Always pack for the unexpected
You may be visiting somewhere with reliably good weather, but there’s nothing worse than waking up to an unexpectedly rainy or chilly day to find you’ve got nothing suitable to wear. So even if you’re hoping for a week on a sun-kissed beach, there’s no harm in packing for the unexpected. And if the worst happens, you’re perfectly set to make alternative plans.
Selfie sticks may not be cool – but they’re useful
Many people see them as the scourge of the modern age, but there’s no denying that selfie sticks can be a practical way to take spontaneous snaps or videos from angles that you camera phone just can’t reach without a helping hand. Most of the ones on the market fold up very compactly meaning they’ll hardly take up any room in your luggage, either.
There’s nothing wrong with visiting somewhere twice
With only so much time to see the world, many travel lovers need a bit of persuasion to visit the same place twice. But if you discover somewhere you really enjoy, there’s no harm at all in returning. In fact, the memories of your first trip can often enhance the experience the second time round, and give you a chance to see parts you’d missed on your initial visit.
With language, a little goes a long way
You don’t have to be fluent in a language to endear yourself to locals. On the contrary, even being able to say the basics like ‘please’, ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank you’ can make a big difference. So the next time you’re planning a trip, why not buy a simple phrase back and make sure you know a few choice words. It’s a simple but important way to show respect to people from different cultures.
Something to remember
Parents with babies and toddlers may worry that their little ones will forget family holidays once they grow up. A really nice way to help memories stick is by bringing back a souvenir from every trip. My parents always got me to find a nice looking stone or small rock, often from a beach, which we then inscribed with the date and destination. Today the collection takes pride of place in my living room!
This guest post was written by Paul Joseph from TravelMag.com.