Everyone has their own tips they like to share with other travelers. From what NOT to wear to where to avoid and how to make the most of the journey itself, these tips can be an invaluable resource when it comes to making the most your time and money traveling. As experienced travelers, Pristine Agency has many tips and topics of interest for our members and others traveling as well. Whether you are planning a trip outside the U.S. or just a weekend away, there are still plenty of ways you can enhance the experience, save time and reduce your stress. In an effort to help, Pristine Agency invites you to take a closer look at 5 of our favorite travel tips before you go.
Try skipping peak travel times to your destination
One of the biggest complaints of most vacationers is the cost. While there are some costs you simply won’t be able to avoid, there are plenty of ways to make your vacation more affordable. One of the simplest ways to reduce costs when traveling is by skipping the peak travel season. Costs associated with accommodations and attractions are often much higher in the peak travel times than during the off or shoulder seasons. Not only will traveling in the off season likely save you money, but it will also give you a chance to experience the “real” destination. Fewer tourists, lower costs and more genuine experiences, how could you go wrong?
Try something new
From food to the destinations themselves, trying something new is a great way to make the most of your experiences. Get away from the chain restaurants and try the local cuisine, skip the “primary” tourist locations and head for something a bit off the beaten path. These are just two easy ways to try something new without having to be extreme. The longer doctors study the benefits of travel to our health, the more benefits they find including those benefits for our minds. Learning and experiencing new things are great ways to stimulate our minds and form new connections in the brain.
Plan early and understand your destination before you go
Doing your research is essential when it comes to maximizing your experiences for example, is a passport required? How about a visa? These may seem obvious, but they are just the beginning. Passports can take months to get, which means planning ahead is imperative. Further, areas which require international driving permits, different currency and have different languages will also require plenty of preparation. The more you prepare before you leave, the better off you will be when you arrive at your destination.
Make a plan but be flexible
This is especially important when traveling to destinations which are known for their many tourist sites for example, Washington DC. Home to the Smithsonian Museums, many national monuments and hundreds of other amazing attractions, with only a limited time, you will have to choose which to see and which to leave for another time. Choosing in advance will allow you to better maximize your time away. Remember to be flexible however and have alternative plans just in case you need them.
Keep an open mind
The most important part of making the most of your experiences traveling is to keep an open mind. The world is huge and we have many differences but it is the differences that make us all special. Before you judge, keep an open mind and try to understand before you judge.