I already wrote this once. Let’s see if WordPress eats it again. Just finishing a fantastic holiday, I’m realizing Hubs and I have finally managed to get a few things right when it comes to traveling. I’ve not thought of work and I’ve experienced a lot on this trip I previously hadn’t. I thought I would share a few of our tips!
- Google Maps is your friend
This one requires a bit of homework up front, but the payoff is worth it. Download a map offline and start pinning various places you want to visit. Doing this will help you get a feel for the city you’re visiting before you ever arrive and ensure you don’t miss out on any of the places you want to see. It will also help you plan out routes that make the best use of your time and energy and prevent any last minute stress upon arrival.
- Do something for yourself.
Hubs likes getting tattoos and we always make time in our schedule to make this happen. We also like to eat well and usually arrange reservations for at least one nice place. I think it’s important to remember that vacation is a celebration of not working – so it’s good to do something that is special and a reminder that you’re on holiday.
- Plan for down time.
Further to above, it’s important to use a vacation to refresh and re-energize – it can be as simple as leaving time for a nap, loading up on a show you’ve been meaning to catch up on, or reading a book you’ve been meaning to. Yes, you’ll want to spend as much time as possible wherever you’re visiting, but give yourself time to simply relax. Also, in the case of bad weather, don’t feel too bad – with down time, there won’t be any disappointment of missing out on things.
- Make technology work for you.
I love traveling with our Apple TV! Slingbox is amazing! Free wifi is everywhere. There were numerous occasions where we were able to look something up or reference our next stop – resulting in a new bag for Hubs and a bunch of great stops for food and drinks.
- Do something cultural.
There are obvious museums and galleries for most cities you will visit, but with a little research you can find something cool like the Collective Six (free!), the Icelandic Phallological Museum or the Katten Museum. Broaden your google search terms and be prepared for some of the most interesting places a city can offer. Even if it’s your home town or a location you’ve visited numerous times – there is always something new!
6. Always have cash.
We always make sure to have somewhere between 20-50 USD/EUR/GBP (or whatever the local currency is) of where we’re going. Sure, we live in a mostly cashless society, but there are always going to be time when it’s easier to have cash.
7. Go easy on social media.
Yeah, I could do better at this one. I genuinely look at it as being so excited that I want to share my experiences with everyone, but I also have a tendency to overdo it.
8. Bring a water bottle.
Hubs and I prefer the Brita Sport Filter Water Bottle. Actually, if you’re me (and have issues with low blood sugar) bring along a Coke and something to eat.
9. Always send postcards.
Who doesn’t love to get mail? I inherited a love of post from my grandmother and always pre-address postcards for friends and family. Also, trying to track down stamps can sometimes add an extra
10. Don’t be afraid to be a tourist.
You’re in a city, town or country for a reason – lean in! Go for it!!
11. Learn the local way to say “thank you” – this will go much further than you think. Just a few ways we’ve learned:
Kom som needa
I’m sure I’m missing something here – what do you recommend?