Travel should be relaxing and invigorating, but there’s no doubt that some trips just seem to lead to an enormous amount of stress. If you want to avoid such issues, then here are some top tips on avoiding problems and ensuring that you have a fantastic time.
Choose your travel companions carefully
You may feel that your options are limited in this respect, particularly if you always head away with your close family. But there will usually be choices available to you and it’s of vital importance that you spend time with people that you get along with. If there are problems within a particular relationship, then those are likely to come to the fore when you’re away from home.
Agree on a destination
There’s nothing worse than having one or more members of the group grumbling about the choice of destination. Involve everyone in the decision-making process and you’ll discover that there’s far less room for complaints.
This even applies to children, who may otherwise be quick to start moaning about being bored, or wishing that they were somewhere else.
Think about activities and entertainment
You may have booked a nice hotel that’s close to the beach, with the intention of spending 14 days lounging by the sea. What are you planning to do in the evenings? What happens if it rains for a day? By having some alternative activities and forms of entertainment in mind, you’ll protect yourself from a disappointing experience.
Get access to a vehicle
By having access to a car, or even to a modern motorhome, you’ll find that it’s that bit easier to get around. By doing so, you are sure to make more of the overall experience. Your own mode of transport means that you’ll also have an increased level of flexibility, allowing you to create an itinerary that meets the needs of your family.
Learn some of the language
If you’re heading abroad, then nothing beats being able to ask for simple things in the local language. We know that many people around the world speak English, but that’s not really the point. The truth is that you will be welcomed as a guest, if you’re prepared to make a little extra effort.
As an absolute minimum, you should be able to order from menu and thank members of staff. Simple pleasantries can go an enormously long way.
Check the arrangements before leaving home
You’ve booked your flights, sorted out your accommodation and ensured that you have a vehicle available to you. But have you looked more closely at the details of what will be involved? Do you know, for instance, how far it is from the airport to your hotel? Such information matters a lot and you’ll find that there are distinct advantages associated with being that bit more prepared.
Before leaving home, ensure that you have a clear understanding of every step of the travel experience. That way, you won’t encounter any nasty surprises.
Read online reviews
In fact, this one could even have been listed higher in the list! I find that online travel reviews are invaluable. Sure, you find that a lot of people like to moan about seemingly trivial matters, but you also get a real insight into an area and can learn from the experiences of others.
You may discover, for example, the best time to visit a particular monument or building of interest. You may also find out more about special events and local customs. Travel is often about learning and it makes sense to start doing so before you leave home.
Keith Barrett is an avid traveller and enjoys experiencing new cultures. Most of his recent travel experiences have been in Europe and he likes to tell others about hidden gems.