Travelling is an amazing way to experience new things and to enjoy a break from work and your daily life. You want everything to work out just so, with no wasted time, but planning the perfect trip can be incredibly difficult. So how do you do it? What are the most important things to consider?
Be Willing to Scrap the Plan
You probably have at least a basic itinerary planned out, but don’t be afraid to deviate from your schedule. If you find somewhere that you really love, and you want to spend more time there than you originally planned, do it! You are on holiday, so don’t feel like you have to rush around to meet a deadline. Having a plan gives you a good outline so you don’t end up wasting your time, but there is no reason you have to stick to it. Go with what feels good and do the things you enjoy. You won’t regret it.
Immerse Yourself in the Culture
Even if you do not travel far from home, immerse yourself in the things that make it different. The traditional touristy things are fun, but there is a lot more to find. You chose to go there for a reason, so experience something new. Wander off the beaten path in search of interesting things to do. The best way to find the hidden gems is to talk to the people around you, so strike a conversation with the person next to you when you are waiting in a queue for something or at the bus stop. You can learn a lot from talking to people and trying new things.
Before you go, look at what the weather will be like. Your holiday is going to be really uncomfortable if you don’t come prepared for the weather. You shouldn’t dress like a traditional tourist, but you should dress comfortably. You should also make sure that you bring comfortable shoes that are well broken-in. You don’t want to end up with blisters after your first day. If you are going to any religious monuments or more formal places, check the dress code in advance so you can show respect for the place you are visiting. If you are still worried about dressing appropriately, look for travel websites with personal experiences from people who have visited the places you want to see.
The Rules Still Apply
Your holiday is a time to relax, but don’t relax too much. You still have to follow the rules and the laws of the place you are visiting. It can be tempting to knock back one too many drinks and drive around, but the consequences are pretty steep, even if it is your first offence. Many states in the US and countries around the world share information, so you could even face consequences when you get home. Things that happen on holiday don’t always stay on holiday.
Regardless of where you are in the world, you are still responsible for following the law and ignorance isn’t an excuse. Before you kick back and start doing whatever you want, make sure you do your research. If you are leaving the country, look into the laws of the country that you are visiting. You don’t have to become an expert, but you should know some things. Embassies usually have some handy guides, especially the US Embassy, to help you figure out what you need to know.
Once you have done your research, packed your bags, and planned out your trip, don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself. There is no point to travelling and ending up more stressed than you would be at home. Give yourself permission to simply enjoy everything that happens. Take silly photos and laugh it off when you things don’t go exactly to plan. It’s all part of the experience. Bon Voyage!