Life can get monotonous, and taking a summer holiday with a friend can be a perfect remedy to escape the grind. But, sometimes all our investment for a vacation can go to waste without proper planning. The flights can get delayed, the museum can be closed, a road accident can take place and worst of all, you may end up in a massive argument with your friend in an unfamiliar location. To avoid these mishaps, we’ve come up with a list of ten tips that’ll help you enjoy your holiday like a king.
Pack non-perishable food
It’s always sensible to pack non-perishable food like chocolate bars and nuts, just in case you are on the road and really hungry. It also helps if your friend is the only one feeling hungry, and you don’t want to have dinner or lunch at that time. In the worst case scenario, your car might break down in the middle of a highway. You’ll need some food to see through the hours it’ll take for your ride to get fixed.
Plan your expenses
Always plan out the amount of money you are going to spend each day on food, shopping, travel, etc. Failure to do so might result in you exceeding your budget, as we all like to splurge when we are in a vacation mood. You could also spend most of your money in the initial days, and be forced to cut costs towards the end of your trip.
Keep some free time
Traffic jams, flight delays, etc. can make you run behind schedule and pour water over your best laid plans. That is why, it’s always sensible to plan for some free time as it can help you mitigate the effect delays will have on your itinerary. If everything goes to plan, you can use this free time to relax and unwind by indulging in a nice massage.
Have a first-aid kit
It’s very easy to injure yourself on a vacation as you are in a carefree mood. You might slip and have some bruises. Keeping a first-aid kit with a few essentials can take care of such incidents. Even if you feel cold or feverish due to the change in climate, a tablet from the first-aid kit will come in handy.
Contact a local
Before you visit a place, it’s important that you talk to someone from the place to find out about the amount of money you should pay for various services. Tourists are often easily fleeced. Contacting a local will also help you zero in on the best places to visit, restaurants to eat, etc. Most civilians are happy to help and you shouldn’t have too much problem in finding a reliable person. Even looking for someone on social media might help, as you might find a friend of a friend who is from the place that you are visiting.
It’s always sensible to pack light to avoid shelling out the exorbitant amount that flights charge for additional luggage. Also, packing light will aid your mobility especially while climbing stairs where the trolley feature of your bag is rendered useless. Plan in advance the clothes that you are going to wear so that you carry the barest minimum.
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In order to avoid heated arguments, it is best to divide responsibilities. If one of you is booking the tickets, the other should find out about the best places to eat. If one of you is standing in the queue once, the other should take their turn the next time. Having a spoken agreement can spell peace for all parties concerned. If you don’t divide responsibilities, then one person might end up feeling overworked.
Carry a book
Flight delays can be the most painful thing about travelling, and can spoil your mood before the trip even begins. To avoid such incidents to hamper your happiness, carry a book that can make time float away with ease. Paperback bestsellers are usually perfect, as they don’t take much effort to read and allow you to be distracted.
Keep some cash for emergency
You never know when accidents can happen. You may break a bone or your friend might lose his/her luggage. Keeping aside some cash for emergencies will only help avoid the ruckus that such incidents can create. It can also be useful if your expenses exceed the amount planned.
Keep your documents ready
If you are travelling to a foreign location, it makes sense to keep all your documents well organised and ready to be shown whenever asked for. Since documents are not really space consuming, you can keep them neatly arranged in your handbag.
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