How to Plan the Perfect Vacation

Your Ideal Vacation Guide

So you’ve picked a destination and booked the accommodations, now comes the fun part of deciding what you’ll do once you’re on vacation.

While planning your trip, pinpointing your vacation style will help you choose which activities will most likely appeal to you.

If you’re unsure, check out the guide below to help you determine what kind of traveler you are and plan your ideal vacay!

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If the thrill of whitewater rafting or hiking 10 miles sounds more appealing to you than sitting by the pool with a book—and if you often need another vacation to recover from your vacation—then you’re an adventurous traveler and should seek out adrenaline-pumping fun.


For many travelers, cultural activities are the gateway to discovery, and an opportunity to learn about new places and people. Ask your concierge or visit the local tourism board website to find experiences that are unique to the place you’re visiting.


From museums and exhibitions to monuments and landmarks, visiting historical sites ranks high for the history buff traveler. Once you nail down the places you have your heart set on seeing, arrange any necessary tickets and plan the best time to go.


Instead of viewing food as the thing that fuels other activities, food is the activity in itself for the culinary-minded traveler. If you’re into the idea of a culinary vacation, check out review sites for restaurants and possible food tours to get a taste of the local flavor.


If you’re partnered up, a trip to the spa for a couples massage is a great way to unwind and reconnect with your partner. Or head out on a drive to a charming town and enjoy a picnic or beautiful sunset hike to fuel those romantic vibes.


For some, concerts, theater, and comedy shows are the type of entertainment that vacations are all about. If this sounds like your kind of fun, check out which shows will be in town while you’re visiting and purchase any tickets ahead of time.


Other Vacation Planning Tips

Whenever you’re planning a vacation, check out a few ways that will help make the process stress-free and fun:

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Give Yourself a Free Day

Packing your days with endless activities can be tempting, but it’s important to give yourself some down time since vacation is all about unwinding and relaxing. A great way to do this is to spend a day simply enjoying your accommodations with a meal on the patio or a chill pool day.

Leave Room for Spontaneity 

This tip goes hand-in-hand with the above. While deciding all your activities ahead of time can add ease and efficiency to a vacation, don’t plan so much that you forget to leave room for spontaneity. Sometimes the best part of visiting a new place is what you simply stumble upon.

Weather and Local Guidelines

A simple yet essential tip when planning a vacation: always check the weather and local health guidelines ahead of time since both change often and will directly influence your vacation activities. Knowing the situation beforehand will help you plan accordingly and also prevent any disappointment later.


Whether you’re sailing through trees on a zipline or getting your funny fix at a comedy show, vacation activities are what help make lasting memories. Whatever your travel style is, you’re sure to enjoy your ideal vacation with Red Wolf Lodge at Olympic Valley.



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