I thought I would do something a little different today and write a post about how to make the most of your holiday (or vacation). If you read my recent ‘This Summer I Will Tag‘, then you will have noticed that I mentioned I was going to write this blog post! I have included some pics and experiences from my own personal travels along the way…
1. Plan Ahead
I’m a bit of a planaholic and I could honestly spend hours making lists but if are going off on your travels, I strongly advise lists! The usual packing lists are great but what I like to do is make lists of places I want to visit. Everything from ancient ruins, museums, beaches and cafes/restaurants. I note down their opening times and get an idea of when the best time to visit is. Not only does it take the strain out of doing all these things later, it helps my trip to flow better and really allows me to make the most of my time there. Sometimes things will happen that are outwith your control but a basic plan really helps.
2. Visit Historic Sites
Okay, this might just apply to me as a Classicist but I love visiting historic sites! Naturally, I’m obsessed with Ancient Roman & Greek culture and love nothing more than exploring some ruins. This might not be for everyone but I really enjoy visiting museums and the like! So why not stop by a museum or visit an ancient site?
3. Mix with the Locals
Some of my most memorable travel moments I have are those I have spent chatting with the local people. I was in Delphi, Greece (which is seriously breathtaking) and got chatting to an elderly Greek man who started reciting The Odyssey in Ancient Greek. Or when I was in Nafplio and the lovely sisters who ran the hotel introduced me to their mother who let me try her homemade jams. Take some time to chat to the local people!
4. Try the Local Cuisine
Not sure I would go as far as eating frog legs in France, but I do like to try local dishes and embrace the country I am visiting. Nothing annoys me more than seeing all these British pubs and restaurants abroad serving the kind of food we get here (which never tastes as good anyway!).. Whilst you are visiting a new country, try some dishes they are famous for!
5. To Sun Worship or not to Sun Worship?
I’m really not a sun worshipper myself (hence this is one of the few ‘beach’ pics I have!) and after a morning at the beach reading a book I’m pretty much done! I really don’t like lying in the sun and I never tan well anyway! So although I love visiting beaches, I’m not someone that can spend all day there. But I know that some people love this so if it is your thing, enjoy!
6. Head off the beaten track
Obviously safety comes first but there is nothing I like more than really getting a feel for what it must be like to live there and not just hit all the tourist hotspots! I love visiting local food markets abroad because it is such an amazing atmosphere just watching people live their day to day life in an environment that is so different from mine back home.
7. Try Something New
Take the time to try something new! You only live once! Whether it is facing a rollercoaster that has always sent shivers down your spine, going snorkelling when you really don’t like fish (I did that and loved it! Still not a fish fan though), taking a camel ride or doing something that little more adventurous, this makes a trip really memorable.
8. Sit Back & Take in the View
Seriously, just stop and smell the roses!! It really is the little things that make a trip really special. Whether it be beautiful flowers, a gorgeous sunset or waking up to a view of the beach, take the time to appreciate these quiet moments just admiring the beautiful country you are lucky enough to visit.
That’s my top tips but I would love to know what some of yours are and hear about any amazing travel experiences you have had! Comment below or you can tweet me @thingsarahloves. Have a great day and see you again tomorrow for another post!