I plan a lot of vacations and many of them are my own. People are always asking for my advice when it comes to planning travel and even though I have a lot to give there are some tips that stand out. Over the next few weeks I will highlight 5 of my "best" travel tips.
Travel Tip 1: Have a plan! Most people want to go on vacation to get away from the routine that has become life. In their minds, they just see themselves sitting on a beach, looking out at the abyss and enjoying their favorite fruity drink; with an umbrella, of course. However, as wonderful as this may sound, the reality is there is an adventurer in us all and we need a plan B!
It has happened to us all at one point or another. We are on vacation with another couple or family and we are trying to decide what to do the next day or where to eat our next meal. We spend countless hours, of our priceless vacation time, going back and forth with ideas and no one wants to be the one the first to lead the group. It kind of goes like this; Sue says, “What do you feel like doing tomorrow” and then Bob says, “I don’t know, what do you feel like doing”? Then John chimes in with “Let’s go ziplining” and then Sue reminds him of her bad back and so on. I think you might be getting the point here. Why spend your “priceless” vacation time doing something you could have done in advance.
When I go on vacation most people think I am crazy because I have a planned agenda. I simply say, “I don’t want to go on vacation and be a travel agent, I want to be a traveler and I want to make the most of my vacation”. By having it all planned I have done all the research in advance; regarding places to eat, tours to take and have also been able to figure it all in my budget. This not only saves me time on my vacation and money, as I have planned it all ahead of time, but it also ensures I get to see and do the cool things that make the destination I’m visiting unique. I always balance my agenda so that one day is relaxing and the next day is adventurous, etc. this gives us a nice balance for our trip and allows for spontaneity. There are no rules that say you must follow the agenda to a “T”. I recommend having one, that way when you are all sitting around wondering what to do next you can simply pull out your agenda and you have instant ideas!
Also, it is important to communicate with your travel companions in advance so that everyone is on the same page regarding expectations of the trip. Know that just because you are traveling with multiple people does not mean you must do everything on the trip together. Pick a few days to do things as a group and then leave a few days for breaking off into smaller groups with more common interests.
Having a plan is even more important when you are traveling to a foreign country. You should take into consideration the language barriers that may exist and have a plan to overcome those challenges. Knowing in advance all the sites you want to see, how to get there and how much money they cost will save you so much time and frustration. If you are relying on public transportation, i.e. local bus or train, it is helpful to have the dates and times said transportation operates in your plan. This is helpful in situations where the signage is not in the language you speak.
I hope this tip helps you get the most out of your next vacation. Remember, you are not alone as I can help you get it all planned, so give me a call today to get started. Stay tuned for more travel tips, tricks and deals with Explore Travel Planners LLC.
Angie Conger Hinds
I have a true passion for travel and I want to share my travel knowledge with you. I hope this blog gives you inspiration to EXPLORE the world!
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