“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”
– Sir Richard Burton
Travelling is exactly that – the gladdest moments in human life.
And if you like those all-in-trips offered by agencies you don’t even have to departure into unknown lands.
But isn’t that where the fun lies?
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Of course, it can make for unforgettable memories and experiences when you see the colours and scenes for the first time, without having seen images and planned ahead.
But imagine what these scenes and experiences could feel like, if you knew what they are, theyr history and even better, know something about the people.
Of course, the internet won’t be nearly sufficient in order to understand your new dream destination, but here are some tips on how to plan your next dram vacation.
The first thing you have to think about is the location of your stay.
Most importantly it should suit your needs: central for sightseeing, deserted for relaxation.
But of course, you could switch it up and try something new or experiment with local options that aren’t international hotel chains.
But, luxury is always nice…
Just make sure you have checked several booking sites as some charge extra fees (sometimes at the very end so you don’t notice) and check directly on the hotel’s site.
When it comes to travelling – especially on a budget – a flight isn’t going to be the only transport you’ll have to calculate for.
And the countries preferred form can vary drastically.
That way, even if Uber might be cheaper in most if not all regions of the US, in a lot of parts of the world Uber isn’t even a thing – or forbidden.
Therefore, take a look and you may be lucky enough to have landed in the UAE, where a cab ride is stupidly inexpensive or the Nederlands, where everything is accessible by bike.
But you might as well strand on the Maldives, where a boat ride to the next island can be pretty expensive…if you even need one in paradise…
Now this is where it’s starting to get interesting…
First of all, while collecting pictures and postcards of those famous buildings and beaches it’s important to keep your timelimit in mind – sadly no one can be on vacation forever…
A good way is to make a list first and then search for ways to see as many as you can during your vacation.
The best way would be to sort them after distance from HQ or whatever transport is available.
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Google Maps offers the possibility to plan routes ahead by selecting the menu, then my places and maps.
It will spare you a lot of time trying to navigate in possibly very crowded places and by taking screenshots you have offline routes ready to explore!
Every country has its very own culture and at least to me it is very often a huge part of why I want to visit it.
But sometimes cultures have to be seen with a grain of salt…
What I want to say is that you sometimes have to watch out and can’t expect everyone to treat you like a native – because you are not.
You are a visitor and should behave like that – especially if the country isn’t incredibly focused on tourism and further away.
But even if it isn’t, still always respect local customs and accept a no when you try to visit religious places for an example.
And now for my last tip…
Enjoy – do it again!
And don’t get frightened if something doesn’t work out or reach your expectations.
The world is so full of beautiful places and exciting things to do.
And maybe I was able to help you enjoy your next trip – that would make me happy.