However, when you finally are able to set aside the time and money to go someplace new, the last thing you want to do is feel like you missed something.
Here are 3 simple secrets to help you fully enjoy your vacation.
1. Ask The Locals
- Take advice from people in the customer service industry: Not only are locals your best resource, but those you have paid for an experience such as waiters, shop owners, or guides are especially informative. You have paid them already and their advice to you is still part of your experience with them. As one of the leading tour companies in Los Angeles; Sunnyday Scoot guides give guests great ideas on other things to do in the area and amazing places to eat as well. Another hint is that the people you are tipping at your daily breakfast/lunch spot or who work at the hotel you are staying have a vested interest in you enjoying your vacation.
- Be weary of ideas you get from people on the street: Always consider the source, motive, and accountability when asking advice from anyone; locals are no exception! Just as much as people that you are doing business with on vacation have a vested interest in your satisfaction, strangers on the street do not. A random passerby can tell you or sell you anything and never be seen again. You do not want to ever be mislead. It is always good to consider options that you may come across by the 'man on the street', however make sure to double check these suggestions by researching on the internet, talking your hotel, or reading reviews. If after a bit of research you can not find any mainstream information about the event or activity, then it's probably best to try something else.
2. be Photo smart
- Don't run out of space: Make sure you have extra SD Cards for your camera. If you run low on room in your SD card or you rely mostly on your phone for pictures then a great trick to keep free space on either is to upload your pictures to your computer or email them each night. That way you are sure to have enough room for the next days pictures and videos.
- Be in the moment: These days it is very easy to cross the line between "checking in" on social media verses checking out of life. Remember these are places you have never been, things you have never done or seen before, and in some cases experiences you may never have again! Make sure you take pictures for keepsake, but don't lose the moment by burying your face in your phone to post on social media. You can post all you want when you are inside your hotel room later tonight, but while you are out in this amazing new wold you have traveled so far to see; be sure to keep yourself immersed in that experience.
- Be a patient observer: Another way to keep yourself present is to wait until the end of the day, or even the end of the trip to look through all your pictures. If you are able to hold off looking at your pictures then you will be able to have such a different experience as the observer later on. Of course you want to check and make sure you got a great angle or lighting for any given selfie or panoramic, but try to save a full trip photo view as long as possible. This is a great way to relive the moments and almost take a virtual version of your vacation again.
- Have other people take pictures of you - but be smart about it: Like it or not you are a tourist in a new land, and more than likely you stick out like a sore thumb. The last thing you need is to have your newest iphone/android, or that great camera you got last holiday season as a gift from your hobby happy uncle, stolen. However, you don't want your entire photo-album to be a catalogue of selfies either! The safest people to ask to take your pictures are employees or fellow tourists. People who are at work are not going to run off with your property because they are stuck at their job. Usually they are in the shops and restaurants that you are walking by so it is their job to be courteous and welcoming. For these reasons employees are the optimal people to hand your camera and ask for a photo. Not as trustworthy but the next best thing is your fellow tourist. The good thing about other tourists is that they have the same needs and concerns as you do, so help each other out. Not only can you do a little tit-for-tat and trade off taking pictures for each other, but it's also a great way to meet other travelers and perhaps new friends. Truly a win win!
3. prioritize safety
- Have a lifeline: Email a general daily itinerary to someone at home so that any given day your steps can be traced. This can be a fun way for someone, who wasn't able to come on the trip with you, to feel included in your activities as well as keeping your general whereabouts known.
- Use the safe in your hotel room: Take what you need for the day; such as petty cash, checks, credit card, maps, water, etc. Anything more, like excess cash, electronics, and other valuables should be left in the safe. Include a copy of your daily itinerary if you like. Not only is it another level of safety, but at the end of your trip you have a day to day event log to retrace your adventures in the future.
- Beware of off the beaten path opportunities: If you have to go down some dark cavern into the depths of the underworld in order to find the "best unknown club" or an hour out of the city trekking through a jungle alone in order to witness the "most incredible isolated beach that will blow your mind": Well, you may be better off avoiding it altogether. It's great to find something less touristy, but you don't want to be the first tourist ever to be there. If you do decide to venture to the unknown, put it on your daily email itinerary. Roads less traveled are not always the safest. ;)
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