Vacation on a Budget

Vacation on a Budget

RSS

3 Reasons to Stop Delaying Your Vacation

We know that some of our readers might be surprised to hear this, but there are people out there who put off taking a vacation. That’s right--some people will consider taking a vacation and then rule out the idea in no time at all. If you’re in the latter camp and you’ve been delaying taking a vacation, we have some news for you--taking a vacation is a lot easier than you think it might be.

As a matter of fact, that’s the topic of the day. You see, taking a vacation might be exactly what you need. What do we mean by that, you ask? Keep reading to find out!

Why You Should Stop Putting Off Your Vacation

You Need a Break From Work

One of the most commonly cited reasons for not wanting to take a vacation is that it cuts into your productivity at work. We understand. It can be fairly daunting to consider the prospect of taking a week off and returning to hundreds of emails and a list of tasks that you need to complete.

Trust us when we say that the work you come back to is often less than it first appears! Some of these emails will be glanced at and immediately deleted. Others may require more attention, but you’ll have the benefit of coming back with a full tank of gas instead of running on fumes. When you come back refreshed you are more likely to put more thought into the work that you are doing, driving up the quality of your work and likely your productivity as well.

It’s just never a bad idea to use a little bit of rest and relaxation to recharge your batteries from time to time. Although it can be tough to think about what you might come back to, it’s almost never as bad as you think, making your trip more than worth it in the long run.

It’s Cheaper Than You Think

Another commonly mentioned reason for not wanting to take a vacation is that people think going anywhere worth going will be too expensive. The reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth! It’s easier than ever to take a vacation on a budget and when you partner with Vacation Strategy, you can find some truly incredible family vacation packages that get you where you want to go without breaking the bank.

As a matter of fact, we save our customers as much as 70%, ensuring that whether you’re in the mood for a getaway up in the mountains or a bit of relaxing on the beach, you’ll get it. Our goal is to provide our customers with plenty of options that make taking a vacation as easy as picking a location. You don’t have to wonder where to go for vacation anymore, because we offer packages to all of the best locations in the country! Speaking of which...

You’ll Make Some Incredible Memories

Whether you decide that you need to head off on a solo adventure or you’re looking for the best vacation spots for families so you can do a big get together with your loved ones, now is the time to start making memories that will last a lifetime. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting to know an unfamiliar city or treating the kids to a few days at Disney World because either way you’re sure to remember the time you spent on your vacation and look back on it fondly.

Consider this for a moment--are you more likely to remember a few days at home watching television or a trip to a beach in Hawaii? The answer is obvious and now that we’ve also highlighted the reasons above, there’s nothing holding you back from taking an awesome trip!

Book a Vacation Today

Whether you’re craving a warm vacation spot or a few days of exploring a new city, we can help you to get where you want to go. At Vacation Strategy, our goal is to help people book a vacation that they’ll love. Take a look at our list of destinations and don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping!

3 Benefits of Taking a Lazy Vacation

3 Benefits of Taking a Lazy Vacation

It’s a natural instinct to want to get as much fun as you possibly can out of your vacation. Unfortunately this is an approach that leads to more stress than it’s probably worth as you make the valiant attempt to see and do it all in the amount of time you have on vacation. The impulse to try to get the most bang for your buck is incredibly common, but is there another way to do things?

We think there is, particularly if you’re trying to take a vacation on a budget.

No matter where you decide to go, the benefits of making it a point to have a more time for relaxation are numerous, but we’ll be focusing on three of our favorites in today’s blog. Is a lazy vacation the right thing for you and your family? Keep reading to find out!

Why Take a Lazy Vacation?

First things first. We probably ought to start by defining what it is that we mean by “lazy vacation.” No, we’re not saying that you should sit around all day and watch movies while lying in your resort’s bed. You could do that at home! Instead, what we mean is that you should be more intentional with your vacation time in order to maximize the benefits. Let’s take a look at at what they are:

You Actually Get to Relax

You’re busy enough with work, school, practice, and the like as it is. Your vacation is supposed to be what you do to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life to experience a change from the norm. That means it doesn’t make much sense to plan out a full day each and every day that you’re on vacation. Allow yourself a bit of down time for naps, reading, or just hanging out together.

Not only will this save you money, but it also provides you with the much-needed revitalization that every great vacation is supposed to provide. Places like the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort make it easy to relax thanks to the addition of lazy rivers, hot tubs, and even complimentary mini golf on location. Even if you have a full day planned at a nearby theme park, you are in close proximity to your resort, ensuring that you always have a place to go and relax.

