Everyone has made their fair share of errors when it comes to traveling. Whether it be packing way to heavily, completely botching hotel and car arrangements, or spending way too much on public transportation because you didn’t inquire beforehand, the list of happenings is positively endless. With a few preparations, mistakes can be less likely, but getting the best experience out of your next vacation can be a piece of cake.
What to Pack for Your Vacay
Packing for trips can seem pretty daunting for anyone. Some people pack too much, others pack too little, and in the end, it’s all just really a headache. Making a checklist of items beforehand seems to be the way to go. One of the best thought out ideas is to pack clothing lightly; picking a few items that all work well together, because it’s always fun to purchase a t-shirt or other clothing item from the location you’re visiting. Another recommendation is to photocopy important documents, such as your passport, and place them in different bags just in case of a misplacement by the airline and/or to have it easily accessible.
What to Do Before You Leave on Vacation
Before you rush out of your home to catch a plane, your ride, etc., be sure to accomplish a few things to diminishnuisances when you’re supposed to be relaxing. Calling your credit card company or banks and letting them know you’re traveling can prevent a major halt in your traveling experience. Also, if you’re adventuring solo (which is highly recommended you do sometime in your life), let someone close by know where and when you’re going for your safety. In addition to that, if you’re planning your trip to a country of a different language, research a few common phrases such as ‘thank you’, ‘please’ and ‘I’m sorry’. Politeness goes a long way wherever you are. Correspondingly learning the phrase for ‘Where’s your favorite bar located?’ can also lead to a wonderful experience.
Slow Down and Have a Good Trip
You may have the desire to plan every second of your trip, but leaving a little freedom leads to the best traveling experiences. It also leads to less annoyance when that line to the museum was three hours long and you missed your lunch reservations. By not planning every millisecond of your journey, you’re allowing yourself so many more opportunities. Ask locals where their favorite spots are, or what they enjoy doing. Put down your technology and actually observe an area first hand without distractions. Feel free to take photos and write down happenings but do not just view the location through your tech, really get a physical sense for being there. Allocate some time to be spontaneous and perchance purposefully get lost.
Make the Most Out of Your Vacation
When it comes down to it, have some fun. Don’t worry too much about the little inevitable setbacks, and enjoy your time. Slow down and relish the scenery, the culture, and the people, by doing this you’ll get the best experience during your vacation.