 888-832-4223 or reach out online because we want to make sure that you take the trip of a lifetime.

A Few Things You Have to See While Visiting D.C.

A Few Things You Have to See While Visiting D.C.

Our nation’s capitol is one of the best places for vacation whether you’re heading out with your significant other or bringing the whole family along. It’s hard not to fall in love with a place that has so much history, after all.

But what are the things you absolutely have to see while you’re on your vacation? There are plenty of places to pick from and knowing where to start and what to narrow down can be a big challenge. Luckily for you, we have a bit of advice in today’s blog.

Our Favorite Suggestions

First and foremost, we have to mention that the Wyndham National Harbor Resort makes the perfect place to stay while you’re visiting Washington D.C. It’s one of the places we hear about most frequently from our customers and it always comes with high recommendations from those who visit. Located just minutes from D.C., it’s a truly unique experience that’s sure to please. Enjoy the neighborhood and get to know your surroundings or simply use it as a base of operations while you explore the rest of the city.

When it comes to visiting the common tourist attractions in Washington, D.C., it’s best to make a list of everywhere you’d like to go and make it a point to hit those spots. Sure, there are plenty of places to visit, but having an idea of what you’d like to see the most and sticking to it is the best way to enjoy your trip to the fullest. Having said that, here are a few of the things we think you should make it a point to see if you’re able to:

The White House

One of the symbols that the United States is most known for is the White House. Built in the late 1700s, it’s been the home of every president except for our first. Whether you take a tour and get to know the White House’s famous rooms or you simply take a picture from afar, this is one location that’s absolutely worth making the time to see.

The National Museum of American History

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first--admission to the National Museum of American History is free. See everything from Dorothy’s famous red shoes from The Wizard of Oz to Michelle Obama’s iconic inaugural gown to George Washington’s distinctive and historic uniform. You could spend your whole trip here and find that you’re fascinated the entire time.

The National Mall

Of course Parks and Recreation’s Andy Dwyer was excited to hear that D.C. had a mall because he needed flip flops, but the greenbelt in our nation’s capitol is worth your time to go and see. You can see the Washington Monument, head over to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or even walk to the Capitol Building, making this a versatile location that packs a lot of historical punch.

The International Spy Museum

Will this make every list of “must see locations in D.C.”? Probably not, but it certainly makes ours. It’s a unique museum that’s full of fun for everyone from lovers of Jason Bourne to real life spy enthusiasts. That’s an apt description, because the museum perfectly combines areas dedicated to fact with those detailing the fictional lives of James Bond. It’s not your usual pick for things to do, but we think its unique flavor makes the International Spy Museum our nontraditional pick of things to see during your incredible vacation in D.C.

Book Your Trip Today!

If you’ve been wondering where to go for vacation, why not consider a trip to see that nation’s capitol? You’ll be charmed by the history, excited by the wide variety of things to see and do, and thrilled because you had the time of your life. Book your trip today!

Have a question about this vacation or any of the other ones you see on our site? Our goal is to make sure you have an awesome vacation, so don’t hesitate to reach out with any question. Feel free to give us a call at 888-832-4223 today so you can start planning the trip of a lifetime. We look forward to hearing from you!

How to Enjoy the Best Places to Vacation By Yourself

How to Enjoy the Best Places to Vacation By Yourself

Taking a vacation by yourself is something that everyone should do at least once. That’s not to say that if you’re married and have a family that you should replace the time you spend together by going off on your own. All we’re saying is that there’s something truly unique and wonderful about visiting a city you’ve never been to on your own or returning to a city you’ve known in the past and exploring it on your own terms.

Whether you head to Vegas for a weekend or take off on a Tennessee getaway to spend some time in Music City, there are a few things you have to do in order to make the most of your time there. What are those things, you ask? Keep reading to find out!

3 Things to Do On a Solo Vacation

Treat Yourself

If you’re going on vacation by yourself, there’s never been a better time to treat yourself! For example, if you’re visiting Atlanta and you’re a huge baseball fan, go see a Braves game or two. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to fish, take a fishing lesson. This is the time for focusing on yourself and exploring a few of the things that you’ve always wanted to do, but have never had the time for. It’s also a great time to do things your spouse might not enjoy--something like skydiving, let’s say. Your goal is to enjoy yourself, so before you get to your destination, spend a bit of time brainstorming and come up with a list of things you can do to enjoy your trip to the fullest and make no compromises.