You Cherish the Things You Did Do More

When you’re in the go-go-go frame of mind, it can be hard to work yourself out of that. Consider this for a moment--would you rather spend twenty minutes seeing a famous landmark or a few hours really taking it in? Your goal shouldn’t be to see as much as you possibly can, but instead to make the most of what you want to see.

That doesn’t mean there’s not room for doing the things you want to do, but instead it means that you have to choose the things you’ll want to do the most. Who knows? You may even end up loving the location so much that you decide to come back next year to see the rest of it. The mission of your vacation is to make memories that will last a lifetime and slowing down to really take everything in is a great way to make the most of the time you have on your trip.

You Can Stay Within Your Budget

If you’re trying to take a vacation on a budget, planning out a million different things to do ends up being a little counterproductive. Of course there are plenty of free museums in a number of places (the Wyndham National Harbor Resort in Washington, D.C. comes to mind as a place that’s particularly full of things to do for free), but many cities are full of attractions that cost money. Rather than going over your budget and dipping into your savings account, you can plan your lazy time accordingly.

What we mean by that is that you can see plenty of things and even it all out with a bit of time relaxing at your resort. Bring an iPad for the kids to enjoy a bit of time watching their favorite movies on Netflix (because many resorts offer free wi-fi), grab a book (or two...or three) for yourself, and spend some time just relaxing and letting your body enjoy a bit of down time. Many resorts also offer free amenities that range from swimming pools and hot tubs to live music to miniature golf to board games that you can borrow, making it easy to stay close to your base of operations and still have plenty to do. These often end up being the best vacation spots for families because of the wide range of things to do without having to spend any money.

Where Do You Want to Go?

Whether you have somewhere specific in mind and you’re gearing up for your trip or you’re just starting the process, we have plenty of vacation packages to choose from that ought to suit pretty much any type of person ought there. From beach locations to mountain getaways, there are a number of options that we think you’ll love.

We sincerely hope that this post in defense of the lazy vacation inspires you to take one of your own and we think that no matter what you decide to do, you’ll have the time of your life.

At Vacation Strategy, we’re committed to providing people with great vacation locations that save them time and put them near incredible things to see and do. As a matter of fact, we can often save our customers up to 70% compared to other vacation sites and it’s something we’re happy to be able to do. We even offer a best price guarantee to make sure you have the time of your life at a price that won’t break the bank.

Have a question? We’d be thrilled to help! Feel free to give us a call at 888-832-4223 today to plan a trip that you’ll love.

Why Now is the Time to Plan Your Ultimate Vacation

Why Now is the Time to Plan Your Ultimate Vacation

People everywhere dream of taking the vacation of a lifetime, but few actually do it. Why is that? For some, it’s because of indecision about where they should go which leads them to not going anywhere. For others, it’s a monetary concern and feeling like they can’t go on a decent vacation for the amount of money they’re willing to spend causes them to shelve the idea of going on a vacation at all.

Fortunately for you, if you’re reading this and you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, we can help. Whether you’re trying to take a vacation on a budget or you’re indecisive about where you should go, today’s blog has a bit of advice that we think you will find incredibly helpful.

Now is the Time to Book a Vacation

When it comes to dealing with the first problem we mentioned, the solution is to just go with your gut and take a leap of faith that the place you’re considering is the right place for you. After all, it’s better to take a vacation than not go anywhere at all, right? In our experience, even a location that you didn’t absolutely love still ends up providing you with great memories.

The first step in planning your ultimate vacation is to make a list of places you’d like to go. Whether you’re dreaming of a beachfront oasis or a mountain getaway, start narrowing it down little by little until you find yourself with a manageable list.

The next step is to do your research. Learn as much as you can about the places you’re considering. Look up any events that they’ll be having in the near future and plan your trip dates around that information. Ask for advice from friends or family members who have been to the locations you’re considering.

At this point, you should have it narrowed down to a couple of different destinations. From here, the best thing you can do is to just pick one. If you can’t do that, flip a coin. The vacation that wins out is the place you’ll visit this year and the decision making process is over. There’s always next year for the trip that didn’t win this time!

What About Money?

Another common concern for those who want to go on vacation is how much money they have to spend. As we mentioned before, we make it easy to take a vacation on a budget, ensuring that you don’t spend an arm and a leg getting where you want to go! As a matter of fact, we can often save our customers between 40% and 70% compared to other websites like Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, and the like. Take a look at all of the vacation packages we offer and see what catches your eye, then feel free to give us a call to get a quote or ask any questions you might have.

