Club Traveler

Your Step-by-Step Summer Getaway Plan

Silver bells may be ringing now, but summer will begin in just seven months. What does that mean for Club Members wanting to take a warm-weather getaway? It’s time to start planning. Check out this step-by-step summer getaway plan you can begin today.

Six to Nine Months Before Your Vacation

Book Your Stay With HGV. Home Week, Home Resort and Club Reservations can all be made up to nine months in advance at most HGV resorts. Now is the time to book your summer escape. (Check here for more information on specific booking windows.)

Three to Six Months Before Your Vacation

Rent a Car. When reserving a rental car, it’s best to book sooner rather than later. Good deals are more likely to be found three to six months before your travel.

Purchase Flight Tickets. According to CheapAir.com’s annual airfare report, the prime booking window to purchase your flight tickets is 14 to 160 days in advance. Surveyed travelers who booked about a month and a half—or 47 days, to be exact—from a summer travel date benefited from the best fares in 2017.

Book Popular Excursions. This is also the time to start thinking about tours and excursions, especially popular ones that may require advance booking, like a tour of Alcatraz in San Francisco or the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Month Before Your Vacation

Get Weather-Appropriate Clothes and Shoes. For example, plan to hike? Make sure you have hiking boots. Tip: For those purchasing new boots, start wearing them around the house and while running errands in the weeks leading up to your trip. This will help you slowly break them in, which can save you from getting blisters on vacation.

Discover Deals. Search for coupons for the activities you plan to do and discounts at any restaurants you’d like to try. Then print or save them to your digital device so you don’t have to search for them on your trip.



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