How to avoid unwanted adventures while on vacation

Most of us are quite content to go through life with a reluctant acceptance of the daily grind. It would be great to never have to work, but the reality for most is that we have to in order to be able to live a decent lifestyle that makes us happy during our free time. Part of that free time is usually spent planning things to do so that we can fill it up with something interesting to do. For some that is as simple as going for a nice meal and a movie, whereas others may be interested in a trip to some exotic locale. A break from the drudgery of day to day life is all that we really need to get back into it with some level of enthusiasm, but then there are those that have to take their free time to all new levels of excitement in order to stay stimulated ([intlink id=”1190″ type=”post”]how to discover adventures close to your home[/intlink]).

There are many adventurous people that go out of their way to arrange vacations that are filled to the brim with crazy adventures that others would never imagine ever trying ([intlink id=”1221″ type=”post”]top 10 most crazy adventures ever[/intlink]). While those folks seek out the tallest mountains, the most dangerous of rivers, as well as places that can only be accessed on the back of an animal ([intlink id=”1157″ type=”post”]top 10 most adventurous places[/intlink]), most people are simply content with a few days on the beach and some nice weather to go along with it. What people don’t seem to understand is that without proper planning, their vacation can quickly turn into one of those crazy adventures, but it won’t be one that will bring any kind of fun and enjoyment along with it.

The first thing you have to look at is where you are going to stay when you are away from home. There really is no excuse to end up in a hotel room full of roaches when there is a ton of reviews and information about every hotel available online. You’ll also want to make sure that the hotel that you book is in a part of town that is actually safe and won’t end up with you having to run for your life when you head back there every night.

Running is something that you will have to be doing a lot of if you don’t give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport for your flight. It’s amazing how many people you see doing that obstacle course run for their gate simply because they didn’t get out the front door early enough. If you are departing from an airport that is in a major city then you have to plan for a number of things that could potentially slow down your travel time. Highways may be snarled with traffic, especially if you are heading there during rush hour. That has the potential to add as much as an hour to your travel time, as does the line-up of folks at the ticket counter and security. It’s much better to be at the airport way to early than have to run the gauntlet to try and catch your flight.

It’s also a good idea to come up with a checklist when leaving to make sure that you have everything. There’s no point getting to the airport with a couple of hours to spare if you don’t have tickets and a passport. All of those papers are vitally important, which once again gives rise to the need for a good hotel waiting for you at the other end. It’s always a good idea to ask the hotel to put all of your valuable documents in a safe or lock box for the duration of your stay. Your stuff is usually pretty safe in your room, but it’s not worth taking the chance if you don’t feel comfortable. Too many crazy holiday adventures have come by travelers trying to secure a return flight home by contacting their country’s Embassy.

Learning more about the place you are traveling to can also prevent all sorts of unwanted adventures from happening during your vacation. Check to see if you need any types of shots before you travel, otherwise you run the risk of spending the majority of your stay in a hotel room which, with no insurance to speak of, can be an adventure in itself. The same goes for the foods that are on offer in the area. If you don’t know what you are eating or are about to put something in your mouth that is totally foreign, then you might want to think twice. There is not a lot of opportunity to eat exotic foods at home, so there is no way of knowing how your body will react to ingesting those new foods and drinks.

The bottom line is that you have to plan ahead for your safe vacation in the same way that the crazy adventurer does. Even though the vacations that they take may seem wild and crazy, you can be sure that they have planned for all eventualities so that they actually get to go home and talk about their adventures; you should be looking to do the exact same thing.

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