Everyone travels differently, and I mean everyone. I have a style of traveling that would be so unappealing to some, but it's so perfect for me. Here's a few of the things I will not do on vacation!
- Sit on my butt the entire time. I really prefer adventurous vacations, so this one is a biggie for me. I LOVE venturing out in a new area and exploring. Get off your tush and do something!
- Pout/argue/fight- I had to learn this one the hard way. One of the first big family vacations, where my sister was old enough to
talk backhave input on, was to Mexico a few years ago, I flew off the handles because we were late getting back from an excursion, which made us late to dinner. It was such a dumb thing to do, and I totally regret it. From there on out, I swore I'd never pout or initiate a fight on a vacation again.
- Take pictures of every little thing. I understand snapping pics of the memorable things you're doing, but sometimes, it's better to actually see things with your eyes rather than through the lens of your camera.
- Over share on social media. This one goes hand in hand with seeing things with your eyes. One picture a day is awesome! I'm sure your family is wondering what you're doing while you're away, but anything more than that makes it seem like you're bragging, or just being plane obnoxious. While I usually share my vacation stories on my blog, I would NEVER chronicle my day to day happenings on vacation- I don't want my head buried in my phone, I want to be enjoying my awesome vacation!
- Leave my clothes in my suitcase/travel bag. Would you leave your clothes in the bag from the store until it was time to wear them? Heck no. I always pack a few extra hangers just incase where I'm staying doesn't have enough. It's so much easier to have all of your wardrobe hung up and readily available for you.
- Stay in a hotel. I will NOT stay in a hotel ever again when traveling in the US. Hotels are overpriced, and way overrated. I always try to stay through AirBnB, where you rent a home (or a room) from an individual. You have all the amenities of being at home, while being away from home. We have used AirBnB almost 10 times and loved every where we have ever stayed. If you wanna check it out, use my link and get a discount on your first booking
- Have no plan what so ever. Winging it is okay sometimes, but having no such structure whatsoever leaves you vulnerable. I enjoy having a plan because with at least a tentative plan, I am able to set out my must see places, know my budget and optimize my time!
- On the flip side, don't overbook. Booking excursions or reservations ahead of time is a great idea, but if you overbook, you're going to be overworking and stressing yourself out to get every little thing in.
- Book something I'm unsure of. It's like shopping, if I don't LOVE IT in the store (or on the website or brochure) I won't buy it. If I'm not 100% sure about a place to stay, something to do, or somewhere to eat, I'll just shop around more, until I know exactly what I want.
- Eat at chain restaurants! This is the biggest one for me. Why in the world would ANYONE want to eat something they could have at home? Aren't vacations about new adventures and new things? Trying out new restaurants is one of my favorite things to do! Step out of your comfort zone and try something totally new!