Vacation Guidelines: If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, now is the time to start planning your adventures, especially if Martha’s Vineyard is on your to-see list. Here are some tips to help you plan your trip:

1. Accommodations

January is the time to start making reservations so you can be sure you’ll get the accommodations you want. Martha’s Vineyard is a popular destination, especially during the summer months. So it’s never too early to start looking ahead. Check out our previous blog posts to get overviews of some of the most popular inns and hotels, then do your research. Visit their websites and see who is offering special deals for the time when you want to travel. Smart vacation planners always get the best views!

2. On a Budget

Chances are, if you’re like most of us, your bank account isn’t the same as the stars who are often spotted on the island. That’s why it’s a good idea to set aside a little each week, starting now, for your vacation fund. Then you’ll have what you need by vacation time. Also consider going during the off-season, after September, when hotel rates are lower and stores that remain open for the locals offer bigger discounts. If you don’t mind a little chill in the air, you might just enjoy that cup of clam chowder even more.

3. Recreation

Trying to decide when to go? Choose the time of year that best fits your family’s vacation style. If your priority is fine dining, you can enjoy the island all year-round. If the beach and boating activities are your preferences, you’ll want to make your travel plans in the summer or warmer months. Swimming, golf and tennis are also preferable during this time. Depending on where you stay, you may be able to enjoy swimming in a heated pool during the colder months.

4. Dining

If your vacation style is more laid-back, you may like to wait until you arrive to decide where to go and what to do. If you prefer to plan ahead, please refer to our previous blogs to find restaurants, bistros and other dining options. You’ll find which places serve the seafood you’re looking forward to, as well as places that have other items on the menu if the kids don’t like seafood. You’ll discover where to go if you want to pick up souvenirs to commemorate your visit, where to get the ultimate cup of coffee and baked desserts, or where to stop in for an ice cream.

5. Online Resources

If it will be your first visit to Martha’s Vineyard, go online. In addition to our informative blog, check out forums where visitors share their opinions and personal experiences. It’s always helpful to gather as much information as you can before you travel to a new destination.

Arranging your transportation should be the first step in your vacation planning. Because Martha’s Vineyard is such a unique destination, it’s important to secure a rental car so you can get around the island. Contact A-A Island Auto Rental to take you wherever you want to go on Martha’s Vineyard.

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