This is a guest post by Hannah, a writer for Trekbible.
You want to have an amazing time when you’re traveling, but sometimes it can be hard to make the most of every moment.
Here are 10 ways you can easily make the most of your next travel adventure.
1. Never Say No.
Never say no. This is the number one way to make the most of your next travel adventure. How can you not be making the most of your time when you’re constantly saying yes! Now don’t let this rule lead you into dangerous situations, but let yourself have fun and be free when you are traveling.
The best way to have an amazing adventure is to let yourself try new experiences and meet new people.
The place you are visiting will be 10 times better if you let things fall into place instead of trying to plan every second. On your next travel adventure, never say no to an opportunity, and you will be guaranteed an amazing time.
2. Don’t Plan Every Minute.
One of the biggest vacation buzz kills is when you over plan your activities and then something better comes along. You don’t need to worry about not having enough to do on your trip or being bored. Sometimes you need downtime even during a vacation. You don’t want to run yourself weary during a trip, because then you won’t be able to enjoy yourself.
Instead of planning your trip down to the last minute, choose a couple activities you definitely want to do, and make the rest tentative. Nothing needs to be set in stone on your trip. If you get there and decide you don’t want to do something anymore, then don’t do it! You want your vacation to be enjoyable with as little stress as possible, so go ahead. Ditch the long list of planned activities and enjoy yourself.
3. Book in Advance.
Unlike your activities, you want to precisely plan all your lodging and transportation well in advance. You won’t be able to make the most of your trip if you are constantly worried about finding somewhere to stay or how to get around.
Book a place to stay and tickets for transportation well in advance so you can be stress-free – and find cheaper prices.
4. Live in the Moment, Not Your Phone.
We all love getting that perfect Snapchat of a beautiful sunset. But when you are on vacation, you want to see the sunset, not just take a picture of it.
On your next awesome travel adventure, try and stay off your phone as much as possible. Everyone wants to show their friends what an incredible time they are having, but being glued to your phone can ruin your experiences.
You want to remember every last minute of your trip and experience everything to the fullest. Limit yourself to taking a couple photos and Snapchats at each location you visit. After that, put your phone away and live in the moment!
5. Save Up Now.
Money can be the largest stressor when you’re traveling. In order to avoid this extra level burden and fully enjoy your vacation, start saving up extra cash now. It is better to skip a movie or night out with your friends now than be scrounging for money on your vacation. You want to make the most of your trip, not be worried if you’ll have enough cash for a cab home.
To have the best time, you need to have a good cushion of cash to allow you to enjoy certain the experiences. Start saving a little each week before leaving, and soon enough you’ll have enough money to experience everything you hoped to on your adventure.
6. Use Yelp Cautiously.
We all have an angry friend who had a bad experience at a restaurant one time and wrote an angry review on Yelp. Yes, these people do exist, and they like to cover Yelp in nasty reviews. When you are deciding on things to do and places to see, use Yelp and other website reviews cautiously.
Most of the time, the people writing the reviews had a personal experience that wasn’t the best. You should take into consideration what they are saying about the place, but use your judgement. Cut out the information that doesn’t have anything to do with the actual business.
7. Travel Buddy.
If you don’t want to travel alone and want a travel buddy by your side, make sure choose the right person. You don’t want your trip to be ruined because the person you’re with is complaining too much.
When deciding who you’ll bring on your next adventure, make sure it’s someone you know will be down for anything and won’t complain (too much at least). Someone else’s mood can alter the type of experience that you have.
Make sure you are traveling with someone who wants to make the most of the trip almost as much as you do.
8. Ditch the Workaholic Mindset.
The work you have to do when you return from your trip can ruin your experiences. When you are traveling, forget about your job or school and relax your mind so that you can enjoy your vacation.
The workaholic mindset will take over your trip.
How can you enjoy your giant cotton candy under the sunset when you are constantly checking your email? You need to leave your work behind to enjoy the next adventure.
9. Pack Smart.
While on your vacation, you don’t want to be caught in a situation where you under packed.
Before you leave for your trip, make sure you pack for any possible situation you might run into. However, be realistic about some of the situations that could happen.
If you are traveling to the beach, you probably won’t need your winter coat.
After your trip is over you’re going to want to remember every last detail of your amazing vacation. At the end of each day, try to write in a journal about your travel experiences.
Later when you are nostalgic, you can open up your journal and remember all of your thrilling adventures.
Some travelers even make creative travel journals to show off to their friends and family. Whether you write notes in your phone or make a detailed travel journal, document your memories so you can remember them later.
When you are traveling, you want to have the best time of your life! So follow these 10 easy steps, and you will be sure to make the most of your next travel adventure.