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If you have traveled much, you know that it’s not all glamorous all the time. Nothing can be constantly perfect, but, aside from planning the trip itself, here are a few ways to make sure that your trip is the best trip ever!
Plan Space for Yourself
If your trip is longer than a couple of days, you’re going to want to make sure that you have the time to just chill out and have your own head space.
Plan Ahead, Then Go With the Flow
Obviously you want to plan out where you want to go, what you want to see, and, most importantly, where you want to eat. Then, once you have everything planned, be open to letting go of the plan and experiencing whatever the city throws at you.
One Word: Budget!
Some people feel like a vacation is a splurge, and will give up on trying to conserve money and just buy everything in sight in the name of “splurging”. This is not okay. It’s just like if you cheat on your diet at lunch, it’s not okay to throw the rest of the day away with lasagna, pizza, and ice cream. If you lose control and buy something (eat something) that you didn’t plan for/ shouldn’t have, it’s okay! Just don’t throw away all the rest of your money (diet) because of one slip-up.
Plan Your Communication
It may be a good idea to plan out how and when you will communicate with your family/friends. This is especially important if you are going to be gone for a long time, and definitely if you will be more than a few time zones away! I am currently 6-7 time zones ahead of my family, and it’s really hard to keep in touch! It might be easier if I wasn’t so much of an old lady who has to go to bed early. But by the time I get up in the morning, everyone at home is pretty much in bed already. They want to be able to talk at night, but I’m in bed already. You really have to put time into the planning of the talking. (You can find a few ideas of how to keep up while you’re traveling here!)
Pack Basic Drugs
Not like, drugs drugs, but you know, like, Tylenol. Birth control. Mucinex. Ibuprofen. Pepto-Bismol. Imodium.
This is really important. You can’t forget your BC- nobody wants to bring home a fetus in their belly as a souvenir. And trust me, you do not want to be in a situation where you need Imodium and don’t have it. One of the best parts of vacationing is trying new foods! The problem is, you don’t know how those new dishes will settle on your stomach. (Since liquids are limited on flights, we use these Pepto chewables every time we go anywhere.)
Having the drug necessities is also helpful every time I get sick while we’re gone for more than a couple of days. I realize this may not be a problem for most people…
Check Your Attitude
This may sound kind of stupid, but your attitude determines the success or failure of your trip (and most other things in life!). If you let one thing upset you too much, it can really derail your entire trip that you were so excited about and spent so much money on. Sometimes, horrible things happen that you have every right to be upset about (like the time our car broke down on the way to Venice and we almost missed a cruise, or that time we were only in Rome for two days and it completely monsooned the first day), but you have to have a good humor about all of it. We could’ve been so upset about the costs of car repair that we didn’t enjoy our Grecian cruise, and that would’ve been a crying shame. There is always something you can be upset about; you just have to focus on the good!