Make your trip smoother by doing these things before you go — The Art of Being Fabulous

Things to do before you travel to make your trip go much smoother

via Make your trip smoother by doing these things before you go — The Art of Being Fabulous


Try these things when traveling solo

Great post on solo travel

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Rio Celeste, Costa Rica Rio Celeste, Costa Rica

I’m equally comfortable traveling solo or with others. What I like best about traveling alone is that I can follow my own path. I’ve done it for a while now, so I’m pretty comfortable almost anywhere. If you’re thinking about taking a trip alone and never tried before, there are some ways to make it an adventure. At the end of this post, I link to my other solo travel posts if you need more tips.

Meet people

Discover secret spots by getting to know people that work at stores, in hotels or security guards, taxi drivers, and bartenders. If I’m staying at a hotel, I always grab a drink at the hotel’s bar. Bartenders have the scoop on things to do, and if you feel nervous dining alone for the first time, you have someone to talk to while you grab a drink or snack.


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April is prime time to visit these three places

If you’re looking for somewhere to visit in April, check out one of these spots

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Reykjavik, Iceland Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland

April is a great month to vacation. Since Spring Break/March Break is over, we’re entering into a less busy travel period, which means lower prices and fewer tourists where you visit. I find it a great month to see beautiful places without a lot of people around.  I wrote a post last month about the best places to visit in March. If none of the places I mention here are appealing, the ones I listed in that post are still good in April too.

From seeing vineyards, or visiting beautiful sites, April has many options. I’m only going to focus on three that I really enjoyed during the month. Even though April is more reasonable to travel, as a reminder I have to two main cost saving tips that can help even further reduce the price.

Two weeks is the sweet spot: When not fully booked…

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Vacationing like you’re local

Great travel ideas and photos

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Cathedral and colorful houses in Girona Girona, Spain

There are so many ways to travel, and one way isn’t better than any other. It comes down to personal preference. Over the years, I’ve found that I like to move around like I live in my destination city. Sure some comfort has to go into it, but I’ve had some of my best experiences traveling this way. Even though you’re just visiting, you can still do things that help you get a real sense of what life is like in your destination city.

Doing some or all of these tips, depending on your comfort level, can help you get a different experience from your trip.

Before you go

Read up on the place

Blogs and Instagram can help you find a lot of information about where you’re going. What do people wear when they’re walking around or going out at night? What do people do during their…

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Try a health or wellness adventure

Beautiful travel photos and vacation ideas

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Landmannalaugar, Iceland Hiking tour in Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Happy New Year! After the excess of the holiday season, one great idea to consider for your next trip is to do some healthy exploration, especially if all you have time for is a quick trip. It’s also a good way to help you recharge. You can make use of any long weekends you may get through statutory holidays, or by taking a couple of days off of work.  Getting fit while you’re taking a few days off may give you some ideas to take back home with you if you find that you have a hard time fitting fitness into your regular schedule.

These suggestions work if you want to travel alone, or with one or a couple more people, and some you can do in your city, which can save money.

Go on an organized fitness retreat

Kayaker in Rome, Italy

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