Always be prepared for the unexpected. Always have your passport tucked away on your person at all times and never let it out of your sight. A lost or stolen passport can end up in an 8 day delay or more in a foreign country before they are able to replace it. Carry extra money with you and hide it away on your person. Have a list of emergency phone numbers with you at all times and let a friend know where a copy of your passport is and other important documents if they are needed.
Have someone lined up to take care of your pets, mail, lawn mowing, repairs and whatever situation that may arise while you are gone. Your trusted friend will man the helm while you are away and enjoying life to its fullest potential.
Plan out your trip and always be prepared for the unexpected.
Plan out your trip in advance and make a list of where you want to go and what you must see. Delays may occur on your trip so allow extra time in your day for delays of all types. Make room reservations so you don’t have to hunt for a hotel room into the wee hours of the night. I keep a traveling diary of each trip that I take as it helps identify pictures and keeps the pleasant memories of my trip alive.
Pack light as we all tend to pack more things than we could ever use. Bring along a small suitcase with wheels that is easy to pull along and maneuvers easily. I also have a small carry on with me that I put one set of extra clothes in just in case it takes awhile for my main suitcase to catch up with me.
Your hotel room should be to your liking.
Look over your hotel room and if it is not to your liking ask for a different room. If there are not enough towels or you are too cold do not be afraid to speak up and ask them for the items you need to make your stay enjoyable. The hotel will want to please you if possible because they want happy customers that will say how wonderful their stay was there to their friends and family. Word of mouth can make or break a business so think twice before you make a rash statement about a business. Did you tell them you had a problem or did you think they could read your mind somehow.
Unwind and take in all of the sights and sounds.
Relax and enjoy your vacation to its fullest. Leave your worries behind and unwind and relax and take in the scenery, nature, architecture and the sounds. You may hear cow bells, church bells ringing, the oceans pounding waves and much more. Go to the local museums, concerts, plays and much more. Ask your hotel concierge what some of the main attractions are in the area where you are staying. He can also arrange for a cab to take you there and back to your hotel.
You are now home again. I unpack my suitcase and put my clothes in the wash. I go through my mail and get back into the swing of things again. You will be very tired by the second day that you are home so take a nap and recover from your trip. I put all my pictures in an album and I identify them with my travel diary. I certainly enjoyed my vacation to its fullest and I hope you will to. Godspeed to you and your family on your trip of a lifetime.
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