Banishing The Winter Blues
The last Tuesday in January is National Plan for Vacation Day (this year, it takes place Jan 30, 2024). Many marketing “holidays” are focused on shining a little spotlight on an object or thought – desserts, shopping – but some mark critical dates for an industry, and that includes National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD).
Several in the hospitality industry, pre- and post-pandemic, postpone their holiday celebrations and downtime. They work tirelessly through the holiday season and enjoy their breaks in January and February. Although a few long weekends are possible in the first quarter, it’s a slower time of year for many destinations, even those worth the trip any time of the year. National Plan for Vacation Day is a great reminder to take advantage of the new year and set aside time for the activities and experiences that rejuvenate you.
It’s always essential to have a trusted source of information, and at the CVB, we are passionate about what we do. We’re travelers and always have been, but it isn’t just a love of travel that drives us. We love exploring, helping people, sharing our experiences and pro tips, and hearing about others’ trips (even if we may feel a twinge of envy!). So, if you’re planning your next trip, keep these tips in mind, and don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.
Where To Begin?
We often hear from our guests that organizing a trip can feel overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a list of travel tips and recommendations to help guide the process.
1. Strategize – how many days do you have, or will you need to use (or lose) before year’s end? Are you thinking of a few day trip itineraries, road trips, long getaways, remote working weekends, or something else? Look at the travel tools, the state tourism website, and the destination’s website for itinerary inspiration, and be sure to reach out with any questions.
2. Consider what vacation means to you. Is it adventure, activity, or downtime (indoors or outside)? Indulging in food or drink? Reconnecting with friends and loved ones? Discovering a new hobby, passion, or favorite food? Think of what an ideal vacation looks like for you, not just one day, but every day you’re away from home.
3. Amenities and features matter, so let us know (or consider as you plan) what you must have to make your vacation worth the trip: scenic views, pet-friendly restaurants and lodging, weather, events, noise level, deliveries or dining out, high-speed internet, and accommodations for dietary restrictions, to name a few. There is much to consider (and the CVB is here to help you sort through all the details).
4. Budget your time and money. The CVB can assist with suggestions to maximize your vacation dollars. We want your experience to be relaxing (and not a burden to your budget). Bargains exist, so don’t think you can’t experience a true vacation without breaking the bank.
5. Getting here – apps and maps, EV chargers, food and refueling options, and other pertinent information will help create a stress-free journey. If you’re traveling with groups, consider using what3words for some adventure while pinpointing exactly where to meet. Stay tuned to future blog posts on Discover Chatham for more recommendations about getting around in our area.
Unwrapping The Gift of Experience
Vacation planning doesn’t have to be a chore. Make a day or evening of it and host a planning party with friends and fellow travel lovers. Choose a favorite hangout spot, explore a new one on your bucket list, or entertain at home with a vacation-themed movie or potluck featuring dishes inspired by your favorite cuisines.
The CVB is here to help. We will only share accurate and authentic information, details we know, and every tidbit we can mention to make your trip planning comprehensive. Let us know how we can help, and have a wonderful time planning for your vacation in 2024!