One other thing to consider is that according to a recent study from Cornell University that was detailed on Bright Side, “traveling makes us far happier than any material wealth does.” The study notes that humans get the same type of satisfaction from making a purchase of something they want as they do when they’re traveling. Here’s the kicker though--your happiness that comes from making a purchase generally diminishes exponentially over time. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but for the most part, we tend to enjoy less happiness over our belongings the longer we have them.

The opposite is true of taking a trip though! The article goes on to mention that “the memories of our traveling experience continue to supply us with happiness hormones for much longer” and that “every new memory becomes a real source of joy that stays with us for our whole lives.” Now we don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty good reason to us in favor of setting aside a bit of money for awhile until you can afford the vacation you want to go on. You could also make the case that going anywhere is better than going nowhere at all, so simply picking a place and making plans might be in your best interest.

Combine that mentality with the knowledge that you’ll save a boatload of cash by working with Vacation Strategy and we think that you’re setting yourself up to have the time of your life! We offer a number of different vacation destinations and we think that no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find a place to enjoy a bit of exploration and relaxation with no trouble at all.

Book a Vacation Today

Whether you opt to book a Disney vacation like the one at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort (one of our most popular vacation packages by the way) or get a taste for city life at the Wyndham Midtown 45 in New York, we have something that’s right for you.

So what does the ultimate vacation look like? In our opinion, it’s one where you’ll make memories that you can cherish for a lifetime. Where should you do that? The answer to that one, of course, is that it’s up to you, but as we’ve seen the best thing you can do is to simply pick a place and go. Book your trip today. We look forward to helping make your dreams come true!

Why a Nashville Resort is the Ideal Place to Stay on Your Vacation

Why a Nashville Resort is the Ideal Place to Stay on Your Vacation

We’ve written before about why Nashville is one of the best places to vacation on a budget and it’s something that we absolutely stand by. Between the sights such as the Grand Ole Opry and all of the incredible barbecue places, there are plenty of reasons to visit Nashville! Whether you’re traveling with family or on a solo vacation because you had a bit of time off from work, Music City is the place to try. There’s just no denying that its broad appeal makes it a wonderful choice for pretty much anyone.

The obvious choice of where to stay is, of course, the Wyndham Nashville Resort. Just a mile from all of the action that the city has to offer, it’s a great place to plan out your daily itinerary. Its warm, friendly atmosphere and beautifully decorated rooms make for an incredible place to be. Add in the fact that you have access to two outdoor swimming pools, an organized activities program, live entertainment right on site, an indoor pool, hot tubs, a basketball court, and exercise equipment and you, dear friends, are made in the shade!

But What Makes Nashville Such a Great Place to Be?

It’s hard to put your finger on it, but there’s just something that’s so special about Nashville. Although fans of country music are sure to have a good time exploring the city and looking for their favorite musicians, you don’t have to be a fan to appreciate the atmosphere around the city. That’s not to say that trying to spot your favorite stars isn’t something you can do in Nashville, however. As a matter of fact, the city has a long history of drawing in crowds looking for famous folks, dating back to Davy Crockett’s antics in the early 1800s.

Everyone from Oprah to Jimi Hendrix have graced the streets of Music City and it’s still common for famous faces to be seen enjoying their time in Nashville today.

When you come to visit, you’ll be greeted by a level of hospitality that you just don’t get anywhere else. Perhaps it was because the city of Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve in 1779 and the goodwill, charity, and selflessness that help many to mark that particular holiday have carried on and worked their way into the lives of the people who still inhabit Nashville today.

And while we’re on the subject of Nashville trivia, according to the Anywhere Anytime Journeys Blog, “The late U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, upon drinking a cup of Maxwell House Coffee, pronounced it ‘good to the last drop’ — the slogan the company still uses today. Who knew Theodore Roosevelt was a copywriter? Roosevelt’s proclamation took place in the Maxwell House Hotel, so you can probably guess how the name of that coffee originated.” And wouldn’t you know it? That’s how people still feel about Nashville today--the city itself is good to the last drop.

What Else Is There To Do?

Well, have we mentioned the barbecue? Oh, we have? Well it bears repeating--you have to try the barbecue in Nashville. There are any number of lists counting down all of the best places to get barbecue while you’re in Nashville, but the truth of the matter is that it’s pretty hard to go wrong! You could pretty much close your eyes, spin in a circle three times, and head in the direction you end up facing, then walk to the nearest restaurant and get some pretty great barbecue.

