You’re finally given some well-deserved time for rest and recreation. You want to leave the bustling urban jungle and into the deep green forests of old; the powdery sands of the coasts; the mile-high mountains of the range.
It’s time to reconnect with Mother Nature and all her wonders. But before you go jumping from a 100-foot cliff and eat off the land, here’s a short guide to keeping your company:
Check your options
You may want that trip to Mount Everest now. But are you really ready for something like that? How about taking it slow and take your vacation at a local beach or mountain range?
Look online for good deals for cheap vacation areas. Places like Bear Lake have vacation rentals for large groups. If you’re traveling solo, there are other options as well. Some solo deals may offer accommodation and transportation as a package.
Before you brave the wild, you might as well brave the numerous deals on the Internet. You’re bound to find the best deal for your buck. But if you become too confused, try consulting a travel agent. They’ll arrange everything for you for a fee, of course.
Secure your belongings
There’s more to it than your usual everyday carry-ons. Make copies of all official forms of identification that you have. That means driver’s license, passport, company ID, or anything else that can be used to identify you. You never know when you’ll need it.
Be sure to bring extra cash with you. Not all places may accept payments via credit/debit cards. But be sure to secure them in a safe location or keep them in your wallet or pocket at all times.
Always check if your bags are closed and locked whenever you’re going out. If possible, leave the unnecessary items at home or at the place you’re staying. You don’t really need your business laptop at a hike, right?
This means no unnecessary purchases and side trips. In addition, don’t overpack. Souvenirs are nice and are mementos of your time in that area. A few keychains and some shirts are good souvenirs. A thousand-dollar stag head may not be the right type of souvenir, though.
A quick side trip to a nearby watering hole could just be the highlight of your vacation. An elaborate, unplanned trip to a far state is not traveling smart. Being prepared for anything in the wild is great, but you may be spiraling down a rabbit hole if you think you need a week’s worth of provision for an overnight trip.
Don’t forget to take a few snaps along the way. Whether you’ve been to the place before or not, you have to take at least a few photos before you leave. Document your trip and share the photos with family and friends. It’s not every day you get to go out for yourself anyway. So, might as well make it memorable and well documented.
Now that you’ve been oriented on a couple of do’s and don’t, your ready for your vacation. Wherever that may be, you need to embrace every moment and enjoy the time while it lasts.