Even though I love my job, I welcome the opportunity to pack my bags, lock the door, and escape to somewhere near or far. My family and I love traveling. It provides an amazing opportunity to expand our horizons, create lasting memories and recharge. The anticipation of an upcoming adventure is often enough to put a bounce in my step. Here are my top three tips for a fun vacation:
Reach out to your friends and family for ideas and inspiration.
When the world is your oyster, how do you decide where to go next? Some people love jet setting overseas to exotic destinations, while others avoid flying at all costs and prefer to vacation close to home. Whether you choose to travel by land or sea, there is no shortage of amazing places just waiting to be discovered. Ask your friends and co-workers about a favorite place they would recommend. Post a message online for your social network to weigh in and give you new ideas. It’s easy to get comfortable with destinations that you are already familiar with, but trying out somewhere new creates an experience that really puts the adventure in your travel plans.
Do plenty of research.
Getting to know a new city or national park takes some time. If you are only away for a week or two, you want to make the most of your time by getting to know your destination before you get there. Websites like TripAdvisor.com provide detailed information on hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, and activities, along with honest user reviews. With the help of online forums, you will know exactly what to expect, and best of all, you can be sure you are getting good value for your money.
Learn to disconnect.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have trouble shying away from daily responsibilities, but that’s what traveling is all about. Take a break from emails and let your voicemail hold your calls. Checking in once in a while is OK, but make it a priority to be present in the moment. Take lots of pictures to share with your friends back home. Be adventurous and step outside your comfort zone. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Traveling is a wonderful way to connect with your spouse or kids and it opens your eyes to the beautiful world around you.
If you follow these tips, I know I won’t even need to wish you an enjoyable vacation — you’ll be guaranteed to have one!