To book or not to book:
The Internet and new technologies have given everyone the possibility to book flights, hotels, cruises etc. If reports are to be believed, by googling and doing Internet “research” one can find the best deals, the best hotels and the best flights. This may true for many locations and travels, but if you are looking for that special place to stay or the best place to eat in town, nothing beats local know-how and presence. Tip: let experts knowing the destination create a personalized and customized experience for you.
Relax, and enjoy:
Most important is to enjoy your holiday as much as you can. If any problem arises, don’t let it hamper your mood. As they say – “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. For example: If the accommodation is not as you expected, talk to your travel company and request them to engage directly with the hotel. Tip: It is vital not to spoil your day.
Language no barrier:
If you are travelling to a country where you don’t speak the language, don’t worry! From my personal experiences – People connect with you on emotional level and emotion has no language. But if you wish and interested in learning few phrases of a new language, then do so. That would make your experiences much richer. As they say – “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela”. Tip: Learn a few phrases in the language before you travel and see how it changes everything.
Taste a Culture:
Although you may just be a visitor, having an idea about local customs and etiquette can make your trip more enriching. It is considered strange in Italy to order a Cappuccino after lunch or dinner. Italians usually drink a Caffé Ristretto (half the amount of water) or a Lungo (double the shot volume) after any meals after 10:30 AM. Tip: When at a restaurant in Switzerland eating Cheese fondue, you may be offered the following drinks: wine, schnapps or tea. Beer is definitely frowned and may also be refused. The Swiss aren’t being difficult – they just believe that some drinks help you digest the melted cheese better.
Believe it or not, there was once a time when travelers would go away and not use the internet at all. When you first get to a hotel or restaurant, resist asking for that wi-fi code unless really needed.
Tip: Post your pictures on the social media when back home, enjoy that Caffé Ristretto with a real friend or loved one.
Do you know any additional ways to improve your holiday experience? Write to me to continue the conversation and to make your next journey a more relaxed and enjoyable one.