5 Top Tips for The Holidays

Having a vacation

Taking a holiday is an important life balance. Whether you’re taking a staycation or getting on a plane to the other side of the world having some relaxation and/or adventure away from home is healthy. However, you need to make sure that you are ready for what’s coming. Let’s take a look at five top tips:

  • Preparation – Failure to prepare and all that jazz. You need to know a rough outline of what you want to do and how long you’ll be stuck traveling. This will help you decide both how much you’re likely to spend, what insurance you might need in case of a holiday accident and how many games or e-books to take for the journey.
  • Eat like a local – Whether you’re going to Grimsby or Lima, be sure to try what the locals eat – fish and chips or ceviche in the case of these two examples. More evident abroad but still an option in the United Kingdom, try seeking out the places that are either filled with locals or have different menus.
  • Leave room for gifts – A classic problem of clothes stressing tends to leave full baggage that’s tipping the scales. Almost definitely you will be able to find great gifts for birthdays, Christmas or ‘just because’. Try to pack as light as you can and you will notice that this also helps you across the trip.
  • Attitude – Go hard or go home. Whether you are traveling with a significant other, children or the extended family it is your attitude that counts. Remember that it’s a time for one and all to enjoy, so try to keep a lid on annoyances. If your e-reader dies on you, look at it objectively and do something else.
  • Bring the drugs – One of the worst things that can happen is a headache or tummy trouble. A change in diet and dehydration are normal when traveling so don’t leave yourself in a hole needing to pay premium prices when you can take your own medicines.

Travel tips come from all corners of the internet. Additional suggestions could include taking cash not cards, remembering a hat, being comfortable and showing appreciation for the cultures you get to discover and enjoy.

Hope these helped, do you have some trusty travel tips?

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  1. I agree, eat like a local! The food is probably cheaper, and 10 times tastier.
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  2. For big item tickets, like museums or attractions, go online and do your research. Many museums have a free day each week or month. In London you can have 2 for 1 vouchers for many attractions if you get there by train. Macchu Picchu is half price for students. National Parks are free for a week in the US… Try to adapt your dates and you can save a lot.
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  3. We always eat like a local and love it. It is cheap and delicious and you get to try new things. When we were in Thailand we could eat a meal for 30 cents. I had curry after curry.

    We also try to walk as much as we can. It keeps us in shape and saves money.
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  4. Haha I agree Savvy! Especially with Bring the Drugs nothing is worse than feeling down or allergies kicking you in the rear while you are traveling!
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    • Hey Stephen… Thanks for stopping by! Drugs are a nightmare when you forget them. I use Vicks Nasal spray when I get allergies / blocked nose; it can be very difficult to find a replacement in places like Thailand or Honduras! That said, there are often far more powerful drugs available over-the-counter in these countries. Prescription? What Prescription!!

      • Haha well put! I was once sick in a little town in CZ and just wanted some NyQuil to knock me out for a while. I tried to explain this to the lady at the counter who gave me something that I swear kept me awake for two days straight!Haha good times.
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  5. Here are a couple of tips that I found handy:
    Making photocopies of important documents such as your passport and travel insurance, in case you lose them.

    Learning a few basic words in the local language. I find the locals tend to be a little friendlier to you if you make an attempt to speak the language. To me, personally always asking “Do you speak in English,” in English seems kind of rude. But saying it in the local language seems more respectful.
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    • Some great tips on the photocopying… I actually have a photocopy of my passport that I take with, in addition to a copy saved in the cloud! I also agree that asking for English in their language is respectful! I can say it in maybe 5/6 languages 🙂


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