If you have a serious case of wanderlust, then you probably have a ton of travel plans for the future. You want to make those experiences incredible each and every time, right? Well, a lot of different things go into making a trip an amazing trip. Here’s how to do it!
Give Yourself Plenty Of Time
Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time, whether you’re going on a trip for a long weekend or indefinitely. You want to make sure you have enough time in the places you visit. If you can’t afford to have a whole week, then make sure you only do the things you really want to do, and not the things you think you should do. Don’t do things just because they are popular and everybody seems to be doing them! You should have time to explore at your own pace too. You won’t have any fun on your trip if you’re rushing from place to place!
Go At The Right Time Of Year
Do lots of research to make sure you visit your chosen place at the right time of year. In an ideal world, you’ll get amazing weather (or the kind of weather you want) and minimal tourists. This isn’t always possible though, so bear that in mind. There are a few places that are pretty good year round, such as Freedom Ski. Make sure you take into account when you can go before you choose your destination.
Do Lots of Research
Doing your research on the place you plan on traveling will help you to avoid any nasty surprises once you arrive. You should know how expensive it is, whether you need vaccinations, local customs and traditions, and so on. You don’t want to inadvertently offend anybody, and you definitely don’t want to come down with a case of malaria! Something that seems harmless in your own country may actually be offensive in another, such as showing your feet or using the wrong hand to shake hands with a person. Make sure you know all of these things!
Go With The Right People (Or Alone)
Make sure that you plan on going away with the right people. You might be great friends with somebody, but if they are unbearably bossy whenever you go to lunch let alone another country, do you really want to travel with them? Make sure you think about this carefully. Going alone isn’t as dangerous as it might sound, and can actually open your eyes and help you to learn a lot about yourself in the process. If you’re frightened, consider a shorter trip first so you can see how you feel. Once you’ve done that, you might just find yourself with the bug and want to go off alone for even longer.
Learn A Few Key Words And Phrases
You don’t have to have 6 months of language classes under your belt. Learning a few key words and phrases can help you to avoid any tricky situations. You hope that they won’t crop up, but you never know. What would you do if you desperately needed the toilet but just didn’t know how to ask where to go? You could also take a phrasebook along with you in case your mind goes blank.
Download Apps To Help You
There are so many apps you can download to help you have fun in the country you’re visiting. Whether you need help choosing a restaurant for dinner or finding somewhere new to stay, there’s an app out there for it. Downloading these in advance will ensure you don’t need to rack up a sky-high phone bill or hunt high and low for free wi-fi.
Go With An Open Mind
Always go traveling with an open mind. Let go of your expectations of the place and people, and just live in the moment. If you hold on too tightly to your expectations of what it will be like, you can end up disappointed. Just let things flow and you’ll have a much better time. It might be very different to what you thought it would be like, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing!
Know How To Stay Safe
Make sure you take precautions on your trip, and know how to stay safe. Do your research so that you know what goes on where you’re visiting. Some precautions can be taken wherever you go. For example, don’t go walking at night alone. Always have a story about where your traveling companion is, even if you are traveling alone. Carry two wallets with you. Don’t carry all of your cash on you at once. Have important numbers written down somewhere. The list goes on! These precautions will help to give you peace of mind, as well as anybody that cares for you at home.
Always get travel insurance, even if you’re pretty sure that you’ll be fine without it. You never know what could happen, and you don’t necessarily need to be on an adventure holiday to hurt yourself or run into trouble. It isn’t too expensive, and it should protect you in the event of an emergency.
Inform Your Bank
Don’t forget to inform your bank on where you’re going either. If you try to use your card abroad and you can’t, it’s probably because they think it is fraudulent activity. When you let your bank know in advance, you can stop this from happening. There’s nothing worse than not being able to access cash in a country where you don’t speak the language. Again, you never know what might happen!
By taking the right precautions and having an open minded view on your trip, you’re bound to have an incredible time. You never know what amazing experiences you might have, and the awesome memories you can make. You might meet some super interesting people, and even make lifelong friends. Traveling is one of the only things that we spend money on that makes us richer, so ensure you’re doing it right!