you next vacation is within the US or abroad it is important to be
prepared and have a good idea of what sights you would like to see
and activities you would like to participate in, but remember that
flexibility and patience can turn a good vacation into a fantastic
vacation. As you travel you may discover a parade in the local village
or find a town that is so appealing you want to stop and spend the
night. Leave yourself a little room to be flexible. Spontaneous situations
often create the best memories.
Customs are different everywhere, even within the US, so patience
can often play a large part in how the mood of a day progresses. Be
prepared for communication difficulties and other cultural differences.
When traveling to countries where English is not the first language,
learn a few basic “getting by” phrases, like “where
is the toilet?’ and “Do you speak English.” Trying
to speak in the native language goes a long way.
SLOW DOWN, RELAX, you’re on vacation…
Next, don’t bring the whole closet with you. Many people like
to start packing a few days (or weeks for some of us) ahead of time.
This is a good way to take a look at what you initially packed and
then take away (or substitute if absolutely necessary). Basic colors
you can mix and match, materials that do not need ironing work best.
Smaller and lighter is best in most travel situations especially if
you’re moving around a lot. Do remember to pack you prescription
medication in your carry on, but do not bring the whole medicine cabinet.
All cities have drug stores and pharmacies. For help with your packing
take a look at the packing checklist.
Truckee Travel also has a selection of travel books; maps and Eagle
Creek travel gear at our agency location.
Before Leaving Home Checklist
Tips for Bringing the Kids
Using Your Travel Dollars Wisely