With the traveling we have done, I feel like we have learned quite a bit about how we can make our lives easier to travel. We are no professional travelers but hey, some advice is always helpful!
1. Invest in a good camera bag:
What good is traveling if you can't capture the memories of that trip. Also, you don't want your good camera being bumped around. Nor is sand good for the lens, we had to learn it the hard way...
2. Have comfortable shoes:
I don't know about you but when we travel we walk A LOT. So comfortable shoes is a must.
3. Make a list of the top 10 things you would like to do and see
Having a list of the top ten will be helpful so you don't get overwelmed with seeing everything.
4. Figure out a route before you leave.
If you don't have an idea of where you want to go, you can waste a lot of time figuring it out. Google maps are good, and getting to know the public transportation is always a good way to get around, just do it before hand.
5. Have cash on hand and keep it in a safe place!
Not all places except plastic. We also had to learn this the hard way.
6. Don't be afraid to explore:
Story: When we went on our Bermuda cruise, we got off the ship and the entire cruise went to the same spots so there was a lot of bodies and not a lot of experiencing Bermuda. Our family took matters into our own hands and we just walked where most cars couldn't get to. 99% of the time we were by ourselves just gulping in the beautiful sights. And most people didn't get to see that part. So explore!
7. Document everything.
While writing this post I went back and looked at all the photos that I took from the different vacations that we've taken and i'm so glad I have the pictures that I do. Even if they weren't the best pictures in the world, it just brought back a flood of memories of our time on that vacation.
8. Don't get stressed out about seeing everything.
I've learned that some of our best vacations where the ones where we weren't on the clock and had to be everywhere and see everything at the same time. It's good to soak things in and enjoy just time away.
9. Don't forget the grocery store.
Eating out every meal can take a toll on your digestive track and your wallet. Its fun to experience the food in the area but find a good grocery store where you can grab snacks and some easy quick meals that your body is use to. And on that note...
10. Make sure to take some good digestive enyzme!
Traveling for anyone is hard and even hard on your stomach. For me, I load up on magnesium pills. They are good for sleeping, and heck they help with digestion.
Here are some of the vacations we have gone on in the past if you want to take a look.