With summer right around the corner, travel destinations are in high demand right now. There are so many things to see, so many places to visit, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences you may have on your bucket list that planning your travels can be quite a daunting task; especially if you are looking to make the most out of limited resources. Nevertheless, there are a multitude of helpful travel tips out there to get you pointed in the right direction, and help make your next vacation a successful one!
Tips for Travelling
Aside from what you put in your suitcase, there are quite a few pieces of good advice you can also take with you on your travels. The first thing you should do when you arrive is visit the area’s local tourism office. The people who work there know everything about the area (even, more than Google), and can point you to the best attractions and sights based on time of day or time of year etc. Try visiting historical sites at lunchtime. Nothing will impress your friends on social media more than a selfie of you sampling some of the local cuisine at a famous landmark! Next up, don’t be afraid to get lost on purpose. Wandering aimlessly in a new and exciting area is almost guaranteed to uncover some wonderful hidden gems that the tourist office may have neglected to mention. This is a great way to really take in the heart and soul of a new city or hiking trail. Lastly, you should try to book at least three months in advance to help ensure you get some of the best pricing. However, don’t be discouraged if you want to set sail tomorrow. Occasionally, last minute bookings can be the biggest steal of all!
Plan for Weather
You probably have an earnest & general idea of what the weather is like where you are headed, but it is a good idea to take an in-depth look at what the weather will be like during your stay, and during the time of year you will be vacationing. Rainfall patterns, heat, humidity or freezing temps with snow & sleet can be unpredictable even if the weather report sounds like a sure thing. A good knowledge and understanding of the weather patterns and seasons of the area in which you will be vacationing can go a long way to help ensure you aren’t ill-equipped for your travel destinations more fickle types of weather.
Vacation Packing List
Once you know how the weather factors into your travel plans, it is time to start thinking about packing. The first step in packing is to choose a luggage type that is versatile and lightweight, while still durable and big enough to accommodate all your necessary items. You should choose rolling luggage if you are going to be spending a lot of time in developed areas that have paved roads and sidewalks etc. Wheels make a world of difference when lugging around all your essentials. If you are visiting a primitive environment, duffel bags and backpacks are often best. If you plan to spend a good deal of time in both primitive and developed areas, wheeled backpacks are a godsend, as they are easily portable in any type of terrain. Before you take off for the weekend, make sure to check your trip checklist! As far as what to pack in your luggage, you should usually carry the following:
- Lightweight clothing that can be layered
- Long sleeve shirts
- Sweaters or fleeces
- Pants & shorts
- Extra socks & underwear
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Rain jacket or a windbreaker
- Dresses & skirts
- Hats or sun visors
- Swimsuits & towel(s)
- All your toiletries in a travel hygiene bag
- Electronics and their chargers
- Travel pillow
- Your favorite travel apps loaded to your smartphone
Clothing item needs may vary slightly depending on the location of your trip; however, this is a good packing list for most moderate-weather travel destinations.
Hotels in Orlando Near Walt Disney World
Another essential travel tip is, booking the right hotel. When booking a hotel, there are so many to choose from, so it’s important to have a plan in order to choose the right hotel for you. It’s not always the most exciting part of planning a vacation. We have 5 of the best hotels near Disney in Orlando, FL. See all our hotel locations here.