Let’s face it: Vacation days are precious commodities. So why would you want to squander them on the same old ho-hum travel destinations and activities, especially when you can have a downright mind-blowing experience you’ll be telling stories about for months to come?
Fortunately, all it takes to transform your next getaway from boring to boffo is to make a few minor changes to the way you approach the planning process. With that in mind, here are six suggestions you can use to help make your next vacation downright unforgettable:
Ditch The Destination Mindset
Instead of focusing on where to go, spend some time thinking about some of those things you’ve always wanted to do. With some research and a little creativity, you’ll probably find it’s possible to stitch a few of those experiences together into one over-the-top trip.
Spend It Where It Counts
Even if you’re staying at a posh resort, your hotel room is bound to be the least memorable part of your trip. Better to skip the swanky digs and spend the money you save on a truly remarkable once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Don’t Play It Safe
If you want to have great vacation stories to tell, try doing something that makes you a little nervous. You’re bound to discover that A) The thing that seemed so intimidating wasn’t nearly as scary as you imagined, and B) It actually turned out to be one of the most exhilarating things you’ve ever done.
Leave Things Loose
While having a general plan is fine, make sure your itinerary is flexible enough to give you time to enjoy serendipitous discoveries. If you’re sweating the fact that you need to check in to tonight’s hotel by 6 p.m., there’s a good chance you’ll miss some totally unexpected experience that could turn out to be a highlight of your vacation.
Do Your Homework
I’m all for spontaneity, but I’m also a big believer in being prepared. Asking questions up front about details like suggested clothing or physical requirements will go a long way toward avoiding unpleasant surprises.
Capture The Moment
By their very definition, extraordinary experiences like the ones we’re talking about here don’t come along every day. So don’t hesitate to spring for professional photos and/or videos that will allow you to relive the moment every time you look at them.