How to Plan a Year of Amazing Travel

Start prepping your next adventure.

By Brooke Porter Katz

The New Year is upon us—which means now is a great time to start thinking about what travel lies ahead for 2019. That’s because when you plan ahead, you’re more likely to take advantage of your PTO since you have more time to get things ready before your vacation. Follow these tips to travel more next year.

Check your calendar.

The sooner you can pick dates for your getaway, the better, because then it’s more likely you’ll follow through. If you have kids in school, mark down when they have time off and decide if those weeks make the most sense to travel. Or maybe you have a family wedding taking place outside of your hometown and you can piggyback on a vacation somewhere nearby.

Set up flight alerts.

Searching for airline tickets can be stress-inducing, time-consuming, and exhausting—and take the fun out of vacation planning. Luckily, there are a number of websites and apps that can make the process easier by tracking specific routes and dates and sending notifications when fares are good. A few favorites include Google Flights, Hopper, and Skyscanner.

Make the most of your memberships.

Whether you earn airline miles or are part of another kind of rewards program, don’t let your hard-earned perks go to waste. If you have a tough time keeping track of them all, consider using AwardWallet, which can monitor points for 683 loyalty programs.

  • NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
  • Published: December 2018