The Ultimate Guide To Having An Incredible Vacation

You might not think you have to do much at all to have an amazing vacation. However, a little planning and thought in advance can go a seriously long way. That being said, you don’t want to plan too much and overthink, as that will just stress you out!

If you want to make sure your next vacation is one to remember, read on for some tips you’ll love!

Think Balance When It Comes To Your Itinerary

Putting together an itinerary is a fantastic way to ensure you do everything you want to do on your vacation. It can help to keep you focused and stop you from missing out on something because you went at the wrong time or day.

However, you must think balance when it comes to this. You want to have a rough idea of what you want to do and when, but you don’t want to go overboard. The fact is, if you pack your itinerary full of things to do, it’s going to feel too rigid. Flexibility is key, as you never know what you might discover that you want to do along the way! Make sure you only plan what you consider to be the absolute essentials, and allow time to explore freely. This is going to feel much more relaxing than a trip where you have to jog from attraction to attraction!

Don’t forget, relaxation time is important on your vacation too. Make sure you allow time to rest on the beach or by the pool. You don’t want to burn out!

Let Go Of Any Expectations

Managing your expectations is key if you want an incredible vacation. Things won’t always go the way you envisioned them, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to be amazing! If you think that things must go a certain way, then you are limiting yourself and your opportunities.

Letting go of expectations, learning to go with the flow and live in the moment is so important if you want to have the best time. Don’t worry about the past or the future, simply live in the moment right now and enjoy it. That’s how you have the best time!

Plan With The People You’re Traveling With

Did you know that some people believe planning is the best part of travelling? It helps to build up both anticipation and excitement and can get everybody super pumped for the journey ahead! Sit down and plan a few things with the people you’re travelling with. Remember, you’ll likely need to compromise so you can do things that everybody likes to do. You might even find that you really enjoy yourself, even though you would never have chosen to do a certain activity or see a certain sight yourself.

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Take Care Of Your Health

Take care of your health before vacation and during. Make sure you go for your vaccinations if you need to, so you don’t pick up anything nasty on the road. Eat well and stay hydrated so that you feel great before you leave. When you’re travelling, practice great hygiene so that you don’t pick anything up – it’s all too easy to become ill from picking up bacteria on planes and in airports.

Make sure you heed the warnings too. You usually won’t be able to drink the tap water, and make sure you research any other health related issues before you go. Be prepared and your trip won’t be cut short due to an unforeseen illness! Imagine if you had to spend a few days in bed while the rest of your party went out and enjoyed themselves? That’s not the vacation you want to remember!

Make Sure You Haven’t Forgotten Anything

In all of the excitement of getting ready for vacation, you can easily forget something. Insurance is something that plenty of people don’t bother to get, and then end up regretting it later on when they hurt themselves or fall ill and have to go for hospital treatment.

If you’re visiting a place that requires a visa, like Turkey, make sure you leave plenty of time to get your Turkish visa application back. Make sure you apply for all of the documents you need so that you’re not refused entry to the country when the time comes!

Don’t Get Obsessed With Showing Off On Social Media

Social media can be great for some things, and not so great for others. It’s too tempting to try to outdo other people who may be visiting beautiful locations and spending time doing amazing things. It’s important to remember that they are just the snippets they want you to see. Nobody does that 24/7, and it certainly doesn’t make that person better or happier than you!

If you get too obsessed with showing off on social media, you’ll find yourself taking pictures rather than being in and enjoying the moment. You’ll be spending too much time finding the perfect pose and filter, rather than just taking in what’s right in front of you. Of course you can take pictures, but just don’t get obsessed with it. Wait until you get home to post them so you can focus on making them look great then, rather than taking time out of your trip!

Leave Your Work And Other Stresses At Home

It can be tough to leave work at home, and you might have other sources of stress if you’re like most people. Do your best to leave that there so you don’t have anything to worry about on your trip. Make sure you have an out of office email sent to people when they message you, and let people know you’re not going to be available to answer the phone or any messages. If you take work on vacation with you, it won’t feel like a vacation at all. Don’t look at them or reply no matter how tempted you may be!

Pack Like A Pro

Make a list of everything to pack in advance, so that you can add to it if you remember something you’ve forgotten. You wouldn’t believe it, but people forget things that many would consider obvious, even their passport! Write a list and include things like your passport, adapters, toothbrush, money, cards, documentation – include all of the essentials. Anything minor that you forget will usually be available once you reach your destination.

When you have your list, pack in advance. Give yourself at least a week so that you know everything will fit in your case and that you can close it. It’s a good idea to make sure that it’s not too heavy either, or you’ll have extra charges to pay at the airport!

