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In my series of research, I have found out that the maximum number of days people spend on vacation or some companies can recommend for workers to embark on a holiday or vacation is just 7 days (a week). According to a research by Happiness Studies, a minimum of 8 days is need or require for a vacation.

The research shows that 8 days is required to discharge, unpack, settle in, unplug, reduce stress and relax. Within these 8 days, you will have a better and longer sleep which will result to wellness and help you maximize productivity.

This is the bad news you would not like to hear. According to the research, it will only take a minimum of 7 days for your body to return back to the starting point (Baseline) after just your vacation.

Do you go on vacation? How many days do you spend on your vacation? Next time you want to go on a vacation and your boss refuses to give you a minimum of 8 days, show him this report? Thank me later.

The best way to experience your holiday is by exploring it like no other. Step out of the boundary and do the extraordinary things. Look beyond the tourist sites, Museums, monuments, festival etc. believe me, every destination has more to offer. All you have to do is to go deeper.

If you want to travel like a pro, follow these tips below.

Get Lost

A traveller narrated his experience the moment he visited a new country and he decided to use the train. Unfortunately for him, he alighted at the wrong station. To worsen the whole situation, almost all the people he met do not speak the same language (English) – funny right. After about two hours, he dressed up in native attire and started dancing and singing.

6 Pro Tips To Make Your Vacation More Interesting And Enriching
Local Cuisine s_masako / Pixabay

Taste The Local Cuisine

If you are a tourist who wants to practice Word Tourism 2017 theme (Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development), It is an onus on you to dine at a local restaurant. There are local restaurants at every destination that offer a tasty experience that you would never forget in a hurry. Look for a local restaurant that will make you feel your destination cuisine is the best you have ever seen.

Chill Out With Locals

No dulling moment bro. checkout where locals (Good Ones) hangout and spend some quality time with them. If there is an event like a festival going on, join them and have fun. If you like sports like me, look for those guys playing soccer and ask if you could join them and play. Don’t be afraid to mingle with locals. The truth is locals worship foreigners. You can go to the café and chat with locals but mind how and what you say.

6 Pro Tips To Make Your Vacation More Interesting And Enriching
Local Village sharonang / Pixabay

Look Beyond Major Cities

I have come to realize that most travellers are always looking for major cities whenever they are planning for a holiday destination. To me, it is not supposed to be so because some of the smaller cities or villages have hidden treasures, stunning landscape, unique cultural and festivals. For instance, visiting Ebonyi state, Nigeria, there is a natural salt lake called Uburu Salt Lake. Before modern salt production in Nigeria, salt was already locally produced in Ebonyi state. The salt was also indispensable during Nigeria/Biafra War.

Ask Locals

There is nobody that understands a destination more than the locals. Locals know the destination in and out and they can advise you on what to do in order to have a lasting experience. Don’t be shy or afraid to ask a local whatsoever question you want to ask. A travel writer once shared a story how he asked a local to direct him to where he will eat, instead of taking him to a restaurant; they invited him to join them for a dinner.

It’s better to hire a local guide that has a car than to hire a cab and guide separately. Hiring a local guide that has a car would save you cost.

6 Pro Tips To Make Your Vacation More Interesting And Enriching
Hire a Local tourist guide sharonang / Pixabay

Research

Before you embark on a tour, research about your destination very well. Get your information from different sources because if you get it from one source, you might miss a lot of things about your destination. For instance, getting information about Nigeria from one source is not advisable because Nigeria is a multicultural and diverse country. You can consult different experienced tour guides to give you information on the destination you are about to visit.

How do you enjoy your Vacation?

Anyone going on a vacation has one thing in mind and that is relaxation. Going on a vacation is a time to relax, stay away from the day-to-day distractions and disturbances of work, school, and family. But you see, sometimes the concept does not work as planned. There’s this one thing called “Worry” that will always come around to interrupt your vacation.

There is a point for instance when we leave home for a vacation and you will begin to worry if you forgot to turn this off or on some things at home before leaving. There is always different between leaving home for a work and leaving home for a vacation.

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When you leave home for a vacation, for instance, the process is a bit more difficult especially if you have not learned the art of parking right and light. Sometimes, one might even forget to recall whether he/she closed the door, much less locking the door. So, you will spend your whole day worrying about your door or maybe you accidentally left the television or other home appliances on even when you did not use any of them.

