No matter where you live, spring travel is synonymous with the search for warm weather. However, Floridians are an exception. While the sunshine may help keep the blues at bay, it takes more than just golden rays to make people in Florida have an unforgettable trip.
Whether you’re taking a family vacation, a couple’s escape or a getaway with friends, these insider tips will help you plan a successful trip:
Look for deals at well-known destinations
The best trips happen when you find a destination that everyone loves. Start by researching areas that have something for everyone so no one feels left out. Lisbon, Portugal has something for everyone. History buffs will love the city’s colonial roots and ornate architecture while culture hounds will appreciate the traditional music, affordable fare and friendly locals, not to mention the decrease in hotel rates and crowd density. Lisbon is ranked 3rd best affordable destination in Europe and 5th best spring vacation by U.S. News & World Report.
Once you determine your destination, dig in to find the deal that’s right for you. Some hotels and resorts offer themed packages that also provide deep discounts on museum tickets, concerts and other special events. Or you can make your own trip, allowing each member of your party to pick their favorite must-see attraction.
Try something new
It’s important to enjoy some R&R, but also make time to try something new on your trip. This will take you outside your comfort zone, which can stimulate the mind in new and exciting ways. What’s more, it’s how you create lasting memories.
With growing interest in adventure travel, many destinations are offering exciting and fun experiences for all age groups. In Myrtle Beach, for example, you can indulge your inner speed demon by racing around a track in the area’s NASCAR Racing Experience. How about a Costa Rica vacation? Zip lining through thick jungles may spring to mind. While zip lining is incredibly popular and a worthwhile pastime for adventure seekers looking to experience the area’s lush rainforests, there are a number of other must-do activities you won’t want to miss. From exploring coffee plantations to snapping selfies at beautiful waterfalls to hiking a volcano to getting to know local wildlife at picturesque national parks, this Latin American country offers many ways to experience the “pura vida” (pure life).
Embrace experiential eating
Eating is one of the best ways to truly experience what makes a destination unique, so be sure to eat like a local, and maybe even fish like one, too. Eating turns into a memorable experience when you’ve helped catch your main dish. Sign up for a shrimping, crabbing or a deep-sea fishing excursion and enjoy an adventure plus a delectable meal.
If you’d rather avoid the open sea, you’re not out of luck. Seek out restaurants that source ingredients locally. That could mean eateries that boast a farm-to-table or sea-to-table experience so you enjoy the freshest fare available.
Become a history buff
Virtually anywhere you vacation, you’ll discover a fascinating history of how it came to be. When you make time to explore museums, walk stunning gardens and visit memorials, you’ll be able tell tales back home that you would otherwise have never known.
These four steps will help you plan a vacation that your travel crew will be raving about long after you return home. Best yet, you’ll have memories that will last a lifetime.