Throughout our years as travelers, we’ve learned a lesson or two and have carried them with us. Now we’d like to share them with you.

  1. Do your research. Get to know your destination before you arrive. Familiarize yourself with the layout of a city. Or research the culture of a country.
  2. Talk to the locals. The locals know their area better than anyone. Ask them where the best places to eat are or where they go to have fun.
  3. Create an itinerary. It’s important to make the most out of your travels, especially if you’re on a time crunch. Make a list of places or activities that you absolutely want to see or do, then plan which days and times work for your schedule.
  4. Be flexible. Even in every day life, we know things don’t always go as planned. Don’t make your itinerary so rigid that one snag will collapse the whole thing. Leave room to explore new places that you happen upon or make alternative plans when life happens.
  5. Take it all in. Go ahead, take a few photos. But then, put the camera away and take in your surroundings. Watch the people, notice the sounds and the smells. Don’t just snap and leave.
  6. Relax and enjoy yourself. This one accompanies #3. Make sure your itinerary isn’t so packed full that you don’t have time to relax. If you don’t, you’ll come home completely exhausted.

Travel educates us in ways nothing else can. What kind of lessons have you learned while traveling?

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