The New Year brings on a new urge to get out and experience the world. Whether you’re taking a road trip to the next state, sailing away on a relaxing cruise, or flying halfway around the world- it is always important to travel smart! The following are a few of the travel tips that I have learned and put to good use within the past few years.
First and foremost, pack lighter! There is no point in wasting space on a ridiculous pair on unpractical shoes. They might be the perfect accessory for a night out, but only bring what you absolutely need! It is also important to re-use clothes. If you are going somewhere cold, pack layers that you can wear and then re-wear to save some space. When I travel, I typically only bring a couple pairs of pants and I just alternate them. Some destinations will even offer laundry services if needed. I have also learned that instead of folding my clothes, I roll them up extremely tight and small. It not only saves me a TON of space, but it also leaves many less wrinkles than if they were folded tightly together. If you are having trouble setting boundaries with yourself and how much you bring enlist a friend to help!
One common thing is to talk about going on a vacation, even to start planning a little just to put it off. So, stop putting it off! Family, finances, your career… these are all valid reasons to not go on a trip, but most of the time after a nice vacation you will return refreshed, reinvigorated and will be even better for work, friends and family. Don’t forget, you have one life on this planet. Stop making excuses and start making plans. It doesn’t matter whether your going for a round-the-world extravaganza or simply a weekend away, it’s not going to land on your lap. Identify your true barriers to travel and tackle them head on.
Learning to unplug is one of the most difficult things to do while traveling. The impulse to reach for your smartphone can be almost impossible to resist, but view this as a chance to truly cherish the world around you and experience it first hand rather than through your cellular device. I went on an amazing trip to Machu Picchu about a year ago and the girl I traveled with would not get off of her phone. It was the most frustrating thing and she missed so many organic moments that she will never be able to relive again.
This is a new year and a great time to travel. There is time to plan ahead and navigate a fantastic vacation! Wherever you go, have fun and be safe! Keep the phone away, but don’t forget to also capture some photos!