7 Ways to Make the Most of your 2017 Travel

Resolving to fill 2017 with more travel? You’ve completed the first step.

Now, it’s time to move on to step two: figure out how you can thoroughly enjoy all that extra traveling you’ll be doing.

Follow our (easily doable) tips and relish in the fact that you have made the most out of your travel experience!

Unplug

This one might be a lot easier said than done, but if you really want your next vacay to fulfill its every possibility, then it is high time to unplug. And we mean really unplug: from work, from social media, from Netflix, from texting.

Let’s face it, are you going to want to remember your next trip for all the precious moments you spent returning emails? Or for the frustration of trying to upload photos while on the move? Or for the time you wasted streaming a movie when you could’ve been out sightseeing?

Your social media accounts can wait to be updated. Trust us. And while we understand the importance of keeping in touch with friends via text, you can schedule a coffee date with them for when you come home, giving you both something to look forward to.

In the meantime, fully immerse yourself in the experiences your trip has to offer – without preoccupying yourself with the amount of “likes” your latest photo might receive.

Leave the stress at home

Going hand in hand with our recommendation to unplug, leaving the stress at home is also essential to a successful (and rejuvenating) vacation.

Particularly hard to nix are financial stress and work stress. But just think: you’ve chosen to go on a vacation to be rid of such stressors, so why not take advantage of that window of time to relax and unwind?

Make sure your finances are in order before you leave, and let everyone from work know that you will be taking a vacation – and that you are not to be bothered with emails or calls. Such steps will ensure that the stressors themselves do not follow you to your happy place.

Take advantage of opportunities

What other time do you have to hike up the picturesque mountain that overlooks the city? Or to mosey over to the beach to catch the sunrise? Or to scoot your way through the Segway tour of your favorite city?

If your answer is never, you might be right. That is why we are giving you permission to explore and say “yes” just a little more often. Who knows what you might encounter?

In a similar vein, don’t just wait for opportunities to fall into your lap; make them happen. Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime just because you failed to buy the tickets soon enough in advance or because you didn’t look up the schedule ahead of time.

Plan but don’t overplan

The prospect of traveling to a new city can be thrilling and inspiring and overwhelming all at the same time. That’s why we are here to tell you to take a step back before your departure, do a little research, and plan out a flexible itinerary.

In your planning process, pick out certain activities, events, or places that would genuinely interest you and your family, rather than try to see every possible attraction. Go to the places at the very top of your list first, then you’ll have the flexibility to see if there is time to pick out one more.

See where you are – and not just from behind a camera lens

This one is a biggie – especially in today’s camera-ready world. Instead of filling the 16 GB of space on your iPhone, try fulfilling your heart and soul with the meaningful experiences that are sure to come your way.

While capturing the place that you are in is important (and great for reminiscing later) it’s also significant to really be present wherever you are.

Allow yourself to be enveloped by the sights, sounds, and scents of your destination. If you let yourself do this, you might just get a fuller experience.

Don’t forget, too, that cameras aren’t the only way to encapsulate the wonderfully unique experiences of each trip. Try writing in a journal to store up the memories – to be read later, on a rainy day.

Don’t get discouraged

In an unfamiliar place, it is far too easy to let circumstances get the best of you, whether that be a cultural misunderstanding, a rude shopkeeper, or a wrong turn.

Don’t worry, these types of things happen to even the most experienced travelers. The crucial difference, though, between newbie and seasoned travelers is that seasoned travelers don’t let one lousy encounter ruin their whole experience.

Also, remember to ask questions if you are unsure about something. You will be surprised at how many people will go out of their way to help you.

Don’t worry about things you can’t control

Just like it is easy to feel discouraged, it is also human nature to worry about things that can’t possibly be controlled.

While many of us have the capacity to become “creative” worriers, such a “what if” mentality will only inhibit you from completely relaxing and delighting in your vacation.

Be prepared for unexpected issues, but instead of agonizing about things that could potentially go wrong, try focusing on what’s going right.

Take these tips into account and you’ll be on your way to fulfilling your New Year’s Resolution by being 100% in the moment.

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