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Still Not Sure Which Summer Vacation To Book?

Believe it or not, it is April and before you know it, summer will be here.  

Have you booked your summer vacation yet?  If you haven’t, then you need to get to it.

Most people take their annual vacation during the summer.  Hence, prices are at their highest during the summer months.  Cruises, airfares, resorts, and vacation rentals all experience price hikes during this time of year.  The best way to beat this is with good planning.

It may be a little late for some things but you may still get lucky, especially with a last minute cruise deal.

Here are some helpful tips about booking summer vacations:

1.  If you are traveling overseas, book your airfare three (3) months or earlier before your desired departure date.

2.  If you are flying domestic, book your airfare about 6 – 8 weeks out.

3.  If your plans involve a hotel/resort and flying, always seek for a combo package.  It will save you money.

4.  As much as is possible, avoid booking a vacation that includes Memorial Day or Independence Day.  If you must travel during those times, prepare to spend a little extra.

5.  If you are booking a cruise for summer, you should do that

6.  If you live in the northeast or elsewhere schools re-open after Labor Day, look for a cruise package for late August.  The deals then can be super!

7.  Save!  Save!  Save!

I really hope that you are able to take the family away this summer.  Go have fun!

If you need any help with vacation planning, I’ll be delighted and honored to help.  Reach me at

Have you booked your summer vacation yet?  Get to it!

Peter Grant

McDonough, GA


First Time Cruisers: How To Book Your Cruise

If you have never cruised before but you are considering a cruise ship vacation, I want you know that booking your cruise package is not difficult.

Booking your cruise can be done either by you or a third party - a travel agent or cruise line representative.  You can book your cruise in one of three simple ways, which I will discuss below.

First things first:  To book your cruise, you will need the correct spelling of your name as it appears in your government-issued identification document; an email address and phone number; an emergency contact person; plus you will need an idea where you want to go, which kind of ship, the length of your cruise, and what type of cabin you want – inside cabin, oceanview, balcony cabin, or a suite.

Booking a Cruise via a Third Party

You can either call the desired cruise line and speak with a representative or you can use a travel agent.  Using a travel agent works to your advantage because that person will help you choose the cruise package that is right for your family and will remain available to help with anything you need before, during, or after your cruise ship vacation.

Booking a Cruise by Yourself

1.  You may visit the desired cruise line’s website to book.  It does not matter which cruise line it is, you will find a link on the website to book –,,,, etc.

2.  You can book with an online travel company.  There are several big names in travel which sell cruises – Expedia,,, etc.  The only issue with booking at an online travel company is that you do not speak directly to someone.  

If you are booking a cruise ship vacation, it pays to speak directly to someone – a person who will use his or her expertise and knowledge of cruising to help your family find the cruise package which suits your pocket and your preference.

Happy booking and sailing!

Peter Grant
McDonough, GA


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