Successful travelers are able to jet-set across the globe and enjoy fulfilling, relaxing, and rewarding vacations. This is largely because they have developed habits that lead to a lifetime of happy travels. These are a few of the secrets to their success.
1. They know the importance of research.
Avid travelers know what they're looking for out of their next trip, and they take the time to thoroughly research the destinations they're considering. When they embark on their vacation, they are well-versed in the local culture, are prepared to do financial transactions in the local currency and they have an idea of what they want to see along the way.
2. They aren't afraid to use the latest travel technology.
Efficient travelers are becoming increasingly reliant on their technology, particularly mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. They use flight-tracking apps to stay on top of changes with their flight, they rely on online reviews and mobile booking technology to make their reservations for tours, activities, and meals. And they utilize any type of travel technology that is available and make the most out of it.
3. They plan for the unexpected.
By recognizing their own priorities, the savviest travelers are able to create two or three different plans for each individual day. Beyond that, they know that even the best-laid plans may not work out in the end. They can always adapt while they are on-the-go.
4. They take care of the logistics.
An experienced traveler is always prepared, and they make it a point to take care of all necessary logistics prior to their departure. They contact their bank and their credit card companies to let them know they are away. They make an emergency contact list and provide it to family members and friends. They use apps on their smart phones to monitor their home.
5. They create itineraries with room for spontaneity.
Those who travel the world know that the best moments abroad often happen when they least expect it. While they always have an idea of certain attractions and sights that they want to see while they're in their chosen destination, they also leave room for leisurely strolls down local streets and exploring lesser-known neighborhoods in the community. This gives them the flexibility to experience the flavor of their destination, rather than being caught up in a rigid schedule.
6. They also know that relaxation is necessary.
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning a trip, and to plan on being on-the-go the entire time. However, the most successful travelers know that burn out is all too common, and they schedule in some relaxation time. Resting in the room or choosing a peaceful location is necessary for any itinerary.
7. They make the most of local resources.
Those who spend a significant time abroad know that the best way to embed within the local culture is to connect with the people. The owner of the nearby coffee shop or the innkeeper can often provide insights that no travel website or agent can. Successful travelers are open to suggestions and actively seek out locals' advice.
8. They know what to pack, and what to leave at home.
A successful traveler is going to create a packing list, and they aren't going to wait until the last minute to do it. They will have a list for their carry-on luggage, a list for their toiletries that need to be provided to security, and a list for any luggage they might be checking.
9. They can communicate.
It's critical for travelers to be able to effectively communicate with those in their travel party as well as those who are a part of their travel experience. Savvy travelers are honest about their expectations, provide reliable feedback, and are always willing to hear to new suggestions as well as make compromises. And increasingly, travelers are using social media to communicate while they are away.
10. They remain open to new experiences.
In order to return home feeling fulfilled and satisfied, successful travelers keep an open mind throughout the entire journey. They push back feelings of anxiety or nervousness in order to fully immerse themselves in the moment. At the end of the day, this is usually how the best memories are made.