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Last Updated on 28th June 2017 by Sophie Nadeau

When it comes to taking a trip, no two are ever the same. The places, the sights, the sounds, and even the food are always different, even if you’re visiting somewhere for the second time. So, whether you’re heading abroad or planning a staycation, there are techniques you can always use to make your trip more enjoyable. From the practical to more out of the box solutions, here are 5 ways to make the most of any trip!

Always wake up early!

My number one rule when I go away is to never lie in. Although your bed may be comfortable, there is a whole world out there, just waiting to be explored. The earlier you wake up, the more you’ll see and hopefully, the more you’ll get out of the experience.

If you’re feeling particularly unmotivated to get up, just remind yourself of what you want to get out of the trip. Do you want to experience new cultures? Do you want to take new photos? Whatever the reason for taking your trip, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t to stay in bed the whole time!

Keep an open mind.

Of all the ways to make the most of any trip, keeping an open mind is probably the most important. The traveler’s mindset is that of an open mind, always open to new experiences, cultures, and people. Whether it’s trying to speak a new language, tasting a local dish, or even listening to a political viewpoint you may not agree with, try to keep an open mindset all the time. You’ll be rewarded in the long run and more likely to make friends…

Look up places you want to go before you visit!

I’m actually in two minds about this point. On the one hand, I like to be surprised by the places I visit, but I also like to have an idea of what to do so that I don’t miss out on the more exciting aspects of the place!

My solution to this? I wouldn’t read an entire book on the region. I don’t have the time or energy for that anyway! However, I also want to discover things whilst I’m there so instead, I’ll get inspiration from Instagram (under the geotag section), or read blogs before I go!

Learn some of the Local Language

Chances are, if you’re heading abroad, the place you’re visiting probably doesn’t speak English as its primary language. It goes without saying that the more languages you learn, the more people you’ll be able to interact with and the more adventures you’ll have.

Even learning a few simple phrases such as ‘hello’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in the local language where you’re visiting can go a long way in communication and is also always polite! I always find that if you’re lost, or need advice, if you show you’re trying to speak the language (even if you’re rubbish!), then people are more likely to help you!

Get Travel Insurance

Perhaps this is a surprising way to make the most of any trip, but it is probably the most important. I often hear people saying ‘If you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to travel’. And to be honest, they’re probably not wrong. Having travel insurance ensures peace of mind and can help you to avoid potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt.

Even the healthiest person can have accidents and you never know when. With travel insurance, you can carry on exploring, snapping photos and making new friends, safe in the knowledge that, should the worst happen, you’re covered. Because let’s be honest, no one wants to come home with a tourist t-shirt, let alone $100,000 in unpaid hospital bills!

5 ways to make the most of any trip!

About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

1 Comment

  • Kate
    27th January 2017 at 12:46 am

    Waking up early while traveling is the hardest thing for me. I’m a night person (always have been since I was a kid), so I don’t want to feel forced to get up early when I’m on vacation. It would just put me in a bad mood for my whole trip.

    By sticking to my natural sleeping pattern, I get to avoid morning rush hour. I don’t have to wait around for museums and the sort to open (which usually isn’t earlier than 10am). I can enjoy a nice linger post-theatre drinks or dinner without wanting to fall asleep at the table. And having the streets to myself for nighttime city photographs is great. Apart from maybe missing a few sunrises, I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on visiting any attractions or other experiences.

    (I did once get up at 5:30am to catch the Eurostar for a day trip to Paris from London. It was worth it.)


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