There are many things to consider before booking that long-awaited trip. Follow this advice to choose the right destination for you.
Step 1: Know your budget Decide on the total amount of money you're willing to spend on your vacation before you start researching your options. Your budget will help narrow down your options and keep you thinking realistically.
Step 2: Gauge who you're going with When you're weighing options, keep in mind whether you're going to party or not. If you'll be traveling with family or an older group, don't pick a spot known for it's wild nightlife.
TIP: Consider a ski vacation or hiking trip if being surrounded by hundreds of partying, half-naked students is not your idea of fun.
Step 3: Consider group size When you're planning, consider the size of the group that will be going. Cruises and all-inclusive resorts are great for accommodating large groups. If you'll be going as a couple, look for romantic lodgings that are off the beaten path. Bringing kids? Make sure to pick a destination that offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment.
TIP: If you are on a tight budget, choose a spot within driving distance to save money on airfare.
Step 4: Research a few spots Research a few spots to decide if the vacation destination sounds right for you. Get a feel for local restaurants and entertainment and how much these extras will cost.
TIP: Contact the local chamber of commerce for more information, coupons, and special offers.
Step 5: Check out hotels Check out area hotels online. Determine how much money you have left in your budget after transportation, food, and entertainment before picking a hotel.
FACT: In 2002, over 170,000 students chose Cancun, Mexico, for a spring break party destination, where the legal drinking age is only 18.