Having worked for quite many years with the aviation & travel and tourism industry, it is a great step to write about travel and tourism. I have possibly been to every single country around the world & have observed countless tourists having a nervous breakdown!
Very simple things which they could have done to avoid being unhappy. From young couples who carried five large bags (most likely took their entire loft :)) to entire families (hauling eating utensils!!), I've come across many traveling nightmares. The young couples post vacation most likely resulted in split up because of the problems they would have suffered at each and every overseas airport!!
Looking after simple and easy things can certainly make your vacation an extremely fulfilling experience. The primary fundamental rule you should tattoo in your brains - "Travel Light". That of course doesn't suggest you travel around not having the essentials. This means bring just items that you believe you will really need on your vacation.
Instead of 10 set of footwear, carry just 2. Know what I am talking about! You are the one who will need to carry it all over, open up your baggage at each and every airport terminal for security checks, face the insults of the terminal security smirking in your face and in all probability making faces to need to search into your stuff. Re-packing everything on the airport security counter can be quite a major problem when you've got your flight within the next Half-hour.
No one likes going through your used lingerie. Least of all you, mortifying having your lace lingerie being pulled out for inspection in complete view of countless other travellers.
As many times I stress on it, it won't be enough : "Travel Light". You absolutely need to stick to this golden rule. It is a must follow. The less heavy you travel around, the more satisfying your trip will likely be. You're going to obviously save money just about everywhere too. You won't need to pay anything for additional luggage. You'll be able to pick up or lug your own bags, will not have to tip the bell boy or pay anything for your luggage in the shuttle bus or train. Get where I am going!
I am aware a lot of people only travel for family vacation in all probability once per year, but believe me life will get easy and simple in case you : "Travel light". This golden rule has become my own rule ever since I was Fourteen, when my dad took us on my 1st international trip to India. But more about that in my next post!
Till then, think of ways to reduce stuff in your baggage, do not take in excess of 2 sets of shoes, chuck everything in shoes or garments that weighs above 200 grams every set or 7-8 oz. Well, I heard that - all of your shoes are out then aren't they? You'll need a set of good walking shoes and a pair of perfect dress shoes. Most people holiday for 7-10 nights overseas. Two pairs will be more than adequate.
If you're planning hiking, I'll allow you an additional Two hundred gms!
Cheerios until the next one!
ps. make sure that you go look at money belt (light weight remember!!)