While it may not be for everyone, travelling solo has plenty of perks: you have more flexibility, you can choose your own adventures, and you don’t have to worry about the expectations of anyone but yourself. The following are some great ideas for fun activities you can do during your solo travels no matter what you’re in the mood for.
If you’re in an adventurous mood
There is plenty of travel adventure to be had out there no matter where you go, when you go, and who you go with (in this case, yourself!), and all you need is your trusty travel insurance, a bit of money and an adventurous spirit to make it happen. You can try your hand at hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, downhill skiing, surfing — the list goes on. And the best part? All of these activities can be done on your own if you want to. Just make sure you get more extensive travel health insurance if you plan on swimming with sharks, skydiving, going into remote wilderness or doing something equally as intense.
These days, most families have a hard time affording life’s essentials let alone a grand holiday. Living on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean that a holiday is completely out of your reach, however, as there are plenty of ways to find destinations that allow you to save money and get some much-needed relaxation time as well. Finding your destination is the hardest part about family vacations when you have a strict budget, so the following are a few tips for doing just that.
Price Comparison Websites
One of the most time-consuming parts about planning a holiday with a tight budget is shopping around for deals. If you find yourself in this situation, the good news is that there are plenty of price comparison websites out there that can help you compare the cost of various holidays all in one convenient location. These websites basically do the research for you by tracking down all the best family holidays that are within your price range. Many of the sites can also help you book your holidays and flights, provide you with travel insurance quotes, and give you travel advice all at the same time. Sites like TripFinder, TripAdvisor, turu.com.au and TravelSupermarket Holidays are just a few examples.
The flexibility, freedom and incredible value for money offered through backpacking make it an ever-popular way to travel. Many backpackers are incredibly spontaneous as they travel, making few plans in advance, and so packing and preparing for such a holiday is not always easy.
Given that you will be living out of your backpack for a period of time and will be carrying it around yourself, it is vital that you include all the items you really need and eliminate those you do not. Heeding the tips of experienced backpackers regarding essential and nonessential items can be very helpful and assist you to distinguish between the items you need and will use and those that will consume space and weight.
For many travellers, the experience of an overseas holiday brings great anticipation and excitement matched with equal amounts of fear and trepidation. It is quite often the case that people can’t wait for take off but worry that they have not seen to all of the necessary details or made all the appropriate plans.
The good news is that it is possible to travel with reduced stress but maximum enjoyment levels! Here we give an overview of how this is possible:
Book flights and accommodation as far in advance as you can…
It is no secret that the best airfares and tariffs for accommodation tend to be available as far in advance of your departure or arrival dates as possible. Essentially, the further in advance you book, the better the prices that you will be able to secure.
By definition, holidays are supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable. However, some polls indicate that going on a holiday ranks among life’s stressful experiences. This is alarming when it is considered that divorce, being sacked from a job and social isolation are also in this list.
So, why are holidays so stressful for some people? Perhaps it has something to do with the often extensive preparations that are necessary before the holiday begins, the need to take care of matters at home and to pack for all sorts of unknown conditions.
However, there are many things that a person can do to reduce levels of anxiety, pressure and concern that are so often present in advance and while on a holiday.
1: Organise travel insurance
In the lead up to your departure for an international holiday, it is common to feel consumed (and even a little overwhelmed) by the preparations that have to be made. As well as making flight and accommodation bookings, your mind sooner or later turns to the seemingly enormous and very confusing task of packing!
While most of the clothing, shoes and even toiletries that you travel with find their way into a suitcase or other bag that will be checked in and carried in the hold of the aircraft, some of the most important and absolutely vital items for a smooth, stress-free and enjoyable trip should be carried in your hand luggage.
Everything from your passport to your travel insurance details needs to be transported in your carry on luggage. Your cabin baggage allocation is limited and security restrictions apply to what can and cannot accompany you on a plane, but here we take a look at four of the essential items to be found in your carry on luggage.
In this day and age, and with different parts of the world so well connected through technology and communication, many of us love to travel. The opportunity to see and experience different countries, cultures and ways of life is often appealing and seen as a wonderful life investment.
There are many valid reasons why humans love to travel. Here we take a look at five of these.
1: Travel can be done safely
International travel and long haul flights are now seen as one of the safest ways to travel – and far safer than travelling by motor car. It is incredible to think that we can step aboard a plane and, in a matter of hours, land on the other side of the world.
An overseas holiday is a big event in most of our lives. For many, it is something that is aspired to, thought about and carefully planned for quite some time. It also involves a significant financial outlay and so it follows that we want to make sure that an overseas holiday is always successful and enjoyable.
Why do we holiday?
Holidays are so important to us because, having worked hard for so many weeks, months and even years, we look forward to and plan our vacations.
Essentially, holidays deliver a much needed and much appreciated break from our day to day lives and facilitate opportunities for rest, relaxation and fun which are simply not available when we are tied to our jobs, family commitments and everyday responsibilities.
Time and time again, experienced travellers stress that in order to experience a fantastic holiday, you need to be organised. This is not to say that you have to have a watertight schedule in place and know what you are doing at every second of every day of your time away, but it does mean that seeing to some of the most significant and pivotal details in advance of your journey will make your life a lot easier.
So, why be organised when you are travelling?
1: To give yourself plenty of time
All too often, people end up desperately trying to make bookings and secure reservations just before they are due to depart. If you are someone who thrives on adrenaline and loves the thrill of the last minute, then this may be OK. For the rest of us, frantically trying to make arrangements shortly before we are due to travel induces stress, panic and the fear that everything that is needed will not be organised in time.
Although overseas travel and the prospect of seeing the world, meeting new people and learning about different ways of living can be incredibly exciting, it can also pose some unique and significant sources of stress. Prior to travelling, there is a lot to be thought about, arranged and confirmed and it is not rare for travellers to find it difficult to be as organised and efficient as they really need to be.
However, there are a number of effective ways to reduce the metaphoric headaches that can come with travelling. Here we take a look at five of these:
1: Ensure that flight bookings and accommodation arrangements are made as far in advance of your travel dates as possible. At the risk of stating the obvious (most travellers do recognise that this is the most crucial aspect of their travel arrangements), the number of people that try to make last minute arrangements is actually astounding.