“Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”
Travel planning starts with a conversation. My post on planning for retirement also started with a conversation for a very good reason. Conversations are THE best way to start planning for the important things in your life. Unless you can afford to have vacations that you can’t wait to get home from then you need to have a travel plan. In retirement the travel plan is even more important and because time is usually the one commodity you have plenty of it too is open to debate. For some vacations have a time limit. For others it may become a full time life time choice.
I’ve included this picture to remind myself that whilst my vacations always include water my husband prefers dry land! After much persuasion on this particular holiday he did accept that when the temperature is 40 plus the water is the best place to be. As you can see it was strictly for “cool down” purposes only!
Travel planning may seem simple but even when you decide where to go there is still the question of the type of vacation do you want. Couples have to be prepared to be honest, negotiate and be flexible. Solo travellers also need to be flexible but they also have to consider safety and how to get around surcharges!
Follow my 8 Steps To A Stress Free Vacation
For the best vacation ever!
8 Steps To A Stress Free Vacation
1 Plan your itinerary but don’t crowd it. Remember the journey is as important as the destination
2 Accept there will be times of stress. Airports, language difficulties and understanding how local travel works are all potentially stressful situations that are out of your control.
3 Follow the locals if you are looking for a tasty, inexpensive place to eat
4 Plan for unplanned days. Be spontaneous. Jump on a bus and travel with the locals. Visit food markets away from the tourist traps.
5 Be kind to each other. Accept the driver may have to vent when driving in a strange country. It’s not directed at you and you don’t have to respond.
6 Learn the basic language niceties. Please, sorry, thank you, 2 coffees with milk are my starters! Remember to take a phrase book (or it’s techy equivalent) with you.
7 Compromise willingly do not be a martyr
8 Leave your comfort zone. Be brave, eat new food, try different activities, communicate with locals, and, if you are ever lucky enough to visit Barcelona, dance with the locals on the Los Ramblas