7 Practical Tips on How to Make the Most Out of Your Travels
With an abundance of must-see lists, reviews, and tour possibilities, traveling these days can sometimes feel pretty stressful and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. In this article I’ve put together seven practical travel tips to help you make the most of your travels (plus the majority of the points are easy and free!).
#1. Slow down
There’s no better way to get the most out of your travel time than by slowing things down. Don’t put yourself on a strict schedule or you’ll wind up feeling exhausted by the end of your trip and in need of another vacation! Try to explore at a leisurely pace. If you find that things are too slow for your liking, plan on doing one day of tours/activities, followed by one day of rest and relaxation, and repeat. Lottoland writes about the benefits of slow travel and has plenty of slow travel destination suggestions for you to gather some ideas for your next trip!
#2. Embrace spontaneity
Sometimes the best travel moments are the unplanned ones. It’s great to have a rough plan of what you’d like to do during your trip, but if you remain open-minded, who knows where each new day will take you. You could make some unexpected new travel buddies, or end up at a hard-to-find restaurant, or maybe find yourself on an exhilarating adventure tour you’d never even heard of.
#3. Don’t be afraid to talk to locals
You might just make a new friend, find out about a fun local hangout, or get some insider information about the place you’re visiting. Plus, it can be refreshing to talk to someone that isn’t another traveler. It’s also helpful to try to learn some of the local language – even if you can’t master the pronunciation, most people you meet will appreciate the attempt.
#4. Be an early bird
This point might not be for everyone, but if you don’t mind waking up early, you’ll reap the rewards of having most tourist attractions all to yourself if you’re there before opening time. It’s also interesting to explore places before they get busy – oftentimes you might stumble across little details that would otherwise be lost in the crowd.
And if you’re a photographer, early morning (and evening!) is often when the light is just right to get some special shots.
#5. Purchase travel insurance
Many of us might be of the mindset that “it’ll never happen to me”, but you never know when you might fall ill to a bad bout of food poisoning or need to visit a local doctor for prescription medication. If you purchase travel insurance before you leave home, you’ll be covered for the worst – just in case. Today, there are so many travel insurance options on the market so it’s best to shop around to get the coverage that’s right for you.
#6. Pack less
By packing minimally you’ll have the freedom to travel with only a carry on, saving you time and energy when it comes to navigating airports and city streets, and choosing what to wear. Stick to packing neutral colors to ensure all your clothing items can be worn with one another, and roll each item to save space in your luggage. If your trip is longer than a few days, plan on doing laundry at your destination. And should you forget to bring or run out of something important, essential clothing and toiletry items can always be purchased abroad.
#7. Finally, remain flexible
Sometimes plans change last minute, tours get cancelled, and the weather sucks. Not every day will be picture-perfect, but by keeping an open mind and staying flexible you’ll allow yourself the grace to go with the natural flow of your travel days, and therefore have that much more of an enjoyable and stress-free trip.