Travel Plans

Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti

Vacations aren’t nearly learning experiences for most of us. No, they are opportunities to relieve tension, soak up the sun, and indulge. On a separate note, I can’t wait to plan for my next getaway! Phew, now that that is out of my system, let’s get back to the program! Vacations are supposed to be fun, but every now and then they are also opportunities to grow and develop. Maybe not in a human sense but from a lifestyle viewpoint. Now let me ask you this, have you never been on vacation from hell? One that just isn't enjoyable no matter what you do? If you haven’t, you’re one of the lucky ones. Everyone and I mean everyone, wants to avoid disasters, and by analyzing what was good and what was bad is the most straightforward method to plan for much more successful vacations.

Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

"I don’t want to go there – it doesn’t look as nice as this exotic place halfway around the world." How many times have you heard from friends/family say or think this and then you prove them wrong. Sometimes the scruffiest of places will surprise you, all you need to do is delve into the local culture to really fall in love. Ofcourse, it takes a while to get used to the customs and characteristics especially when you're not used to them. Never think negatively, always think adventure! For example, I don’t rule out staying in airport hotels. The Residence Inn Downtown is a fantastic chain in my humble opinion. Plus, they are economical, clean, and have great transport links.


If you think dollar signs when you think of traveling, you are not alone! You can’t have the wanderlust bug without the moolah. And, considering the quintessential traveler isn’t going to work for a couple of months, liquidity isn’t our strong suit. However, money can negatively imbalance the experience. Consider traveling or visiting a place that is not highly advertised because in most cases staying at the local hostel is much more affordable than the fancy resort.


Thanks to work and life commitments, the average person is in a vacation routine. Usually, the majority of us will only jet off to a destination as long as it’s worth our while. In short, we want at least one to two weeks of just pure chilling on a beach. As nice as that is, this attitude only leaves the majority of people with a narrow timeframe, so the chances to go on holiday are slim. A traveler I may be, which distorts things a bit, but a long weekend is just as good at recharging my batteries like a six months getaway. After all, it’s something to look forward to on a regular basis.

Everywhere Is An Adventure

This may just be a "me" thing, but I’m not one for spending all my time doing nothing. Sure, I may be on vacation mode but I still want to see and do things. From my time reading brochures and daydreaming of exotic getaways in Indonesia, Argentina, Bolivia, and the likes, I’ve learned that there's much more to be seen! Get out and experience all of the surrounding areas. There may be nothing to do, yet it’s best to learn that by pounding the pavement or jumping on a bus/train. Creating an itinerary helps you get the most out of your vacations.

Yes, lately I do find myself on travel and airline sites planning out my next venture when I should be working! Having a clear plan/ direction in mind helps to ensure every vacation is the best one yet! Dear readers, what have your jaunts taught you about going on vacations?

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