Going on vacation is something we all look forward to. It’s often a long awaited, much anticipated, and well deserved time to kick back, relax, and escape the mundane routine and stresses of our everyday lives.
However, it can be stressful trying to plan the perfect holiday, especially in the days leading up to the big day. Whether you intend to relax on the beach in Mexico, backpack across Europe, or explore Asia, here are some tips on how to get the most out of your vacation:
Research the Area
Find out what there is to do and see in the area. This includes the must see attractions and local hot spots that you know you don’t want to miss. However, this doesn’t mean sticking to a jam packed schedule of back to back activities; it can be exhausting. Plan some down time to prepare for the next activity, and take in what you’ve done so far.
In addition, research appropriate dress, laws, and the expected weather during your stay. This will give you an idea of what to expect so you can be better prepared.
Get Things Out of the Way
Book the things you know you don’t want to worry about when you arrive at your destination in advance. Arrange a taxi to pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. Someone will be holding your name up on a card, waiting for you to arrive. It speeds up the process of getting your vacation started and feels very VIP. You can also check-in to your flight online to avoid the long line at the airport. Most airlines allow you to check-in 24 hours prior to your flight. It’s these sorts of things that can be frustrating in the moment, so why not deal with them ahead of time? It will make travelling a lot smoother.
Whether you’re strolling the airport or getting off a ferry, there’s nothing worse than lugging unnecessary baggage around. Don’t pack the things you might wear; chances are you’ll end up wearing only half of what you brought. You will regret packing things you didn’t wear or use.
Leave Your Phone Behind
The reason: you’re on vacation! If you can’t leave it behind, turn it off. This may be hard for some of you, but taking a break from technology is a breath of fresh air. It forces you to enjoy the moment.
Experience the Culture
Sometimes going beyond the touristy areas (if it is safe to do so) is the best way to really soak in a culture. Try authentic foods and talk to locals. Locals have the best insight on the things you must see and do.
Live in the Moment
This may seem cliché, but if you are flexible and open to spontaneity you are bound to have more fun. Doing things you didn’t plan on, or trying something you never imagined is half the excitement. These are the memories you’ll find yourself sharing.
It is important to know that no vacation is flawless. There will always be hiccups that you can’t plan for, so go with the flow and let things happen.