PLANNING a Central American VACATION? 5 ways To make it Special
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase It’s a small world” but when you think about it, It’s a BIG world out there with lots of places to see and so many things to do. Deciding where to go is usually the most stressful part of any vacation planning especially when faced with a restrictive travel budget.
Here are some important things to do when mapping out your next vacation adventure. They will help you save time…And hopefully lots of money!
If you are booking your own travel plans online, be aware that some travel booking websites do not add extra fees and taxes until you get to the checkout page. That great $99.00 fare may turn out to be $199.00 once all the taxes and fees are added on.
So make sure you review your order before you click PROCEED.
Often for booking air travel you can get a better price when you purchase your airline tickets directly from the airline’s website. They even have special deals that may not be offered on the discounted airfare sites. Some of the best times to travel to Central America are during the months of February to May. It may be the beginning of rainy season but you will enjoy fantastic rates and save a ton of money. Of all the Central American destinations, Nicaragua has the most affordable packages you will find anywhere.
Depending on the weather and the activities you have planned, Travel LITE! Take lightweight hiking boots, one or two pairs of shoes and sandals, but most importantly, take comfortable light clothing and if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing plan on doing a fair amount of walking. Make sure you have included ID tags for your entire luggage. Don’t forget your sunglasses, and you will definitely need sunscreen and insect repellent. You’ll want to save a little extra room in your suitcase for all the great souvenirs you are going to be bringing back with you.
Often you will not be spending much time in your hotel room and that may help you make your decision, but if you do plan to spend more time in a restful and pleasant setting, Try to stay at least 2 nights in one location. One of the most important vacation planning tips is to ensure you allow plenty of time to get from place to place as unexpected delays can sometimes occur.
There may be occasional issues such as flight delays due to technical difficulties or bad weather.
Once you have decided on how many nights you will be staying at each location, and have selected the hotels of your choice and the distances from bus stations or other transportation options, you are now ready to make your reservations. Central America has some of the most beautiful hotels in the world. And there is always great lodging regardless of your budget.
Surprisingly, hotels in and around the major cities tend to be more expensive than hotels closer to the beaches. Many of the chain hotels have properties close to the beach, but you will also find some really beautiful boutique hotels that are affordable and will save you some extra money to take some of those adventure tours you will want to check out.
If your budget is tight, save money by exploring local grocery stores for snacks, breakfast and lunches that you can take back to your hotel room.
Purchase foods such as fruit, nuts, boxed juices, or whatever you think of which can survive without refrigeration for a little while.
Do make an effort to go to the local grocery stores because it can be a lot of fun to explore the international foods of other countries and chat with the locals or even other tourists.
When you are eating out, try eating at restaurants off the tourist path and enjoy some native cuisine and meet the locals. On the other hand, if you are looking to treat yourself to fine dining, you are sure to find a handful of eateries that will offer international as well as local menus.
CHOOSE LOCATIONS THAT OFFER GOOD DAY TOURS
One of the main reasons for vacationing in Central America is the opportunity for an adventure unlike any other destinations. Full of rain forests, beautiful lakes, beaches and lots of adventure, there is something fun to do for every type of traveler. You will find that each country has tours geared mostly for the adventurous but the most popular ones, like Canopy trails for example are pretty common and you’ll find that it is rare you would ever run into a situation where there are no tours available for the dates you wish to travel. But depending on the time of year you visit, whenever possible try to Book in advance to secure your reservation where possible as availability may be limited on certain days.
Make sure that when planning a vacation to a Central American country you do a little research on the country you plan on visiting. Try visiting some travel websites like Lonely Planet to get good insider information on places to avoid and places you might like to visit. This will make it a lot easier to plan out your itinerary before you go and avoid a lot of stress of last minute decision making once you arrive at your destination.