Want to travel but you aren’t sure where to start? Read these tips and you will be a savvy vacationer in no time! Learn everything from the best time to go to what to pack.
Plan ahead (but keep an open mind)
It’s one thing to be spontaneous, and it’s quite another to show up in a new city with absolutely no clue about what it has to offer. Even a cursory look at top attractions will give you a head start on creating a loose day by day itinerary so you’re not completely overwhelmed upon your arrival.
Lock down logistics
Trying to figure out planes, trains, and automobiles while you’re in the middle of your trip only adds more stress and hassle to what should be a relaxing vacation. Most of the time, it’s totally cool to be undecided about activities and attractions until you reach your destination, but making a call on how you’re getting from point A to point B is critical. Will you rely on rideshare apps or rent a car? Is it possible to take a train or bus to get in between cities if you’re wanting to take a day trip or planning a multi-stop journey? All things to consider.
Know when to go
Absolutely everyone and their mother—at least everyone in the northeast—wants to go on a tropical vacation in the dead of winter. Consider going during shoulder or off-peak season to get the best bang for your buck and avoid the crazy crowds.
Pack smart (or just light)
Tempting as it is to give yourself tons of outfit options, it pays off to bring along easy pieces that can be mixed and matched throughout your trip. Opt for clothes in fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily, like polyester, rayon, and nylon, and fit more in your suitcase or backpack with space saver bags.
Embrace your sense of adventure
One of the best parts of traveling is experiencing a new culture, so don’t be afraid to take a few risks when it comes to food, drink, and fun. Just say no to chain restaurants and instead, research favorite local dishes and the best places to eat them around town—or specialty cocktails that are unique to the area. Pro tip: ask bartenders where they like to go. They’ll likely have the inside scoop on great hidden gems.