You worked hard for the money now you're ready for that much needed vacation. Here are a few ideas to really make your vacation one you want forget.
Before you go decide the real purpose of your trip. Do you just want to lay out on a beach and relax, get out and experience what it's like living there, meet the locals and experience the foods and culture, do some volounteer work while there? These are all very good reasons, but depending on how much time you have, you may only be able to experience some.
Whether you are traveling solo, with a few besties, the other half or a group, safety should be your number 1 priority and that does not mean you can't have fun. You don't have to remain within the gated compound. It simply means take precautions, beware of your surroundings and everything else you'd do at home.
There are ways to experience all of the things above and still be safe.
- Did you know that many countries still have People to People Programs? That is one way to experience safely meeting the locals and learning about the culture, foods, visit the houses of worship or other interests you may have while at the same time maybe making a new friend without going into unknown territory alone.
- Many countries have established volounteer programs that you can sign up for before leaving home even if it's only for one day or two.
- You can also sign up for an established guided tour either with a large group, small group or private.
- Book through a travel agent that is familiar with your destination. That gives you a contact should something go wrong or who can make recommendations to make your trip memorable.
- Don't be afraid to try new things.
- Get that travel protection. There's always a first time for something to happen: you get sick, need a doctor, bad weather and you need to leave early or even cancel before you leave. Always read the fine print to make sure it covers things like medical, air lift in case of emergencies, flight interruption, baggage loss, etc.
- Notice I mentioned "established" on several occasions. In nearly all locations you will find persons willing to take you on a tour, etc. There are several risks in that. They maybe cheaper than the one with the big sign, but they are also probably not licensed, insured should something happen. We'd prefer you book it through us before you leave home,but of course you are free to do so once you have arrived. Just make sure you do it through the tour desk either in the hotel or on board ship. That way you have someone to bring your concerns to. Remember "safety first".
These tips not only apply to land vacays, but cruises as well. Ships are nothing but floating resorts so safety and precautions are still needed there whether on the ship or in port.
Vacation is meant to be enjoyable so get out there and enjoy. Not exploring means you just as well stay home and save the cash. Learn to make every trip count. You'll be surprise how much you can learn as well as get a renewed perspective on life.