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Traveling to France: The Essentials to Pack for Your France Trip

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Yes! It’s your first-ever trip to France! In just days, you’ll be ushered into a world of elegance, sophistication, arts, architecture, fashion, food, drinks and of course beautiful snowiness; if you’re visiting in winter.

Now, it’s all too easy to go overboard when packing for France, but it shouldn’t be that way. As with any long-distance travel, you want to pack only the essentials.  In this article, your France travel essentials will be discussed. The post is split into sections; France travel essentials for kids (if you’re traveling with kids), another for personal travel, and then specific travel essentials for women and men.  You can scroll to the specific sections that apply if you’re traveling alone.

The Essentials to Pack When Traveling To France

The items listed in this section are some of the most important for a successful trip. They should go in your carryon that never leaves your sight. This includes the necessary documentation, identity paperwork, important daily medications, communication gadgets, and accessories.

  • Travel documents
  • Wallet (containing your id, passport and a copy of your passport’s front page)
  • Airline tickets, passport, and picture identification
  • Techs/gadgets (chargers and converters)
  • Medications (allergies, your daily medications, and other important ones)

 

Essentials for Toddlers

If you’re traveling with toddlers to France, there are specific essentials you should pack. These items are supposed to make your toddlers as comfortable as possible in an unfamiliar environment. Alongside essentials like their shoes and clothes (appropriate ones for the weather), you should pack the following;

  • Onesies, dressier outfits, and pajamas
  • Formula and bottles
  • Oatmeal and the baby food jars
  • A bottle containing the laundry detergent (you want to keep the environment and its smell as “familiar” as possible)
  • Spoons and meal bowls
  • Diapers, diaper bags, and wipes
  • Car seat/stroller (preferably a combo)
  • Favorite toys/stuffed animal
  • Travel sound soother
  • Sunscreen (if traveling in summer)

For Children

Kids get bored easily so you want to make the plane ride fun by packing some of their favorite fun items.  These should be packed alongside their clothing and other must-have items included in the list below.

  • Pen and travel journal
  • Fun traveling games
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Travel blanket
  • Underwear and socks
  • Outdoor/play outfits
  • Sunscreen
  • Favorite stuffed animal

Packing For Yourself (General Adult Packing List)

Aside from the essentials like the documents and tech, you’ll need the following on your trip to France. It is important to have these items in your carryon in case of possibilities like the airline misplacing your baggage for example. The idea is to have the essentials with you until your luggage is restored to you.

  • A change of clothes
  • Headphones
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer (preferably unscented)
  • Sunglasses
  • Mini-first aid kit (with motion sickness tablets included
  • Lip balm
  • Mints or gum for fresh breath
  • Mini-flash light
  • Feminine hygiene products (for females)
  • Glasses or contact lenses in travel solutions
  • Comfy socks
  • Lacrosse ball for easing back pain and tight muscles
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Deodorants
  • Makeup
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Headphones

 

Women’s Clothing Essentials

You want to pack clothes that are suitable for all situations and others you’ll need for specific occasions and weather.

  • Underpants and bra
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Slacks
  • Dresses
  • Denim or any other casual pants
  • Cardigan
  • Sweater
  • Pantyhose
  • Long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts
  • Crushable hats
  • Bathing suit and sarong (summer)
  • Scarves (they help add a unique touch to the same outfit)
  • Coat, gloves, and knit hat (if you’re traveling in winter)
  • Socks
  • Heels
  • Sneakers
  • Workout clothes

Instead of pajamas, you can save space by using a casual t-shirt/s for daytime dressing and as your sleep clothes.

Men Clothing Essentials

You want to pack for the outdoors, meals, and special occasions. You should also pack for the weather at a particular time.