Do Some Exploring

It’s also a good time to get to know the city you’re staying in. Learn a bit about its history by visiting the museums in the area or asking locals about what the best things to do are. Chances are that you’ll end up doing a few things that you may not have done if you had your family with you. Visiting a city you’re not familiar with opens up a whole myriad of possibilities and there’s no better way to maximize your time in an unfamiliar land than by getting to know it the good old fashioned way--by exploring it.

Eat Foods You Like

Your husband doesn’t care for Thai food, but it’s your favorite. Your kids always want pizza or mac and cheese. Your solo vacation is the perfect time to try some of the unique foods that the city you’re visiting has to offer. If you’re in the south, you have to get some barbecue, but you can also plan an entire food tour around cuisine that you enjoy. Apps like Yelp or Google Reviews are your friends and they’re a great way to find the best places to eat in the city you’re spending time in. For many, food is the highlight of an incredible vacation and now is your time to eat to your heart’s content!

Plan Your Vacation Today

So where are some of the best places to vacation by yourself? It’s as simple as this--you can go wherever sounds good to you! Do a bit of research, make a list of places you’ve always wanted to go, and start planning your trip around that. It really is as simple as that.

Of course your goal might also be to save a bit of money in the process. We can help you with that! At Vacation Strategy, you can travel pretty much anywhere and still save money. We routinely save people between 40% and 70% compared to what they would have spent at Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, and other similar websites. Our goal is to help you plan a vacation that you’ll love at a price that won’t break the bank, making it possible for you to take a quick solo getaway and then head back out for a family vacation later in the year. It really doesn’t get much better than that!

Have a question? Need to get a quote? We’re here to help! Feel free to call us at 888-832-4223 today so we can help you plan the solo vacation of your dreams.

3 Nashville Vacation Ideas You Have to Try

3 Nashville Vacation Ideas You Have to Try

We strongly believe that Nashville is one of the best places for vacation whether you’re doing a weekend getaway by yourself or packing up the family for a bit of traveling in Tennessee. It can be challenging to see everything that Music City has to offer while you’re on a vacation, necessitating that you pick the things you’d like to do the most and spend some time enjoying them.

But how are you supposed to narrow it down? There are so many exciting things to see and there’s no shortage of things to do, making it a difficult choice. Luckily for you, we have a few suggestions on how to make the most of your time in Nashville, so keep reading to learn more!

Our Favorite Things to Do in Nashville

Country Music Hall of Fame

If you’re planning a family vacation in Nashville, you absolutely have to make it a point to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. It doesn’t matter if you like what you hear on the radio nowadays or you’re a diehard fan of outlaw country musicians like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, Sr., because this is one location that is sure to be fun for everyone in your family. You can enjoy an evening spent listening to John Carter Cash (the son of Johnny and June) talk about what his life has been like or learn about the stories behind some of country’s most iconic songs.

It’s a great way to get a taste of Nashville and do something you can’t do anywhere else, ensuring that you and your family enjoy some unique memories that will last a lifetime.

The Row Kitchen and Pub

One of our favorite Nashville vacation ideas is to simply spend your time sampling some of the incredible food that the city has to offer. We can think of no finer place to get started than at The Row Kitchen and Pub, which touts its “Southern American Cooking” which you can trust us when we say that it’s truly a thing to behold.

With an incredible lunch menu containing everything from burgers to hickory pit barbecue and a drink menu that’s sure to put a smile on your face, The Row is a great place to visit if you’re in Nashville and you want to get a taste (literally) of the type of food that the city is known for!

Nashville Zoo

Parenting Magazine recently ranked Nashville as the number three best places for vacation if you’re bringing your family, noting that even those who don’t love country music can “still have plenty to enjoy.” One of those things is a trip to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

A vast selection of amphibians, mammals, reptiles, fish, and more make up the list of things to see while you’re at the zoo and as of the time of this writing, the zoo notes that they “have more than 2.248 animals and 353 species that call Nashville Zoo home.” No matter what animals fascinate your kids, you’re sure to enjoy a day spent seeing some of the world’s most interesting creatures that you simply can’t see anywhere else. With newly added white rhinos and a spider monkey exhibit that just opened, you can rest assured that kids and adults alike will find plenty to enjoy about their day at the zoo!

Book Your Trip Today

These Nashville vacation ideas ought to give you an idea of where to get started while you’re planning your trip, but one thing is for certain--if you want to stay at the best place in Nashville, the Wyndham Nashville Resort is the obvious choice. Enjoy a day of exploring the city and then head back to your home base to relax in the hot tubs, splash around in the pools, or even plan a picnic and take in some live entertainment. It’s a great way to spend a day!

Perhaps Nashville isn’t the location for you. Not to worry because we offer a number of vacation packages, ensuring that you’re able to find the right spot for you and your family. Take a look around and feel free to call us at 888-832-4223 with any questions.

