We know what you're thinking; the weather is getting warmer, and it's time for a little down time. And a long weekend excursion to the beautiful Myrtle Beach area is certainly what the doctor ordered.

In order to make the most of your visit, we've come up with five handy tips to help you plan for that perfect vacation getaway:

1. Check out lodging deals ahead of time
Travelers will find overnight options to fit any budget in Myrtle Beach, which boasts more than 98,000 accommodations. The latest deals from a variety of properties are always available here.

2. Maximize your trip by taking advantage of a non-stop flight
Myrtle Beach International Airport has undergone significant expansion in recent years, translating to more choices for air travelers. Allegiant, Spirit, Porter and WestJet all offer seasonal direct flights to Myrtle Beach from a variety of cities - from New York and Cleveland to Lexington and Toronto.

3. Decide what type of experience you want
Myrtle Beach's 60 miles have something to appeal to every traveler's interests, whether your objective is to relax and unwind or to boost your adrenaline. Activities like strolling through Ripley's Aquarium or participating in the NASCAR Racing Experience will allow you to customize your trip.

4. Don't miss the beach
Make sure you take time to enjoy the area's biggest asset: the beach. Build a sandcastle in North Myrtle Beach, get close to the bustling action at the Boardwalk in central Myrtle Beach, or watch sea turtles in their natural habitat at Huntington Beach State Park. And, with air and water temperatures that remain mild year-round, you can take a dip in the ocean from spring well into the fall.

5. Don't overschedule your trip
You're on vacation, after all, so make sure your weekend plans are enjoyable - not overwhelming. Seek non-time-sensitive locations that allow for an array of stress-free activities in one location, like window shopping at Barefoot Landing or admiring the stunning sculptures and flora at Brookgreen Gardens.

So, there you have it. Five essential tips from us that will ensure your stay in the Myrtle Beach area is memorable, exciting and relaxing. It's the perfect time to take advantage of a mini-vacation, and you've definitely earned it! We can't wait to see you!