Getting ready to go on a trip to a new destination is always fun to look forward to. You are about to get away from your daily life and embark on a new adventure. It’s both exciting and invigorating knowing that you are going to switch up your routine for the next week or more. In the back of your mind you’re probably wondering if you have forgotten to plan any activities in the country you’re visiting. If you are going to France you may have missed a hot new restaurant that just opened or if you are going to California you may not have known that there are special deals available at Universal Studios Hollywood. Doing your research ahead of time will certainly help, but here are some other tips that will make you feel like after your trip is over you won’t leave the country without doing everything possible.
Ask the Locals for Tips
It’s okay if you don’t have your itinerary all mapped out by the time you arrive to your destination, because you can always chat with the locals once you arrive. Don’t be shy – ask them what they recommend doing while you are there visiting and what you shouldn’t miss. Sometimes it is easy to fall into a tourist trap so stay open minded and look at doing activities that you normally wouldn’t do. You never know, you may want to go zip lining and then afterwards enjoy a picnic from your handy picnic baskets that the travel guide so conveniently provides.
Do the Activities that are Top on Your List First
Depending on how long you are going to be on your trip, you will have to make some decisions in regards to what to do first. If you didn’t make a list of your must-do activities before you left the country that is okay, but now is the time to write down what you’d like to do the most. That way you’ll be sure to get in all of the activities that you desire to do the most. Still not sure about which activities are your favorites? Do some extra research on the internet or talk to a worker at a site you’re thinking about spending a lot of time at. They may be open enough to give you some feedback on what tours, attractions, and other activities you might want to explore.
Don’t Forget About Simple Activities that Create Memories
Vacation isn’t all about going, going, going. It’s also about relaxing and making memories as well. So even though activities are worthwhile and will help you learn more about the country, there are still plenty of relaxing activities to be a part of too. Take a walk at a beautiful garden or have a picnic in the hills in Ireland. Drive to an unknown destination in Hawaii and be pleasantly surprised when you arrive somewhere new and exciting. Whatever you plan on doing your vacation will be fun, but don’t forget the spontaneity that also comes with having a great time.
Sierra is a freelance writer who enjoys going on vacations! Catch up with Sierra’s latest adventures on her Ocean Dreams blog.