Travel and Leisure, two of my favorite terms. Just listening to these words is like music to my ears. It calms me down; it lets my imagination unfold. It’s the perfect escape. Making the most out of your travel and being at leisure is like living the dream.
Let me start by asking you one question. What is travel to you? To some, it’s work. It can be a break. To some, it’s their passion, and to some, it’s a dream come true. Well, no matter who you are or what travel means to you, there is one thing about traveling that everyone must have in common.
And the one thing that everyone must have in common when it comes to travel and leisure is to make the most of it. If you’ve come all this way and spent all that money and energy, don’t you want to make sure it’s worth your while?
If you go online, you’ll find hundreds of travel tips. But with everything else going on, who has the time? As it is, you’re busy enough planning the perfect trip with the best places and the best hotels. So how do you make sure things go as perfectly as you’ve expected them to be?
Traveling is unpredictable. It can go incredibly well, or it could go down the drain. It depends on many things. The way you’ve planned it, your luck, the situation you’re in, and even the destination. There’s so much that could go wrong.
But there are ways to make things go right. And for that to happen you’ve got to read: A Guide to Travel and Leisure – 15 Tips to Make the Most of It:
A Guide to Travel and Leisure – 15 Tips to Make the Most of It
1. Pre-plan whatever you can
Now this one will guarantee a travel and leisure experience in the best cities where you can make the most of it.
When traveling, you want to be hassle-free. Now, this might not apply to everyone, but some people don’t want to run around the last minute and paying extra expenses for last-minute tickets.
Be it sightseeing tours, trains, buses or even flights. You’ll find loads of websites with great packages, the best tour operators, and deals for local journeys. Planning everything the right way beforehand will save you a ton of money and let you relax on your trip to make the most of it.
But it does mean that you’ll have a spend a reasonable amount of time researching and looking for the best offers before you leave. So that you can plan your ideal custom trip. Trust me on this one. It’ll be worth a perfect travel and leisure experience.
2. Do you research
If you want to have a great travel and leisure time on your trip, you must do your research.
If you want everything to go smoothly and as planned, you need to know as much as possible before you take that flight from Visas to vaccinations that you might need to the currency conversion to even the local language.
Take in all the information that you can, and learn all there is to know about the place. It’ll come in handy everywhere you go, and you’ll be grateful that you did this.
Currency, local language, vaccinations you might require, weather conditions, beliefs, time zones, and even emergency contact numbers. These are just some of the basics that you must know about being you begin your journey.
If research soothes you, then you can even go on and get deeper into to, if not make sure that you’ve at least got the basics covered. You don’t want to end up in trouble later.
3. Take precautions and have backups
When you’re done with your research so you can have the smoothest travel and leisure experience possible, the next step is to take precautions and have backups.
You must’ve learned all about the country you’re visiting beforehand so you know what to and what not to expect. Accordingly, you must take all precautions possible in case you end up in a messy situation.
This would include all sorts of things—medical precautions, precautions when it comes to insurance, etc. A pro tip to have that will guarantee you a perfect travel and leisure time is to have copies of everything. Have digital copies of all your documents.
Hotel bookings, plane/bus/train tickets, tours, and packages. Back all of it up! You won’t regret it.
4. Check the weather reports
While you pack, make sure you check the weather reports for your destination. This will guarantee you a travel and leisure trip where you can make the most of it.
You don’t want to pack only bikinis and sundresses and end up getting stuck because you didn’t pack a raincoat or a jacket to keep you warm. And you don’t want to pack warm woolen clothes and go to a place where it’s boiling.
Even though the climate in most places is how it’s supposed to be all year round, checking the weather reports and packing your clothes, footwear and luggage accordingly won’t kill you.
Sunblock, sunglasses, woolen hats and gloves, umbrellas, etc. You never know what you’ll need. But Oh. Wait. You will if all you do is go online and check out the weather of your destination. So, make sure that you do.
5. Break the language barrier
Breaking this barrier will ensure that you have great travel and leisure experience.
Nobody’s asking you to learn an entire language just for a week-long trip or so. That’s just ridiculous. But knowing the basics in the local language will help you in many ways. People will also be more helpful towards you and appreciate the effort that you’ve put into learning it.
Phrases like – How are you? I’m lost. What time is it? Where am I? Sorry. Thank you. Good evening. Goodbye. Where is ____? How do I?
These are some basics that you should try and learn before you travel. You can also see if you find functional translation applications. They’re a blessing. And it will help you more than you’d think.
6. Vacay mode on
One of the best ways you can have a travel and leisure experience where you don’t have any worries is by turning your vacay mode on.
Think of life as a smartphone. Just like they have airplane modes where nothing can bother them. You have vacay mode where nobody can bother you. You must forget about any routines. And work and any schedules. Chill and have fun all day.
