It’s a new year and what better time to start planning your next dream vacation. Whether you’ve been dreaming of snorkeling in the Bahamas or relaxing on the beautiful, sandy beaches of South Florida, taking time to properly plan your next vacation can make all the difference. We’ve all heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” and the same goes for your vacation travels. 

Savvy travelers will tell you it takes a bit of planning to get things right. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to follow a strict schedule as this could take all spontaneity out of your vacation but a solid plan can help you avoid potentially bad experiences. Traveling can be more exciting when we encounter the unexpected, but having a plan in place will help you make better decisions, save money and explore new adventures.

While most people are setting the typical New Year resolutions to lose that extra weight, changing a career, quitting or adopting a new habit, experienced travelers also begin their year by planning new and exciting adventures.

We encourage you to take some time to set New Year resolutions and traveling goals for 2019. Below are some ideas that can help you make the most of your vacation travels this year. 

Plan a family reunion & stay in a vacation rental

If you have a family, make it your New Year resolution to have your next family reunion in a vacation rental. Vacation rentals offer so much more flexibility and can make every moment spent together a more intimate experience.  Take  your family reunion to the next level and go beyond matching t-shirts and cookouts. Staying in a vacation rental with your family can add more create lasting memories with the ones you love most. 

Taste an entirely new cuisine

There is no better way to get to know about a different culture or community than their local cuisine. Make it your new years traveling resolution to try out the best dishes of the community where you are staying. As part of your vacation planning, search the internet for the best restaurants in the area where you are staying and do forget to ask the locals. Do not be afraid to try that small hole in the wall restaurant either. Sometimes the best food comes from those small, mom and pop spots.   

Set traveling goals

Before booking your next vacation, take a few minutes to set some clear and concise goals. Traveling opens up so many adventures and new experiences. Are you looking to tee off from world class golf courses, fishing new waters, dining on the best food or planning a romantic getaway? Setting goals can help you focus on creating the kind of experiences you set out to enjoy and seeing them come to reality. 

Part of setting traveling goals is setting smart budgeting goals. Experienced travelers know that the cost of a rental car, hotel, and dining can add up quickly. Consider alternative options such as a vacation rental and Uber. These options can not only offer more flexibility but a cost savings as well.

Use your vacation time

According to the Allianz Travel Insurance, more than 170 million Americans work straight 12 months without taking a single vacation day. An average American companies usually grant their staff two weeks of vacation time every year. We highly recommend that you make use of your vacation time each year before you lose them. Taking time off to travel can be a great way to blow off steam, relax and rejuvenate after stressful periods at the office. 

Research diligently before traveling

Expanding on our earlier point, doing research on the place you intend to visit is very important. The more informed you are about your destination, the more prepared you will be to experience it. Spend quality time browsing through travel blogs and sites and you can list down all the activities that interest you. You can print out a map, and mark the museums, bars, landmarks, restaurants and a lot of places you wish to visit. Nothing makes your travel more interesting than knowing where you want to go and what you want to do.

Whatever your traveling plans are this year, make sure you are taking time to properly plan your getaway. Planning to visit Southwest Florida this year? Let the experts at Island Escapes help you book a beautiful vacation rental home in Marco Island, Florida. Marco Island offers vacation travelers many adventurous options and is a great place to start your new years travels. Our vacation rental homes have all the amenities to help make your stay a rememberable one. Visit our website today at and start planning your next vacation.