Saturday, May 17, 2008

Looking for the Perfect Summer Travel Destination?

ARA – Summer is quickly approaching and now is the time to begin planning summer vacations. With budgets tight, many Americans are staying closer to home this year. In fact, it’s predicted the hottest trend in travel this summer will be “staycations” – short getaways within driving distance or a quick flight from home.

While this trend may be bad news for harder-to-reach destinations such as Europe and Asia, it’s expected to be a boon for the hotels and attractions in tourist-friendly U.S. destinations like Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“While Americans may be tightening the reigns on their vacation plans this year, there’s no need to sacrifice visiting a great resort destination with plenty of options for the whole family,” says Brad Dean, CEO of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Myrtle Beach offers a wide variety of activities, attractions, hotel accommodations, restaurants, shopping, golf courses and miles of beach. Plus, we’re an easy commute from many U.S. markets.”

Whether visiting Myrtle Beach or another destination, here are some travel tips that “stay-cationers” should keep in mind:

1. Determine Your Timeframe
Most of us only get two weeks of vacation. Smart staycationers stretch that time by taking one or two days before or after a work holiday – like Memorial Day, July 4th or Labor Day. If you have five days or less for your staycation, look for a destination that’s a few hours drive from home, or one that can be reached via a convenient, nonstop flight.

2. Select a Convenient Destination Jam-packed with Exciting Activities
The key to planning a fun and memorable vacation is to make sure there will be activities everyone will enjoy. Before booking your hotel, ask what amenities are offered. If you have kids, it’s good to ask if there’s a pool and game room they can enjoy. You should also ask about the recreational activities available in the area, such as golf courses and tennis courts, and what attractions are nearby.

Also, be sure to do your research and take advantage of special summer packages and deals to save money and get the most out of your staycation experience.

3. Organize Transportation Details
If you’ll be driving to your staycation location, have your vehicle checked out before hitting the road. Pay close attention to tires and brakes, and ensure all fluids – especially windshield wiper fluid – are at peak levels. If you want to boost your trip’s “green” quotient and save on fuel, consider renting a hybrid or other gas-sipping model.

If you’re flying, plan to depart from a smaller airport with less air traffic to avoid delays and general airport congestion.

“As our society becomes increasingly pressed for time, the staycation will really become the getaway of choice for many people looking for the most enjoyment, best value for their dollar and most convenient travel options,” says Dean.

To learn more about a Myrtle Beach staycation, visit

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