Travel Appreciation Tips

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


Herculaneum, Italy

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?

The Acropolis, Athens

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!


Dinner in Rome

5. To Sun Worship or not to Sun Worship?

Nafplio, Greece

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 

Nafplio, Greece

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!



  1. July 27th, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for the advice .. never thought of it!


    • July 27th, 2015 / 8:35 pm

      Hey Cat!

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it! Are you doing any travelling soon?

      Sarah xx

  2. July 27th, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    Great post, I agree with all of these, especially no. 4! If you're in another country, eat their food! (And try to speak their language as well!)
    That picture of the Herculaneum in Italy reminds me of the Roman Baths in Bath, which I guess isn't surprising as they're both Roman ruins! Have you ever been to Bath? It's a lovely city and the Roman Baths are fascinating 🙂

    • July 27th, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      Aww thanks so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and glad you enjoyed this! I've been to Bath and I love it, really want to go back soon! Are you off on your travels anytime soon?!

      And I totally agree: embrace the language!! Even if it is just a few little words, it really makes all the difference.

      Sarah xx

  3. July 28th, 2015 / 1:26 am

    I don't travel much but when I do I don't really talk to other people! I just get scared they won't talk to me or something! I would love to travel to Spain just to hear Spanish people around me, I did Spanish at school and really enjoyed it! Lovely post! xxx

  4. July 28th, 2015 / 7:09 am

    I like to get lost – I ditch the lists or I just have a vague idea where to go! Especially when you're with a few friends

  5. July 28th, 2015 / 7:44 am

    I'm a planaholic, too! Most of the time I make a schedule of everything I'm doing with times included, even though I know I won't follow it (I don't like following schedules, just making them haha). This is a great & helpful post! xx

    Ellie |

  6. July 29th, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Italy and Greece are at the very top of my travel bucket list and this post is not making things any easier!

    Sandra | Cake + Whisky

  7. July 29th, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    Great list- agree with all, although I am a beach person. I feel like I just went on a little virtual trip thanks.

  8. August 3rd, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    I'm going on holiday in september and I can't wait to have a look down all the little streets! Seeing new cultures is one of my favourite things x

    Abi |

  9. August 4th, 2015 / 1:08 am

    Great post! I am supposed to be planning a big trip for October and I keep procrastinating, thanks for the tips!

    Pink Wings

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