Are you always at an itch for your next trip? Are you a last-minute packer? Do you plan every, single, thing out? Or do you go with the flow. You might be thinking how stressful planning a vacation is; but it doesn’t have to be. You start wondering, “How can I take a vacay that is reasonably cost-effective?” I was inspired to travel by my mother who took me and my brother on different trips when we were young. We didn’t let anything stop us from hopping on that next flight to the west coast. We definitely saw more than just our neighborhood when we were growing up.
Here are some of my vacay 101 methods for your next trip:
Money, Money, Money: I just want to let you know that you can travel the world; literally . I’m also here to tell you that you can AFFORD to travel the world. No place should be off limits because of your financial status, but just know you might have to cut back a little more and work a little harder, but you can (and will) get there. Trust me working those extra hours at the job will do you some justice. Don’t create bills for yourself. Think of what is a necessity and everything will fall into place. So let’s ditch that Victoria Secret & Express credit card.
F.U.N: Vacation is the one time in your life where you can spell out those three letters in the word; FUN. Sure vacations are about lounging and relaxing, but don’t get tempted to stay at a resort in the middle of nowhere just because it has great amenities. You will gradually become bored in a matter of days. So my advice to you is to pick a hotel in the heart of the city so that you’re close to all the major tourist attractions, nightclubs, and trendy restaurants.
Talk To Strangers: Although it sounds bizarre, but talking to people that are visiting the same place as you is a great way to enjoy your trip. So what if you are traveling alone? One of the most great things about traveling alone is finding and meeting people from all over the world. You might find that these people are tourists just like you or better yet locals who are friendly and more than willing to give you insider tips on how best to enjoy their hometown. Don’t be afraid to travel off the beaten path. Take the train to the last stop or walk through a town aimlessly, you never know what you may find that can make the experience a memorable one.
Real Women Travel Alone: So many women and people in general are afraid to travel alone. Truth is, real women travel alone! Let’s face it ladies, we all had that one moment where we had to go places alone even if it isn’t a thousand miles away. I remember earlier this year boarding a flight alone to Orlando and might I add I was a lonely soul. Although it can be the worst feeling in the world, it is definitely what you make it. Always keep yourself occupied whether it is a ipod or a nice book to read. Be prepared to travel alone. Sure it’s great to have your friends along to share the experience, but traveling alone can open your eyes to so many things you didn’t know about yourself and can be even more fun than traveling with a group. Life is way too short to miss out on all its wonders sitting around waiting for other people to join you.
Safety First!: Safety comes first no matter where you are going. Just because the sunny skies and the sandy beaches look breathtaking online, always make sure you are aware of the place you are visiting especially if it is your first time. Research the place you are going especially when traveling alone, and always write down local emergency numbers. Besides that have a happy, safe, and fun vacay.
Talk Back: How do you prepare for a trip? What inspires you to travel?