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Planning an Alaska Vacation Part 4

Written by: Posted on: February 6, 2017 at 12:00AMPosted in: Main Topic

Part 4: Planning Activities

Don’t try to do it all in one trip, unless you have unlimited time or want to end up exhausted and frustrated. Alaska is a large state with long distances between cities and towns.

  • Buy a travel guide. Even though they may be considered old-fashioned, a printed travel guide can be one of the best companions for your travel. They will have suggestions for activities and ratings for specific companies. The information in reputable guides is usually very accurate.
  • Contact local visitor centers and chambers of commerce (cvb’s). Check out their websites to get started. I also suggest calling and talking with someone. You’ll be able to talk with someone from the area with special insights into activities and types of lodging available. Sometimes they can even give you suggestions on the best way to get there.  CVB staff can be very knowledgeable and helpful. You may get information you wouldn’t have thought to ask about.
  • Choose activities everyone can participate in. Make sure to consider all of your travel companions when booking activities. If you are traveling with children, be sure planned activities are kid-friendly. If someone in your group has health or dietary considerations, try to be respectful of those as well.
  • Book special adventures ahead of time. If you want to do something special, like a tour of a special collection at a museum, a whale watching trip, a performance, a sunset cruise, or a very fancy dinner, make reservations ahead of time.

o   If you are going to a popular place during a busy season, special events may fill up, so you will want to be sure to book ahead.

o   Be sure to find out about cancellation policies or rescheduling if you are booking far in advance.

  • Plan a surprise. If you are planning a vacation, it’s likely that you are making plans for yourself and other people. It may be fun to plan a surprise—a nice dinner or an exciting excursion—for someone who is traveling with you.
  • Leave some unplanned time. As tempting as it may be to plan every moment of your vacation to be sure you get in every activity you want to do, resist the urge to over-plan. A vacation is supposed to be a break, after all, and a little leisure time or room to participate in an unexpected opportunity can make your trip even more fun and exciting.
  • Prioritize sightseeing or activities. If you have a long list of activities to do or sights to see, rank them based on how important they are to you. That way, you will know to make time for the items at the top of the list.

o   If you don’t get to every item on you list, you may be able to return to the same vacation spot in the future and finish your wish list.

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