Feel like summer is slipping through your fingertips? It is not too late to salvage your summer. There is still time to plan a late summer vacation. Here are a few last minute tips to help you out.
First and foremost, figure out if you will need a passport for your trip. Due to the recent regulation changes that have been implemented, as a traveler, you are required to have a passport to reenter the US from practically any country. This includes Canada and Mexico. Make sure you have a current updated passport. Otherwise you could end up in the hands of the Federales.
Comfort Is King
A second issue to consider is the end of summer weather. Plan and dress appropriately for the heat. Most travelers usually equate the end of summer with cooling temperatures. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is not true. August is one of the hottest months and September can bake you like a baguette as well. It is only towards the end of September that can you expect things to cool down. If you are spending your remaining summer vacation at the beach, it is important that you bring along the appropriate clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and head pieces. You wouldn’t want to end up getting sunburnt and looking like a lobster.
If you are flying, being comfortable on the plane should be your biggest priority. Make sure you try to travel as light as possible. Struggling to put a 50lb luggage piece in the overhead bin is asking for a strained shoulder or mild concussion. Sitting uncomfortably on a 5 hour flight is no fun if unless you are a glutton for punishment. It is suggested that you dress in relaxed clothing like pajamas or a snuggie. It is no longer cool to “dress to impress” on a flight. The more you look like a bum, the better.
Discounts Over Everything
If your wallet is light, try to look for discounted airfare online. Ticket prices can get super low towards the end of summer. According to the CEO of the airfare search engine FareCompare, Rick Seaney, “As kids start to go back to school, bookings start to drop down and airlines are forced to discount.”
High Thread Counts
Consider non-hotel lodging. With summer hotel occupancy numbers up almost everywhere, many travelers are turning to vacation rentals for last-minute deals. The strategy makes perfect sense as owners of apartments and villas that still have openings may be willing to negotiate prices. Search Airbnb for some killer deals.
Whatever be the motive for your late summer travel, the very essence is the bonding among the members of the family. Never compare your destination with that of others. It does not matter if yours is a few miles away and theirs span an ocean. Make this summer travel a special one with warm memories. Good luck, and get moving – your vacation awaits!