  • T-shirts/undershirt
  • Boxer shorts
  • Casual pants/denim
  • Long and short-sleeved dress both casual and dressy
  • Dress slacks
  • Ties
  • Jacket, cardigan or blazer
  • Suit
  • Sweater
  • Shorts
  • Crushable hats
  • Can use casual t-shirts for daytime dressing and sleeping instead of pajamas
  • Sandals, dress shoes and casual shoes
  • Walking shoes (if you plan on hiking in France)
  • In winter: gloves, coat, knit hat, and other winter attire
  • Workout outfit and swimwear

Other Packing Essentials/Self-Care Items

Just like the airline tickets, passports, and other essential travel documents, you’ll need the following during your trip to France. They are important for an uneventful trip so check and double-check that these items are safely in your luggage before you leave for France.

  • Traveler’s checks (ensure you keep the checks and receipts separately)
  • Photocopies of the hotel and rental car confirmations
  • Euros
  • Currency converter
  • French/English dictionary
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Contact numbers for reporting stolen or lost credit cards or traveler’s checks
  • Maps
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Plug adaptor
  • Snacks (odor-free or mild-smelling)

Things You Should Not Take To France and Why

Food

Aside from your carryon odor-free snack, you really shouldn’t take food with you when traveling to France.

The country has all the food you can eat; yes, even picky eaters can find a selection of favorites from the endless varieties of meals. Plus, while the country is popular for her top-class world-renowned cuisines, you’ll still find varieties of tasty snacks and meals suitable for your budget.

Massive books

You don’t need the extra weight and inconvenience, especially when traveling with young children. Even on a solo trip, you still should leave those heavy books at home. They take up too much valuable space in your suitcase.

If you have to take a book, go with just one or even better, get their digital versions. This way, you’ll have all the books you want minus the weight and space they’d have taken up.

Excess Clothing

True, you want to look amazing on your trip to France but you also don’t want to go over the top. Keep it simple and this means leaving behind your five heavy fur coats and your six pairs of high-heeled shoes.

As much as possible, try to only pick pairs that are easily matched; not just for you but also for when packing for kids. And don’t worry; you can always get the clothes laundered by the hotel’s laundry service at a small cost. Or even better, find a Laundromat in one of your strolls through the city and have your clothes cleaned there.

Remember, this is France and you’ll always find one or two tops you like during your walks especially if you’re staying in a city like Paris and you’ll need somewhere to keep them without incurring extra baggage charges.

Valuables

Do you need to travel with your work ID, your other non-travel related documents and those really expensive earrings?

While you probably feel that those items are safer with you even on a long trip, you have to understand that losing them can cost you a lot.

So, yes, you want to look nice or classy in France, you want to have those documents, but before you decide to pack them, make sure it is something you really can make “practical” use of and are not just traveling with it out of sentiments.

Packing For France: Final Thoughts

Again, the above is only a general list of some of the essentials. You should adjust according to your needs and preferences while also trying not to go overboard.

The last thing you want during your France trip is the discomfort of pulling five extra luggage in a busy airport when you arrive. Keep it simple, classy, and comfortable, even if you’re traveling with kids; the lighter, the better.

Thought? Questions on traveling and packing for France? Share in the comment section below.

Dawn is a health and fitness enthusiast, a massage therapist and she also loves to write!

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Solo Travels: Why You Should Travel Alone

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Solo travel! You’ve seen others take the leap. And while you admire the fact that they can just wake up and decide to travel alone, traveling alone isn’t something you look forward to or ever considered trying. Like most first-time solo travelers, the thought of being out there in the world, accompanied by no one or at least not by anyone you know can be too frightening.

If you have never tried traveling alone or felt “brave” enough to give it a shot, I’ll outline some of the reasons you should. Hopefully, these reasons will help to convince you that while travel companions are great and fun, you can still have the time of your life all by yourself in a new place.

                  Benefits Of Traveling Alone

You Leave Your Comfort Zone

As the saying goes, the comfort zone might be a very beautiful place but nothing new or interesting ever comes from it.

