If you’re like most people, you can’t wait for the summer months to roll around so you can take a vacation. The winter months are filled with dreams of lying in the summer sun, spending days on the lake, and enjoying the seemingly endless hours of daylight.

But if you’re a busy woman (like most of us are), planning your summer trip can seem like a nightmare. Between the price tag, the crowds, and the scheduling of multiple people and kids, getting that perfect summer vacation planned is a lot of work. So to make the process a little easier on you, here are three tips for helping women plan an unforgettable summer vacation.

Don’t Travel During Peak Times

When beginning or ending your trip, the last thing you want is to be stuck in traffic or in crazy long lines at the airport. And to make this even worse, Bart Jansen of USA Today reported that U.S. airlines have claimed that this summer will be the busiest time ever for air travel. So if you’re planning to fly for your vacation, be sure to give yourself enough time to get to your plane.

To avoid long lines at the airport, try flying on days that aren’t expected to be as busy, like weekdays. Weekends and around the holidays will always create a hectic airport, so save yourself and your travel buddies some sanity by planning to travel during the week.

Think Outside the Traditional Summer Box

One of the biggest complaints about summer vacations is the amount of people who choose to vacation at the same place and the same time as your group. This can cause massive headaches, especially for women with children. However, you can have an awesome summer vacation and still miss the crowds.

According to Ann Rivall of U.S. News and World Report, some of the best places to visit in the summer to avoid masses of people are New Orleans, Vail, Phoenix, Palm Springs, and St. Lucia. Because these places aren’t normally thought of for summer vacations, you can find great deals and less people when you choose to visit one of these spots.

Plan Multiple Mini Vacations

Summers are always a busy time for life in general, so a big vacation may not fit into your schedule. If this is the case, try planning multiple smaller trips that you and your family can still enjoy together. Go on an overnight camping trip or take a boat cruise in your area. These shorter trips can be a great way to unwind after a stressful week while also keeping more of your hard-earned cash in your pocket.

As a wife, mother or girlfriend, chances are you’ll have a big say in what vacation you take this summer. If you weigh your options, plan ahead, and think outside the box, you can have a wonderful time with your friends and family on a great summer vacation.

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