The Ultimate Guide to Early Vacation Planning

By Brett

In the realm of movies and literature, impromptu adventures and spur-of-the-moment travels captivate our imaginations. However, those typically require a spontaneous, inciting event which ignites the sudden need and desire for travel. Life rarely provides those moments to us, instead we must create those magical moments ourselves.

We’ve found that there is an allure to well-thought-out journeys. At Odyssey Resorts, we recognize the magical thinking which goes into meticulous vacation planning. Let us help you become a travel guru and unlock the countless benefits for early vacation planning.

Secure Stellar Savings and Experiences

  • More Choices: As an early planner, the world is yours for the taking. You’ll find that you’ll be able to secure your top choices for accommodations as well as in demand activities such as skiing in winter or golf tee-times in summer.
  • Wallet-Friendly Prices: Grab the early bird rates! By searching early save on your stays and tours. Remember, prices spike as D-Day nears.
  • Exclusive Reservations: Fancy a table at that luxury restaurant or luxury venue? Crave that exclusive suite or upgrade? Early planning makes it happen for travelers.
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Savor the Pre-Trip Buzz

Remember the thrill of counting down the days to winter break or summer vacation? Multiply that by ten when planning your vacation. Studies have shown that vacation anticipation is the happiest part of the travel journey.

Dive into travel forums or sub-reddits built around your destination, share your plans with family and friends, or engross yourself in destination-specific literature or travel writing. This build-up isn’t just for fun; it’s an essential part of your travel story.

Additional benefits of creating a stress-free journey include:

  • Enhanced Happiness: The joy of looking forward to a vacation lasts long after the journey concludes as you reflect on the good times you had.
  • A Confident Explorer: Research creates familiarity with your destination. Arrive like a seasoned traveler, and not a tourist. Put all your resources from research into a journal or travel itinerary.
  • No Last-Minute Worrying: Say goodbye to eleventh-hour fears and say hello to a meticulously crafted travel plan, which will allow you the freedom for some spontaneity with loved ones or quiet moments of reflection.

Dive Deeper into Destinations

Why would you want to skim the surface of what a location has to offer, checking off the basics when you can explore the depths of your destination?

Early vacation planning lends itself to:

  • Extended Stays: Allocate ample days to truly connect with your destination. Live like a local, and don’t just visit. Odyssey Resorts rewards its guests with rates that encourage longer length of stays. Plus, longer length of stays has been shown to be more sustainable and more eco-friendly.
  • Rich Experiences: Engage with the locals. From workshops to local festivals, immersive experiences abound beyond the typical tourist trail. Front Desk Agents can give helpful information on local hotspots which can lead you off the beaten path tourists tread.

Craft the Perfect Family Getaway

Journeying with family isn’t just about sightseeing; it’s about creating shared moments and memories. Early family vacation planning involves:

  • Customized Itineraries: Craft a journey that resonates with every family member, from tots to elders. Minnesota destinations and Odyssey Resorts offer a wide range of opportunities for family members of all ages to enjoy their time together.
  • Accommodations Tailored to Family Needs: Ensure the comfort of your family with early bookings. Do you need adjoining rooms or special amenities during your stay? Request it at the time of booking, and consider it done.

Extra Credit!

Before planning your next trip to an Odyssey Resorts destination, ensure you’re prepared by using the checklist below. Cross off each item as you prepare for your next vacation.

Destination Research:

  • Familiarize yourself with the North Shore (or Ruttger’s/Bay Lake Area).
  • List local events or festivals during your visit.
  • Learn about the seasonal weather to plan/optimize your activities.

Budgeting and Savings

  • Set a travel budget considering accommodation, food, activities, and souvenirs.
  • Check for any ongoing Odyssey Resorts offers.

Accommodations and Travel

  • Finalize and book your stay at Odyssey Resorts
  • Plan your route for driving. If flying into Duluth, consider your options for car rentals.
  • Check out our guide to the most scenic routes as you make your way to your resort.

Itinerary Crafting

  • Create a list of daily activities and adventures.
  • Schedule leisure time or spontaneous local exploration
  • Reserve any special events or activities in advance when possible.

Packing Essentials

  • Dive into some history or literature before you visit.
  • Think about joining a local event or workshop during your stay.
  • Support local businesses and artisans when shopping or dining.

Tech and Connectivity

  • Download essential travel apps (guides, weather apps)
  • Ensure you have necessary chargers for your devices.

Health and Safety

  • Stock up on any necessary meds or personal health items.
  • Pack a basic first-aid kit for minor scrapes or injuries.
  • Get familiar with the location of the nearest healthcare facilities.

Sustainable Travel

  • Pack reusable items like water bottles or shopping bags.
  • Engage in eco-friendly activities and be mindful of the natural surroundings.
  • Respect local wildlife and observe from a distance.
  • Follow Leave No Trace principles when hiking or exploring.

Choose Odyssey Resorts for an unparalleled travel experience. Dive into planning today for a more inspiring vacation tomorrow.

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