Planning a vacation early has a number of benefits. First and foremost, it gives you plenty of time to research and book affordable flights, hotels, and activities. Booking early may also allow you to take advantage of early bird pricing or special deals, saving you money in the long run.


Planning your vacation early gives you the freedom to choose from a wider range of options. Popular destinations and activities tend to book up quickly, especially during peak season, so by planning ahead, you can secure the dates and experiences you want without feeling rushed or having to compromise on your plans.


Additionally, by planning your vacation early, you can ensure that you have enough time to get necessary passports, visas, or immunizations if needed.


Planning a vacation early can also help reduce stress. With everything booked and confirmed well in advance, you can go into your vacation without the worry of last-minute details or scrambling to make arrangements. This can make for a much more enjoyable experience overall and allow you to focus on relaxing and having fun instead of feeling on edge.


Finally, planning your vacation early can provide you with something to look forward to. When you know that you have a trip on the horizon, it can boost your mood and give you the motivation to push through any challenges or stresses in your day-to-day life. This anticipation can also create excitement and build strong bonds between family or friends who may be traveling with you, making your vacation even more memorable.

Review all the articles in the upfront section of our August 2022 edition about vacationing in Costa Rica.

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Decide on the location:


  • Which region?
    • Pacific
    • Caribbean
    • Central
    • Beaches
    • Mountains
  • Time frame:
    • Thanksgiving
    • Christmas
    • New Years
    • Spring Break
    • Summer Vacation
  • Check passport is still valid 6 months after return
  • Get Visa if needed
  • Check vaccination requirements and get vaccinated
  • Book transportation (plane, train, rental car)
  • Book accommodations
  • Book tours and Visits
  • Get travel Insurance
  • See doctor to refill prescriptions
  • Plan for someone to take care of pets and plants
  • Inform bank you are traveling and update your limits
  • Save bank emergency number in case of credit card issues
  • Get VPN to protect your edata while connecting to public wifi
  • Stop mail and newspaper if going away long time
  • Pay bills if not automatic

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