Or, of course, you could plan out your entire trip around where you’d like to eat and stuff yourself with some of the tastiest meats ever known to man. Trust us when we say that there are much worse ways to spend a vacation than making your way from restaurant and sampling the foods.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint is always a popular choice thanks to their always mind blowing white barbecue sauce. Drifters Tennessee BBQ is also much loved and Tex’s World Famous Barbecue has also been known to tickle the tastebuds as well.

Do Something Out of the Ordinary

Not in the mood for food? Robert’s Western World is the place to be! If you visit during the day, you can get yourself a spiffy new pair of boots. Come back at night and you’ll see the place transformed into an honest to goodness honky tonk where you can dance to your heart’s content.

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least mention that you ought to swing by Third Man Records. Whether you are a huge White Stripes fan and you’d like to see Jack White’s quirky record store or you’re justin the mood to try something a little bit different, this is the place to go. Trust us when we say that you’ve never seen anything quite like this and it really doesn’t get any better! Even if you’re not a fan of Third Man’s music, you yourself can record a song in their recording booth and have your own vinyl record pressed quickly and easily. Now how’s that for a vacation souvenir? This is one place you’ll want to be sure to hit up when you’re in town.

Book a Vacation Today

We make taking a vacation on a budget easier than it’s ever been before. You don’t have to compromise on the fun when you stay at the Wyndham Nashville Resort. As a matter of fact, we can often save our customers as much as 70% over other similar travel websites. Feel free to put us to the test--we offer a price match guarantee that states that our prices are the best for a particular vacation. If they’re not, we’ll match the other price you find and give you a $50 credit towards a future vacation with us.

Have a question? We are here to help! Give us a call at 888-832-4223 today so you can book a vacation that you’ll cherish the memories of for years to come.

Taking Cool Family Vacations Has Never Been Easier

Taking Cool Family Vacations Has Never Been Easier

If you’re trying to figure out where to go for your next family vacation, you might be at a bit of a standstill. There are a number of important things to consider, after all. You have to take into account how old your kids are, think about what they might want to do while you’re there, figure out where you’ll all be eating and how much that is going to cost, and more. Balancing your budget with the amount of fun you want to have can seem like an impossible task.

Fortunately for you, there are a number of cool family vacation spots that are easier to get to than ever and it’s never been easier to find things to do that fit well within any budget. In today’s post, we’ll be taking a look at three of the best places to go for family vacations to help you narrow things down a bit and consider a few options you may not have even thought about.

Our Three Favorite Vacation Spots for Families

Branson

Now is the best time to visit Branson, Missouri because there are plenty of things to see and do no matter what type of fun your family likes to have. How does being thrilled and baffled by one of the world’s best magicians sound? How about laughing until you cry at a comedy show? Maybe you’d prefer to spend a day exploring the city and trying out the restaurants? When you visit Branson, you’ll be thrilled by how easy it is to take a great family vacation on a budget.

Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, there is no shortage of fun to be had in Branson. Stay at the Wyndham Branson at the Meadows Resort to make things even more exciting! Between the numerous outdoor swimming pools on site and the family fun that Branson is known for you’re sure to have an incredible vacation and make some memories that the whole family will cherish for years to come.

Lake Buena Vista

There are numerous Disney vacation spots to consider, but one thing is for certain--families are sure to get plenty of enjoyment during their time spent at Lake Buena Vista. As a matter of fact, the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort is one of the most kid-friendly vacation spots we can think of. Between the Lazy River that’s located at the resort and the fact that it’s mere minutes from Disney World, there’s no reason not to make a trip to Lake Buena Vista for your next family vacation.

Younger kids will get a kick out of seeing their favorite Disney characters when you visit Disney World, teens will enjoy seeing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and the whole family is in for a treat when you decide to spend an afternoon exploring the world at Epcot Center! This is one of the most best places to go for family vacations and it’s far and away one of the most popular destinations we offer at Vacation Strategy.

Las Vegas

Although Las Vegas has gained a reputation as the city you go to if you’re looking to do some gambling, party by the pool, or accidentally marry a stranger, it’s also one of the best vacation spots for families. Looking for things for families to do in Vegas? We have a few suggestions.

Kids love candy (who are we kidding, everyone loves candy!), making M&M’s World in Las Vegas a must-visit location. Madame Tussauds is also incredible, allowing the whole family to get pictures with wax recreations of their favorite celebrities. You can tailor your activities to suit the interests of your particular family, but trust us when we say that there are a number of incredible things you can do with a family in tow!

