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When you book your travels, it can be exciting and overwhelming all at once. You’re excited to get going, but you also know that you have a lot to get done before you can leave. Even the most seasoned of travelers can get a little bogged down with all of the finer details.
Instead of letting yourself get in over your head, step back and tackle your travels with a tried and tested plan of action. Each step will help you get prepared, get through your travels in one piece and get back to normal as soon as you arrive home. All that you have to do is tick them off, one by one, and enjoy your travels.
The first thing you need to do is to start planning. You could just grab a bag, throw in what’s closest to you, grab your tickets and go, but that’s not very practical (and a little foolish!). So, instead, these steps will help you prepare.
Write A List
Get out a pen and paper or do it digitally, whichever method you prefer, writing a list is an important step. You can double and triple check that you have everything in order and then cross it off as you pack it into your luggage. Using a handy checklist is always useful, but if you tend to take the same things every time you go away, you can write it from memory. TIP: Make sure to pack your list so that you can use it to make sure that you “repack” your items before you return.
Buy Your Essentials
You might already own some of the things that you need to take, like clothing and toiletries; the things you use on a daily basis. But, there may be travel specific items you need to buy as well. Sunscreen, allergy/motion sickness tablets and a travel plug adapter could be on that list, especially if you’re going overseas. But, if this is your first trip, you might also need specialty items like beach towels, flip flops and sunglasses (especially when traveling to a warmer climate). TIP: Depending on where you are staying, contact them to confirm what items might be included (ex. most resorts provide beach towels for your use and convenience).
Pack In Advance
The next thing you’ll want to do is pack. And don’t leave it until the last minute. It might sound like a good idea to start packing everything when you’re ready to go (or, at least a bit before), but, when you do this, you might be setting yourself up for disaster. Start by packing the items that you won’t miss prior to your trip. Things like the clothes you’ll wear when you’re away and travel essentials can go in your bag right away. That way, you can tick off your packing list as you go and know whether or not you’ll need to go out and pick up any last minute items. TIP: Your list is also there to help counteract the temptation to “over pack” more items than you’ll need. Don’t forget to save room for shopping and/or presents.
During Your Travels
While you are away, you’re going to want to make sure you get the most out of your travels. You may have saved up for a long time to go on this trip, or it might be the only break from work you get this year, so make every moment count.
When you’re in a foreign country, you have the same risks as being at home. But they’re amplified. Say you fall down and bump your head. At home, you’d go to the emergency room. But on your travels, what will you do? Be sure to check out the local pharmacies and the details on medical facilities upon your initial arrival. Researching specialists like dentists can also help.
Traveling abroad can be such a fun experience. The new cultures are exciting, and so are the opportunities to explore. But to do that, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re up to it. Wear sunscreen and ensure that your skin is protected at all times. All it takes is overexposure to the sun to ruin your trip. Also make sure that you have enough energy to get everything done that you want to do. It could be a busy break (but you don’t want to need a vacation to get over the exhaustion of this vacation).
Take It All In
But traveling isn’t all practical. Yes, you have to be mindful of your safety, but you have to enjoy it too. Isn’t that what traveling is all about? So, make sure you see everything there is to see (or the experiences that you want to prioritize, at least). Do everything you can and want to do on your trip. Try new foods, see the sights, speak to locals, buy souvenirs and take lots of pictures. You’ll want them to add to your memories for later on in life.
After coming home from traveling
Now that you’re home, you’ll want to basque in the memories and stay on cloud nine for a while. It’s probably tempting to actually do it, but there are other things that you’ll want to get done first.
Get It All Done
Now, it’s time to get to work. You’ve just come back from your travels and whether it’s been a few days, or a few weeks, or maybe even a few months, you’ve got a lot to get done. So, just get started. First, you’ll want to unpack. And you’re going to want to do this right away (well, at least the day after). Clothes will need washing, and you may even need to use the toiletries and essentials that you took with you. Then, you’ll want to get the house in order. For example, you’re probably going to need food, so a trip to the store should be next on your list.
Take A Day
Okay, so technically you are allowed at least a day to adjust. It’s kind of crazy to think about jumping right back into everyday life without taking a bit of a breather. So, enjoy that cloud for a little while longer. Let your body adjust to being back home (maybe you need to adjust after visiting a different time zone or maybe just general jet lag).
Plan The Next
Once you’ve got the travel bug, you’ll never stop. It’s far too infectious. So now it’s time to think about your next trip. Where in the world do you want to go? What do you want to see? Before you return to that travel bubble, be sure to think about your goals and what you might need to save in order to make it happen. Travel smarter and you’ll never regret it!