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5 Tips for Relaxing on Vacation

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Some people feel more stressed and tired when coming back from vacation than they were when leaving. If you’re such a person, you should reevaluate your vacation approach. True vacation should refresh and relax your body and mind from daily life stresses. Stress management is a crucial skill for maintaining good health. Stress increases the risk of different health conditions including high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and stroke. That’s why you should focus on having the most relaxing vacation whenever you travel. Here are 5 crucial tips for relaxing on vacation.

  1. Plan a Schedule for Relaxing 

When traveling, don’t make your to-do list longer. Instead, include more relaxing activities in your travel schedule. Essentially, make sure that your schedule includes more free time. And, make sure that you spend this time engaging in relaxing activities like chatting with other travelers or local people.

  1. Set a Realistic Budget 

Plan an affordable vacation to avoid stress. You don’t want to run out of money away from home and start calling friends and relatives to help you out. This can even lead to more stress than you had when leaving. Therefore, take your time to plan your vacation and come up with a realistic budget. 

  1. Unplug from Your Work 

You can’t relax if you’re always answering work-related calls and responding to emails. Therefore, avoid work-related activities, including responding to emails and calls. Make sure that your employers and colleagues know that you will be traveling. As such, they won’t have to bother you with work. 

  1. Relax Your Mindset 

De-stressing will not happen magically. You have to have a relaxed mindset for your vacation to go as planned. Therefore, know the things that you can control and take care of them while leaving the rest. Unexpected schedule changes and events can happen. But, these shouldn’t stress you because they are beyond your control. 

  1. Be Honest to Yourself 

What do you find relaxing? Perhaps, hanging out in crowded places or with friends is more relaxing. Maybe you feel more relaxed when spending time away alone. Start planning your vacation by considering what you find relaxing. This will enable you to come up with a schedule that will enable you to enjoy a relaxing vacation. 

Regardless of your travel destination, following these tips will make your vacation the most relaxing and enjoyable.

Travel Tips for Thailand

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Apart from the white sandy beaches, finger licking street cuisines, spectacular architecture, vibrant night life and unique culture, there is still so much more in Thailand to make your trip remarkable. This Southeast Asian nation is also home to historic palatial temples, wildlife and cities that you will truly love to visit. The following are tips to enable you get the most of your Thailand adventure.

Know the Visa Requirements

If you are a US national with a valid passport, Thailand provides a free 30-day visa when traveling by air. For those that enter the country overland, the free visa is given for 15 days. If you will be staying for longer, the visa can be extended. But, you can also apply for Thai visa that lasts 60 days.

Keep an Eye on the Festivals

Thailand has some of the most fascinating celebrations that you should try and attends to get up and close with their culture. While it is not usually advisable to travel during festivals as many people flock the popular attractions, there are only two big festivals that you should never miss in Thailand called Songkran and Loi Krathong.

Travel by Boat

Moving around Thailand is not difficult mainly because of the variety of options. You can tour the country by trains, buses and flights but, boats are a great alternative that will provide a different kind of experience.

Book Your Trips in Advance

Thailand is a destination that attracts huge numbers of tourist almost all year round. However, the holiday seasons often receive the highest numbers of tourists so, if you plan to visit during those times, book several weeks or days ahead.

Take a Cooking Class

Thailand is a known destination for food lovers and, an ideal place to pick a few cooking skills. There are various establishments in Thailand that provide short cooking classes like Cookly.

The above tips will help you make your trip to Thailand fun and memorable but, you should also do a little more research to discover other unique attractions and activities.

Tips for Making a Trip Stress Free

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Tips for Making a Trip Stress Free

Justin V of On The Rocks Pub posted on his blog on why he tries to travel at least 4 times a year. He says a major reason many people go on a trip is to relieve stress and relax. However, this doesn’t happen all the time when people travel. To ensure that your trip is stress-free, follow these tips.

Know What Makes Trips Stressful

To avoid stress when traveling, know what makes traveling stressful. People that take long to travel find going on a trip stressful. That’s because they struggle to make their trip perfect. They struggle to choose travel destinations, pack, and book reservations. To avoid this, travel as often as possible and make your itinerary flexible.