Of course your base of operations should be at the Wyndham Grand Desert Resort where you’ll get to relax in one of four outdoor hot tubs or splash around in the outdoor swimming pools. It’s located just a mile from the center of the Strip, making it close enough that you can get to all of the places you want to see, but far away enough that you can enjoy some family time and get away from the noise.

We Make it Easy to Take a Vacation on a Budget

Here at Vacation Strategy, it’s our goal to make taking a vacation easier than ever. You shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to find kid-friendly vacation spots. It’s our mission to save you money while still providing you with the best places to stay, ensuring that you have a blast and make some great memories in the process. Book your trip with us today!

Why You Should Go on a Fall Vacation

Why You Should Go on a Fall Vacation

Ah, the summer vacation. Is there anything else quite like it on the planet? Millions of families are going to be packing up their belongings and heading to the vehicle or airplane to arrive at their vacation destinations. From June to August, Americans do quite a bit of traveling as they seek out some rest and relaxation at locations all across the globe.

But is there a case to be made for taking your vacation during the fall? Of course there is! And in fact, going on vacation during autumn might be the right call for your family. Wondering why? The good news is that you can find out in today’s blog, so keep reading to learn more!

Why Go on Vacation in the Fall?

Admittedly the summer vacation is the much better option for some people, but we believe that everyone out there should give the fall vacation its fair shake at least once. If it’s not for you, not to worry, because there is no shortage of incredible warm vacation spots that you can visit during the summer. If that’s not up your alley, however, keep reading, because we have a few reasons that a fall vacation is for you.

Fewer People

While some people thrive when they’re surrounded by people, others prefer to stay away from crowds in favor of more open spaces. A fall vacation is a great way to do the latter. If you’d rather get through lines quicker, get into restaurants faster, and spend more time doing the things you have always wanted to do, planning to take your trip during the fall is the way to go.

Of course some locations actually benefit from visiting during the fall, because there are more activities to enjoy. For example, taking a trip into a mountain town during autumn allows you to watch the leaves change or spend a night on the town enjoying hot cocoa or apple cider. It’s admittedly a different type of vacation experience, but if it’s up your alley, we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll have more fun.

Or consider a vacation where a popular theme park is the destination. Instead of fighting your way through crowds to make it onto the ride that your kids just have to be on, you can spend much less time waiting for other people to get through and more time actually riding rides and exploring everything else that the park has to offer. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Cooler Weather

For some people, warm weather and vacation go hand in hand, and as a matter of fact, if you’re planning a beach vacation, warm weather is pretty much a necessity. If you’d much rather spend your time in jeans and a flannel than shorts and flip flops, however, taking a vacation during the fall is the way to go.

Let’s take a look at the mountain example again. If you head to a mountain town in the summer, you might find that there’s not much to do. That might be ideal if you’re just looking to spend some time relaxing in a cabin. On the other hand though, visiting when the weather is cooler means that you’re experiencing a mountain town that really comes to life. Depending on when you go, you may even be able to ski!

Better Prices

You might also find that booking a plane ticket or going to a show is a bit less expensive in the fall. That’s because prices are often adjusted upwards in order to capitalize on the number of people who are doing their vacation during the summer. During the fall, however, you may find that prices at airlines and events have been drastically reduced, allowing you the opportunity to save money.

If you’re looking to take a family vacation on a budget, simply changing the time frame of your vacation to accommodate traveling during the fall could be the way to get everything you want out of a vacation. Saving time and money, but still having the vacation of your dreams sounds like a dream come true to us, wouldn’t you agree?

We Can Help You Book a Vacation on a Budget

Luckily for you, whether you’d prefer to vacation during the summer or the fall (or any other time of the year for that matter), we’re here to make sure you can visit the place you want to visit for a price that is simply unmatched. Whether you’re looking for kid friendly vacation spots or romantic destinations for a weekend away with your special someone, Vacation Strategy can help.

From island getaways to ski resorts to Disney retreats and everything in between, we are able to offer vacation packages at a fraction of what other online retailers can provide. As a matter of fact, we can typically save you between 40% and 70% compared to Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, and the like, ensuring that you can take an incredible vacation at a price that won’t break the bank. You see, we have made it our mission to ensure that people can take a vacation that suits them at prices they can afford.

Have a question? We’d love to help! Feel free to give us a call at 888-832-4223, because we’d love to provide you with the information you need to take your next great vacation. We look forward to hearing from you!