Picture this: It’s March. The weather is warming up at home, but winter still has a grip on the temperatures. You, however, are relaxing on a warm beach, gazing out at the Caribbean, and your children are happily enjoying the lovely resort. It’s spring break, and the livin’ is easy.
Sounds pretty fantastic, right?
But before you can get to that pristine beach, you have to plan the trip. Follow our five steps of planning the perfect spring break trip to keep it simple and easy.
When you’re traveling during a popular time – whether it’s spring break or the festive season – planning ahead is crucial. In order to get the first pick of flights, resorts, rooms, and activities, start planning as early as possible.
Determine What You Want
There are so many factors that come into play when planning a trip.
- Who is going?
- The ages of each traveler make a difference in where you go. Younger children will love a resort with an on-property water park, like the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman while older teens or college-aged family membesr may prefer the fun, hip vibe of the W Punta de Mita.
- What are their interests?
- Does your family want to hit the slopes or relax on the beach? Do you need to have endless activities or a more relaxing environment? Do you have a golf enthusiast that would love to play the Jack Nicklaus golf courses at the St. Regis Punta Mita?
- What type of accommodations?
- Do you prefer a resort or a private villa? Would you rather be more remote or close to a city or town?
Decide Where to Go
Now that you know what you want in a destination, you can start narrowing it down, but save yourself some time, and use a travel advisor. Share your preferences with your travel advisor, and they can present the destinations and resorts that fit your interests and budget (and you don’t have to spend hours scouring the internet). Once you find the perfect spot, book it!
Make an Itinerary
Your flights and accommodations are booked, and now you can get to the fun part: planning your itinerary! Many resorts offer activities that give you a chance to try something new and experience the local culture. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun has a state-of-the-art culinary center where you and your family can learn to cook traditional Mexican dishes. Or you can try balancing your mind and body during a Paddle Board Yoga session at the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. And don’t forget about you! Take time to pamper yourself, like with a relaxing hammock massage at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s Spa Botanico.
The time has finally come to pack your bags and go! (See our Caribbean packing guide here for helpful tips!) Be sure to take time to unplug, relax, and spend time with your family – it is spring break after all!