In recent years, you have come around to the realization that you need to make time in your life for travel. After having focused on your career for several years, the wear and tear of it all has left you feeling aches and pains in parts of your body that haven’t hurt that way before.
In the near future, you might not have the stamina to venture to the places in the world that you have always wanted to visit, leading you to this watershed moment in your life. Now that you have decided to take the plunge, you wonder, “How does one go about having a solid vacation?” It’s a very good question to ask, as there are a lot of factors that go into having an excellent trip, whether it lasts two weeks, two months, or two years.
This article will walk you through all the things that you need to keep in mind when planning a vacation and while you are on that vacation. You’ll definitely want to search online with websites such as Flybe to get the best deal on a ticket, once that’s done start focusing on the topics below.
First, make an honest appraisal of all your interests, and that of any travel partners that are coming with you. Things are easy if you are going solo, so don’t be afraid to jettison any points of interest that don’t resonate with you if you are alone. If you’re not a big temple person, don’t visit every wat in Bangkok out of a sense of duty to people back home that have no vested interest in your trip. Also, if you aren’t into wildlife, you don’t need to do a safari in South Africa…
If you are with a person that like temples though, compromise by offering to venture to major attractions (like the Grand Palace, in keeping with the Bangkok example), in exchange for your partner humoring you on things that you like but they don’t. If this doesn’t work, schedule some solo wandering time and meet up somewhere later!
Secondly, don’t leave home without signing up for a travel insurance package. These policies may be offered through your place of employment, or the insurance company that covers your home/car, or even through your credit card company. Whoever you go with, make sure that you tick off this important box, as ending up in a foreign hospital can end up becoming a five-figure mistake (or worse).
If you have pets or property, get a house sitter to take care of things on your end while you are gone. Available through many trusted web services, they will care for your fur babies, while making sure that the lawn is cut, the mail is taken in, etc., which will deter thieves and avoid expensive kennel bills.
Once you are on the ground in your chosen destination, there are a few more things to keep in mind to ensure a solid first vacation overseas:
(1)Learn about local customs beforehand, so that you don’t accidently offend locals and end up in sticky situations you didn’t expect.
(2)Manage your expectations, as things won’t work out the way you think they will much of the time; as such, don’t let it get you down … the way things are is just the ways things are. Also, always find the good in situations you find yourself in, and you’ll find yourself feeling better in no time!
(3)Be flexible, as you may meet fun people who you may want to hang with on short notice, or you may hear about a cool place that you can only fit in if your other “planned” activities aren’t set in stone.
This might seem a little complicated at the outset of your first travel adventure, but the skill set behind having a solid vacation is much like learning how to ride a bicycle: once you get it down, it’s like second nature in all the other times that you head out into the great beyond in search of adventure!