Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Top Five Travel Tips
Since we're enjoying a summer vacation this week, it seemed fitting to incorporate a little travel talk around here today. Below are my top five travel tips from things I've learned along the way...
1. Use the dry cleaning bags for dirty clothes
Much like I like a clean bedroom at home without clothes thrown all over - I like a clean hotel room too. If clothes are all over the room, it's a little overwhelming to me. In most hotel closets are the bags you can put clothes in for them to wash and there's usually two so I like to take one for Derek and one for me to put our dirty clothes in so they are in one spot and out of the way.
2. Have the concierge make your reservations
Sometimes we wait until the last minute to make dinner reservations (we're trying to be better about that!) and it can be hard to get into some of the restaurants we want to go to. We've learned that hotel concierges have a much better change at making reservations that doing it ourselves and usually just hand over where we want to eat with a timeframe and they do a great job. Plus, it's less work for you!
3. Leave a "free" day open
Years ago I'd pack our days with activity after activity so we saw/did everything the destination had to offer. Now we usually have something planned for the morning or afternoon and enjoy a pool or relaxing setting for the other half of the day. If possible, I love trying to leave a completely free day later on in the trip to do something we saw once/gotten a recommendation from a local/etc. once we've arrived so there's time for that new thing.
4. Take notes
Similar to enjoying having this blog as a scrapbook, I love remembering all the details of our travels from where we ate to what we did and little things I'd otherwise forget in between. I keep a note going in my phone to jot down details from each day so at the end of the trip I'm not trying to remember the little details of the first day. We're big "repeat" destination people and once we find a place we like, we love going back and having all the details helps to easily plan another trip.
5. Pack in the order of your trip
Many times on a longer trip we'll either switch locations or at least hotels so I'd rather take the extra time when packing to plan out what I'll wear for each occasion and get it in a stack with the things for later in the trip on the bottom and the things for the start right on top so I can just grab what's next in the stack and stay more organized. This also works well combined with #1 because if you're switching to a new hotel you can just put that dirty clothes bag right on top of the clean clothes and remove it when you get to the new place without having to really even unpack/repack your suitcase.
What are your best travel tips???