Make sure you use packing tricks to avoid creases and save space. You can put small items in your shoes, for instance, and many believe that rolling your clothes is superior to folding them.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

What’s the point in travelling somewhere new if you’re not going to seize opportunities and step outside of your comfort zone? All of the best things happen there! Why not snorkel, or skydive? Maybe you could simply Aim to meet people and make friends, if you’re a bit of an introvert. Each person’s comfort zone is personal to them. If you find ways to get out of yours, you’ll grow as a person and feel like you got a lot more out of this vacation.

Hopefully, you loved these tricks and they help you to have the best vacation imaginable. Enjoy!

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Preparing For The Post-Holiday Blues

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Montreal, Greece, Italy, Mexico City or Timbuktu – it doesn’t matter where you travel to, giving it your wanderlust cravings is one of the most magical things anyone can do. It’s the chance to escape life for a week or two, soak up some real rays, forget about your work emails and immerse yourself in a culture so different from the one you know you’ll never want to go back.

But at some point, you’re going to have to, and that’s when the post-holiday blues will settle in. This is the worst. You’re meant to feel fifty shades of relaxed when you return from a vacation, but the post-holiday blues don’t obey this rule, making it hard to maintain that sunny disposition you seemed to be radiating while exploring the northern hills of Tuscany or wherever.

So, without further ado, here are some top tips for keeping the good vibes going well after you return from that most dreamy of vacations:

  1. Clean Up Before Departure

You don’t have to go overboard, but nothing is going to drag you into a blue mood more than getting back to a house that’s a mess. Coffee cups littering the living room, laundry basket overflowing, dishes stacked to the ceiling – that sort of thing. To avoid this and get that refreshing “ahhh, I’m back home” feeling, have a quick runaround before you leave.

  1. Best Bed Possible

If there is one thing you’ll miss more than anything when away, it’s your own bed. It’s having a duvet that can be snuggled up in, a marshmallow to sleep on and all your usual familiarities. Unless, of course, your bedroom doesn’t tick these boxes, in which case you need to invest  in a new mattress, something this link can help with big time: www.mattress-guides.net/purple-mattress-review-complaints/. Trust us, when you get back from a long, tiring journey home, all you’ll want to do is climb into bed and watch Netflix. It’s a sort of decompression chamber. So make it the best mattress possible.

  1. Start Planning The Next One

While we all think the best part of a vacation is the vacation itself, studies have shown the moments leading up to your vacation could be the happiest. Yup. Just planning a trip can lead to increased feelings of happiness, which is why you should start planning your next adventure the moment you touch down. Having another escape planned won’t just make real-life easier, it will give you something to get excited about too.

  1. Feed Your Memories

As you probably know, food and memory are linked in some inexplicable way, sort of like E.T. and Elliott. So, in the same way there are foods that can take you back to your childhood, get in the kitchen and start making the meals that will remind you of your holiday. What an experience it would be to whip up your favorite meal from your last vacation and make a night of it. Or, if you want to go five steps further, check out local cooking classes and start perfecting this cuisine. Make pasta like you had in Rome and ramen like you had in Japan. It will make home a lot easier to handle.

Visiting Montreal For The First Time?

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If you are planning on visiting Canada, Montreal is certainly a city that is worth exploring. There is so much to see and do in the area, from an architectural, historical, cultural, and culinary point of view. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things that you must do if you are visiting Montreal for the first time…

Head to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – You should definitely try and incorporate an exhibit into your holiday to Montreal. This is a museum that welcomes works from some of the best names in the world of art, including Gaultier, Warhol, Rodin, and Chihuly. You will most certainly get your money’s worth!

Browse the Mile End boutiques – If you intend to shop until you drop while you are on holiday, this is definitely a good spot. Some of the best spots for Womenswear include Annex Vintage, Unicorn, and Vestibule.

Visit Basilique Notre-Dame – This is one of the most incredible religious buildings you will ever come across. Basilique Notre-Dame features a strikingly beautiful chapel at the back, and one of the most ornate gothic facades the world has to offer.

Go on a food tour – If there is one thing that Montreal is, it is a foodie city. The food on offer may be of the greasy variety, but who doesn’t love a bit of indulgence while on holiday? Make sure you get some poutine while in Canada. This is a traditional dish that consists of French fries and cheese curds, which is finished off with a good helping of gravy. It may appear like cheesy chips that have been run over, but it’s so much better!

Go up the Mont-Royal – This is free of charge, and it is probably one of the best ways to begin your journey in Montreal. You can see amazing views of the mountains over on the south bank, as well as views of downtown Montreal. If you can, try to get up early and watch the sun rise from this point; it is a magical sight.

Choose your accommodation with care – Last but not least, once you have determined what you want to do in Montreal, you will the be able to determine the best accommodation for you based on location. A lot of people like to stay in a hotel close to the airport for part of their stay, like Courtyard Montreal Airport, and then move onto a more central accommodation option. Either way, get on Google Maps and check out the proximity of your hotel to all of the places you wish to visit.

