When the world once again resumes some semblance of morality, it is a given that a great portion of the world’s population will be looking to book a holiday and get back to travelling the world. From long term travels in new countries to a family getaway, once travel is once again on the cards, it is safe to say we will all want to travel in some way.
But once you have booked your getaway, how do you get the most from your trip? For some, the reason for a vacation is to lie on a lounger on the beach or around a pool and do nothing but soak up the sun. Others require a balance between fun and relaxation while other people need to get as much as they can during their trip as possible.
So what are your options should you fall into the camp of wanting to squeeze every last drop of everything out of your holiday?
One of the best ways to explore is on your own terms, especially if you are travelling with young children. Hiring a car for your stay duration will allow you to make plans and make your own way to everything you want to do without relying on public transport. When you rent your car, you will be given information on what is expected of you during your hire period, and you can even ask for tips on places to visit too!
If you want as authentic an experience as possible and explore how the locals live, don’t be afraid to get lost. Quite literally. Take a walk, go left instead of right, ditch the map and find your way around your destination by just walking around or asking in local shops or indeed the locals themselves, the best places to see, eat and explore.
We all know that there are peak travel times wherever you may go. Suppose you can travel off-peak to avoid crowds and long waiting times at popular tourist attractions. If you can’t avoid these times, then the early bird catches the worm, as they say.
Avoid eating in the high tourist areas. Restaurants aimed at the tourist population will likely not be the most authentic food you can buy and potentially be more expensive. Choose a restaurant off the beaten track. Ask at your hotel or your host if staying at a property like an Airbnb. Head to local food markets to get a real idea of the food on offer and savor the delectable treats they have on offer. This is usually much cheaper as well.
But don’t get too absorbed in capturing every moment. It is good to have reminders of what you have seen and where you have been, but more than that. It is better to immerse yourself in the experience while you are there fully. Enjoy it all and then capture a few pictures for prosperity.