"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world," French novelist Gustave Flaubert wrote. We are creatures of habit and many of us don't explore local towns or cities, let alone another country. However, for those who do, it can be a life-changing and a costly experience. "Americans spent an average of $2.7 billion a day, $113.1 million an hour, $1.9 million a minute and $31,400 a second in 2016 on travel expenses," ustravel.org reported. In the U.S., 4 out of 5 domestic trips were taken for vacation as well. Despite the sluggish economy, people are looking to plan a getaway and we don't blame them. We all want to create long lasting memories and want an escape from the routine of daily life. But as exciting vacations are, they can be a headache to execute and can be stressful. Booking hotels, rental cars and flights can become quite meticulous and exhausting. However, a vacation can become quite meaningful if we follow some guidelines. Here are 5 steps to plan the perfect vacation.