A Style Guide to Finding Just the Right Vacation Fit for You
Vacations are meant to rejuvenate, entertain and inspire.
But, oftentimes planning trips can be just the opposite, especially if you’re traveling with a group. Having to choose the ideal area, activities and lodging options can take time, and those choices can make or break your trips. (Have you ever tried to fit nine people into a two-bedroom condo? Talk about a long trip!)
The beach is always a good choice to travel to. Specifically, Alabama’s white-sand beaches are always a good destination. You’ll find some of the best beaches in the country and activities galore for any group of travelers. But, planning your vacation doesn’t stop when you choose a destination. Depending on your group’s desires, size, and length of stay, this vacation style guide can help you decide and plan a getaway to talk about…for all the right reasons! So, what’s your vacation style?
Planning a getaway just for the girls? Choose activities like painting parties and dinner cruises. This is a are a fun way to connect with friends and enjoy your girl time (and your wine time). Depending on the length of your stay and the size of your group, hotels, condos, or beach houses can be a great fit for a girls’ trip.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach hotels are often less expensive to rent and are a great travel destination for small groups staying for a weekend. Many times, amenities including continental breakfast and swimming pools. Most hotels are also in the heart of the action, making it easy to walk or drive to your favorite sites.
Orange Beach condos or Gulf Shores beach houses are a better choice for a group that is large, staying longer than a weekend, or that needs more privacy. They allow for multiple bedrooms and have communal areas like living rooms, kitchens and balconies for connecting. They also provide more parking space in case your group is not traveling together.
Weekend with the Guys
If the boys are traveling for a fun-filled weekend, you’ll want things to throw in a few adrenaline-pumping activities. In Gulf Shores, get your kicks with parasailing and jet skiing. You can even sample locally brewed craft beer at Big Beach Brewing Company.
For large groups or outdoorsy types, a beach house is the perfect vacation travel destination. Beach houses provide ample outdoor space for grilling and socializing. They also have more storage space for gear such as fishing or golf equipment. If you’re bringing your boat along, you’re in luck. Some houses on Wolf Bay and Mobile Bay offer boat slips and fishing piers. Your friends will be calling you Captain in no time.
Traveling solo? Then, you’re probably looking for a vacation that’s low-maintenance and easy to book. If you’re traveling to relax and unwind, choose activities such as beach yoga and art galleries that can help you clear your mind and escape the world.
A hotel is the perfect choice for solo travelers, because they provide easy access to activities, have great rates, and allow short bookings. Amenities like room service and continental breakfast will also give you more time to explore or relax.
For most, planning a vacation is not nearly as fun as having one. But thanks to the vacation style guide, planning your next travel destination doesn’t have to be hard! For even more ideas and tips on choosing a travel destination and booking the perfect vacation for your style, browse our Plan Your Vacation tab.