Have you ever gone on a vacation that turned out horribly? Do you love to travel but feel stressed out when you do? Perhaps you arrived at a hotel that looked nothing like what the pictures online showed, or maybe you wasted far too much time sleeping in because you didn’t plan ahead for jet lag and stuck to a busy schedule just so you could see everything.
Holidays don’t happen very often and it’s even less likely that we get to travel around the world, so we rarely think back to the mistakes that we made and our travel memories are usually filled with fun activities and memorable moments. Unfortunately, phasing out those bad memories does us no good because then we struggle with planning our next holiday. In this article, we’re going to bring back some potentially horrid travel memories that you might have and tell you how to avoid them in the future.
Don’t Force Your Vacations
The worst feeling to experience when you arrive at your hotel is thinking “I’d rather be at home.” The biggest issue with holidays is that we seldom take them, meaning they’re something that we look forward to and embark on as part of a routine to get away from our home country. However, just because you have a couple of days or even weeks off work, it doesn’t mean that you absolutely have to go on holiday.
Holidays cost a lot of money and you’re essentially putting yourself in unfamiliar territory. If you just don’t feel like going on an adventure and getting out of your home then don’t force it. It’s a mistake to push yourself to go on a holiday if it’s not something you’ve been planning for a while. While it is fun to be spontaneous, don’t feel like you have to be. Just because it seems like everyone else is traveling does not mean you have to as well.
People often say that traveling will enlighten you and help you find yourself, but that’s not necessarily true. While there are many benefits to traveling, you should always do what is best for you when it comes to traveling. For some people, this means jumping on every opportunity available to travel. However, it’s okay to limit your vacations to once every year if you want to. Whatever works for you and your family is the best way to plan vacations.
Don’t Bring People You Don’t Like
A fairly blunt but realistic tip. Don’t bring people along on your holiday if you don’t enjoy hanging out with them. All it will do is create conflict, disagreements and potentially ruin the entire experience. This is especially true if you’re not on the same wavelength. For example, some people love nightlife and clubbing while others want to see and experience cultural and traditional things instead.
Going on holiday alone is completely acceptable if you really want to visit somewhere. If you do want to take a friend, make sure they’re compatible with you by telling them your plan, what you want to see and how long you’ll go for. Remember; they’re coming along for the ride, so you still make up the rules unless you’re not bothered and just want some company. Either way, if you go on holiday with others, make sure you get along first.
Don’t Pack Too Much
If you plan to bring back a lot of souvenirs then the worst thing you can do is pack your bags to the brim. You need to leave some space for the stuff you plan to bring back and there’s always a chance that your meticulously packaged bags will be a complete mess when you come back home, resulting in a slightly bulkier bag that you need to organize before you can head on the plane back home.
If possible, bring a small bag instead. This will make long-distance travel easier since you won’t be lugging around a heavy bag everywhere. Small bags are also more convenient since you won’t need to check it in as luggage and you can keep it with you on the plane. Being more agile and mobile throughout a holiday is never a bad thing. If you are flying, it’s always a good idea to pack light to avoid luggage fees. Plus, the more you have with you , the more you’ll have to worry about. It’s your vacation – don’t worry about your stuff, it will be there waiting when you return home.
Don’t Leave Accommodation to the Last Minute
With all the accommodation options available now there’s no excuse not to search it up on the internet and plan everything well before you need to depart. Always look for places to stay at the location instead of relying on big-name hotel chains. For instance, you could search for Carlsbad resorts if you’re visiting California, or you can search for capsule hotels if you’re going to Japan. Every country has their own unique style of accommodation and rules that they need to follow for services like Airbnb. By doing your research, you can find both cheaper and more luxurious accommodation that can easily fit your needs.
The internet is a great place to search, but friends and family members with recommendations can be even better if you’re willing to ask around. In fact, if you know people at the destination you’re going to, then you could ask those people for recommendations or if you’re lucky they might even let you stay with them. Whatever you do, make sure you’re not leaving your accommodation arrangements at the last minute.
Don’t Try to Do Everything
Since you’re on holiday, it’s important to relax a bit and let yourself go a little. Don’t focus too much on trying to use up every single hour of every day on something that you’ve planned beforehand because unforeseen circumstances can always pop up and ruin the day. At most, you should be playing one or two things each day so that you have time to relax, walk around and be more spontaneous instead of sticking to a rigid schedule.
It’s understandable that there are a lot of things that you want to see in the country or destination that you’re going to, but you need to understand that over-planning can be a bad thing when ti comes to travel. There’s a very high chance that you will miss certain events and your schedule could get completely ruined because you’re not used to things like travel times and delays. If you absolutely want to see everything the country has to offer, consider booking a longer holiday or following up with a future holiday to see what you might miss the first time. This will even give you something to look forward to in the future.
Traveling can be amazing, but it can also be stressful. If you make smart decisions and avoid common mistakes, you are sure to have great experiences every time. Traveling should be fun, but also relaxing. Keep these tips in mind before embarking on your next adventure.