Travel planning requires putting a little time and effort into your trip ahead of time. You can use a professional travel planner or do it yourself. Either way, planning ahead gives you the most options and usually the best prices.
Flights usually go on sale about 11 months before the departure date. It’s recommended you book at least 25 days in advance. However, you probably don’t want to book more than 150 days in advance. There are a variety of recommendations for when to book, including some that are as specific as saying 54 days in advance and others that say at least 14 days in advance.
You may have heard there are certain days or times when booking will save you the most, but airfarewatchdog.com says that isn't true.
"There is no magic time to search, no precise day of the week," the site reports. They go on to say that airlines adjust airfares multiple times, depending on seat availability, which fluctuates throughout the day. "As the cheaper seats are sold, the airlines make more seats available at the lowest fares."
The site does say, however, that there are certain days that are cheaper to fly than others. For example, if you don't have a certain day you need to fly, consider flying on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Those days have lower fares.
The most expensive days? Friday and Sunday. Makes sense, given that people love to book weekend getaways.
If you've never stayed in a boutique hotel before, here are some reasons why you should book one today.
There are so many amazing hotels to stay in around the world that there's almost certainly one at your next holiday destination. If you are planning a vacation to Florida, try the Inn at Pelican Bay in Naples, FL.
Why choose boutique?
Boutique hotels are usually in enviable locations. A townhouse right in the middle of the city, a chateau in rural France or a stunning beach retreat in the Maldives, boutique hotels exist to provide you with the very best location for your holiday.
City hotels are in prestigious shopping areas, next to great restaurants, within a stone's throw from the theater or stumbling distance from the top nightspots. They provide a retreat in the middle of town where you can wind down, rest your weary feet and take advantage of the staff's outstanding local knowledge.
Alternatively, chill out on a private beach, where your bedroom doors fold open onto the sand and where you can snorkel without seeing another human being. Or just take in the countryside from a castle on top of a hill.
The Inn at Pelican Bay in Naples, FL, offers many vacation options in one place. Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach, hang out around the pool, enjoy the many nearby excellent restaurants and shopping or visit a few local attractions.
If you want to experience real design, choose a boutique hotel. More than a few art-deco ornaments or modern art in the foyer, these hotels have design running through their core and it is a pleasure to stay somewhere that's been designed and decorated with an eye for detail and finish. From the accessories in the bathroom to the china in the restaurant, everything is design-led, without being design-conscious.
A grand entrance with a grand piano welcomes guests at the Inn at Pelican Bay. The boutique hotel offers luxury as well as casual comfort. Enjoy the beach or pool during the day and sit around the new fire pit at night enjoying the ambiance and maybe even making a few friends.
The best hotel deals are easier to find than you might think.
You can search several different travel websites or just one but even that won’t guarantee the best deal. It also won’t ensure you get your room preference or special packages.
So how do you get the best hotel deals?
If you know the hotel you want to stay at, go directly to their website and book your stay. You can also call the hotel directly.
If you aren’t sure where you want to stay, you have a couple of options. You can go to Google or another search engine and type in the city’s name and “hotel” or “boutique hotel.” Then visit the website of a few of the top rated hotels in the area.
Be sure to check availability as well as price and location. Do you want a hotel near the beach, attractions or shopping and dining?
Wedding destinations and honeymoons are a hot topic this month because it’s one of the most popular months to get married. The most popular day the entire year was Saturday, June 18, according to wedding stats for 2016.
You can probably guess the type of location that tops the list for weddings and honeymoons. If you need a hint, it involves sand and water.
Beaches are popular spots for the nuptials as well as the honeymoon. If you look at the top wedding locations across the globe, most are along a coastline with a sandy beach.
Naples, FL, has some amazing beaches and offers great locations for weddings, rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties and honeymoons.
Naples Beach is one of the top 10 beaches in Florida and many other top-ranked beaches are nearby, according to the Travel Channel rankings for the state. One of the most popular beaches at Naples Pier is in the city, on 12th Avenue South. Another great beach lies a few miles north of Old Naples, at the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. This is a great place to spread out the family's beach blanket and camp out for the day, as there are bathhouses and food stands on-site and rentals available for everything from umbrellas to kayaks to snorkeling gear, reports the Travel Channel.
If Naples sounds like your ideal location, make your trip even more special by staying at a boutique hotel quietly nestled in the middle of so many fun things to do. The Inn at Pelican Bay is a short distance from activities for everyone.
Wedding and event options at the hotel include a 3,600- square-foot banquet space, a lakeside terrace and pool deck, a social occasion room, the Pelican Lawn and Courtyard and Vanderbilt Beach.
TripAdvisor travelers have the Inn at Pelican Bay at No. 1 out of 59 Naples hotels. We’re proud to be in the top spot. We worked hard to get there and stay there.
There’s some pretty tough competition in Naples so we are glad that travelers recognize what sets our boutique hotel apart from the others. It’s a quiet hotel in the middle of so many fun things to do.
No matter how you like to spend your vacation, there’s something you’ll enjoy nearby.
We’re a short distance from the beach, fine dining, entertainment, attractions, shopping and more! But, it’s not just our location that sets us apart. Our beautiful hotel has amazing ambiance — day and night.
Our service is excellent and our guests are our top priority. We want to ensure you have the best stay possible and enjoy your time away from home.
During the day, you can lounge around the pool, enjoy the lake views or take a stroll along the beach. You can rent Jet Skis, boats and kayaks nearby and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico. If you prefer the greens to the Gulf, there’s plenty of award-winning gulf courses nearby.
After a day of soaking up the sun, take time to enjoy one of the most colorful sunsets you’ll ever see. Watch closely and you may even be able to see the Green Flash. When the sun goes down, you’ll find guests relaxing around the cozy fire pit. Enjoy some quiet time with friends, family or new friends you just met as you watch the flames dance.
The staff is always happy to make recommendations for places to go or things to do.
When you combine our location, excellent service, beautiful hotel and amenities and reasonable prices, it leads to the No. 1 spot. We appreciate all our guests who have taken the time to rate us on TripAdvisor and the many other review sites. We take pride in the wonderful things people say and we appreciate new ideas and suggestions that help us grow.
In addition to looking at a hotel’s rating on TripAdvisor, it’s also good to pay attention to how many reviews they have. Does the hotel have less than 1,000 reviews on TripAdvisor?
Here’s what some of our guest who gave us 5-star ratings had to say on TripAdvisor in our more than 1,200 reviews...