Top 7 Travel Tips After 20 Years of Travels

I have traveled to over 30 countries, seen much of the United States and still am in awe every time I travel. More of my focus is now close to home actually enjoying nature and the beauty of the Midwest. 

Here are my top travel tips to make the most of your vacation getaways. 

Top Travel Tips Relax and Enjoy

It may seem obvious but sometimes we take the stresses of our daily lives with us on vacation. The internet isn’t as fast as you want it to be, you missed your tour, no worries relax and enjoy. You should try not to be on the internet too much anyway. This is your time to decompress, forget about the emails, text messages and all that overstimulation you get at home. Take a breather, you deserve it. 

People Watch 

People watching is great, just sitting at a café, taking a little break from your hike or sitting at a public square, look around you. Get in touch with all your senses, the sights, the sounds the scents. Every place has its own unique character, landscape and people. Take it all in. You want to get a sense for the vibe of where you are and adapt to their way of life while you are there. It will help you get the most out of your travels, Furthermore, it is a sign of respect for a new culture and new environment.

Slow Down Your Pace

I remember during my last trip to Paris, having a meal outside is an experience. The pace is slower and the service is slower. People savor their meals; they have their wine and they chat. They savor the simple things in life. So just relax. Don’t worry about when they will bring the check, live in the moment and soak it all in.

Take Tons of Pics and Videos

I so cherish all my photos and videos. It helps spark my memory and think about all these incredible moments. When you meet new people, take photos with them. My photos are truly my most cherished possessions. 

Don’t Give Up

When we arrived in Paris, we found out that due to some limitations in the train schedule, we wouldn’t be able to go to Giverny which is one of my bucket list items. I was devastated. Don’t give up. My husband scoured the internet and found a tour group. We are not really big tour people, we prefer to explore and set our own pace. Don’t get me wrong, there are some fantastic tours that have been some of my favorite travel experiences. Going to Giverny, visiting Monet’s Garden and home were absolutely at the top of my list. So don’t give up, you will figure out a way. 


Be adventurous and explore every nook and cranny. Check things out. I love hiking. It is always fun to find new trails and meet new people along the way. After all, we are all experiencing those tough climbs. If you are on your way down and they are on their way back up, you can get some great tips. My times spent in Hocking Hills has been great for exploring the different trails, caves and the waterfalls just take my breath away. You will discover something unexpected and it will be totally worth it. It will become one of your most cherished memories. 

Pamper Yourself

We all understand it is important to budget our monthly expenses but vacations are different. Don’t miss out on something you always wanted to do. Don’t postpone. Plan your next trip today. Don’t break the bank but splurge on a nice restaurant and stay in the hotel you want to stay in. You work hard now it is time to play. Follow these trusted top travel tips to get the most out of your vacation. 

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