How To Enjoy Your Travels: Trip Essentials

Whether you venture to the closest big city to you or across the country or across the globe, travel is one of the best experiences of life. You get to see new places. You get to experience something different such as a strange food or a kooky building. You get to talk to strangers. So many great things occur when you travel.

My mum just got back from a short trip. She spent four days just a couple hours north of her actual home. It wasn't some international trip with glamour and sightseeing. It wasn't a crazy cultural experience. It was simply a time to get away and enjoy something new.

Upon her arrival back home, she told me what she had concluded about travel. According to my mum, here are the essentials of travel, regardless of where you go.

Do the basics, then do something funky


1. Do the basics - It's only fair that you experience what tourists do in your specific location. Do the usual sightseeing, whether it's a bridge or a building or a museum. Knock out the obvious things first. Check it out online before you head out so you have some ideas. 

2. Do something funky - Okay now that you did "the usual," it's time to mix it up. Do something different. Ask a local what their favorite restaurant is or something underrated to do in the area. Nobody knows a city better than someone who lives there year round. As I mentioned earlier, do your research beforehand. Create a list of possible things to do or places to visit. That will help you when you finally want to do something funky!

3. Be lazy - I've found that travel is absolutely no fun if you've got a complete agenda.

8:00 a.m. - breakfast at  Harriet's Bistro
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - sight see the Golden Gate Bridge &  Lombard Street
12 p.m. - lunch at the Fisherman's Wharf
1 - 5 p.m. - check out the San Francisco Museum of Art, The Exploratorium, & Alcatraz.
6 p.m. - dinner at Chateau Farrow

If you have your life planned out, it doesn't leave much room for spontaneity. Leave some wiggle room. Eat a nice breakfast at a local cafe then do whatever you want. Go into that really neat looking bookstore. Check out the local park. Sit and enjoy a coffee. You don't need to be busy busy busy.

4. Enjoy the weather - Weather and temperature add to the experience. Winter in Paris is a completely different dynamic than spring in Paris. Sometimes the rain or the clouds or the snow or the sun create a particular vibe. Go with it.

5. Walk / enjoy the scenery - Obviously there's the "go to" sights to view. You already did that. Now just walk. Trek across the town and see what it truly has to offer. If you're driving everywhere you may not get the opportunity to look at everything.

It's almost summer. Let's soak up the sun and have some fun! Where do you want to travel? What are your travel tips?

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18 comments

  1. I do love to travel, and I always try to see as many sights as possible !!! ;) xo

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    1. The more the merrier! In the end, all you'll have are memories. :]

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  2. I hate a schedule when I vacation it's nice to just take things in sometimes

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    1. It's a vacation! One should have fun not be stressed about it. At least with us we can day trip to LA or SD. :]

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  3. What a great post! My husband and I are planing on having our honey moon soon! I will have this tips in my for sure :) specially being a little bit lazy lol I'm following you back on Bloglovin :) let me know if you would like to follow each other through other medias too! stay in touch!
    XOXO

    Milu
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    1. Definitely leave room to enjoy the area & lounge about. As for Bloglovin, I already follow you. :]

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  4. #3 is so true!! If you overbook yourself, you won't have time to go back and revisit your favorite places and soak up the atmosphere!

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    1. Exactly! You have to find the little spots. That way you can recommend that understated cafe or park to others, or at least have a cool memory. :]

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  5. Such a nice article. I totally agree with #3. :)
    Thanks for the tips. Have a great week!

    x, shekinahjoy.com
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    1. Never thought #3 would be so relatable, but I'm glad it is. Have a wonderful week as well. :]

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  6. Completely agree on the be lazy tip - while it's one thing to run around and "see" everything, it's so perfect to just have a chill and watch the world.

    xoxo

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    1. Totally! See the basics, but quite frankly you're not going to see everything you want to unless you're there for a month. Enjoy each moment. :]

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  7. Totally agree with #4.
    When we took a trip to Daytona Beach it was the best ever. It was the end of May so it wasn't too hot with nice breezes. Definitely different from the humidity here in WV. The fresh salty air really clears the head. Great post. :)

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    1. Yeah, it really alters the experience. Just gotta go with the flow. :]

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  8. definitely agree! love #5 and just wandering around a town and stumbling into a hidden cute place :)

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    1. Yep, ya just gotta explore & see where the city takes you. :]

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  9. Love to travel and immerse myself in that special place. I definitely agree with no 3

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    1. So crazy, I had no idea #3 would be the most universally agreed upon. Phew!! :D

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