A seaside vacation is one of the best ways to take a break from the monotonous, and often stressful, everyday life. Apart from being the perfect place to spend a wonderfully relaxing holiday, there is truly no greater feeling than unwinding at the beach. Sipping on your favorite drink, wearing your vintage skirt, feeling the light breeze and enjoying the magnificent view – sounds like a perfect vacation. If you’re yearning for a laid-back beach vacation this summer, then the following tips and tricks will undoubtedly help you plan the perfect seaside runaway.
Choose the right destination
While the destination is the most important thing in every tour plan, it is even more relevant when it comes to seaside vacations. Although beautiful, the ocean can be very dangerous in certain places. Always check how strong the currents are on the beaches. Make sure that there are any lifeguards available and if swimming in the water is considered safe for non-professionals. Before you book, make sure you do your research about the types of beaches that are available. Research the amenities offered, in order to ensure you find the one perfectly suited for you.
Pack light and right
Planning your packing in advance will help guarantee you arrive with everything you need. It will promote a stress-free beach holiday. Apart from packing your summer must-have, like a trendy triangle bikini, always remember to bring some accessories. Bring protective beach gear with you, such as a pair of sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and the unavoidable and extremely important sunscreen. Another good idea would be to bring a portable charger, so you don’t have to worry about charging your phone at the hotel. Bring some reading material to keep you busy while you’re sunbathing. In case you decide to drop by a local bar or restaurant, it’s always handy to have a spare chic outfit on hand to change into. Just don’t forget to pack a spare bag to throw your wet clothes into, as well.
Research activities before you go
If you’re planning to spend your days doing activities such as going on a sightseeing tour or taking surf lessons, it’s best to organize your trip before you even get to your destination. By doing this you will get the chance to ask any questions you might have. You can plan the rest of your day around the time slots available. You could even pay in advance, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your wallet to the beach. If you’re planning on using your hotel’s pool or other amenities, always ask before booking to make sure those services are available during your stay. Don’t forget to check your destination’s tourist website for fun events and happenings. Whether it’s water sports, hiking, shopping or dining, there are endless activities for you to explore during your beach vacation.
Pick the right accommodations
If you’re planning to spend your days at the beach, you’ll need a place to spend your nights, as well. Ideally you wouldn’t want the two to be too far away from each other. But, that being said, hotels on the beachfront can book up very quickly. That’s why you could also look into hotels within walking distance of your beach destination. From beachfront houses and full-service resorts perfect for pampering to cozy romantic cottages or even campsites and RV resorts that make you feel closer to nature, there are numerous accommodation options you could choose from. The only question is what is the ideal setting for you.
However you decide to spend your vacation, try not to over-cram your schedule with tons of activities and time passers. Remember that you don’t need to do everything in one trip. Just stop, take a breath, relax and enjoy your wonderful time off.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.
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