No matter what time of year it is, having a spontaneous trip or vacation can be exactly what you need to rest and re-energize yourself for what you deal with every day. Summer is a popular time for people to do just that, since the warm weather is inviting and makes everyone want to spend more time outdoors. But even after summer is over, that doesn’t mean your beach trips have to end. Fall is nice in lots of areas around the country! Extend your summer by booking a trip.
Even if you’ve never had a spontaneous trip, it’s good to try one. You may find it’s exactly what you need. Think of your favorite beach and call up your friends to see who can go with you. Make a road trip out of it if you can, or make the adventure even bigger by everyone chipping in for a plane ride.
Need a reason to take time away and spend money at the beach besides just getting to relax? Take a weekend soon to celebrate the end of summer by closing out the season with your friends by the ocean. Eat good food, take lots of pictures and by the time you get back, you’ll be so glad you made the trip. Before you go, make sure you know everything you can about how to prepare for a last minute beach trip, so you and your friends have the best time possible.
Here’s how to book a last minute vacation
First, book your room or rental.
Before you do anything, getting yourself and your friends a place to stay at your chosen beach is the most important part about planning your trip. Without a place to stay, then you’d have to make it a day trip, which is oftentimes more stressful because you have to worry about doing more driving all in one day.
Thankfully there are some useful sites online to help you book a room specifically when you’re doing it last minute. They’ll try to help you find better deals than regular rates, since hotels can charge you more for booking a day or two before you arrive. It may be helpful to choose a location that offers a variety of entertainment options so you can’t go wrong, no matter what friend/s you travel with. Once you’ve got a place secured, you’re free to move onto the next step of the process and have confidence in your daydreams about relaxing by the waves.
Don’t go out of your way to shop for the trip. Bring only the essentials (you have them)
People who travel often keep a list somewhere they’ll remember to check it that has exactly what they’ll need to pack for every trip. If you’re in the majority of people who don’t travel as much as they’d like, you probably don’t have one of these lying around, which means the idea of packing can be intimidating. If you’re in a rush, how are you supposed to leave town without worrying if you left something behind?
Check out a great beach packing list to help you get an idea of what you need. Once you’ve got the necessities down (think sunscreen and a beach towel), you can pack what you’ll need off the beach, like a toothbrush and some deodorant. And maybe some aloe vera, if you’re prone to burns.
Research the area online and come up with a list of stuff to do, places to go, and restaurants to eat at.
You might think you’re ready to hit the beach once you’ve got your room booked and bags packed, but there’s still other information that’s good for beach goers to have general knowledge of. Think about things like how you’ll keep your drinks covered once you’re out on the sand, or if you know how to identify rip currents before you get in the water. Some tips are minimal and some are lifesaving, so read up to keep yourself safe.
Taking a last minute vacation anywhere is an exciting and exhilarating experience that you should definitely try to enjoy this summer. Make your trip to the beach with some friends and you’re guaranteed to have a blast, even if it’s only for a weekend. Like any vacation, before you go, you’ll have to think some logistics through.
You’ll need to know where you’re staying and what you’re bringing in order to have a good time, and your friends will have to do the same. Once you get done with the basics, you can all jump in the car as early as you like and get your trip started. There’s only so much warm weather left to celebrate this past summer, so go get packing!