4 Ways to Make Traveling Better
You work hard to be able to take some time off to travel. Whether you’re going to a destination that’s a familiar favorite or you’re exploring exciting and uncharted territory for the first time ever, you want to do everything that you reasonably can to ensure that you’ll have a great time. A good trip should be lots of fun but also be an opportunity to relax. Here are some ideas about how you can make your next traveling experience better than your last.
1. Fortify Your Immune System
Travel sickness is a relatively common problem. You’re moving about in a new environment that may have a lot of other fellow travelers sharing the same space as you. You’re changing your habits, eating differently, and maybe sleeping sless. Getting a bug or developing a persistently upset tummy can practically wreck an entire trip.
Alternatively, you could end up getting sick on the tail end of your trip and have to pay the price for your escapades as soon as you’re ready to return home and get back to work.
Give your immune system an edge by getting plenty of sleep. Of course, there’s lots that you want to see and do, but you have to allocate adequate time for rest. The time that you’re asleep is when your body is best able to fight off infection and recharge your immune system. Also, be sure to take supplements that can increase your immune cells’ fighting strength. Supplements are particularly important for people who have vitamin D deficiency. Failing to get enough essential vitamins such as vitamin D and vitamin C will undercut your immune system’s resilience against infection dramatically.
2. Be Careful in the Sun
Nothing brings down the mood of a trip to a tropical destination more than a sunburn. You might think that this is a rookie mistake that’s easily avoidable, but the intensity of the sun and its effects on your skin can slowly creep on you in as little as a few hours.
When you burn on your first day or two of a trip, you may be extremely uncomfortable and it will significantly limit your ability to sunbathe for the remainder of your trip. You’ll have to stay covered up, and you won’t be able to come home with the bronze post-trip glow that you were hoping for. Moreover, the long term effects of a sunburn can be rather serious. Overexposure to the sun can dramatically worsen signs of aging such as dark spots or wrinkles. Also, it can raise your susceptibility to developing skin cancer. Protect yourself from harmful UV rays during the entirety of your trip. Be sure to wear sunblock anytime you’re heading out for more than fifteen minutes. Reapply it frequently, and try to use a sunblock with a minimum SPF of at least 30.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Go It Alone
Solo traveling can enhance the quality of a trip and give you a greater sense of freedom when you hit the open road or fly out to an exotic locale. Some people are reluctant to try a solo trip because they think it might be boring or just won’t be as much fun as going with a group.
In reality, solo traveling can be really exciting because you’re totally in charge of every day’s agenda. You can shape your itinerary exactly how you want to. Also, you may have the opportunity to meet all kinds of cool and interesting people who you otherwise wouldn’t have if you were traveling in a big group.
4. Head Off the Beaten Path
Don’t get too comfortable in the touristy area of a vacation spot, particularly if you’re heading to a destination where there’s one big resort after another. Find sites and attractions that give you a sense of what a place is really like. You'll get to learn more about a new culture and see some really cool stuff.
Make the most of your time traveling. With good planning and just the right amount of spontaneity, you can have a fantastic time and make wonderful memories.