5 Creative Ways to Plan a Vacation

Summer’s a great time to take a vacation. The weather’s nice, kids are out of school, and the road is calling. Who wouldn't want to pack up the suitcases and go explore the world?

Of course, deciding to take a trip is only the first step. The next step is to plan that trip, and this step is perhaps the most daunting one. Not sure where to go or what to do on your next vacation? Wondering how to go about your vacation planning this year? Check out these interesting vacation planning ideas.

#1: On a Budget

Let's be honest. Not everyone has the funds needed to take an extravagant vacation. Luckily, there are tons of inexpensive options out there, meaning even those on tight budgets can enjoy a nice getaway.

If you're trying to stick to a budget, why not make that a key factor in your vacation planning? Creating a vacation around a strict budget is actually a fun challenge, and seeking out the best wallet-friendly destinations—as well as the best deals on attractions—does have a certain appeal to it.

#2: Road Tripping

Nothing brings families and friends together quite like a road trip. If you're planning to travel by car, you can actually use this to build an amazing vacation. Simply pick your destination and then look for other fun things to see along the way, marking your route on a paper map for an easy visual. You might be surprised just how many cool things you can find in small towns and even in the middle of nowhere.

Not sure where to find road trip attractions? We highly recommend Roadside America. We also recommend seeking out national parks along your route, as they’re all beautiful and have unique and interesting qualities.

#3: Pinterest

Pinterest is a super efficient planning tool. Many people use this social media site to create pinboards full of ideas for parties, home decor, and craft projects. However, we prefer using it to create pinboards full of travel ideas.

Once you have an idea of the area you'd like to visit, start to seek out attractions, hidden gems, and lodging options in the area. Add photos and links of these things to your pinboard, which you can then reference when building your final trip plan. We love it!

#4: Go as a Group

If a group of friends or the whole family will be vacationing together, deciding what to do while also keeping everyone happy can be difficult. You can get around this by letting everyone be involved in the planning.

When doing this, instead of sitting around arguing about what to do, allow each vacationer to pick one thing to see or do. Soon enough, your itinerary will be full and everyone will be glad they’re getting to do what’s most important to them.

This also works when it comes to choosing where to eat each day. Just give each member of your party an equal number of opportunities to pick a meal.

#5: On the Fly

Sometimes, the best plan is no plan at all. Why not head into your vacation with a loose framework and fill in the blanks as you go? Hitting the road and letting the wind blow you where it will often leads to the very best adventures. Even if you simply choose a destination and book a hotel with no particular plans for what to do when you arrive, you’ll still get that thrill of adventure without having to worry about where you'll be sleeping.

To find cool things to see and do, pick up brochures in your hotel or at a travel center, talk to the locals and find out what they like to do, or go on a drive and see where you end up. You never know what awesome things are waiting right around the corner!


Are you looking for an awesome place to vacation this year? Why not squeeze an ATV adventure into your plans? We'd be thrilled to have you join us!