Counting Down Our Top Ten Places to Visit on Vacation (Part Two)

Counting Down Our Top Ten Places to Visit on Vacation (Part Two)

In our previous blog, we started in our countdown of the ten best places for vacation, highlighting places like the Wyndham Kingston Reef and Star Island as some of our favorites. If you missed out on that blog, take a look before making your final decision on where you’d like to go for vacation because there are some gems! Nothing caught your eye there? Not a problem, because in today’s blog, we’re continuing our countdown and you’re sure to see something you love.

Here are our five favorite places to visit on vacation:

5: Orange Lake East Village/ Orange Lake West Village

One of the best destinations for your next vacation is a trip to Orange Lake Resort. If you’re a fan of some of the best golfing that the United States has to offer, Orange Lake East Village might be up your alley. Arnold Palmer designed an 18-hole championship course, complete with a pro shop that’s sure to have golf aficionados smiling. Orange Lake West Village is a great choice for those looking for massive water slides and several dining options. Either way, we’re sure that the beautiful sights and wide variety of things to do will leave you with fond memories that will last a lifetime.

4: Wyndham Glacier Canyon

The Wyndham Glacier Canyon Resort is located within a larger resort area known as Wilderness Territory and its scenic views are sure to please whether you’re looking for family trip ideas or just planning to head out for a few days of rest and relaxation on your own. There six (yes, you read that right!) water parks within walking distance, making this the destination you should choose if you have children who love to spend time in the water. Onsite amenities include golf courses, outdoor go-karts, mini golf, and even a haunted hotel. It really doesn’t get much better than this!

3: Wyndham Royal Garden at Waikiki

If you’re looking for a warm vacation spot, this is the one for you. Beach vacations are always a good idea for those who are eager to soak up the sun and spend a bit of time relaxing. What better place to do that than the Wyndham Royal Garden at Waikiki? Hawaii is a popular vacation destination for a reason and the island of Oahu makes for the perfect place for your next incredible vacation. Walk to the breathtaking Waikiki Beach to make some memories and then settle in for a night of relaxation at the resort, where you can enjoy a sauna as the perfect way to end your evening. If you’ve been searching for a place that provides you with some incredible views and cozy rooms, this is the right choice.

2: Wyndham Branson at the Meadows

You know, there’s a reason that Branson is considered one of the most amazing vacation spots for families. Is it the best place in the world? We’ll let you be the judge! We will say this though--we know of several people who choose to visit Branson every year because they find that there’s always something new to discover. Make the Wyndham Branson at the Meadows your home base as you do everything from watch celebrity impersonations to enjoy an evening of magic shows to listen to a treasured comedian. There are plenty of things to do in Branson that families of all types will enjoy. Take a trip to Silver Dollar City during the day and head to a dinner show at night. Of course you can also spend your time at The Meadows, enjoying one of the many outdoor swimming pools, an exciting game room, or a bit of friendly basketball.

If you’re looking for one of the best places to visit on vacation, Branson is it. It’s consistently rated as one of the best vacation spots for kids and we believe it’s a place that every family should go at least once. Its nearly universal popularity is what gives us a top spot on our list.

1: Wyndham Bonnet Creek

And last but certainly not least, we present you with the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort! This is one of the most popular vacation spots for customers of Vacation Strategy and we can see why. We have had a countless number of pleased vacationers let us know that they had the time of their lives at this location so much that we think Vacation Strategy and Bonnet Creek go hand in hand! What makes it so special?

Well, to start, it’s located mere minutes away from Walt Disney World, making it an ideal location for those looking for a fun Walt Disney vacation that won’t break the bank. That also means that you’re in close proximity to Epcot Center. Venture out and explore during the day and come back to enjoy a Lazy River, outdoor hot tubs, swimming pools, mini golf, volleyball, and more at your resort. It’s about as close as you can get to having an ideal vacation at a price that won’t break the bank. There’s so much to see and do both away from the resort and right on site that it’s sure to be a family favorite as you build memories that will last you a lifetime.

Did We Miss Your Favorite Spot?

The list above comprises a few of our favorite vacation spots, but we’ll admit that there’s a possibility that we may have missed a few. Fortunately for you, we offer a number of incredible vacations on our website, ensuring that no matter what you and your family would like to do on your vacation, you’ll find somewhere to have fun at Vacation Strategy.

Have a question about one of the locations you see on our website? We’d love nothing more than to help you plan a vacation that you’ll be thrilled with, so feel free to give us a call at 888-832-4223 today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you to find the right vacation for you.