I have a big vacation that I am planning. I can't let you in on all of the details, but let's just say it involves going to a big city in pursuit of the most handsome lifestyle guru out there. (Hint, it's not Oprah.) I have a lot of preparing to do for my big trip, so I thought I would share my travel tips with my readers!
Packing Your Suitcase
- It is important to remember to take as much as you possibly can with you. The rule of thumb... bring 2 1/2 outfits for every day that you are away. You never know when you will need to change from your spring yellow blazer into your winter yellow blazer. Pack all your blazers! Even if your going to the beach...It is ALWAYS blazer season.
- Another travel misconception out there is to roll up your clothes before putting them in your suitcase. I think that technique couldn't be wronger. Yes, you may save space by packing that way, but is that how you want your clothes to experience travel? Remember this vacation is for everyone. Throw your clothes in your bag the way you would want to be thrown in a bag...with gusto and unabashed joy! Let your garments free from the confounds of luggage conformity.
- A lot of people will pack ahead of time. I don't. Too much preparing will only add to the anxiety of travel. Gather your travel belongings the morning of your departure, it adds to the excitement of the journey!
- Unlike clothing, taking extra food with you isn't necessary. Most places that you are going to have food. The airport is full of over-priced food, as well as hotels. Many hotels have food right in your room. They charged you up to 10 times the regular amount, but hey...what are vacations for?
- Don't stray for your usual palette. In the last decade or so, a term called "foodees" has been used a lot. It describes people who like to try new and different types of food. Not on my vacation! I have eaten a 7-11 granola bar and a red Gator-Aid every morning for the last 20 years. That type of routine isn't going to be stopped just because I am on vacation.
- We live in a society of social media. We take pictures of ourselves and our food constantly. Why not go on vacation from picture taking too? If you are someplace special, why do a mundane task of capturing the moment...that is for "everyday" life, not your "getaway" time.
I hope these travel tips help. If you are taking a sabbatical this summer, remember to stay safe and stay awake, kids!
Cathy Gainer Corporate Trainer