As you can see, there is a lot to see and do in Montreal, so make sure you plan your trip in advance so that you don’t miss out on any of the amazing attractions. Have a great time!

Staying Safe On Holiday Should Be Your Main Priority

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While looking forward to and enjoying your holiday should be of total importance to you, it’s also important to put plans in place to keep your safety guaranteed. The world can be an unpredictable place depending on where you go. Staying respectful and wise about the cultures you are visiting helps, but so do the following tips to help you stay secure and safe on holiday. While most societies these days are wonderful and accepting of outsiders wishing to enjoy tourism, that doesn’t mean it’s offensive to those who are hospitable to make sure you feel safe and secure while there.

Know Where You’re Going

Sometimes, reading the news in advance regarding a select location can be helpful in figuring out whether to postpone or place your stay elsewhere. For example, some societies while beautiful culturally might be suffering from financial ills or societal troubles that could promise to create a turbulent visit for the budding tourist. For example, Venezuela is currently experiencing plenty of problems, and the economy is experiencing fraught difficulty. While the culture is intrinsically beautiful, avoiding societies facing troubles like these, or even in proximity to troubles like these might be worthwhile in helping you assign your holiday destination wisely. Of course, you will always know best regarding your intent for visit and whether or not it’s worth visiting.

Help Your Health Issues

When you have a beautiful visit all ready made to enjoy, it’s important to make sure that all of your health needs are taken care of for the transport process to the location, as well as for the full remainder of your stay. For example, making sure that your medicines are able to pass customs of the country you’re heading to, as well as ensuring you have access to it at all times. If you have limited mobility, bringing a helper or friend along with you in order to enjoy the experience might be necessary.

Before you’re even in the location, making sure that you enquire ahead of time to have the required equipment waiting for the second your feet touch foreign soil can be of tremendous benefit. For example, if booking a sun filled and exciting holiday in Tenerife, hiring the rental services of a firm like Blue Badge Tenerife ahead of time will not only help you acquire the mobility equipment you need, but will help inform you of the standard law when driving motorised chairs on the road, or good habits in keeping the equipment safe and useful during your stay.

Secure Your Cash

There are many ways to help you overcome robbery during your holiday, and all of them are useful. For the best results, you’ll need to use a combination of them. Traveller’s cheques allow you to transport currency across borders without cash being easily redeemable and useable. Wearing fake belt with a money pouch sewn into the interior can help you keep your value in a pinch if you are robbed. Bringing a portable safe in the hotel room can allow you to avoid the prying hands of thieves in your hotel. Sometimes, your card might be able to work internationally without charge, completely eschewing the need to carry around large sums of cash in the first place. No matter which method you choose, you will surely feel the benefits if the low probability misfortune does target you.

Keep on top of these tips, and you’re sure to have a safe and healthy holiday defined by peace of mind.

The 5 Coolest Cave Destinations In The World

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Caves are some of the world’s most beautiful and impressive natural wonders. These underground worlds can develop via a variety of ways, but are quite often the result of millions of years of erosion and rock formation through rain. Here are some of the most intriguing caves from across the world that ought to be on every travelling troglodyte’s bucket list.

Skocjan cave, Slovenia

The largest cave in Europe, this hidden treasure has no shortage of stalagmites and stalactites offering several huge chambers. It’s also thought to have one of the biggest underground canyons in the world, which you can take a bridge across on a guided tour. This cave was inhabited during prehistoric times, and so you can walk in the footsteps of cavemen. Skocjan can be easily reached via car – the nearest train station is Divaca railway station and there are villages and campsites in the area for accommodation.

Waitomo Glowworms Cave, New Zealand

This cave is special for the creatures that inhabit it. Thousands of tiny glowworms live on the rocks illuminating the cave like a night sky full of stars. Visitors can take a boat trip through the cave and take in the spectacular sight. Waitomo is about three hours from Auckland.

La Jolla Caves, USA

California’s La Jolla Caves are only accessible by water and attract many visitors each year. You can visit them via kayak as part of a tour dependent on the tides. The water around the caves is inhabited by sea lions – you may even spot a leopard shark too. La Jolla is just north of San Diego past Mission Bay and Pacific Beach.  Those visiting from afar should check San Diego visitor information for oversea visitors. You can travel there via road.

Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave, Austria

Eisriesenwelt means ‘land of the giants’. The cave measures a whopping 42 kilometres and contains all manner of dramatic ice formations such as the Ice Organ and Hymir’s Castle. It was formed by erosion from the Salzach river. Over time thawing snow and has continuously frozen in the cave creating the ice formations within. The Ice caves can be located 40 kilometres south of Salzburg. They are only open between May and October.

