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Has the time come for you to just get away from it all for a week or two?

If so, making that vacation come true is oftentimes easier said than done.

For some people, money becomes the biggest issue to deal with. Others, meantime, find it hard to get the time off from work or family responsibilities, almost making them feel guilty to ask for a vacation. Still others end up having trouble deciding where it is they want to go.

No matter what challenges you may find yourself battling in taking a vacation, keep in mind that you’ve more than likely earned that time away. As such, don’t feel guilty about spending the money, leaving work behind etc.

So, are you ready to make your vacation this year a true winner?

Start with Some Research

If that vacation you want is in fact going to happen, here are four ways to make it a winner:

  1. Planning

For starters, make sure you take the time to plan things out.

Trying to throw something together in a hurry usually results in a bad experience. If you’re just doing a quick weekend getaway, you can typically do some last-minute planning, but that’s not normally the case with a more involved trip.

For instance, travel to Chile or another foreign destination isn’t something you’d want to come up with at the last minute, barring of course an emergency.

If South America is on your travel list this year for the first time (or another part of the world etc.), be sure to put some time and planning into it, making sure your vacation meets all its needs.

  1. Money

As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest roadblocks you can run into when trying to make your vacation a winner is money.

Before you even board your plane, hop on that cruise ship, even get behind the wheel of a vehicle (if staying in North America) is to not obsess over the money factor.

Yes, vacations do end up costing people money. No, you do not have to go broke in taking a winning vacation.

As part of your pre-vacation research (typically online these days), look around to see how you can save some green when traveling.

For instance, you could scale back where you stay during your trip, therefore knocking down hotel expenses.

Another option is to avoid eating in the most expensive restaurants, something that you certainly have control over.

Without being a penny pincher, look to see where you can trim the fat on your trip, yet still come away with a vacation to remember.

What to Do When Away?

  1. Activities

Some vacationers love to go non-stop when on trips, while others like to just take it easy and avoid being on the run at all times.

No matter where you fall into those two areas, make sure the vacation you take is the one you truly want to take.

You can still see a number of hotspots while traveling, yet still have time to get in some serious relaxation time.

As an example, if you’re headed to South America, research ahead of time what some of the interesting cultural spots are to see. You might also want to get out and do some outdoor activities like hiking, zip-lining, cycling and more.

You can hit a number of sites you want to see, yet still have time to relax at the beach or the pool when all is said and done.

  1. Memories

Finally, how many times have you been somewhere, only to forget to take pictures of what you were spending time doing?

It sounds rather simple, especially in today’s age of cell phone cameras, but make sure you record as much of your vacation as you want. Nothing will drive you more nuts when you get home if you return without this picture and that picture.

You can also consider videotaping much of the important/fun parts of your vacation, having memories to look back on over and over again with family and friends. Even if you’re doing a solo trip outside the U.S., you can have people you run into help you with picture taking and more.

When it comes right down to it, making each and every trip you take a winner is as simple as can be, so start planning.