Manage Your Expectations
First of all, you’re going to want to make sure that no matter where you’re planning to go or what you’re planning on doing - you need to manage your expectations. Getting yourself over excited often leads to disappointment, and that can be avoided by making sure you know all about your destination. Everyone has their own interests, so falling for all the hype around certain destinations could lead you to feel disappointed when you finally arrive there for yourself.
Do Research Beforehand
The more you know about your destination, the better. You can pre-plan where you want to go, what you want to do, or even just make sure there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Trying to live your vacation on a schedule can kill the fun, but as long as you know about what’s going on around you, you’re not going to miss out on anything!
Often people try to pack their vacations with too many things, and they end up constantly on the move. Sometimes it’s nice to just stop and appreciate the new environment, and that you don’t have to keep up your daily responsibilities. It’s totally okay to get to your destination and do nothing but lie on the beach if that’s what you want to do.
Doing your research means you know about what tourist attractions are available to you, the nearest restaurants and supermarkets, and even possible other accommodation options if the one that you’ve booked turns out to be unlike your expectations.
Prepare for the Vacation You Want
How you pack is very important, as it’s going to dictate what you can and can’t do. If you like the idea of moving around a lot, then you don’t want to be dragging a suitcase with you everywhere you go. For some people, packing light and hopping on a plane is easy, and it leaves you free to travel and sleep anywhere you want to once you arrive. However, it’s not so ideal if you’re aiming to stay at a hotel when you have somewhere safe to keep all of your belongings.
If you were hoping for a luxury-themed holiday, it’s okay to bring your own items to enrich that experience. Packing things like these hotel bathrobes might seem unnecessary, but not all hotels will offer them - and you can fill that gap in.
Leave Work at Home
If you’re the kind of person who finds it difficult to separate themselves from work, now is the time to practice that. You’re nowhere near home, and you’ve got your time off to do what you want. You shouldn’t be thinking about work while you’re away, let alone actively taking part in it. If you want the best and most refreshing experience from your vacation, keep your emails out of reach, and focus on what’s in front of you. Once you return to work, it will feel much easier to get back into things now that you’ve had a refreshing break.
Some people take pictures purely for the purpose of posting them on social media, and while some special media platforms are perfect for keeping your own scrapbook of images - it’s not always the best reason. Just like work, social media can also be quite taxing on your mental energy, and taking pictures just for posting online will take away from your experience. It’s great to take pictures to reminisce over, however, and they’ll be great to look through at a later date.
Bring Backup Documents
If there’s one thing that can easily add stress to your getaway, it’s the fear that you’re going to somehow lose the documents that you need to get home with. Your passport is only little, and it can be easily misplaced if you’re not cautious enough with it. That thought alone is quite worrying, but you can eliminate that completely by bringing backups just in case. You wouldn’t need a second passport, but if you had extra documentation of photos to buy a new passport while you’re there; you’d be saving yourself a lot of trouble.
Getting stuck abroad and missing your flight is a very frustrating experience, and having the extra documents can significantly reduce the time it takes to get yourself a replacement passport.
Pack Extra Cash
When you’re booking everything, you can get yourself a general idea of how much things are going to cost you, and how much money you’re going to need while you’re there. However, you should bring a little extra on top of what you were planning. You never know what you might see, and some souvenirs are just too great to pass up on. You don’t want to have to go without just because you didn’t want to bring extra cash with you.
Try New Things
If there’s ever been a good time to leave your comfort zone and try out new things, it’s now. Immersing yourself in a new environment and exploring new cultures is what travel is all about, and you shouldn’t be afraid to give it a try for yourself. There are a lot of benefits to trying new things, and you could learn a thing or two about yourself to take home with you. You also may never get the chance to try something as authentic as you would from the origin of the tradition, be it food, festivals, or clothing!