Travel Advice To Take With A Pinch Of Salt?
It seems that everyone has advice for you when you go travelling, but to be honest an awful lot of it can be pretty useless.
One person’s experience of a particular place or destination can significantly differ from your own. Bear in mind, what is good advice to one person may be bad advice for another, so here’s some common “logical” travel advice that we believe needs more consideration!
Unwinding Without Technology
Going tech free as a way to relax and unwind seems to be the in thing at the moment, but it’s also unrealistic.
From a safety perspective, a mobile phone is a pretty important way of calling for help should you need it and on the other spectrum, who doesn’t want to upload the snaps of their latest adventure online?
On a more practical note, technology has changed the efficiency and quality of experience when travelling. From finding our way around to booking good restaurants with confidence to looking up information of the sights you are visiting. Plus, storage of digital entertainment means no need to lug physical maps, guides, magazines and the likes with you.
Better advice will be to be to work on being more disciplined and not get too dependent or glued to your smartphone.
Don’t Travel In Peak Season
If you like your holidays a little more laid back, potentially much better value then definitely consider going outside of peak season. But do not dismiss travelling during peak season.
This can be a bit pricey, but the weather is generally better with more daylight to relish in and there’s plenty going on for holiday makers to enjoy.
Going on holiday out of season may mean that some restaurants or activities may not be available and there might not be the holiday vibe that you’d expect during peak season.
Avoid Tourist Traps
What exactly is a tourist trap I hear you ask? Well it depends who you ask!
It’s a common misconception that all tourist areas and attractions offer poor value for money or are seeking to rip holiday makers off, but this isn’t necessarily the case. This may still be true for some packages but for every iconic tourist attraction, you will find some one saying that it is a tourist trap that isn’t worth your time or money.
A lot of this comes down to personal opinion, so do your own research before you dismiss the places you might think about visiting due to long lines and crowds. Check the place out yourself to see if you are happy with the time and costs involved.
Improvise On Your First Night
In the guise of spontaneity and flexibility, many will advice that you shouldn’t make plans for your first night and just go with the flow. But if you’ve only got a limited amount of time at your destination then you want to cram in as much as you possibly can and doesn’t make sense to wait to book!
In general, you waste precious time from hours to half a day minimum wandering around finding a place. You’re on holiday, you want peace of mind, you want to relax and get on with your holiday immediately.
But if you have a lot of time on your side and where the budget is so tight, walking around and trying to find the best place for the best deal can sometimes be smarter.
Don’t Stinge! You’re On Holiday!
Going all out and blowing a small fortune on holiday isn’t for everyone. Some like to live it up with fine wine whereas some prefer to watch their pennies so don’t feel obligated to splash out just because you are away.
The important point is to set a budget so as not to get caught out by “extravagances” and having to splurge or do without. Whatever your holiday spending habits, take a look at a range of restaurants and attractions to get an idea for budget setting. There is no need for unnecessary splurging but there is no need for unexpected compromises either.
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