Going on Vacation? Here Are 10 Tips


Vacations are ways to bond with the family and make lasting memories! Plus, it gives you a chance to escape the stress of everyday life. However, there is a lot of planning that goes into it. Here are ten tips to follow for your trip. 

1. Bring a Small Backup

A small bag can encourage you to pack light, making traveling less of a hassle and saving you money. It allows you to determine what you need and then only bring the essentials. 

When packing, think about dressing in layers and having extra pairs of socks. Also, bring a flashlight and emergency kit. Keep in mind you can buy items while on the trip. The bag is also great for storing snacks and souvenirs during your outdoor adventures. 

2. Carry an Extra Credit Card

Having a backup source of cash is good in case of emergencies happen. For example, you could lose your card on the plane, or someone could steal your PIN. If this happens, you want to have a backup plan for funds while your card is on hold. 

Bring emergency cash, so you don’t have to borrow money from friends. To prevent any stress, talk with your local bank before the trip. Also, see if you can get a card with no travel fees. 

3. Use a Map or Ask for Directions If You Need To

Looking out of place is better than ending up in a sketchy area. While technology is great, you can always rely on a paper map or local tourists for help. Pack or pick up a map at a tourist shop to help guide your adventures. It’s also fun to wander around without a particular destination in mind. You might even discover some hidden gems only the locals know about. 

4. Visit the Tourism Office 

These spots are excellent for learning about everything happening in the area. Guides can suggest free activities and special events occurring during your stay. Some even offer discounts on certain attractions and transportation. If you plan to take an Uber or Lyft, get coverage under a commercial license policy in case of an accident.

Also, look for walking tours or ask for restaurant recommendations. Trying new food is a fun experience to do abroad. 

5. Only Take What You Need When You Go Out 

When going out, limit the cash and bank cards you take. That way, if something happens, you still have emergency funds for the rest of the trip. So, only take one ATM card and the money you need for that excursion. You can always go back to your hotel in between activities. Also, don’t take too many electronics that weigh down the backpack. Plus, it will give your family a chance to connect. 

6. Have Extra Copies of Important Documents 

Make copies of your passport and driver’s license in case of emergencies. With Covid-19, you might want to copy your proof of vaccination as well. For those taking medication, make sure you have doctors’ notes for ones you take daily. Keep the papers in a folder for better organization. Plus, this also allows you to keep the originals at home. Another thing is if anything gets stolen, copies are helpful for police reports. 

7. Learn the Native Language 

If you’re going overseas, consider learning basic phrases in the native language. This can make interactions easier, and the locals will appreciate it. You don’t need to be fluent, but simple words like “Hello” and “Thank you” can go a long way. Also, phrases such as “Where is the bathroom?” can be helpful in a time-sensitive situation. 

Plus, learning the language can be a fun family activity. In addition to learning the language, read about the history of the sites you plan to visit. 

8. Book Flights Early

Planning the trip can take lots of time. Booking your flights should be one of the earlier steps and can get you the best price. So, book flights one to two months out for domestic trips and eight months for international trips. Plus, with the COVID-19, seating may be more limited. 

Another thing to keep in mind is you will need to book further in advance for a holiday or over spring break. If you book during the mid-week fare, it is usually cheaper. You can use flight search tools, such as Google Flights, to see the full range of airfares.

9. Drink Plenty of Water

Often you’re busy exploring and sometimes have a long flight. Yet, staying hydrated during your trip is essential. It gives you the energy to go on excursions and prevents headaches and dry mouth. So, bring along a reusable water bottle in your backpack and save the wine for nighttime events. If the water tastes bland, mix in fruit, such as coconuts or strawberries. Also, try to stay out of the heat during the day to stay hydrated. 

10. Stretch on the Plane

Get up and walk around once the fastened seat belt has turned off, especially for longer flights. It allows your muscles a chance to stretch. Loosen your shoelaces so that you can wiggle your toes. 

Staying seated for too long increases the risk of blood clots and weakened leg muscles. Try to get up at least every 30 minutes during the flight. This can be a good excuse if you need to grab something from the overhead compartment. 

Tips for a Successful Vacation

Traveling is a fun opportunity to see a new culture and have fun adventures! A lot goes into planning, like booking flights and packing. So, follow these tips to have a good trip.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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