You need your solo trips not only as a way to get out of the old routine but as one of the several ways you can refresh yourself with new experiences. Scared of flying? Scared of the long bus or train trips? Try going on a solo trip! By pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, you become more confident in yourself and how you look at things.

Take that first step; buy the plane, train, or bus ticket. And yes, the first time will not be easy but don’t let quitting be part of your options. You want to force yourself to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. And soon enough, solo traveling will be your new normal.

You Engage More With Your Destination

On solo trips, it is less about your companions and more about the destination. You are completely free of the distractions from the other person and have more opportunity to engage better with the destination. You engage with the culture and history of your destination instead of a travel companion.

You Making Lasting Friendships Easily

Think about it; when traveling or going anywhere at all, it is easier for you to be approached on your own than as a pair or in a group.

You are much more likely to begin and enjoy conversations with people you meet alone on your trip. And who knows, you may gain a friend for a lifetime with that simple encounter.

Curiosity Takes You Even Farther

When you travel solo, you earn the admiration, respect, concern, and interest from fellow travelers. People are eager to help and would go out of their way to improve your travel experience.

People are naturally more curious about the solo traveler than the pair and as such, would waste no time to be of help in any way possible.

You Get An Opportunity To Learn A Different Language

When traveling alone with no distraction from a companion, you are a lot more likely to make the most of your trip.

One of the several things you can do is learn the local language. And no, you don’t have to be fluent at it. Just simple words and sentences to help you know the places you’re visiting better and also understand the people there.

This also means that you’ll be more likely to engage in meaningful conversations with the inhabitants.

No Undesirable Habits To Deal With

Traveling alone can mean that you do not have to put up with annoying small habits you’d have dealt with. No snoring companion, no blanket-grabbing companion, and no arguments about decisions or possessions.

You Can Reflect And Think With No Distraction

True, traveling alone allows you to meet and make new friends along the way but it can also be an opportunity for deep reflections and thoughtfulness if you want.

This is especially true if you usually struggled to get the chance to be by yourself and think. Now, you have all the time and space in the world to look deeply into your life and redirect your path if needed.

Your Confidence And Self-Reliance Increases

You boost your self-confidence by forcing yourself out of your comfort zone and dealing with “uncomfortable” and unexpected events.

Your experiences from these events have taught you what to do and how to act in a tight spot. You have seen a lot to give you the experience to improve should the need ever arises.

For example, you know what to do during transport delays on backpacking trips; you know how to do the simple things like setting up a mosquito net, and how to manage if your bus develops a fault in the middle of nowhere. All of these experiences shape your character and build you to become more confident in yourself and your capability in many situations.

You Plan Your Trip However You Want It

Been trying to plan a perfect trip? Traveling solo gives you a chance to do so. When planning a trip for you, there are zero arguments about preferences. There are no compromises or worries about dining and touring. You can freely visit all of the places that you have always wanted to be without worrying about your travel partner not liking the places you choose.

Your Opinion Is All That Matters

When you travel solo, no other person’s opinions matter. You do not bear the burden of another’s opinions on your relationship choices, careers, or any other aspect of your life.

You Learn Through People

Thanks to the new people you will meet on your solo trip, you learn new things about places and ethnicity to broaden your knowledge. You will also understand and appreciate the vastness of life beyond what you have been used to.

Also, with frequent communications with other people, you will better understand your communication and interpersonal skills and the areas you can improve on. Your professional life also improves as you meet new people, new experiences, and adventures that add to you.

Romance

Until you set out alone, you will never know who you will meet on your trip. I mentioned meeting new friends as one of the perks of traveling alone. You could also find romance; a new relationship or a lifelong friendship that you would have missed out on had you stayed home or traveled with a companion. You will never know until you make that bold move and set off on your own.

Opportunity To Make New Memories

Solo traveling is an opportunity to make new interesting memories that you will hold dear forever. True, you can stay home, live “normal” and still be happy. But if you are looking to create new wonderful memories, make that move. Travel solo and consciously decide to make new experiences that you can share with others or even keep to yourself but cherish forever.

