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6 Ways to Plan for Vacations to Come

One Hilton Grand Vacations Owner is planning his next trip now

Eric Z
Shot of a man's hands at a desk with his computer and phone vacation planning.

Having to sit out most of 2020 and travel less has been hard. But I am not sitting idly and waiting for things to change. I'm using this time to plan, organize and look ahead. 

I'm pretty good at planning vacations far in advance. However, with this extra time, I'm doing things a little differently.

Here are a few vacation planning tips you can do now for future stress-free vacation planning. 

Father and son taking a selfie on vacation in Washington, D.C.   

1. Organize Travel Photos

I'm finally organizing our pictures into travel albums so we can easily find them. Now I can use Apple TV to set them as the background and have them displayed daily and remember past trips — just by turning on the TV. 

We also had a picture viewing party to reminisce on 10 years of vacations.

2. Build a Vacation Fund

I've created a little vacation fund by opening a fee-free account at my bank and funding it monthly. This way, we'll have a larger pot to use in the years ahead. 

3. Take Inventory of Travel Documents 

Close of picture passports.    

I'm making sure all our passports and international entry accounts are up-to-date, so we have no last-minute surprises next time we travel abroad. 

4. Accumulate Points 

I got a new credit card for Hilton and Delta Airlines and I'm taking advantage of the huge points promotions during the pandemic for future vacation planning

5. Explore Hilton Grand Vacations' Properties

I'm researching some of the Hilton Grand Vacations properties we've not visited yet and put those on a list for future travels.

 6. Update Travel Bucket-Lists

Last but not least, I created an electronic file of all the travel destinations we want to visit in the future. I even created subfolders for dining, entertainment and things to do on vacation for each travel destination. 

I've really enjoyed doing all the research, and it feels great to be prepared — no more last-minute stress trying to find things to do and places to eat. Although, that can be fun too.

We're honestly having fun doing these things and are really excited to embrace the new normal and start traveling more often. 

Read If You're Dreaming of Far Flung Lands to Add to Your Travel Bucket List, Here’s One You've Got to See for more vacation planning inspiration.

Eric Z

A seasoned Hilton Grand Vacations Member since 2006, Eric knows a thing or two about travel. He’s made his Home Resort at The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, but his time on the Big Island perhaps means most to him. That’s because he got married there within the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village at Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. With his longevity in the Hilton Grand Vacations program and desire to travel often, he’s successfully achieved Elite Premier status granting him elevated access to some of the best amenities and services offered to Members. He looks forward to sharing his insider knowledge and perspectives with other seasoned travelers and anyone considering joining the Hilton Grand Vacations program.

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