1. Plan your vacation a few months in advance. Once you have a vacation destination in your mind, read traveler’s reviews about that particular destination, join forums and ask questions. Also, buying tickets a few months in advance, may bring you substantial discounts. Compare fares and make an idea of how much your vacation will cost.
2. Plan your budget. It’s always best to plan your budget for the vacation, especially if you’re traveling on limited funds. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t want to run out of cash halfway through your vacation. Try to anticipare any additional expenditure, try to keep track of every penny, especially if you’re on a tight budget. But in general, your travel budget should include transportation (to your destination, and rent-a-car for your stay), food, accommodations, various fees, spending cash, emergencies and unexpected expenses.
3. Pack light. Having a lot of luggage with you may turn your vacation into a nightmare. As a general idea, the more you bring with you, the higher the chance you’ll leave something behind, or misplace. It can lead to a lot of frustration, and kill the joy of the whole vacation. So, try not to pack up the whole house! However, don’t forget the most important things, such as passport, driver’s license or I.D., phone, photo camera, tickets, reservations, medication (if it’s the case), and pick up some food as you go. Putting your personal info on each one of your travel bags isn’t a bad idea either.
4. Keep away from hazardous foods. Especially while you’re traveling, it’s best to eat only bland foods, with little impact on your digestive tract. Chicken, fish, rice, boiled vegetables, sandwiches, bananas are some of the foods that should be on your list. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to spend your vacation sick in bed, claim the bathroom of the plane or bus for the whole journey, or stop at every gas station to use the restroom, because the spicy tacos that you had are now eating you from the inside. Also, save the drinking for the side of the pool, or the bar of the hotel, especially if you’re driving.
5. Take a photo of everything. Capture every moment and every nice view of your vacation, to have it later as a reminder. Bringing along an extra memory stick, just in case, is not a bad idea.
6. Rest. That’s the main purpose of the vacation after all. Resting doesn’t mean that you have to sleep all the time, though. Just get plenty of sleep to recharge your batteries. Take part into fun activities, that will help you disconnect and clear your mind. Have fun with your family.
7. Be kind to the staff of the hotel, and tip nicely if you can. If you’re nice to people, there’s a high chance they will also be nice to you.