Krubera Cave, Georgia

Krubera Cave is also known as the ‘cave of crows’ due to the amount of crows nestling at its entrance, giving it a menacing presence. It’s the deepest cave in the world, stretching down more than 2 kilometres. Climbers have described it as an ‘inverted Mount Everest’. Unlike many of the caves on this list, Krubera is still in the stages of being explored and limited largely to professionals, although there are other caves in Abkhazia that are open to tourists.

Greece is the Word: 5 Great Reasons To Go To Greece

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Greece attracts millions of tourists each year – and for good reason. There’s something for everyone in this ancient Mediterranean paradise. If you’ve been stuck for a place to visit this summer, here are several reasons to consider Greece as a top option.

Explore the history

For those looking for a cultural getaway, nothing beats Greece’s cast history. Arguably the centre of European ancient civilisation, Greece has many ancient monuments and landmarks worth visiting. There’s the likes of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, as well sites steeped in mythology such as the ruins of Europe’s oldest city Knossos. Fast-forwarding a few centuries, there are also many medieval sites to choose from including the mountaintop monasteries of Meteora and the scenic city of Rhodes.

Soak up the sun

One of the major reasons people head to Greece is simply for its stunning weather. If all you want to do is put your feet up and work on that tan, Greece has the perfect climate. You can stay at a hotel or hire a villa from a site such as www.villasingreece.co.uk to make your trip all the more tranquil. Hotels and villas are often guaranteed to come with a pool, and the azure sea is never far away.

Taste the cuisine

If you’re a food lover, there are many great dining experiences in Greece. It’s traditional cuisine includes seafood, lamb dishes, goat’s cheese and baklava. The country also has some great wines and a vast selection of vineyards with many allowing tours and tastings. The country is also known for its fresh fruit including figs, pomegranates and watermelons – a perfect healthy refreshment on a summer’s day.

Go for a hike

Greece’s scenic coastlines and mountainous inland terrain make ideal for hikers wanting an active holiday. Famous walks include the Menalon trail and the mighty Viros Gorge. There are also a number of mountain climbs that receive regular annual pilgrimages such as Mount Athos and the mythical Mount Olympus. Sites such as www.tourradar.com offer some great opportunities on guided hikes across the country for those that want to learn about the country’s history and culture along the way, as well as meet new people. Greece’s picturesque mountain roads are also great for cycling enthusiasts.

Experience the nightlife

If you’re a keen partygoer, Greece has countless nightlife hotspots. Ios, Zante, Ayia Napa and Santorini are some of the biggest party destinations, sporting an array of bars and clubs. Some of these venues can attract big names. It’s also worth looking out for colour festivals, beach parties, boat parties and other events that often take place on these party islands. On top of these young nightlife destinations, the likes of Kos and Rhodes cater to all ages, offering a wide array of restaurants and bars with live music for those wanting something a little less rowdy than the clubs.

Exploring The World by Air, Land and Water

With some many stunning destinations across the world, investing your time and money in travel is something you will never regret doing. But there’s so much more you can do than simply jetting off to a country and lying on the beach topping up your tan. Here are some of the ways you can truly explore and appreciate each place you visit.

By Land

Whether you travel by foot, vehicle or animal- there are plenty of incredible ways you can get around destinations by land. You could go on a camel trek in the Australian Outback or horseback riding in Oregon. You could ride Vespas in Italy, or travel Amsterdam by bicycle. For something a little faster, how about a road trip along Route 66 in an RV, or whizz down the famous Trans-Siberian railway by train. To really immerse yourself in a culture and destination, backpacking is an amazing, humble way to see the world. As well as moving around on foot you will be mixing with the locals and using public transport too. If you’re looking to really do things in style, you could hire a high-end sports or muscle car and get around your destination in this! Either way, there are a ton of great ways to travel each offering very different experiences.

 

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By Air

Travel by air is incredibly exciting, perfect for thrill seekers! You could take a helicopter ride over London, or ride a hot air balloon in New York. You could go paragliding, parachute jumping or even ride a zeppelin which is a lot like a blimp. Since blimp tours are no longer available to the public due to safety concerns, this is a way you can get a similar experience. One of the best things about traveling by air is the epic views you see of your destination. Having a bird’s eye view is a unique way to see a place and something that will be ingrained in your memory forever!

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By Water

If being out on the water with the wind in your hair is more your kind of thing, how about exploring the oceans, rivers and incredible lakes of the world? Salt Lake City, for example, offers a range of watersports surrounded by breathtaking scenery. You could look into yacht rental in Dubai if you want to see the fascinating city from a different viewpoint. You could go snorkeling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, go fishing, swimming, kayaking and so much more. There are immensely beautiful beaches, harbors and bays all across the world where you can jump on a boat and feel the freedom that comes with being out on the water.

Have a holiday booked this year? Why not look into some of these epic ways to explore your destination and get the most out of your trip!