People enjoy going on holidays and travelling in general. However, they often come back from the most beautiful destinations dissatisfied or exhausted. It seems like the terms “going on holiday” and “having the best time” should be connected with an equal sign, but oftentimes, it’s actually not the case.

So, how can you enjoy your holidays to the fullest? Is there a secret to the ultimate travel experience? Well, it’s not really a secret, but there are some things you can do to have the best vacation of your life – and then repeat it all over again on your next trip. Read on!

Pick the Best Attractions

Make the most of your holiday by spending time going to the places and attractions that you wanted to visit the most. You should do your research beforehand to see whether there are any entrance fees, do you need to book something in advance, or do you have to organise transport to get to a certain location. While you’re there, you should also decide which activities you want to do first but be flexible – if you don’t need to make reservations, you can spend time sightseeing at your own pace.On the other hand, if you know there are specific things you want to do or places you want to go, look for discount codes and coupons. You may be into sports and adventure, or you may prefer more traditional bucket-list activities – and there’s nothing wrong with that! If you travel with children, a visit to a theme park might be a great idea, and you can also find some time to enjoy attractions for grown-ups. There are so many offers available on the market that you’re bound to find something for yourself and your family.

Person with ticket to universal studio

Take Your Time

The biggest downside of organised trips is the fact that you need to stick to a schedule and follow a certain programme. Still, even people who decide to travel on their own tend to forget what really matters during holidays. They are often caught up in the mindset that forces them to see as much as possible before their vacation days are over. As such, they fail to create meaningful memories and develop quality experiences. All they can remember from their holiday is probably a hotel and the rush they were in all the time.

It’s better to pick a handful of locations and attractions that interest you the most and devote as much time to them as you want. Do things you enjoy and don’t rush. If you decide to do something at your own pace, you never waste time. If you want to sleep in, do it – it’s your opportunity to relax and get some rest. You don’t have to see all the places just for the sake of taking a picture and showing everyone that you were there.

Behave

Some tips, like this one, may seem counterintuitive to you. After all, you have the freedom to choose how you’re going to relax during your holiday. However, you should also keep in mind that you’re not the only one on vacation, and there are other people living in the city of your choice on a daily basis. As such, try not to wear out your welcome and, more importantly, you should treat other people with respect.

While you’re on holiday, you’re likely to stay in a hotel or some other similar accommodation. This means you share responsibility for the experience other guests and staff will have at that location. Since not everyone is familiar with hotel savoir-vivre, here’s a short run-down of hotel do’s and don’ts.

Do’sDon’ts
Treat staff and other guests with respect.Don’t steal food from the dining hall or hotel canteen.
Reuse your towels and cleaning supplies – it’s more eco-friendly.Don’t steal items from your hotel room.
Be considerate of other guests.Don’t be rude.
Ask the hotel staff to empty your minibar – this way, you’ll avoid temptations and an unnecessarily high bill.Don’t try to eat and drink from the minibar and replace it with cheaper products bought at local stores.
Use the “do not disturb” sign when necessary.Don’t leave a mess.
Respect the other’s right to privacy.Don’t be loud and obnoxious.
Treat other guests and staff like you’d want to be treated.Don’t yell and berate staff and other guests.
Don’t smoke.
Don’t let your kids run around unsupervised.
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Wear Appropriate Clothing

It might seem like a no-brainer, but this tip is crucial to having the best time on your holiday. You need to pack weather-appropriate clothing and check the forecast before you leave. This way, you’ll be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions that can happen at your destination. Obviously, you don’t have to bring a winter coat and snow boots if you’re going to Rome in July. However, you should always pack weather-appropriate clothing and warm apparel as well, including light sweaters and hoodies, an umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, and a raincoat. It will give you comfort during rainy days or colder evenings, making your vacation time even more enjoyable.

Additionally, remember to wear clothing that’s comfortable to you but is also respectful to the culture of the country you decide to visit. Always match your apparel to the occasion – it’s not wise to hike in the mountains in high heels or go to an official institution in worn-out clothes. A good rule of thumb is to use your common sense – you can do it without compromising your style.

Choose Your Company Well

One of the fastest ways to ruin your vacation is by letting the wrong people come with you. Maybe you’ve been forced to go on a family getaway and hated it from start to finish due to personal tensions and constant bickering. You may also have bad experiences with a group of friends who turned out not to be the best people after all. Almost everyone has their fair share of horror stories like these, and it’s clear to see why – people can make or break your entire holiday experience. For this reason, you should choose your company well and only travel with people with whom you feel comfortable and get on well with.

Remember that “no” is a complete sentence, and you have the right to choose how to spend your free time and with whom you want (or don’t want) to spend it. Ultimately, you can always try solo travel – maybe it will become your preferred way of exploring the world? Who knows!

Unplug From Work

Dealing with work during your annual leave is a sure-fire way to ruin your holiday. You’ll probably receive business emails while laying on a beach, or someone may call you with a work-related question while you’re thousands of miles away from your hometown. You have the right to ignore all that – it’s your time to relax and unwind and return to work refreshed.

Take your mind off work and the reality that’s waiting for you at home. Switch off your phone if you feel it would help, update your status to “out of office,” uninstall all work-related apps, leave your laptop at home, and simply go out, explore, and have fun during your small break from your usual routine. Focus on the present and enjoy the moment. Thinking about work-related issues won’t help you with that – it will only make you stressed and exhausted.

Don’t Do It For the ‘Gram

Regardless of your age, you might be tempted to go on vacation that everyone else seems to be having. You probably see countless social media feeds, commercials, and movies that promote a certain holiday style, including recommended activities, tourist attractions, cuisine, and souvenirs. However, these media representations can be completely different from what you want to experience during your time off.

The best thing you can do is to plan your holidays according to what you will enjoy the most. Your opinion matters the most, even if it means going off the beaten track. Do you want to go to Paris but couldn’t care less about the Eiffel Tower? Pay it no mind and observe it from a distance since it’s hard to miss anyway. Are you going to Italy but hate pizza? Find something else to eat, and you’ll have plenty of other tasty options. Do what works best for you and what you’ll enjoy the most. You don’t even have to post pictures anywhere if that’s not your style.

two people with the view

Final Thoughts

Even though having fun on vacations seems like an obvious scenario, it’s not always the case. Sometimes, people get carried away in their attempts to live up to the expectations of others, lack organisation skills, pick terrible travel companions, or can’t put their minds off work even during their annual leave. It’s a recipe for a disaster, and it often ends that way.

Fortunately, you now know what it takes to have the best time during your holiday. Maybe you’ll have to change your approach and rewire your mind. However, you’ll see it’s a change for the better, and your choices will help you enjoy your time off to its fullest. Remember that you’re the one making decisions, and nobody can live through your experiences as you do.