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How to get the most out of your vacation

Dec 9, 2009

Booking a trip to Alaska, Europe, South America or Africa might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you, but its all in a day’s work for a travel specialist. Here are a few tips from several specialists on how you can get the most out of your trip:

*Don’t wait until the last minute. Time to help plan is beneficial for both the traveler and the professional. It allows all arrangements to be made in due time without risk of rushing to cause any of the particulars falling through a crack. It also guarantees availability. Waiting for a last minute “fire sale” could ulitmately cause you to pay more.
*Explain specifically what interests you. A good travel professional will take a few minutes to help you decide the best trip for you based on your interests, time of year you want to travel, budget and duration. Have a good honest chat.
*Know that timing is everything. Some experiences are available only at certain times o fhte year and others are improved by careful planning. For instance, Costa Rica is an exciting destination year round, but by traveling there between June and December could mean more rain. Or, travel to Scotland is wonderful year round, but in September, you’ll have the added bonus of seeing the Scottish Hills all purple with heather.
*Trust the experts. Try not to present your planner with requests or queries based on the advice of friends or family members who may have had a single experience in a locale. You are paying a premium for inside information, so take advantage of it!
*Everything is subject to change. The world of travel is an imperfect science and its these unplanned events that ultimately make the most unique memories. Don’t just expect the unexpected. HOPE for it!
*Be respectful of other people and their cultures. The way of life in another country is likely very different to yours and isnt’ that part of the reason you went away in the first place? To try something new! When you go away, don’t expect the same comforts, tastes, habits, personalities, driving skills, restaurant service, hotel amenities, greetings, scheduling or even toilets as you have at home. You went on vacation to “get away from it all” … so enjoy all the strange and wonderful experiences that will fill your life while on, what I like to call “VACATEshun”.
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