Sometimes NOT filling your itinerary to the brim can lead to the most memorable moments.
It's so very common to pack trips to the brim down to the very minute you need to leave here to be there and do that. It makes sense–vacation time is sacred and you've earned your days off. It's natural to want to spend them wisely and get the max amount in return, especially when you're heading to a new city, state, or country.
That said, it's also just as important to remember WHY you took those days off. They are days off afterall. If you treat your vacation like you do your work schedule, are you really taking time off, or are you simply working remotely?
Here are a few quick tips on ways to take the work out of vacationing.
DISCLAIMER: These opinions and suggestions are my own based on how I enjoy traveling and by no means suited for everybody.
One of my favorite recommendations to vacationers is to leave a day completely open with no plans. That way you can fill that day with whatever you want, or nothing at all. I know this sounds absurd, especially if you're traveling abroad, but I couldn't be more serious. Having a free day to yourself takes a bit of the pressure of planning in advance, and helps reduce stress of being somewhere at a certain time. Why not walk down to a local coffee shop and sip an americano while you people watch? Who knows, you might see something that inspires you. Often times it's these days on my trips that create some of the most memorable moments.
Shopping is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of the places you visit. Along with your free day, I also recommend packing one-too-few days worth of clothing. Treat yourself to a lighter suitcase on the way there, and a new/local outfit as a wearable memory.
Stacy Abrams is a founder of TaxFaqs. When she’s not serving her clients, she geeks out on board games, cider, and challenging her friends to top her awesome karaoke skills.