5 Tips for an Enjoyable Summer Trip

By Abilene CVB on June 14, 2021


Summer travel season is in full swing. While many are anxious to hit the road, the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau has a few tips to help ensure you have a pleasant trip.

1. Call Ahead

Travel-related businesses across the country have been affected by COVID-19. Many are operating with reduced staff and hours. If you are traveling a distance, it is important to call ahead to confirm hours and availability. Please do not rely solely on printed materials, Google listings, social media updates, or websites as many are not kept up-to-date due to staff shortages or other challenges. The best way to ensure your destination is open is to speak directly with a staff member.

2. Plan your overnight stops

Holiday Inn Express - Abilene, Kansas
With so many people traveling, it is important to plan your overnight stops before you arrive to ensure you have a place to stay. After a long day of traveling, nobody enjoys hotel hunting. This is also true if you're traveling with an RV. RV travel is very popular right now resulting in crowded campgrounds and limited availability.

3. Consider lesser-known attractions

Popular outdoor attractions are swamped right now making for longer-than-normal wait times and crowds. Consider visiting some lesser-known, but equally as amazing attractions. Need ideas? Pick up a copy of the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers.

Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers

4. Be patient

Many businesses are struggling to find help and hospitality businesses are no exception. Please be kind to waitresses, cashiers, cooks, clerks, front desk staff, and others. They are working hard to keep these important businesses open to serve travelers.

5. Check road conditions and gas prices

Not only is it summer travel season, but it is also road construction season. Orange construction cones are scattering the state. Check the Kansas Department of Transportation’s KanDrive website for the latest road construction information.


Gas prices are also on the rise. Save money by checking gas prices in neighboring towns. Note, Abilene is known for its lower gas prices!


 And lastly, if you have a great visit, make sure to leave a positive review to help others.

By following these five tips, you are sure to have a more enjoyable vacation!