Hoping to travel more in the last half of the year? Whether you’re a travel newbie or you’re constantly packing your passport, here are some top travel tips to keep in mind for this year:
Sure, you can probably get some great last-minute deals, but unfortunately, most people need to arrange to take time off work. Not only does booking your fights in advance give you more options when it comes to layovers, connections, and flight times, but it’ll also be likely to ensure you get your choice of seats.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be flexible, however. Shifting your travel dates based on the cheapest time to travel will not only help your travel budget, but it’ll also mean you can enjoy the sights and attractions with far fewer people than if you were to travel in peak season.
Most of us spend the majority of the day inside, but getting outside and enjoying nature can help you recharge, refresh, and get some perspective. Camping can be a great way to do this- just be sure to visit Camp Smart so you can stock up on everything you need. Another good option? Hiking. Grab some friends and go on a hike, or take a road trip and plan plenty of stops to take in the view and fresh air.
Take travel insurance
This has never been more applicable, and we constantly hear horror stories of travelers who end up hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt by forgetting about travel insurance. Many people think about travel insurance as protecting their valuables and their passport, but it can quite literally protect your life. When you have good travel insurance, you’ll be able to use excellent hospitals no matter where you are, and you’ll have access to smart medical professionals who can help.
Take time out from social media
Sure, we all want to share our travels with our friends and family members, but every now and then, make sure you take a break. Put down your phone and actually soak in the experience. Be present, and pay attention to all of the sights, smells, noises, and tastes. You can always update your Instagram later- for now, take the time to appreciate the moment.
This is especially true when it comes to meeting new people. No one will want to interact with you when you’re constantly on your phone. Give yourself some time to catch up with friends later, and focus on meeting like-minded travelers while you’re away.