Friday, March 31, 2017

Family Friday - Travel Planning

Hello, hello!!

Welcome back to A Mascara Moment!!

It is Friday and we have a big weekend planned!  It is time to clean up the yard, fertilize the grass and get started on the (hopefully not too big) yard reno.

Today I want to share with you how I travel plan!!

We decided that we are going on a small getaway for our First Wedding Anniversary!  Where are we going you ask?!  Las Vegas!!

Photo Credit:  James Walsh




The reason we are going to Las Vegas is two fold.  First, we wanted to get married in Vegas and it just didn't work out, so we had a backyard wedding.  Second, Reba and Brooks and Dunn are doing a show together at Ceasers Palace and this is like a concert dream to me!!


Photo Credit:  Caesers.com


How to Decide Your Vacation Spot


We usually decide where we are going based on;
  1. Budget
  2. A specific event
  3. A location we want to see

For us, budget is number one.  We aren't going to use credit to go on vacation, so if we don't have the budget that year, we will just wait until we do.

For this particular vacation, we are event motivated.  I want to see Reba and Brooks and Dunn, so we have to go to Las Vegas to see them.  (Lol, have to, twist my arm).

The last time we went to Las Vegas, it was the location that drew us.  We had never been and wanted to see it!



Photo Credit:  Me



How to Book The Trip

I was reading a blog the other day and the person was talking about how they booked through a travel agent.  I was blown away.  I didn't even think they had travel agents anymore.

It is so easy to book a vacation yourself!

I use a few different vacation booking sites and go with which ever offers the best price!
  • Expedia
  • Air Canada
  • West Jet
I like the one stop shop feel of these sites.  I can book flight, hotel, car and travel insurance in one go!






How to Plan Your To Do List

This is the best part!!

I am a planner!  I like to now what we are going to do, where we are going to eat and how we are going to do it!

My husband is not a planner and like to go with the flow and fly by the seat of his pants!

This gives our vacations a nice balance.  I make an insanely detailed plan before we go and then we get about half of it done!

I like to research through blogs, YouTube and travel sites.


 

Las Vegas Link




YouTube is a great resource for finding restaurants and tips about what to do.

Lonely Planet is the ultimate guide.  You can use the website or buy a book!

Blogs are some of the best resources out there.  It is a person's true account of their vacation and what they like to do!

I also take into account the fact that my husband prefer to relax over explore, so I only plan one activity per day!


Our Itinerary So Far;


Monday - Fly In 1pm
  • Pick Up Car
  • Lunch - In and Out Burger
  • Dinner -
  • Activity - KA 9:30pm
  • Snack - Corner Cakes

Tuesday
  • Brekkie - Wicked Spoon Buffet
  • Lunch - ??
  • Dinner - Cheesecake Factory
  • Activity - Shopping (Caesars Forum, Outlet, Fashion Show Mall)
  • Snack - Sprinkles Cupcakes

Wednesday
  • Brekkie - Buffet
  • Lunch - ??
  • Dinner - Gordon Ramsey Pub and Grill or
  • Activity - Reba and Brooks and Dunn
  • Snack

Thursday
  • Brekkie - Buffet
  • Lunch - ??
  • Dinner -
  • Activity - Relaxing at the pool
  • Snack

Friday - Fly Out 1pm
  • Brekkie - Bacchanal Buffet
  • Drive to Airport

As you can see, food is a very important part of our Vegas trip!  Food and shopping.  My husband gambles and plays in poker tournaments, but I am more about the shopping!

This will get re-worked a million times before we go, but I love planning the details all out!!

Our last trip to Vegas

I hope you found this helpful!  Leave me any tips or tricks you use to plan your vacations!

Have a great weekend!!

Take care,
Jen

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