Whether you are staying close to home this year with a European adventure, or jetting further afield for a long-haul getaway, take on board these tried and tested tips, and travel like you do it every day.
Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
Pack Early: Drag out your case a few days in advance and drop things in as they come to mind. You'll avoid having to remember everything last minute and packing more than you need in panic. The night before your trip sift through your choices and aim to filter out at least a third.
Pack Smart: If a piece doesn't co-ordinate with at least 3 other items in your case, ditch it. Select options that multi-task; a bright maxi-dress looks chic with sandals and a shopper for daytime sightseeing and will take you through to dinner with the addition of heels and a clutch.
Tripadvisor & Google have their place in planning but beware biased reviews and sponsored ads. Search relevant hashtags on Instagram & Facebook to see what others are enjoying in your destination and find local events that may not be widely advertised.
Embrace the Journey
Travel and eating well do not go hand in hand. Odd departure times and delays can play havoc with mealtimes and airline food is almost devoid of nutrition. Pack healthy snacks in your hand luggage to stave off hunger pangs and swerve the temptation of on-board Pringles or duty-free Toblerone.
Arrive looking like you travelled in first by staying fresh and hydrated inside and out. Carry a water bottle to refill after security, and a good facial moisturiser to apply regularly throughout the flight. Deodorant, a toothbrush and clean underwear are essentials for disembarking long haul feeling fresh and ready to go.
Relax! Seize the opportunity for a few hours with no external demands on your time. Download a film you've been meaning to see, pick up a good book in the airport, or pack an eye mask and ear plugs and catch up on some sleep.
Collect Moments, Not Things
Smile and say Hi. Don't be shy about asking the locals you encounter which is their favourite restaurant, the beach they head to on weekends or where to find the best market. Most people are happy to spill their local secrets and proud to show off their home.
Photos are a great way to remember your trip but remember to come out from behind the camera regularly and soak in the moments as they happen. A picture will remind you of the place, but not the way it smelled, sounded and made you feel.
Stay respectful, stay safe. If you wouldn't do it at home, don't do it on holiday. Be mindful of local customs and traditions, stay within local laws, and don't take unnecessary or silly risks.