Below are four easy ways to make the most of your travels.
1. Create an itinerary
Having an itinerary can really help you to make the most of your time on holiday. Knowing what you’re going to do on which days before you arrive at the destination will save you a bunch of time and energy deciding on these things when you’re there. Check online for free online itinerary builders to make your own custom itinerary template for travel – there’s plenty out there!
2. Book a tour
If you want to save yourself the added time, stress and hassle that comes with creating your own itinerary, have somebody else do it. Guided tour companies handle all the organization, prep work and transportation for visiting landmarks in the area so you don’t have to. They often hire locals to guide the tours too, so you’re more likely to learn ‘inside information’ about the destination, not to mention uncover hidden gems within the city that you wouldn’t otherwise know about. What’s more, joining a group tour gives you the opportunity to socialise with fellow travellers. In some cases, the relationships built last even after the tour ends.
3. Be brave
If you’re planning to explore the destination without guided help, be brave choosing where you go and what you do. Don’t just stick to the tourist spots or highest rated restaurants on Trip Advisor. Explore the destination’s side streets and smaller eateries; talk to the locals; and don’t be scared to try things that are out of your comfort zone, be it a daring activity or peculiar dish.
4. Learn something new
Travelling gives you the opportunity to experience new things. Take advantage of that opportunity; use your vacation time to learn a new skill or pursue a hobby. If you’re stuck for ideas, research the destination you’re visiting and find out what kind of activities are popular with the locals. You’ll learn something new, have fun and feel more immersed in the local culture by, say, learning to salsa in Cuba.
What do you do to make the most of your vacation time?