It’s scientifically proven that traveling has many physical, psychological, and emotional benefits, in addition to visiting new places and getting in touch with people with different cultural backgrounds. Traveling allows us to explore new places, people, cultures, and weathers, as well as stimulating our mind and spirit. Whether you’re traveling alone, with family or friends, it’s always a good idea to disconnect from daily activities like work and enjoy some time out in nature or a new country.
A study that was published in the Journal of Positive Psychology discovered that the feeling of happiness is found in the registry of memories and experiences relevant to us, and whose maximum expression is travel. So if you’re looking to relieve stress, expand your horizons and release some happy chemicals, we’re here to recommend the best tips to make the most out of your next big adventure:
1- Learn about your destination
Read articles, check reviews, watch videos, or even movies! Anything that helps you get an idea of what to expect in a new destination, especially if you’ve never been there before. You might want to start by checking the weather and pack accordingly or verifying where are the best restaurants and places for tourists to walk around securely. Make time to read about the culture, people, religion, food, or anything you think will be relevant to your travel experience.
2- Learn how far in advance you should book your flight
Now that you’ve got some basic knowledge about your destination and what you might encounter there, it’s good to start looking up flights, comparing options, and finally choosing the date of your flight. Searching for flights is a long and tedious process for many different reasons. The good thing is that there are many apps and websites available to help find the best options such as Wotif, Flyer, or Kayak.
With the help of these predictive websites, you will be able to choose better when to buy a ticket but keep in mind that it’s also very important to know when to start looking for flights which will depend on where you’re traveling.
According to data from Kayak, the best time to book a flight to Europe is 26 weeks ahead. If you’re going to Africa 9 weeks ahead and for North America 4 to 6 weeks ahead.
3- Reduce Jetlag
We all know the feeling of arriving in a new country only to feel like your body and the internal clock are completely jacked up. To avoid this, you can try to eat and sleep according to the local time of your destination. Try to avoid spicy foods before traveling, which take a lot of time to metabolize, eat a balanced meal after arriving and get plenty of hydration during and after your flight.
4- Choose a place to stay that makes you feel comfortable.
Budget can be a limiting issue, but beyond that, you must consider some additional factors that will allow you to be more comfortable, meet your demands, or get the most bang for your buck. These factors are location, services offered, and what you plan on doing at the place of accommodation in question. If you want to move around you’ll want to choose a place where transportation is easy to find or there are tours available.
If you are booking a hostel or using a service like Airbnb, you’ll want to make sure you choose options with a lot of good reviews.
5- Look at the weather forecast
The weather is one of those things people often take for granted. It's the one aspect most likely to positively or badly affect your trip. To avoid getting caught off guard, try checking the weather forecast for your destination so you can bring the appropriate clothes and essentials with you.
6- Download useful apps
There are many apps available that can make your travel experience ten times better. You can check the 12 best travel sites and apps according to Huffpost and get the ones you think will better fit your trip.
7- Create a travel checklist list
Aside from researching the place, you’ll be traveling to, it’s a good idea to study the best attractions, museums, restaurants, or bars so you won’t miss out on anything fun. Once you’ve decided which places you want to visit, make a schedule and plan accordingly and have enough time to be out and also rest. Rest is something you don’t want to overlook if you want to have enough energy to explore and have fun.