I get it. It’s easy to get so overwhelmed when traveling and traveling abroad. At this point as a seasoned traveler, I still get so overwhelmed. Especially when traveling to large cities. I get so flustered and overwhelmed by the tall buildings, the business of the cities, all of the activity and action. Their is just so much to see, do and experience in such a short amount of time. You don’t know where to start. I am someone who has always been a planner. I like to have a clear schedule and itinerary when I travel. But even still, managing my time when their are so many things that I would like to do can prove challenging at times. You don’t want to wear yourself out, after all, you are on vacation. You do not want to find yourself running from place to place, and then realizing at the end of your vacation that you did not truly see any of it or enjoy any of it.
So how do you manage your time while abroad then?
- Have a well thought out and well planned itinerary. This goes without saying. It’s the obvious. It’s about as obvious as it can get. Plan your days out. Do not plan every single second, minute, hour of your day out, but do leave some flexibility in your days. This will allow help make sure that you do not get as stressed. Don’t follow that itinerary to a T. Be open to new experiences and opportunities. An itinerary really should just serve as a guide. A loose guide.
- Get the thought out of your head that you can do everything and be conscience of how much time you have. Make a small list of things that you would like to do, the must do’s and the maybes and things that you would like to achieve prior to heading to your destination. For instance, cooking classes are very important to me in order to enrich my cultural experience. So, when I go to Southeast Asia, some of the things that I will do before leaving include visiting Tiger Kingdom, heading to the Elephant Nature Park, Taking Cooking Classes, visiting a sky bar and more. Those experiences help make the most out of a trip. Additionally, I plan to visit the Unicorn Café and the Hello Kitty Café in Bangkok. I plan to get a Thai massage and eat so much food. All the food in the world, I plan to eat. Those are things on my Southeast Asia wish list and they are things that I plan to make happen to get the most out of that trip. Having a list will help you keep your thoughts organized. And while you are doing one thing, you can explore that neighborhood. Walk and walk and walk. Walk until your feet hurt and until you can’t walk anymore. Just do it.
- Along the lines of number 2, do not overcommit yourself.
- It’s okay to take day drips. Day trips can help you see other parts of a city or country that you might not have been able to see in your initial planning process.
- Get some rest. Please, please, please get some rest. It will help you with sticking to your itinerary and getting the most out of your vacations.