Congratulations for finally taking your leave days for the first time. Understandably, you love traveling, but, did you know that that failing to take your leave puts you at a high risk of getting sick and you will still get fired anyway? With that out of the way, how about some tips on how to make every minute of your vacation worthwhile? Packing is essential, but it isn’t essential. In this article, we highlight all you need to do from the moment you step out of your home:
- Get up early
It may sound off knowing that you live in one of the most beautiful and coziest apartments in Fort York only to wake up early in another part of the world which isn’t as cozy as your home. However, it is part of the experience and within a day, you will appreciate the new town or village. Think about it this way – if you rise early, you will have all the attractions to yourself. There are no crowds in the morning, and it is all quiet.
So, if you’d like some solitude, nice photos and a chance to interact with the locals in a relaxed setting. You can also explore sketchy areas which are safer in the morning than during the day.
- Be patient
Your flight may delay and you will run out money, lose money, and miss your bus. These happen to every traveler, and you shouldn’t get worked up! Instead, learn to m\ake the most out of the unfortunate events. For instance, you may take a walk or explore the town as you figure out your next move. Just don’t sweat the little things.
If you are scared of running out of money from the ATM, have a secret stash of cash. That bundle of cash will save you in case of an emergency.
- Laugh at your foolishness
Even if you are naturally uptight, laughing at your foolishness is easier than feeling embarrassed and beating yourself up. Life isn’t as serious as you perceive it to be, don’t take it too seriously.
- Pack a scarf
You can never go wrong with a scarf. Besides keeping you warm, you’ll also need it for sun protection, as an eye mask, a makeshift towel and you can also use it to carry stuff around.
- Back up Everything
There is a reason why there are cloud-based storage solutions for individual use. You can lose your phone and your computer anywhere, and you don’t want to lose important information. To protect your documents and photos, back them up. You should also keep physical and digital copies of your travel documents, health insurance, birth certificates, serial numbers and important phone numbers just in case.
- Say Hello and Smile
Perhaps you find it weird to smile at strangers or to say hello back at home. But, when on unfamiliar grounds, use your brightest smile and be courteous by saying hello. It doesn’t hurt. These subtle forms of communication will help if you are having trouble with the local language. Remember that your body language speaks too, don’t let it betray your smile.
- Splurge a little
Living on a shoestring budget gets old, and despite your big plan to only spend a few dollars a day, you should use some of your hard-earned money on a fancy hotel or restaurant for a few days.
Other ideas include trying Couchsurfing, having an open mind, volunteer, eat local food, get lost purposely, slow down and say yes more. Finally, pack light and don’t over plan. These ideas will go a long way in making your trip memorable.