The only downside of a White Oak Lodge and Resort vacation is when it ends. You go back home, unpack and fall back into life as you know it, daydreaming about the next trip. Do you know when that will be? Maybe that should be your first priority.
The best way to end a glorious Gatlinburg trip is to plan a new one. Here are four reasons why:
The Beauty of Anticipation
Anticipation is a wonderful feeling. Knowing you’ll soon be among the flora and fauna in the mountains is enough to get you through several months of a humdrum routine. If you always have something booked, you always have something to look forward to.
And that’s not just wishful thinking. Research has shown that vacationers are most happy before their trips. Anticipation is so powerful that you can imagine the vacation of your life whether or not your actual vacation fulfills that vision. So, yes, travel influences more than just your vacation days.
In many cases, planning ahead is a key factor for a perfect vacation. Starting the process early can get you:
- More accommodation options and dates.
- A higher chance of availability for popular attractions.
- More time to plan your itinerary and secure airfare and transportation.
If you like to plan vacations around the same dates every year, why not book the next one the instant you return home? Fall is breathtaking in the Smoky Mountains, making it one of the most popular times to visit, so think about booking your White Oak Lodge and Resort cabin or condo a year in advance for the best options.
Time to Save
When you spend money on vacation, it’s hard to turn around and spend more on another trip right away. But if you’re looking ahead and can afford to put money down on accommodations, it can be worth the investment as it can help you establish saving goals early on.
I tell myself all the time that I’m going to save for a vacation, but it’s a flimsy promise until I’ve already invested in a getaway. Once I book the accommodations, I’m more disciplined with my finances going forward, putting money aside for attractions, food and souvenirs.
Plane tickets and transportation can wait until a deal comes along, so you don’t necessarily have to pay for your entire trip beforehand. That helps ease any financial burden you may feel from the onset.
Maybe you like to be spontaneous, and we commend your travel spirit. But if you’re a traditional type of traveler, booking right after one ends can help your mindset and give you more options to work with. We understand that it won’t work for everyone, but we’ve heard from many guests over the years who make this strategy a habit!
How soon do you like to wait after a vacation to plan your next one? Let us know in the comments below.