7 Essential Vacation Tips

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.

Checklist for a Hiking Trip

hikingHiking is a great way to enjoy a few days off. However, to make sure your hiking trip is successful, you should be prepared for anything that you may be facing.

Planning everything is of the essence. You have to take as many factors as possible into account, when preparing your backpack. For example, the terrain you will be facing, weather conditions, where’s the closest hospital from your hiking/camping destination, whether there are dangerous animals in the area you’re visiting and many more.

Now, whether or not you have been before in a hiking trip, the following checklist should be useful to you:

Strictly necessary equipment:

  • Backpack;
  • Mid or heavy weight pile or fleece jacket;
  • An extra set of dry clothes. If the weather is rainy, it’s a good idea to change into your dry clothes for the night, in case of a 2-3 days hiking trip, during which you have to sleep in a tent or sleeping bag. Leave your wet clothes out, and put them back on in the morning, even if they’re still wet, while your change clothes remain dry and go back in your pack;
  • Hiking boots;
  • Tarpaulin – an excellent accessory to keep yourself dry if rain comes. Also, you can improvise a shelter from it at any time;
  • Blanket – it’s best to keep your blanket wrapped in a plastic sheet, if it doesn’t fit in the backpack, so it doesn’t get wet in case it rains;
  • Water – the more you think you can carry, the better. Also be informed of what water sources can be found on your route;
  • Coffee, tea, and/or small flask of brandy;
  • Food – protein rich food (salted/smoked pastrami is a great choice) is best to have, as it will keep you satiated for a longer time. Also, have energy snacks as Snickers bars, just in case you need one more energy burst until your next stop;
  • Cap (or balaclava), scarf and mittens if it’s winter, or cold weather;
  • Sunscreen – if it’s summer and sunny;
  • Polarized sunglasses – for UV, eye protection;
  • Compass;
  • Pocket knife;
  • Flashlight – and an extra set of batteries;
  • Waterproof matches;
  • Watch;
  • Toilet paper;
  • First aid kit containing: forceps, surgical scissors, surgical needles, catgut wire, bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, small alcohol bottle, sterile rubber gloves.

Travel Guide for Cyclists

Bicycling can be quite an enjoyable way of travelling, a great way to spend your summer vacation. It’s also low budget and a great workout, you benefit from a lot of sun and fresh air.

If you enjoy this type of travel, or you’re going on a longer bike trip for the first time, I’m pretty sure you would like to take a look at a few interesting facts regarding bicycling world wide. The following infographic puts some of them into view:

Cyclist�s Guide to Travel
Cyclist�s Guide to Travel infographic