Mark Twain once said “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them,” and he made a very compelling argument. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, a significant other or even strangers, there’s a chance they’ll either get on your nerves by the end of the trip, or you’ll come home loving them even more, especially if you have a full itinerary. A typical five to six day vacation can be filled with fun, laughter and fond memories, but if you’re not careful, you may find yourself worn out, cranky and irritable by day three or four. Don’t worry. We’ve got some tips to help you get the most enjoyment out of every waking moment.
Schedule an afternoon (or day) of nothing
That’s right. While you’re arranging the day-by-day details of your trip, conveniently leave out an afternoon. If you’re feeling particularly frisky, leave a whole day open. For those traveling with other people, this may be a good chance to go off on your own and do something the rest of the pack isn’t interested in. Couples may even find that spending a few hours apart takes the pressure off – no need to worry about appeasing your partner’s wants/needs. Make it all about you, and take some time for yourself. Lay out on the patio of your hotel, take a walk amidst some locals, schedule a massage at a nearby spa, relax by the pool with a new book, or sleep all day. Do whatever you want. Be spontaneous! After all, you’re on vacation. Now’s the time to let loose.
Plan a tour of the city on your first day
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The day you arrive at your destination is always exciting. If it’s a new and unfamiliar place, it can be both intriguing and daunting. While you might have the urge to avoid an activity that’ll make you stick out as a tourist, some guided sightseeing will help you get acquainted with your new environment. Take a tour! They’re fun and informative. Often times you’ll leave knowing more about the city than the locals do, and you’ll probably find a new place to visit during your free time (see previous point). Check out our homepage for thousands of tour options.
Get to sleep at a decent hour every night
Most of us are on a steady sleep schedule, and going out of town can throw it out of whack. We know you want to maximize every last minute of your time away: getting up early for certain activities, checking out different breakfast spots (or having breakfast at your hotel), catching a breath-taking sunrise, etc. While it may be tempting to stay up chatting or investigating the nightlife, try not to overdo it. You’ll still need a solid six or seven hours of sleep to get you through the next day, and the next… and the next. This will also help you (and the kids) ease back into your normal rhythm once you get back home.
As always, have fun. Don’t worry about problems back home, and take each experience one moment at a time. If you have any additional tips on how to thrive during a jam-packed vacation, please share!