Sleep in, go to be as late as you want. Eat whatever you want. Drink whenever you want. Wear what you feel like wearing, without any insecurities, or having to think about what others might say. Being on vacation is like being in a world of your own.
And one of the best ways to guarantee a good experience is to do whatever you feel like.
7. Leave your work back home
Suppose you want to live out your vacay mode to the fullest and have a fun travel and leisure experience at ease. Then one of the most important things you must do is leave all your work back at home.
Leave your laptops and iPads back at home. Forget all meetings, presentations, and schedules. And forget business suits, ties, and formal shoes. Going on vacation is going to a place where there are no worries and no problems.
If you plan everything out well beforehand, you won’t face any problems when it comes to avoiding any work-related stuff on your trip. You don’t have to ignore calls if you don’t receive any.
Not only physically, but you also need to mentally go from the sour office room to the sandy beach and relax. Switch out your coffee for a cocktail. You’re on Vacay mode now.
8. Don’t be afraid to ask for upgrades
You never know where life will take you. You never really know how things will turn out.
Enjoy your travel and leisure time to the fullest by asking for upgrades wherever you go. Flights. Hotel rooms, sometimes even tours and restaurants. If companies make a mistake, they try to compensate with updates, so make the best use of them!
Do not be afraid to ask for upgrades whenever you can. You never know when the tables will turn and how life will surprise you. Domestic and International Airlines often upgrade passengers if they have a lot of empty seating in the business and first-class. Or maybe just a front-row seat.
Anything that’s a step up is a bonus! Be polite to the staff and be kind. And if you’re traveling or visiting on a special occasion like a birthday or an anniversary, make sure you let them no.
You’ll also get a lot of discounts if you look in the right places—student discounts, newlywed discounts, etc.
9. Pack light
Enjoying your travel and leisure time to the fullest means not having to lurk around with too much baggage and not having to pay extra for your luggage weight.
Always try and pack light for your trips. Count the number of days and nights you’ll be spending and pack accordingly. Carry items that are flexible and can be manipulated and mixed and matched. Carry the kind of clothing that can also be repeated.
There is something called too many shoes. Remember that. Take only what you need and also leave space in your bags for all the souvenirs and shopping you’ll do there!
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10. Interact with the locals
Something I’ve noticed over all the years I’ve spent traveling is that most tourists miss out on exploring and experiencing the true essence of the place only because they do just the ‘touristy’ things.
To ensure that you make the most of your travel and leisure experience, don’t be afraid to interact with the locals. Remember, only they know about the hidden gems that their city/town/country has to offer – the best food and the best islands. We only know what we’ve seen and read online.
But there’s often so much more to a place. So, don’t be afraid to talk to them. Get to know them, understand their culture, and if you’re lucky, then maybe you’ll even experience it.
Ask them for advice when it comes to famous spots and restaurants, and you’ll experience a whole new world.
11. Hide emergency cash all over
I know this step feels a bit extra, but if you want to guarantee a safe travel and leisure experience, then trust me on this.
Theft is widespread in most tourist destinations, and these petty thieves know precisely how to target and steal from tourists. Most of the time, you wouldn’t even realize what has happened until much after.
So always hide extra emergency cash in different places. Never keep all of your money in just one place. Distribute it and hide it in various pockets and pouches in separate bags. You never know what you might lose or misplace.
12. Always have a backpack on you
You want to make sure you have a comfortable travel and leisure trip and have what you need at all times.
Pick one backpack and carry it with you wherever you go. A day backpack that will carry your essentials all day. Copies of your documents, a hat, water bottle, wet wipes, spare t-shirt, snacks, torch, or something else. You never know what you might need,
But make sure you don’t stuff the backpack and only carry what you need.
13. Travel by yourself
A guaranteed travel and leisure experience where you can make the most of it is when you go on a solo trip.
Traveling by yourself without having anyone to depend or rely on is an entirely different experience altogether. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and the world as well. I highly recommend this at least once in your life!
Click here to read all about traveling solo.
14. Travel Insurance is your best friend
Prepare yourself in advance and take precautions by getting travel insurance to enjoy a travel and leisure trip without any worries.
This way, if anything goes on, you won’t ruin the entire experience worries, nervous, and in tears the whole time.
15. Make a list of essentials
You can never be too prepared. Even after thinking about everything carefully, people often forget to carry the most important things. And then they either have to do without or buy the same for costly prices due to no or low availability.
Make a list of essentials that you might require beforehand and go through it a couple of times. You can also ask friends and family to help you review your list and make sure you haven’t missed out on anything important.
Click here for a list of travel essentials that will help you with making your list.
There is no point in going on a vacation if you are not able to enjoy your travel and leisure time to the fullest. You must make the most of it and be comfortable and even go crazy sometimes.
We hope our travel and leisure guide was helpful to you. And if you have any more tips or any experiences, then do share them with us. We would love to hear what you have to say!