Every year people save in order to take that one memorable trip. Whether it’s a one week or a one-month trip you want to make the most of it without any glitches. Unfortunately something usually goes wrong and it can be anything from a small inconvenience to something that can totally ruin your trip.
The following tips may help ease some of those problems and make your trip a little more pleasant.
SPENDING ALL YOUR TIME AT THE RESORT
One of the biggest mistakes tourists make is spending all of their time in the resort or around all the major tourist attractions. The resorts make it easy to stay there, they have all the finest amenities, the nice bars, the great food and everything else necessary in order to keep you there the entire time. The major tourist attractions are always full of photo snapping tourists all angling for the same photo.
But since you spent all that time-saving your money and planning the trip wouldn’t it be nice to get out and actually experience the area you’re visiting? One reason a lot of tourists don’t venture away from the resorts and tourist attractions is because it gets them out of their comfort zone. If you get out of your comfort zone just a little, move away from the resorts and the tourist attractions and get off the tourist path you can find some amazing things and places that will make your trip extremely memorable. There are all types of little restaurants and cafés, shops, and undiscovered gems that most tourists will never see.
TOO MUCH LUGGAGE
Another common mistake that tourists make is packing way too much luggage. With new airline regulations regarding checked bags, packing too many bags can also cost you a lot of money. Not only does too much luggage cost you a lot of money it’s also a hassle to have to haul around. The next time you pack to go on a trip layout everything you want to take and then cut that in half. A lot of what you think you need to bring you can buy when you get there. You also need to leave a little room in your luggage for when you decide to buy something on vacation and want to bring it home.
BOOKING A HOTEL TOO FAR FROM THE ACTION
I have been guilty of this a few times myself. You look on the search engines and find what looks like a decent place to stay at a reasonable price only to find out you have to take 2 buses and a train to get to where everything in town is located. While that can be fun and you do get to see a lot of the area it becomes a pain in the butt when you return to your lodgings late at night. In some places those buses, subways and trains quit running at a certain time and you’re stuck using a taxi. Depending on where you’re at, taxis may not be the best option. Some are kind of sketchy and others just downright rip you off because you are not from there. Next time look at the address or if the booking site doesn’t offer it then google the hotel and find out where they are located. Then do a google map search and make sure you are not booking someplace that will be an inconvenience.
RELYING TOTALLY ON GUIDEBOOKS
Travel guides are a great tool as long as you don’t become dependent on them. Check out what the experts say, after all anyone that writes a guidebook or has a blog is an expert right? How do you think all those experts got their information? They wandered around, spoke to the people that live there and discovered the places that people might like. Do a little exploring yourself and discover that hidden gem of a place that isn’t listed in the guidebook. Talk to the people at the hotel or restaurant and ask what they recommend as far as places to see either in town or nearby and where the good places to eat are located. They are the real experts.
ARRIVING IN HIGH SEASON
This one can be tricky. There is a high season for a reason. It might be that other times of the year it is just too miserable to visit. Travel either a few weeks before or after the high season in most places and there isn’t much of a difference except the prices. You can score some great deals in air travel, lodging and even skip a lot of the crowds at the big tourist sites by adjusting the time you visit. I have been in London in January, Prague in March and Asia during the rainy season. I had a blast each time and the weather didn’t stop me from seeing anything I wanted to see.
Make these few adjustments to your planning and have a great trip.