According to the US Census Bureau, Americans are steadily increasing expenses on travel and leisure since 2003. While noticeably diminutive compared to flights or food, travel package expenditures are consistently increasing year after year. This increase can easily be attributed to one thing – a man’s desire for leisure without having to do the planning. If you are one of the people who would want nothing to do with researching hotels and planning itineraries, here is a lazy man’s guide to his successful vacation without lifting a finger.
Tip # 1: Talk to your travel agent and tell him everything you need.
First and foremost, you would want to make it clear to your travel agent that you want a vacation, not an exercise routine. Some travel agents will give you low rates but your hotel would be a five minute walk to the beach. Make sure that your travel agent knows that you want to spend your time relaxing and not stressing out on your trip when you get there. Always be specific on what you need with your vacation, such as:
- Direct flights
- Beach front accommodation
- 24-hour room service
- Beach front service for dining and beverages
- Pre-booked, serviced guided tours or car rentals with chauffeur
- Special needs such as balconies, baby cribs, or extra beds
Confirm these with your travel agent a week before your departure date to make sure that everything is ready for you when you get to your hotel.
Tip # 2: Use your credit card.
One way to save you from the hassle of having to rummage your belongings for loose change or wads of paper bills is by using your credit card. Most of the products and services on the coast can be purchased using a plastic. You could dine and unwind at the comfort of your hotel premises and have everything charged to the room. After which, simply pay the total amount upon check out using your credit card. Not only is it convenient, you also earn points from your bank which could add up to various perks and privileges such as free airline miles or bonus hotel stays.
Tip # 3: Consider All-Inclusive
If you think that scouring the coast for various places to eat will ruin your stress-free vacation, an all-inclusive hotel is your best bet. All-inclusive hotels charge you a certain amount per person for all the drinks and meals you will have at the hotel. However, you need to clarify with the hotel whether the all-inclusive fee includes alcoholic beverages as some hotels do not include this in the package. This way, you need not worry about looking for a place to eat for the night or how much more it would cost you to get another glass of wine.
These are three of the simplest yet most effective ways to enjoy your vacation without worrying about anything. All you need to do is come in your swimwear and bathe in the sun with a cold drink and everyone else will do everything else for you. After all, those grueling days at the office gave you this benefit to be lazy to your heart’s content on your leisure time.