How to get the most of your travels
Your time (and your annual leave!) is limited, and that's why it's important to get the most out of your travels. By this we don't necessarily mean squeezing in as many activities as possible, we mean actually enjoying your holidays to the greatest possible extent. Here are some tips on making the most of your time away...
Do your research
You'll appreciate your destination much more if you know a little about the history and culture. You'll also avoid committing any cultural faux-pas! You don't need to swot up for days on end; a quick look on Wikipedia or a guide book should inform you about the basics.
Plan a rough itinerary
Many people like to be plan-free on holidays, preferring to "wing it" and see where they end up. However, to get the most out of your travels, we recommend that you come up with a rough itinerary. You don't need to schedule every meal and every night out, but it's a good idea to research the destinations and attractions in the area and decide what you want to see and do. Then work out the practical details like how to get there, if you need to book in advance and what you need to bring. It would be a shame to miss out on a top attraction because you didn't plan ahead.
Learn some of the local language
In many destinations popular with British travellers, English is widely spoken. However, you should still make a bit of effort to learn a few local words (e.g. please, thank you, hello, goodbye, excuse me...). The locals will appreciate your effort.
Manage your money
Unfortunately, a tight holiday budget can put a dampener on your travels. It's a good idea to start saving for your travels a few months before you go away. The more you can save now, the less you have to worry about when you reach your destinations.