Travel Tips To Make The Most Out of Your Vacation

Tip #1 – Talk to a Local

This is the best way to make the most out of your trip.  Traveling is much more than the seeing of sights.  It’s the experiencing of a new place and new way of life. The best way to get to a know a place is by talking to the locals. And it’s not as hard as you may think! Most people are happy to talk to visitors and tell you about where they’re from.  Locals are a great way to get the pulse of a city.

Give this a try: Try asking a waiter or bartender where some of their favorite places are.  This has led me to discovering some really neat places while traveling.

Tip #2 – Pace Yourself

Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to  do too much. In an attempt to make the most out of a trip people often try to cram so much into a day and by the end of it they can’t remember what’s what. If you go too fast you might end up depriving yourself of the real experience. You won’t be able to do everything in one trip. What you don’t see you can always see another time. Better to get a full experience with a few things than half an experience with many things.  Remember, it’s not a competition, it’s a vacation!

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Tip #3 – Find a Balance

Know what you want to see and see as much as you can without living each minute by a strict itinerary. Scheduling every aspect of your travels can lead to a very uneventful experience. Some of the most interesting and memorable experiences are had by chance. This could range from stumbling onto an old cathedral or eclectic part of town, to ending up in some Austrian mansion sharing a few drinks with locals.

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Tip #4 – Do Something Cultural

This seems obvious, but it’s often overlooked and not given any real serious thought. Cultural activities involve more than just drinking an espresso and eating a baguette, but rather immersing yourself in some local cultural tradition; such as festivals, dances, or popular destinations for locals.