Follow these handy tips and make your trip a whole lot more pleasurable
As we all know, travelling can be fun, stressful and a whole lot of other feelings mixed in between. I’ve travelled around and realised that there are a few things you can do to get the best out of your trip, see the things you want to see, do the things you want to do, do things on a budget and create the best memories. You might be thinking that it’s easy for me to say that and everyone is different but if you follow these simple tips you will get the best out your travel experience and you will want to do it all over again…trust me!
1. Research, research and do a little more research!
You have your itinerary but is that really enough? It’s a great idea to do some in-depth research about your destination. Check which hotels or hostels are nearby to the attractions you want to see, if there are any restaurants you must visit while in town, how much an uber costs and if there are any insider tips about where you’re going. Knowledge is power – so the more you know, the better the experience.
I was in Paris, staying at a great place called Le Village Hostel and before I arrived in the city I calculated how far away each attraction was from the hostel – this gave me a great picture of how to navigate around town.
2. What do you want to achieve on your trip?
So you plan on taking a month off work to travel South America and part of your trip is a visit to Brazil. You want to go snorkelling in Rio while your other travelling companions want to check out the Christ the Redeemer statue. This can be stressful and cause conflict between the group. It’s a good idea to set a group goal before the trip and figure out what is it everyone wants to do? This way it avoids any weird situations when the trip begins.
3. Pack light, don’t pack tight!
It’s easy to pack too much – I’ve been guilty of this as well. You’ve just got off a 10hr flight and you need to get your luggage from the baggage reclaim. It’s the last thing you want to do. If you’re away for longer than a few days then it’s understandable to pack a few extra things but if you pack only the things you need then your trip is going to be that much better. Leave those heels at home, pack sandals and usually if you’re staying in an apartment they have facilities for you to wash your clothes anyway.
I was over in Edinburgh visiting my then boyfriend who was working there for a month. We were staying at a serviced apartment complex that had the likes of laundry facilities, a hair dryer and the usual things we take for granted at home. (The hotel was in Edinburgh and was right next to the Edinburgh Playhouse – which is a must visit by the way.)
Packing light leads to a stress free, more exciting holiday.
4. Ask, because if you don’t, you don’t get!
I’ve always been one to ask for upgrades, anywhere I’ve been. Whether that’s a crappy hostel in Toronto or a 4 star boutique hotel in Miami, it’s great to get a free deal.
Sometimes you’ve travelled for a while and want to relax in business class. Make any excuse at the check-in desk, and the clerk who’s dealing with you might be in a good mood because as I’ve previously said… if you don’t ask, you don’t get!
5. Have fun and take care!
Going on holiday and travelling is meant to be fun, so have fun! Enjoy the moments, the not so best moments and take care of each other. At the end of the day, that’s the whole point isn’t it?