We are currently exploring some of favorite (and some new) spots in Europe this week, but while we’re away, one of the goals of Land of Marvels is to offer advice to those of you who want to travel in order to get to that dream destination yourself. So this week, in Travel 101, we’re touching on the basics of how to travel, what to do once you get there and everything in between. So follow along and welcome to Travel 101!
So you’ve booked your trip and you’ve planned it out and now you’re there… how do you really enjoy all that travel has to offer? Here’s how!
Keep close neighborhoods together on days you’re exploring.
When you’re on the ground exploring, make it easier on yourself and don’t jump from one side of the city to the other… keep your exploring relative to areas. Explore a few neighborhoods that border each other one day, then do another area the next… that way you aren’t exhausted from going everywhere!
Don’t overbook yourself.
As mentioned yesterday, don’t overbook yourself. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way and believe me, it’s well worth keeping some time on your itinerary to just have nothing planned. Whether that means you can lay around your hotel and nap after a long morning or go out and just wander and explore, keep some time open for whatever comes up.
Catch famous sites early before the crowds.
Skip the long lines and the crazy crowds and do yourself a favor and catch the famous spots at a destination in the morning before everyone else is there too. Whether it’s the Colosseum or the Eiffel Tower, even though you might miss some sleep, get up early and get to the destination before everyone else does… it will be so much more enjoyable!
Get full night of sleep.
One thing that’s really important to me is my sleep. And being jet lagged definitely doesn’t agree with me. So getting a full night of sleep each day while traveling will make a huge difference for how much you can do during the day.
Take it all in and create moments.
The great thing about travel and what makes it so special is to take it all in around you and create moments while you’re there. Whether that’s sitting on the banks of the Seine in Paris and just watching the world go by or seeing the Taj Mahal in all its glory, find a way to really “see” what’s in front of you and remember that moment and how it felt. That’s where the magic of travel really is, in creating moments you’ll always have with you.