Before you travel alone, know the following;

You Will Never Be Lonely

The fear or worry of being alone in a new place is a common reason people put off traveling solo. Well, this fear is very much unfounded.

You are not the only one who will be on a solo trip to your destination. Several others are on solo trips as well. Plus, thousands of people travel by themselves every day. It is also very likely that you will meet more than a few of them in your travels. And who knows, your new best friend may just be sitting behind you in the backpacker bar or the overnight trains.

The point is; you’ll always have company when and if you want. Just a simple “hello” and small conversation can make a world of difference. The choice is yours; being lonely and staying lonely is always optional on solo trips.

Solo Travels Are Completely Safe

When many think about solo travel, “dangerous” is often what they associate it with. But this is as far from the truth as it gets. Yes, you do need to be careful but no more than you would need to be when traveling with a companion or in a group. Male or female, traveling alone is completely safe once you apply general travel safety precautions.

Why You Should Travel Alone: Conclusion

Solo traveling offers you so many benefits. You should give it a try and before you know it, you will soon start looking forward to solo travels. Simply follow basic safety precautions and you will be fine on your own. Besides, waiting for others to travel at the same time as you may mean that you would never get to experience new places as they may not be ready when you are ready.

Buy that ticket, take that solo trip and see parts of the world you have never before seen for yourself, believe it, you will love the experience.

To make your trips even more enjoyable from the start, make sure you follow the basic plane etiquette if you are traveling by air, and also, don’t forget to pack some delicious and nourishing homemade travel snacks.

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Should You Get Travel Insurance?

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Designed to protect you against travel-related problems and misfortunes, travel insurance continues to be a hot topic as more people continue to use it and more also wonder if it is truly worth it.

Should you get travel insurance?  Is it really necessary to buy travel insurance? You may have asked these questions in the past when you booked your flight or cruise. And maybe more than a few times, you actually bought travel insurance.

And these days, it’s even easier to purchase insurance thanks to travel sites and even credit card companies.  But then, is travel insurance worth it? Would you do just fine without the extra cost? We’ll find out as I discuss all of these questions and more in this post.  But first, we’ll look at the main types of travel insurance and what they cover.

Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance

With this insurance type, you are reimbursed on non-refundable travel costs if your trip is canceled or delayed due to ill-health, natural disaster, or your travel company goes out of business before you travel.

Many independent and carrier-provided insurance policies will offer you protection up to the amount of insurance you purchased.  If you want a raise on the cost of your insurance policy, you can always purchase the “cancel for any reason” coverage. To be eligible to purchase this package, you may have to buy your policy two to three weeks before buying your plane or cruise tickets. On this package, you can cancel up to just days before your departure and get around 50% to 75% of your travel costs.

True, it doesn’t seem too reasonable to get insurance for potentially changing your mind, but life happens.  Your family member’s illness, a job loss, or even any other unforeseen circumstance not covered by regular cancelation insurance may require it.

Travel Accident Insurance

One of the commonest travel insurance types, this plan typically covers doctor visits, ambulance rides, prescription medication, and hospital stays.  Some also cover evacuation costs back home in medical emergencies.  When traveling abroad, you want to stay covered in case of a health emergency.

Baggage And Personal Items Coverage

Another common travel insurance package, it covers the losses you could have incurred from baggage content theft, stolen, lost, or delayed baggage. The insurance will pay you for the troubles of replacing personal items.  It typically covers up to $1000 per lost bag and up to $500 for delayed baggage.

Dismemberment Insurance Or Accidental Death

This plan covers accidental loss of life or life-altering accident (losing a limb, eyesight, etc.) if it occurs to someone in your party.  The receiver may get up to $500,000 depending on the severity of the condition.

Should You Get Travel Insurance? When You Don’t Need Travel Insurance

Just like other insurance policies, travel insurance is more or less a gamble. You may never need it but you also don’t want to regret not buying one.