Schedule Your Trip Wisely

A 3-day trip may seem nice for some people. A week-long trip is the norm for most people. However, a 10-day trip is magical. It allows you enough travel time with opportunities to make multiple stops. It also gives you time to relax and have fun at your travel destination.

Go on a Planned Trip

Use a travel agent or book tours to ensure that somebody else plan the trip for you. This is particularly important if you have a tight schedule that leaves you no enough time to plan the trip. Using a travel agent for instance will save you stress and time when planning a complex vacation.

Visit an Underrated Travel Destination

Popular travel destinations are ideal for people that love long lines and crowds. If you are not one of them, head to an underrated travel destination. A place that is less popular has shorter lines. You will also not have huge crowds to deal with during the trip.

Don’t Let Work Stress You

If it’s not a must you work while traveling, don’t do it. Don’t be sucked into the work mode while vacationing. Therefore, take care of all work-related responsibilities before the trip. Once you travel, focus on enjoying your trip to the fullest.

Follow these tips and you will have a stress free trip whether you travel alone or with a partner.

 

Tips for Making a Travel Budget

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Tips for Making a Travel Budget

So you have made the decision to travel to your favorite destination after a long time. However, budgeting for the trip is your major hurdle. How much should you spend on your trip? How much do you need to save for the trip? Is the trip affordable? These are some of the questions that you might need answers for when planning a trip. To make the task easier, follow these tips for making a travel budget.

Budget for Transportation

You need money for transport to travel. Therefore, budget for the major transportation that you intend to use. Check airfare prices and cost of train tickets. The amount that you set aside for transportation depends on the means that you intend to use to travel. Therefore, conduct some research in advance to know the amount you will spend on transportation and budget accordingly.

Budget for Accommodation

Lodgings can cost a significant amount of money. However, the amount that you spend on accommodation will depend on where you prefer to stay. Ideally, budget for accommodation depending on the place where you wish to stay. Know the prices of hotel rooms or hotels at your destination when budgeting. Focus on choosing a place that provides comfort and safety without burning a hole in your pocket.

Budget for Drinks and Food

Drinks and food are the hardest to budget for. However, you can still estimate the amount to spend on this depending on your destination. Bear in mind the fact that you will spend more on drinks and food if you go to high-end places. However, this is not a reason to put your health at risk by eating and drinking at places that are not hygienic.

Budget for Travel Activities

What do you want to do at your travel destination? If you will go to parks, museums, and other attractions, know the entrance fees charged and budget for it. Same case should apply when you intend to engage in activities like riding a hot air balloon or scuba diving.

Follow these tips to ensure a smooth process of making a travel budget.

Tips for Taking the Best Travel Photos

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Tips for Taking the Best Travel Photos

An awesome collection of travel photos is amazing. It provides a way of sharing travel experiences with loved ones. When taken properly, travel photos are interesting and enduring. To take the best travel photos, follow these tips during your next trip.

Think Places, People and Things when Photographing

The best travel photos are about places, people and things. For instance, when you travel to London when it’s raining then capture the Tower of London, you will have a decent photo. However, if you take a photo of your kids and the Tower glimpsing over shoulders, the photo might not be that interesting because the Tower of London will interest most people that see the photo.

Get Closer

If you are not close to what you are photographing, your pictures won’t be good enough. Taking a photo closer to the subject makes the photo more appealing. It also brings out more details of the subject. Even if you are not close to the subject physically, zoom in on it.

Consider Light

The human eye is clever and more adaptable than camera lens. The camera may not see what your eyes see when standing in front of the subject. You may make out people and colors when staring into the scorching sub. However, your camera might not reproduce the shadows. Therefore, consider lighting carefully when taking travel photos to have amazing shots.

Fill the Entire Frame

Make sure that the photo includes details of the subject. Don’t leave edges empty yet you have superfluous imagery or information that you can use to fill the entire frame.

Know what to Emphasize On

If you decide to photograph a travel companion, emphasize them. If you opt to photograph a landmark in a country, emphasize it. This will enable you to have travel photos that communicate your intended message.

Even if you are new to photography, following these tips will enable you to take the best travel photos during your next trip.

Here is a travel photo website I found that had some great ideas for travel photos. Click here to check it.

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