Expedia trip tips: 6 ways to have the best beach vacation ever

Expedia trip tips: 6 ways to have the best beach vacation ever

July 18th, 2013

beachpostBy Natalie Marusin

As we sit and daydream at our desks and cubicles, work tends to fade into the background while visions of a sandy beach with crystal clear water comes to mind. So, it’s no surprise that the beach is the most popular vacation destination for Americans, according to Expedia’s 2013 Flip Flop Report, a survey conducted annually on behalf of Expedia by Harris Interactive.

So, as you plan the next beach vacation of your dreams, consider the following six ways to make the most of your sand-filled trip and experience the best beach vacation ever.

Book online. Since nearly one third (31 percent) of Americans prefer taking a trip to the sandy shores, it’s no wonder that how you book your vacation is one of the most important steps to land you ocean-side for less.

Expedia’s 2013 Flip Flop Report states that 77 percent of Americans book their beach vacations online. And, while at their sunny destinations, 36 percent prefer staying at all-inclusive resorts, while 21 percent book their stay at a vacation house.

No matter how you plan to stay at your beach destination, booking online can be a great way to save you money. Check out the Expedia page through ShopAtHome.com and get up to 7.5 percent Cash Back on your purchases. Great deals plus Cash Back? Booking your vacation has never been easier on your wallet.

Go for a stroll. Once you’ve hit the shore, how will you spend your day? According to Expedia’s 2013 Flip Flop Report, 78 percent of Americans who hit the beach prefer to take walks along the water. So, let that towel dry and get those legs moving across the sand. Not into checking out the scenery? After walking on the beach, 64 percent of beach-goers prefer “people-watching,” 61 percent favor swimming and 56 percent enjoy sunbathing.

Have no fear. We admit, if Jaws hadn’t scarred us for life, we would be swimming out a lot further into open waters. Apparently, we’re not alone. Sixteen percent of Americans join us in our fear of sharks, according to the Flip Flop Report. But the biggest fear on the beach? Getting your belongings stolen — something 54 percent of Americans worry about.

Lather on the SPF. As you probably already know, slathering on sunscreen can hold a major role in making your beach trip an absolute hit … or a grueling and painful miss. And America agrees, with 40 percent of U.S. citizens reporting they use a high SPF sunscreen and reapply generously throughout the day when soaking up the sun.

Get that bod beach-ready. Fad diets, extreme workouts and cleanses — we’ve heard it all when it comes to getting a bikini body before you hit the beach. So, how does the rest of America prepare to bare? The 2013 Flip Flop Report states that 46 percent of American’s don’t hit the gym at all; they prepare by buying a new swimsuit. Nearly one-third (33 percent) work out, 26 percent go on a diet and 13 percent hit the waxing studio before they let it all hang out on the sand.

To Speedo, or not to Speedo? Oh, the all-important question. Surprisingly (or should we say alarmingly?), according to Expedia, 65 percent of beach-goers worldwide find the Speedo-style male swimsuit acceptable. But, before you celebrate and grab one for your closest male friend, only 52 percent of Americans think of the Speedo as acceptable beach attire. The most popular swimsuit for American males? Fifty-two percent prefer baggy and loose swim trunks.

Now, excuse us as we go back to daydreaming of the beach. Sand. Waves. Pina Coladas. … How many vacation days do we have left, again?

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Natalie Marusin is a Colorado native fresh on the blog scene. She writes and edits for the Online Shopping Report at ShopAtHome.com. She graduated with an English degree from Colorado State University, and previously wrote for MileHighSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @ncmarusin.

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