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Tips for the Perfect Vacation

Whether you are embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime trip or a simple weekend getaway one thing is for sure, you want to have the best experience possible, and this requires a mastermind approach. Amazing vacations don’t just happen (although we could get lucky), they are carefully planned and executed. You should, however, remember that, on the road, there is a whole lot we don’t have control over, but there are aspects over which we have control and these are the aspects you should capitalize on to have the best outcome from your vacation.

Our Nashville car service specialists will be sharing approaches you can take to realize the perfect vacation, but before we get there we would like to recommend our Nashville airport shuttle for all your vacation transportation needs. As opposed to spending your time navigating an unfamiliar city/town, let one of our professionally trained and experienced chauffeurs take the wheel. Focus all your attention on your friends/family, enjoying our luxury amenities, and enjoying a smooth comfortable ride to your next vacation destination. Now, let’s find out how you can make your next vacation and all subsequent getaways as great as they can be.

Destination Compatibility

There is a certain allure to closing your eyes and placing your finger on simply jetting off to that destination. However, in reality, when it comes to happiness and fulfillment on the road, it all comes down to compatibility. It all depends on your interests; do you love the beach? Do museums and history evoke emotions you can’t find anywhere else? Is your favorite part of vacations the food? Do you love the rush of extreme sports? Are you looking for an active holiday or a completely chill one? Ask yourself what you want to achieve from your upcoming vacation and narrow down on the options you have. Take into account activities and environment and you will end up choosing a vacation destination that completely fulfills you.

The Roads Untraveled

Large crowds can absolutely ruin a vacation. For example, if you visit the Ann Frank Museum during peak season you could spend up to 3 hours in the queue and, as a result, you miss your lunch reservations, a concert you had planned to attend, and now you’re hungry, sweating, and tired; there is no way you will even enjoy the museum experience. We, therefore, recommend planning your vacation for a period when the kids are back in school and most people have resumed their normal work routines - the shoulder season. The weather may not be as perfect as it usually is during the peak season, but you are guaranteed fewer crowds no matter where you choose to vacation. As an added bonus, airfare is at an all-time low during this season and hotels (even luxury hotels) are shockingly cheap. Traveling in unconventional periods will, therefore, give you a better experience and you get to save a few bucks in the process.

Pack Smart

Always check the weather forecast before leaving for your destination so that you know exactly what to pack. Gambling on the weather will have you packing attire for all sorts of weather, which means heavier, more cumbersome luggage. Additionally, packing for the wrong kind of weather will have you scurrying around trying to purchase clothing items at your destination and most of those items may not even be available. Do your research ahead of time to ensure that you are packing only the necessary pieces of clothing for your vacation destinations.

Time Management

Most people assume that time management is not necessary during vacation, most people associate time management with work, but the truth is that good time management is an essential ingredient for the success of a vacation. Start by planning for the appropriate vacation duration; it doesn’t take a month to unwind and decompress; a week is more than enough, after which it will start to feel like an everyday routine, except you are spending much more than you would back at home.

Plan out your activities over the course of a week, or less, and in between leave some unscheduled time in which you get to do things spontaneously. There is always the pressure to do everything possible at your vacation destination but that will only add undue pressure and you may end up feeling stressed and time-constraints. Pick out activities and attractions you are really interested in and stick to them; if time allows squeeze in something in between, but don’t push yourself to explore an entire state in a week.

Stay Vigilant

Nothing could ruin your vacation more than being the victim of theft or simply misplacing your valuables. Unfortunately, there will always be people at your destination waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting travelers. While some destinations may be safer than others, it doesn’t hurt to exercise a little caution. Always stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings; this entails never leaving your property and valuables unsecured, having a map with you at all times, having a local emergency contact on your mobile device, etc. You should also be cautious when using ATM and credit cards, always ensure there are no prying eyes when entering your pin. We also recommend blending in with the locals in terms of attire and mannerisms; this will greatly reduce the likelihood of being targeted.

Carpe Diem

Once you have taken care of all the above, it’s now time to make the most of your getaway. Vacations are over just as first as they began, which is why there is no time to laze around unless that was part of the plan. Otherwise, take full advantage of each moment and each day you are on the road and give yourself the permission to let loose and have fun and, remember, even a vacation that is seemingly being pushed off the rails by factors beyond your control can be salvaged, so do not lose your enthusiasm. Take control and make it an enjoyable experience.

Posted on Jul 10 2019

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