JACKSON, MISS– As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, you’re starting to get ideas in your head over where to take the family for vacation.
Depending on your financial situation, you may be looking for something that is a deal, but also has a taste of luxury.
“Four and five night cruises out of New Orleans are great,” says Marion Kohunt, Travel Agent with Roberts Travel in Columbus, “They’re all inclusive. The meals, the entertainment.. the ship is your hotel.”
Right now, the closest to set sail is in New Orleans, but Carnival will start running cruises again out of Mobile in the fall.
If you’re a landlubber, the idea of five or so days at sea may not be appealing. For the smaller budgets, you be considering a road trip.
“The Smoky Mountains are beautiful,” says Kohunt, “There’s also New Orleans. For a more expensive trip, there’s Gulf Shores, Alabama or Destin, Florida.”
Maybe you’re looking for a quick trip around the Magnolia State, to see what all she has to offer. Kohunt says an in-state trip is both economical and relaxing, as you won’t have to drive far.
“Our state parks are beautiful,” says Kohunt, “and of course the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”
Kohunt says that even if money isn’t a factor for you, protection for your trip is a must.
“We recommend insurance for your vacation,” says Kohunt, “medical emergencies and weather emergencies happen. You can purchase the insurance that would get your money back if you have to cancel the trip.”
You can also maximize your vacation budget by planning early, doing your research, and being choosy about your days.
“On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you can get a hotel room cheaper if you arrive during the week,” says Kohunt, “Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday are the cheapest days.”
Kohunt’s rule of thumb. For a vacation in the country, start six weeks to four months in the planning process. For a trip out of the country or for during the holidays, start six or seven months in advance to get the best rates. She says there is one more tip:
“Visit a travel agent,” Kohunt says, “we want to help you plan and it won’t cost you much more. We’re small businesses owners, and it’ll boost the economy.”