Travel Tips: The Importance of Being Organized for a Holiday
ORGANIZED, the word is not just another word in the lexicon that holds sway in corporate meetings, it is something one can apply to simpler and more mundane functions of life other than to a Company’s MOS(Management Operating System). One can be organized in ones’ day to day life that may include your physical workout routine, etc.. But one area where being organized assumes a different meaning altogether is when you are traveling or planning a holiday. For a smooth travel experience on a holiday, it always pays to be organized, unless of course you are the adventurous kind and would like to cross the bridge when you come to it. Let us now take a look at different ways to get organized for our travels.
Prepare in Advance
Isn’t it really amazing that most people are caught unawares and unprepared when the the day of travel suddenly looms large in front of them. They may have actually booked a holiday months in advance but are not really prepared. Here is where an organized approach pays rich dividends and one can embark on one’s travel with the calm and poise of just stepping out to the neighborhood store. As soon as you decide where you are going and when you are setting off, create a checklist. This will include items such as buying currency and medical supplies. Have a box or drawer earmarked, specially for your travel needs and slowly fill it up with the things you would need to take and check them off your list. This way a few days before you travel you can do a double check rather than a mad dash.
Another area that a lot of people get stressed over is packing. We have already written a blog on creating a packing list that will help you to not forget anything. We also recommend packing at least 24 hours before you leave. Packing the previous day or even earlier gives you time to double check your lists. If you are packing with minutes to spare, you will inevitably forgot something, usually something important.
Traveling to and fro to the final destination is often a part people forget to plan and end up stressing over as they are not organized. Before you set off, plan your route. If you are driving to the airport, decide which route you would take and how long it will take. On the day of your journey, it is advisable to check for traffic warnings first thing in the morning itself . Getting stuck in traffic and being late for a flight can be extremely stressful.
When you arrive at the airport it is wise to know in advance what you will do with your car. Most airports offer several services that will be both convenient and cheaper for you needs. For example, if you want to take the stress out of finding a parking space some airports such as Heathrow offer a myriad of different services including valet, allowing you to drop your car and yourself off at the terminal. With a bit of planning, this is one potential stressful part of your journey that you can check off.
A holiday is a well-earned break with the family and should be stress free. Yet many people find holidays very hectic and end up wasting time deciding what to do. Planning an itinerary out will optimize your time and create a less stressful environment. One area to take note of is being realistic in what you can achieve on your trip. We all want our money’s worth and yet try to cram too much and leaving little or no time to actually relish the moments and experiences to the full. If time is limited, one should plan keeping in mind one’s own interests. More time should be spent at the actual sights and to and fro travel time should be optimized.
Another reason to plan your holiday is to ensure you don’t miss out on what’s happening in the area. Check the Internet and see if there are any events or festivals going on near you. On arrival at the destination, check the tourist office and ask what is happening. This way you will have the best opportunity to have an immersive experience in the destination.
These are some simple ways and means to ensure an enjoyable travel experience on a holiday fueled by an organized approach. Do let us know your thoughts on how being organized helps in making travel a more pleasurable experience.
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