It’s been a couple of weeks now but I finally feel like I’m back in the groove, in life and at work, after returning from Greece. In case you missed my #IslandShan adventures, let me remind you that if you’re going to the Greek islands you should go to Andros and you should visit Funky Donkey Beach House while you’re there. Andros was perfect, quiet, beautiful, and absolutely teeming with delicious food. But that’s not what we’re talking about today, even if I could go on about St. Peter’s Beach forever, today I’m here to give you some solid travel tips.
Think About Your Travel Partner
Make sure the person you’re travelling with wants to have the same kind of adventure as you do. Make sure you’re both down with partying all night on the beach or spending all day reading by the ocean. Friendships are made and broken while travelling and if you aren’t upfront with what you both want you’ll end up regretting it.
Don’t Have an iPad? Get one!
Are you blogging your trip? An iPad plus a ZAGG keyboard will make it 100 times easier. I blogged my entire trip using just my iPad because I had a ZAGG keyboard and when I wasn’t writing the case kept my tech protected. When I wasn’t blogging I used wifi to download iBooks; read The Girl on the Train, if you haven’t already, read it. Now I know some of you are reluctant to tablet reading, I was too, but it’s surprisingly easy. My favourite part about reading on an iPad? The screen turns black and the letters turn white when the tablet recognizes that it’s too dark to read white on black. It’s cool AND it will make reading at night about a million times easier. Reading at night, no head lamp required.
All Inclusive or Not?
Greece was amazing, Greece was beautiful, Greece was everything i thought it would be and so much more, but Greece was expensive as hell. Before you book a vacation, figure out if you want to pay it all upfront or if you’re comfortable paying as you go. It can be a lot more difficult to pay as you go, you’ll need to make a budget before you leave; meals, souvenirs, tourist attractions, hotels and transport are all things you’ll need to think about, make a budget before you leave. I’ve decided that I’m going to split out my vacations, one year I’ll do an all inclusive resort and the following I’ll go somewhere I’ve never been and experience the culture and all it has to offer, cost be damned.
Book Ahead, Whenever Possible.
If you’re going the not-so-inclusive route try paying for things ahead of time, it makes the budgeting process easier. I’m partial to the Expedia App, the app tracks your purchases online and sends reminders, like check in times, through push notifications. By booking while still in your home country through Expedia you can pay for it all ahead of time, even hotels, through PayPal or your Mastercard. By paying ahead of time, you don’t have to worry about adding the cost of the hotel to your travelling budget. If you don’t have the app download it now, let me know what you think.
Don’t be Afraid!
Do something you’ve never done before. Say, “Hello!” to a stranger in a bar or at the pool. The only life you have is the one you’re living and the best travel advice I can possibly give you is to enjoy it.
Do you have any travel tips of your own? Let me know in the comments!