5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Vacation

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Vacations are hard to come by these days so make sure you enjoy yours to the fullest when you can. Here are five ways to get the most out of your vacation!

1. PUT THE CAMERA DOWN! Okay, I may sound like a hypocrite but I don’t mean skip pictures altogether. Take a few pictures and then enjoy the moment. Having pictures is wonderful because you can go back and relive your vacation but not every moment needs to be captured. Also, putting the camera down will help you engage with your travel companions.

2. RELAX!  Take some time to sit in a cafe and watch the city pass you by. Some of my favorite moments have been sitting at a sidewalk cafe and people watching.  Just because there’s a lot to see in a city doesn’t mean you have to see it all.  Relax and observe the locals, the tourists, and the location.

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3. THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND!  In America, we’re very cautious about almost everything. In other countries, some activities may seem dangerous but they’re allowed.  So, when you head off on your adventure, you should have fun as long as you stay safe!

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4. GO WITH THE FLOW! Don’t micro-manage your vacation.  Some people are planners, like me, and others like to wing it once they arrive.  So, if you can’t wing it the whole trip then plan a few things for each day and then go where the wind takes you.  You might end up having a great time!

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5. KNOW WHERE TO SPLURGE! This is by far the best advice I can offer.  If you stay on budget, that will take away some of your stress but knowing where to splurge will make you feel extra special. (a) Skip the pricey breakfasts and lunches and splurge on dinner (b) walk around the city and save expensive taxis for going longer distances (c) buy wine/alcohol for your room – this saves money on purchasing pricey drinks before and after you go out and lastly (d) in less expensive cities, book a nicer hotel as you are saving money on your overall budget.

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Traveling can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be.  Follow these tips and you’re on your way to enjoying your next vacation even more than the last!


Do you have any tried-and-true tips for getting the most out of your vacation?

 

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  1. Reply

    I can’t agree more about the first point!
    Sometimes I think people hardly know what’s REALLY around them because they see it only through the viewfinder or on the screen.

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      Thank you, Monica! Yes, it can be difficult as we have become a society obsessed with photography but it can be done.

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    I suggest an addition to the list: Challenge yourself to eat something new. Food is also a great way to connect with local cultures.

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      Yes, I love eating new foods! We try new foods in every country and we’ve become very adventurous. Good addition!

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    Definitely know where to splurge! I don’t think for one minute I could put the camera down. Been doing it 25 years now…creature of habit. 😉 Just much cheaper not having to develop film. (even sounds foreign just saying the word now)

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      Yeah, it’s hard to put the camera down but not everything has to be seen from behind a lense. Can’t remember the last time I developed film!

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    Loved it and found doing them myself. Will follow your advice next time 🙂

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      Thanks, Himanshu! Hope you enjoy your next vacation!

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    I HATE vacationing with people who plan it all in advance!! Ugh.. I plan a little, but maybe not enough as my boyfriend would say 🙂 lol

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      Haha, Bobbi! Yeah, I used to be a planner (not every minute) but I like to have an idea of what to do. I hate arriving at a destination and everyone says “so what do you want to do?” and no one has any idea. Plus, I don’t like going home and feeling like I missed some cool places. I’m still a planner but now it’s more of an outline of things in the area and we can choose from there or go with the flow!

    • mar
    • October 4, 2015
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    It is definitively important to disconnect, to be able to put the phone down, the laptop down, even the TV down, and enjoy the moment and the company. You do’t have to travel half way across the world to end up spending valuable time with your loved one, on the phone.

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      I agree, it’s so important to connect with your travel companions. There’s nothing on my phone that’s more interesting than where I am at that moment. If I wanted to see what my friends were doing back home I could have stayed at home, lol! We should all put down our devices and participate a bit more.

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    I totally agree with this! Some of the most relaxing vacations I have had have been because I put the camera down. And I definitely agree with the idea of knowing when to splurge – I love to splurge on food!

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      We love to splurge on food too! However, some of the best meals we’ve had have been on the street or from a cart!

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    Thanks for this! It’s definitely a keen balancing act between putting the camera down and disconnecting and making sure you’re enjoying the moment. It’s had to enjoy being in the moment and trying to preserve the moment at the same time! But I’ve come to slowly realize that I wuld prefer to indeed put the camera down and that our trips live on in our memories – we don’t always need to be viewing the world through a camera lens when we’re right there and can be enjoying it with our own two eyes!!

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      Thanks, Meg! Yes, it’s so hard to find that balance. I’ve been trying harder to put the camera down but it’s not easy. I guess it’s a process and it doesn’t help that I need to take pictures for work. Although, I’ve started taking a certain amount of time to take pictures and then the rest of the time I just enjoy the location.

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    These are all great tips! I struggle with #1 and being in the moment sometimes. However, my camera has also led to some great encounters with local people, and I do love to preserve memories. I definitely agree with #4. I used to be such a planner, but going with the flow and seeing where the day takes you can make for some unbelievable memories.

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      Yes, it’s really hard to put the camera down at times but it really is a good idea. I’m certainly not advocating for being camera free because I’m a huge fan of photography but now I take some time at each destination to enjoy the view and take pictures. #4 was a hard one for me. Now, I reasearch and make a list of possible things to do and then we can pick and choose when we arrive. Sometimes we do nothing on the list and sometimes things on the list lead us to other cool things to do!

  9. Reply

    Me being a travel junkie, this informative post is of great help! Very useful tips have been suggested by you which should be followed by the travellers. I’ve an imminent trip, so will take care to follow the guidelines.

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