Virgos are known to be meticulous when it comes to planning, almost to a fault.
And while that sounds exhausting AF for the mundane activities in your day-to-day life, you can learn a ton about successful planning for big things — like a trip — from Virgos.
So before you start thinking of your winter break plans, take these four vacation-planning tips straight from Virgos:
1. Save money by planning in the off-season.
Virgos are known to be meticulous when it comes to their finances, so learn from the pros and let your budget do the planning.
Start planning early, and look for windows when the travel is considered “off-season.” You may be able to score amazing deals for your winter break.
If you have a specific location you'd like to go, try to be flexible with your available dates if you can. Weekday trips are usually less than weekend.
TLDR: Be flexible with either the location or your dates of travel in order to save big bucks.
2. Check out local travel packages.
While the “negotiate a price” type sites are good for airfare and hotels, they rarely have the option for you to check out the local attractions and don't often give you the capability to book sightseeing activities right from their website.
The independent sites will give you ideas about things to do that only locals know, and they can often have special packages that take the guesswork of “what to do” out of your hands.
TLDR: Use activity specific travel sites like HolidayMe to find ideas for things to do.
3. Don't plan every detail.
Time and time again, my Virgo friends have warned me against planning every single detail.
Nearly every Virgo I've spoken with have mentioned that while they're intentional with planning “broad strokes,” they very rarely plan their vacations down to the minute.
Instead, they use a general idea of what they'd like to accomplish during the trip and have a couple of ideas for the days. But, they let themselves be surprised by the details.
If you're beginning to plan your schedule for your next break, give the Virgo method a try. Have the “big idea” in your mind, but allow yourself to be open to new experiences.
You might find yourself (and your friends) less stressed about having to keep a strict itinerary.
TLDR: Don't plan out the specifics.
4. But you should probably make some kind of list.
Remember that being open to new experiences doesn't mean you need to forego why you're going on vacation in the first place.
Whether it's a booze cruise, a hiking adventure or even just lying around the beach, if you have things you want to do, write them down and make them a priority.
Try to plan out the goals for your trip by making a general list of “to dos” or “must sees,” and work it into your daily schedule as you go.
That way, you'll be able to accomplish the things you want to do and still have room for surprise adventures.
TLDR: Make your "must see" list, but remember to leave room for surprises.
The thing I've learned the most from talking with Virgos is there's a necessary balance between meticulous planning and being flexible.
If you're able to work around obstacles like time or location, plan your trip in a broad way, while letting the details fall where they may. That way, you'll be able to have incredible experiences that may be once-in-a-lifetime.
Give these four pieces of advice from Virgos a shot, and you'll be on your way to the best winter break yet.