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May 24, 2014

With summer just around the corner, time to plan vacations is now

Summer is a time to relax, visit with family and for many that means taking a vacation.

There are many considerations to make when planning your summer vacation.

Karen Gentile, owner of Karen Travel in Utica, said the first step is figuring out how much you are comfortable spending on your vacation.

“Figure out what your budget is before you start looking,” Gentile said.

Your budget will determine if you can go overseas or if you will be staying closer to home. If you are trying to plan a vacation, the best thing is to plan ahead, Gentile


Stacey Serdy of Worcester has been planning her trip to the Outer Banks, a coastal region of North Carolina, since November. She said the houses fill up fast for the summer months so she wanted to book the house as soon as she could. Serdy and her four kids and husband, her parents, in-laws and aunt and uncle will be renting a big house together.

“It’s cheaper if you get a bunch of families to pool in,” she said. 

She said it is less expensive to rent a beach house in North Carolina then in New England or other more local beach destinations. The price of the houses varies depending on number of bedrooms, amenities and what month you visit.

Serdy said she used the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce website,, to plan her activities. Serdy and her family plan to visit the Wright Brothers Museum and go on wild horse tours.

Serdy said she choose a house on the beach, with a pool and hot tub so the family can spend most of their time together by the water, without having to go do other activities.

“We’re trying to cut costs, with the kitchen there we’ll make our own food and hang out by the pool,” Serdy said.

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