How to Plan a Successful Vacation

There are lots of ways to set yourself up for success, both before your trip and when it’s already underway. You’ve already taken the first step by considering where and when you’d like to travel this year. The next step is figuring out the details, like transportation, accommodations, and budget. As you make your decisions, keep these recommendations top of mind.

Stress Less, Save More

Pack Like a Pro

Whether you’re leaving for a few days or a leisurely, two-week excursion, you’ll have some packing to do. Here’s how to do it right:

  • Roll, don’t fold. Rolling your shirts and pants not only saves space, but also helps prevent wrinkles.
  • Try packing cubes. Your belongings will stay organized with these handy, inexpensive bags.
  • Add a dryer sheet. Slip one or two in your luggage to keep things smelling fresh.
  • Remember first aid. This is especially important for international travel. Your kit should include Band-Aids, pain relievers, cold medicine, and nausea remedies.

Maximize Your Budget

Sticking to a vacation budget doesn’t have to be stressful. Make the most of your money with these simple tips:

  • Hit the road. Driving is usually less expensive than flying, and the road trip is a memory in itself.
  • Fly midweek. If driving isn’t an option, try to book your flights for Tuesday or Wednesday, when airfare is typically lower. Then visit to download a list of helpful travel apps that’ll make your flight easy breezy.
  • Redeem rewards. Whether you earn points, miles, or cash back, don’t let your credit card rewards go unspent.
  • Identify local discounts. Deal-of-the-day websites like Groupon offer restaurant and entertainment vouchers.
  • Opt for all-inclusive. Concerned about overspending? Choose a destination where meals and lodging are included in the price. Learn more about all-inclusives at

Get to Know RCI Travel

RCI Travel is your one-stop shop for benefits beyond your vacation exchanges. Rather than booking hotels, plane tickets, car rentals, and attraction reservations through a dozen different websites, you can take care of all of your travel needs in one place.

What do you get with RCI Travel?

  • Exclusive member pricing on hotel bookings
  • Best Price Guaranteed on car rentals, attractions, tours and more
  • Save up to 75% off the brochure price for cruise bookings
  • Exclusive perks for Platinum members

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