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 The goal of any vacation or dream getaway is to relax as much as possible, right? To make sure you’ll be able to see and do everything on your wish list and get the most out of your Southwest Florida vacation, it’s best to have a plan or vacation itinerary. We’ll explain the benefits of planning a vacation and help you plan your next trip to the Sunshine State so you can start planning your trip to paradise as soon as possible.

In a world where it feels like we’re constantly on-the-go, taking time off to relax can seem like a monumental task. But what if planning a vacation to rest and recharge in paradise isn’t as hard or as stressful as you think it will be? There are many benefits of planning a vacation and many say the planning process is relaxing and vital to our wellbeing. It gives us something to dream about and look forward to. Besides, who doesn’t love an excuse to plan a vacation to Southwest Florida (I mean paradise!)?

Why is it Important to Plan a Vacation?


Most people say it’s more about the journey than the destination and the same thing is true about planning a vacation. Knowing you’ve worked hard to be able to take a trip to paradise means you absolutely should let your imagination run wild and get excited about planning your trip. Maybe you’re seeing the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in decades or you’re introducing it to your kids for the very first time. A trip to Southwest Florida—and especially Sanibel and Captiva Islands—is a treat and we’re so glad you’re thinking about experiencing our slice of paradise!

Top benefits of planning a vacation:

  • After working hard for something, it feels good to anticipate it. Then once it happens, it’ll feel that much better! Waiting for something isn’t always fun, but it does help the experience feel richer and help you be more present in the moment.
  • Planning a vacation can also help you more easily get through mundane situations like a boring job or hard school semester. When you’re having a rough day, it’ll give you something to look forward to.
  • Studies have also shown that taking vacations and thus planning vacations helps reduce stress, gives you a boost in happiness, more motivation, helps reduce the risk of heart disease, increases motivation and helps provide a better outlook on life. 

Why Should I Take a Vacation?


A good vacation can do wonders for your soul and one of the main benefits of planning a vacation is that it will be less stressful when you reach your destination. You won’t waste time looking things up once you get there or walk around hoping you’ll stumble upon everything you want to see and do. Those precious hours can be used relaxing, recharging and rejuvenating. People who decide to treat themselves to a vacation and make it a point to relax are also less likely to experience burnout. 

Taking a vacation can help you feel more focused and productive. It’s not just something we say helps improve peace of mind and productivity. Studies show that people come back to work feeling more positive, determined, and ready to tackle everyday tasks. More vacations and less stress also helps you better manage relationships with your loved ones.

How Far in Advance Should You Plan a Vacation?

The first thing you have to do is decide where you want to go. If you have your sights set on the Sunshine State, then you’re in the right place.

Royal Shell has vacation rentals in nine Florida locations:

  1. Bonita Springs
  2. Cape Coral
  3. Captiva Island
  4. Estero
  5. Fort Myers Beach
  6. Fort Myers
  7. Naples
  8. Ocala (Central Florida)
  9. Sanibel Island

Each area has something unique to offer all types of vacationers. Sanibel and Captiva Islands will give you a true beach vacation. Captiva is a little more secluded and more private. You won’t find any chain restaurants. Bikes rule the island. There’s only one traffic light on Sanibel. Locals love where they live and the islands are always in pristine condition for visitors. Cape Coral has more canals than the Italian city of Venice, making it a boater’s paradise. Fort Myers Beach is a small beach town full of lots of things to do. It’s a great family-friendly destination, and it’s also great for romantic getaways. Naples has an excellent food and arts scene. If you’re looking for an extended beach vacation, the City on the Gulf is a great choice. We offer a variety of annual rentals in Naples. 

If any of these options seem like the best fit for you, let us know! In addition to giving you information on the benefits of planning a vacation, we can also help you plan your trip to paradise!

Now that you’ve decided where you want to go, it’s best to plan your vacation five to eight months in advance. This will give you time to pick the perfect vacation rental and talk to our team of Vacation Planning Advisers about your options. You can also use this time to plan your road trip to the Sunshine State if you’ll be driving, or secure airfare if you’ll be traveling by plane. We’re here for you if you need any help!


Booking a Vacation in Advance with Royal Shell

If you’re more of a last-minute vacation type of person, that’s ok! We hope these benefits of planning a vacation help you have a memorable vacation in paradise. If you prefer to book last-minute, we can help with that, too. If you have questions or need assistance putting together the trip of a lifetime, our Vacation Planning Advisers are a phone call away.

Planning a vacation gives you something to look forward to, always makes bad days seem better, ensures you’ll get to do and see everything on your trip and makes the vacation considerably less stressful.


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