Should you or should you not get travel insurance? That will be for you to decide in the end. However, if you already have life insurance that covers situations such as death or dismemberment, or even health insurance covering overseas health emergencies, travel insurance may not be necessary.

Other reasons you may want to consider skipping on that extra cost are outlined below.

Traveling Within The Country

If you’re traveling to a state within the U.S/state within your country, remember that the travel costs are usually low; hence, spending extra on travel insurance may be pointless.

The airfares are relatively inexpensive and for most people, planning just days before the trip works for them (most travel insurance types will have to be bought more than a few weeks before).

Also, if you have medical or life insurance, you are usually covered for emergencies that could occur. That said, you should check to confirm exactly what the insurance covers and where the coverage ends.

If Your Credit Card Offers It

Does your credit card offer travel insurance as a bonus? Some reward credit cards provide users with complimentary trip protection benefits. These include cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Prestige, and the Sapphire Reserve. Some of these cards may reimburse non-refundable travel purchases, collision damage waiver, and accidental delay-related expenses.

May Not Be Needed For Flights

While it may seem like a smart move purchasing trip cancelation insurance on flights costing up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars it becomes pointless once you familiarize yourself with the rights you enjoy as a passenger.

An example is a canceled flight; you are by right supposed to get the next available seat on the next flight to your destination. Getting insurance, in this case, would be a waste of money plus it would do little or nothing to help you get booked again faster.

Also, you are supposed to get compensation if you experience a major delay or your flight gets canceled. You are not required to have insurance for this.  however, getting your due compensation may take some time, but there are organizations such as AirHelp that are set up to help hasten the process and get the payout in exchange for a set percentage of any compensation won.

When You Waited Too Long

With travel insurance, you want the best rates and coverage amounts.  To do this, you would need to buy travel insurance within 10 to 15 days of making your travel reservations. Beyond this time frame, you’ll have to pay higher for most packages or even have to settle for a significantly reduced policy.

Should You Get Travel Insurance? When You Need Travel Insurance

Unless you have a life insurance policy or any other wide-covering policy, many experts advise that you buy at least an emergency or evacuation insurance when traveling internationally.

This is particularly important if you have to plan the trip far ahead of your departure date. International trips are more expensive and travelers tend to stay longer than they would on domestic trips. According to these experts, you should consider buying a comprehensive coverage that covers you for a broad range of situations. That said, travelers are generally advised to buy travel insurance if they have to pay up to 80% of the trip cost upfront.

For Medical Reasons

During vacations, things can go wrong and when you’re far away from home, medical help may not be very easy to come by. Plus, it can be too expensive to comfortably afford from your pocket.

With a comprehensive travel insurance policy, you’ll avoid spending out-of-pocket. If you already have medical insurance or life insurance covering “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, you may not need it. However, serious issues can cause your bills to go up quickly. Medical evacuation internationally, for example, can cost as high as $50,000 depending on your health condition and the location and that is a lot of money to pay from your “travel pocket”.

Cruises

Cruises often require upfront payment, carry a much higher risk of problems, and usually involve international travel; hence they tick virtually every requirement for comprehensive insurance. You can buy the insurance through your cruise company when booking or from a travel insurance company. There isn’t much difference between the options offered.

Buying Travel Insurance: deciding if is it really worth It?

Travel insurance to some may seem like those several other types of “pointless” insurance. But is it really? Maybe, maybe not. In some cases, it can be one of the smartest moves you make towards your travel and in some other cases, it can be truly pointless.  If you’re still not sure, the following considerations may help you arrive at a final decision.

The Amount At Stake If Something Goes Amiss On The Trip

On local trips, travel insurance may not be needed but on an expensive international trip, you don’t want to take chances. For one, there’s a higher chance of something going wrong and if it does go wrong, you want the trip insured.

Does Your Credit Card Offer Travel Insurance?

