Top Tips For Planning Your Vacation Of A Lifetime

Traveling is a passion for most of us. Each and every destination has meant something important to us, and each has provided us with experiences and memories that we will never forget. But many of us need to fund our adventures away from home. This means working while we are away or traveling on a very tight budget to sustain us through each of our journeys. As there is always an element of sacrifice involved in traveling, many of us still have a dream vacation plan: a place and a time that will turn into the most incredible vacation we’ve ever had. Where is your once-in-a-lifetime destination?

If you’re still in the planning stages for that ultimate indulgence, then you’re not alone. Sadly, some people never get around to taking that vacation of a lifetime. To make sure yours happens, you need a solid plan. And you may need to start saving up now, as vacations of a lifetime often run into the thousands. When you’re budgeting for your vacation, you need to clearly list all the things you want to do while you’re away.

Activities And Sights

You might want to climb the tallest towers of your favorite city to take in its breathtaking skylines. Or maybe you’re hoping to try a once-in-a-lifetime activity, such as bungee jumping or skydiving. Perhaps there is an iconic monument or landscape you want to see? Or maybe there is something you’ve always wanted to feast your eyes on at a particular museum exhibit? There are hundreds of reasons for choosing a destination. Now all you need to do is make sure you tick them all off while you are there!

View of London skyline over the Thames - Image by John Nuttall via Flickr
View of London skyline over the Thames – Image by John Nuttall via Flickr

Somewhere To Sleep

Accommodation is also very important when you’re on a vacation of a lifetime. Backpacking, couch surfing, hosteling, and camping may not quite cut it. After all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Instead, you may choose an exclusive hotel or resort. You might choose a suite with a grand piano and a water bed. Butler service and spa treatments could certainly help you live the life of a VIP while you are away.

How about this luxury suite?! - Image by AA Ireland via Flickr
How about this luxury suite? – Image by AA Ireland via Flickr

Getting There

Then, of course, is the journey itself. For a hardcore traveler, the journey can be more important and memorable than the destination. But for a vacation of a lifetime, you might prefer all-star luxury and comfort. First class flights, limousine transfers, and priority check-ins could just be the beginning. It’s going to be a wonderful vacation. Perhaps you fancy a helicopter ride or even a private yacht?

Luxury on water... - Image by Maxine Simpson via Flickr
Luxury on water… – Image by Maxine Simpson via Flickr

The destination you choose may be beautiful and exotic. It may be hot and sunny, and right by the beach. Crystal clear blue waters might lap at your toes. You can sit and read a book outside your luxury beachfront accommodation without a care in the world. Perhaps you’re in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest surrounded by the planet’s most incredible wildlife? Or maybe you’re in the shopping capital of the world about to spend a day checking out every boutique the city has to offer?

What do you want to see? What do you want to do? And where will you go? Let me know in the comments below!


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Hey, I'm Camille! I quit my life to travel the world in 2013 – and I haven’t stopped since! I have visited 40+ countries as a location-independent travel/lifestyle writer and digital marketer. I like hammocks, scooters, eating, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I was chosen as a top travel influencer by, and have co-founded Helipad Marketing to help travel & lifestyle brands soar with killer online marketing.

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