Top Five Thursday – Vacation Tips

Continuing the theme of travel Thursdays, here are my top five vacation tips. Enjoy!

5) Do your homework – Let’s face, vacations can be expensive. You wouldn’t go buy a car without checking reviews and seeing if it is worth it. Why do it on vacation? The web is full of great websites and podcasts that can help you prepare yourself for the perfect vacation.

4) Take a Guidebook – Don’t be afraid to read a guidebook. A lot of guidebooks are now available as apps for your iPhone or Android device. Maps are particularly useful in guidebooks – yes, you’ll look like a tourist, but hey, that’s what you are.

3) Plan some down time – It’s easy to try to go, go, go on a trip and wear yourself out. As a Disney World vet, the temptation is to always want to be doing something to maximize the expense. Don’t. Schedule time at the pool or for a relaxing lunch. Take a nap or read a book – it does you no good to need a vacation from your vacation.

2) Be Polite – I can’t stress this enough. Just because you are away from home it doesn’t mean you can act like a jerk. Say please and thank you, give up your spot in line and make a child smile by acting silly. You’ll be surprised at how those around you respond when you act with the littlest of courteously.

1) Go With the Flow – The best laid plans of mice and men go astray. Let’s face it, no matter how much you plan, something will change. If your flight is late, don’t yell at the attendant, just relax and read a book or watch a movie on your laptop. If there is a problem with your room, kindly ask to have it fixed or to have them move you. If your kid is more consumed with the sand on the beach than the other fun stuff you’ve planned, just let them have fun. Remember, it’s a vacation. Relax!

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