There’s always a solution to any problem. There is only one reliable way of answering the question of “Did I actually turn it off or on”. I am not talking about the popular home automation apps like SmartThings, Ninja Blocks, WeMo, Savant TrueControl, Nest, Control4 MyHome, Alarm etc that are like a check list reminding you to off you fridge, lock your door and other things.  No, though there are recommended.

Kitchen Interior – Credit Pixabay

The only solution or answer to “Did I actually turn it off or on” is by taking pictures of virtually everything in your home before going for a vacation. Before you step out for the much-anticipated vacation, first take like Ten Minutes and snap pictures of your oven, air conditioner, fridge, fireplace, stove and burners, windows, doors and lock, and much more.

The reason behind all this is to have a proof and a reference point whenever the “Did I actually turn it off or on” question pops up to interrupt your vacation. So whenever the state of things at home start bothering you in the midst of relaxation and jollification, you can turn to your phone or camera and flip through to see how things are.

This simple trick works great. Snap everything not just only the aforementioned appliances. You can snap the garage, kitchen, windows, doors, generator etc. keep the picture safe because it will really help you.

 

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Before taking your children for a trip, there are some important things you need to put into consideration. It is a good thing to take your children for a trip but it could be hectic and stressful at the same time especially if it is your first trip with your children. Some mothers don’t like traveling with their children because of the stress. If you are a frequent traveler you will agree with me that there is a difference between traveling alone and traveling with children.

Traveling with a child or children is not a new phenomenon; it is an act that has been in existence for a long time. I have heard and also seen people traveling with their baby or children and I noticed that most of them either make similar or the same mistake. Important things to note when planning a weekend vacation with your children are just simple tips that will guide you when next you want to travel with your children.

Avoid nightlife hotel

If you are traveling with your baby on a long vacation, there is need to book a hotel that will accommodate both of you for that period. When booking a hotel it is advisable for you to book a countryside resort. Avoid hotels with nightlife (Club, party etc.) as such place will make them uncomfortable. Children need quiet and noise free environment. It is advisable to choose a resort that is very calm. Such places are the best place to stay when traveling with children. Also, don’t jump from one hotel to another settle in one place.

Choose a homestay

Did you know that children can recognize their own bed, room, and even their home? You can make your children feel comfortable by making their room to look like the same with the one at home. You can come along with the same bed sheet, pillow, and blanket to make your baby feel at home.

Important Things To Note When Planning A Weekend Vacation With Your Children
Baby cot

Don’t forget your children travel cot

Don’t forget to travel with your baby’s cot. Today, it is now available in beautiful designs and latest models. This travel cot makes the baby relaxed when sleeping. For instance, if you traveled for a conference, your baby will be enjoying the sleep in his/her cot while you will take your time and enjoy your own conference.

Important Things To Note When Planning A Weekend Vacation With Your Children
Baby and grandparent

Visit your grandparents

From time to time, you can visit your grandparent’s home and enjoy some quiet time together. Taking your children to their grandparents is an ideal thing to do. Let your grandparents cuddle their own grandchildren. It is a thing of joy for grandparents to carry their own grandchildren now they are still alive.

Just imagine the love; apart from that, your children will get to know their grandparents. You may decide to drop your children with their grandparents while you embark on a journey. That will relief you of the stress of traveling with them and also worries while you are away from them.

Use open space destination

Sometimes it is advisable to use a destination with open space instead of close destinations like a museum, art and gallery center, shopping mall etc. Think about the fresh air, the green, and clean environment; think about nature and the health benefits.

Important Things To Note When Planning A Weekend Vacation With Your Children
hotel Room

Book an apartment/villa/bedroom

If you really want to be comfortable and enjoy your trip, it is advisable for you to book an apartment or a villa where you can have all you want. Like a washing machine, kitchen etc.

I have families that will be spending their Christmas in Dubai this year with their children. Guess the kind of accommodation they chose? An apartment. Yea! The reason because it will give them the comfort they desire and it’s the best place to be when you’re traveling with children.

Chose child-friendly destination

Whenever you are traveling with children (or a child) always advise your travel agent (If you are using any) to book a child-friendly destination for you. This is because such destination provides children care facilities and amenities and also assign a staff to take care of your baby or children.

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