The following is a guest post from SB as part of Yakezie blog swap. SB blogs at One Cent at a Time, where he writes about getting ahead in life which includes personal finance and productivity related topics like How to be Rich and Saving Environment. Read my post at One Cent at a Time today.
The topic of the blog swap for today is best travel tips I ever received. For me, it’s very difficult to put only one, various travel tips I got that helped me in the past. Let’s have a little discussion on few of them.
1. Experience the destination – Mix up with the locals, be out of your hotel room as long as possible. Explore the place, take in all that the place could offer. Note down what you couldn’t do, to come back and do it later. Don’t make your travel purpose unfulfilled.
2. Experience local food and local culture even if they cost money – If you are visiting key west, eat key lime pie. If you are visiting Boston, eat†clam chowder. Don’t think about money on experiencing authentic cuisine. Eat the authentic local cuisine at the best local restaurant for original taste. To me, supermarket cuisines are not just exact replica of the local food. A†Walmart†tinned clam†chowder†is not the thing we tasted in Boston.
3. Pack less, travel light – be lighter, it will enhance your agility, it will cost you less baggage fee. It will let you get ready earlier each day during your vacation. You’ll miss less things while outside. Your things would stay at your usual residence and be safe, how about that?
4. Do all the arrangements as early as possible to save cost – †Book flight early, book hotel early, book your rental car early. Even some site seeing companies offer early bird discounts. I tend to forget things when I am preparing at the last minute. My wife even packs the bags a few days before the travel date. It’s so relaxing to travel when you are well prepared.
5. Research your destination thoroughly – Don’t repent missing out on a site seeing activity or a cuisine later. Do your research on the destination, list the things you think you should do. Make a time-table as per the list. Try to stick to the time and avoid missing out on important events.
6. Don’t compromise on fitness and†hygiene – If jogging is your every day habit, don’t stop, do that even when you are vacationing. Many†Habits are†hard to develop and when lapsed†for a few days, they become hard to re-adopt to. Smoking is one easy example. I generally give one relaxation when I am travelling, that is eating. I give diets a break!
7. Don’t forget to create memory – Don’t forget to carry your camera, video camera and an extra memory, in case camera gets full. I am even planning to blog about my upcoming trip. Try to develop a friendship with your fellow†travelers†you meet at destination or on the way. They all add up in your travel experience. You cna even keep a diary with you.
8. Save on Airfare and stay as much as you can – Nothing new here, whether its trip to parents or trip to†Hawaii, air travel would going to give you same experience, tiresome few hours. Save as much as you can on travel, figure out ways to save on flight tickets.
I book hotels through Priceline bidding, I generally try for a few days to get the cheapest option at a good hotel. You’ll need your room at room, do you care if it’s at Hyatt or Holiday Inn express?
And as a bonus, the best travel related tip I ever†received, “To know some one better, go on a travel with that †person“. I hope you too have realized it by now.
Readers what’s the most cherish travel memory you have? Please share with us today.