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How to Plan an Active Vacation in 6 Easy Steps

Ironman Kona Finish

Certain islands offered things we couldn’t do anywhere else on earth … like run through the Kona Ironman finish line area. After a trip to Kona Brewing Co., that is.

Step 2: Research your options

I think this step might be the most fun — it’s like window shopping for all the amazing things you could do. This is not the time to hold back — start researching what’s available in the area you’re visiting (and surrounding areas, for that matter), and keep track. I used a spreadsheet with a different tab for each island when planning this — it made it really easy to see at a glance how many things we were dying to do in each place, which helped us determine how long we’d stay on each island.

I strongly recommend keeping notes as you go along as well. I had columns for:

  • Price
  • Requirements (like whether we needed to spend the night before or after due to an early morning start or late night finish)
  • How far ahead we would need to book
  • Date restrictions (like weekends only or less crowded on weekdays)
  • Whether we considered it a must-do
  • Whether something similar was available on another island
  • URL so I could pull it back up easily
  • Notes (so I could remember that it was rated No. 1 on Trip Advisor, or that a friend recommended it, etc.)

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  1. Sarah says:

    Great tips, Kristen, thanks for sharing! Do you have a template you could share that you used for your planning? My husband and I are going to Germany this fall, and I would love to use your ideas for our trip!