paris-eiffel-towerI believe that each and everyone of us, should have at least one or two vacations every year. Or more, depending on the budget. Vacation is good for the heart, mind, and spirit. It rejuvenates you and it gives you something to look forward to.

Speaking of which, thanks to combination of miles and cash, in a few weeks, my boyfriend and I are going on a vacation. We are going to Europe!!!  We are going to Germany, Amsterdam, Paris, and London. Yes folks, the excitement is slowly building up!
I want to share with you some tips that can be helpful when you want to go on a vacation:
Budget
What else could be the first thing before vacation? You’re right!!!  It’s BUDGET. Can you afford to go on a vacation? Did you set aside money for it? If your answer is yes, let’s move on to the next tip.
Plan Ahead
Book your tickets as early as possible. We booked our tickets six months before the actual flight. It’s the same thing with the hotels. The rates are much CHEAPER compare to booking your trip late. After booking your reservations, take the time to make your itinerary. Do some research on what you want to do and what places you want to go to on your selected destination. You’ll be able to save time and money by doing this. Visualize. For me, the planning part is just as exciting as the actual trip itself.
Make A List
This is very important. Make a check list of important things that you need to bring. Passports, tickets, reservations, cash, credit cards, etc.
Pack Light
The airlines have spoken. They don’t want your entire closet or bathroom in their planes. It makes sense. Plus, it’s easier to move around when you pack light.
Relax
The main purpose of a vacation is for you to relax . To recharge. Don’t overbook your itinerary by trying to squeeze in everything. You’ll just stress yourself. Instead, make a plan (or two) for the day and do it. Then after that, you can just go with the flow.
Be Alert
Although vacation is for you to relax, you cannot totally put your guard down. You know what they say, SAFETY FIRST.
Pickpockets are everywhere. Be extra vigilant of your cash and credit cards. You don’t want to be stranded anywhere without money.
Make copies of your important documents like passports, flight itineraries, hotel reservations etc. Give those documents to someone you trust back home so they can fax or email it to you if worse comes to worse. This will save you from a lot headache trying to prove your identity when your original documents are lost or stolen.
Alert your bank and credit card company as to exactly where you’re going and for how many days. They’ll put a note in their system and you’ll be protected from unauthorized purchases.
Rest
Yes. You are on vacation. But don’t forget your health. You still need to get enough rest to recharge your body. You are not superman. I have heard so many stories about people who faints and get dizzy spells from exhaustion. You don’t want that to happen.
Camera!!!
A selfie here, a selfie there, and a group picture everywhere, would freeze the moment forever! Capture good memories. You’ll be glad you did. It’s always nice to look at vacation pictures.
and last but not the least…
Enjoy
Clear your mind from work and other stuff. Vacation is meant to be fun! Explore. Eat delicious food. Savor your morning coffee in a different place. Go shopping! (on a budget, of course). Go sight-seeing. Go to the bars. Take a nap. Put a smile on your face.
So, when are you going on a vacation? What are the places that you want to visit? Do you have other helpful tips to share?