As discussed earlier, most reward cards offer users some coverage. But don’t assume. Instead, read the fine print to be certain that it would take care of your insurance needs on trips. And if you don’t already, try to book your trips with the cards offering travel insurance.

Does Your Life Insurance Policy Provide You With Trip Coverage?

Health emergencies are often the most important and as discussed earlier, if your life insurance policy or any other insurance type covers international travel health emergencies, it’d be pointless to get travel insurance.

Conclusion: Should I Get Travel Insurance?

Is travel insurance worth it? Once again, you’ll decide this. However, keep in mind that travel insurance can be a huge blessing for expensive, non-refundable travel costs. While it may seem like a financial loss when all goes well on a trip, it is always more than worth it if and when accidents occur.

Finally, start getting familiar with your credit card travel insurance offers, know the extent of your life insurance, or any other coverage, and this way, you can maximize the benefits on future trips.

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How To Travel More Even With A Busy Schedule

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Travel can be expensive but even more expensive is the time needed for traveling. Time! You never seem to ever get enough of it for the vacations you really want to take.  And you wonder how the others make it happen. Do people who travel regularly even work? Well yes, many do.

How Can You Travel More With A Tight Schedule? Is This Possible?

If you’ve been thinking about traveling more with a busy schedule, know this; it is completely doable. I’ll share some of the ways you can prioritize traveling even with a heavy workload or a super-busy schedule.

Set Aside A Travel Budget And Fund Monthly (Or Weekly If You Can)

Travel is essential and if you can afford to, set aside a travel budget; just like you do for rent, groceries, or any other necessity.

It doesn’t have to be huge, just a small budget. Having one will also constantly serve as a reminder to take a trip. You’re also inclined to fund this budget and that in turn makes you feel OK when you take out of it for its specified purpose.  With a set travel budget, you won’t ever feel guilty for taking out cash for a plane ticket, car rental or train ticket, hotel accommodation whenever you feel like seeing new sites or just visiting family or friends.

Take Unpaid Leave

Paid leaves especially when you need them are hardly ever guaranteed. What can you do then? Take unpaid leaves! You have your travel fund and your company will most likely allow this arrangement as long as it is not for an extended period.

You can start planning now; while not ideal from a financial point of view especially if you’re yet to set up a fund designated for travels, unpaid leaves allow you to travel longer than your paid leave vacation would likely have allowed.

Discover Your Main Travel Motivation

What motivates you to travel? Knowing this is crucial to creating the time and devotedly saving up to travel.

Do you see travel as a form of self-care and a way to reset and feel rejuvenated from the usual? Do you simply have a desire to experience new things? Is travel the way you get some relaxing alone time with your significant other?

Find what spurs you to travel and let it push you to create time and make plans to travel more than you currently do.

Make Use Of Weekends

Yes, a week may not seem long enough but it’s enough to get away from the usual. It’s enough to get away from the hustle and grind in the town you’ve lived in since almost forever. Just two days away from the usual will do so much if you put it to good use.

It doesn’t have to be a long-distance trip. You can take a hike with friends or colleagues, visit the nearby city, go on that mindfulness retreat you’ve been putting off, visit relatives in the country, or even go for a spa weekend. Think of anything; the options are unlimited. The best part? You can make it a long weekend; leave on Friday and return on Monday morning.

Utilize Holiday Breaks

You have no excuses, lots of workers get days off during major holidays. These holidays include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. Most also let workers get some time off for the Fourth of July celebrations.

While it would mean missing out on the usual festivities and traditions, these holidays are excellent opportunities to finally go on that vacation. You can even request for a few more days off; this way you can have an entire week or more to travel wherever you want.

Take Some Time Off Between Jobs

Take that period between leaving your old job and taking up a new one to travel. You’re as free as bird within this time frame even though briefly.

Unless finance is a huge constraint, you shouldn’t be too eager to begin a new job (yeah, you want to impress your new boss) that you jump right into it even before you’re officially required to begin.

Also, many companies let you negotiate a start date and if your new company allows for that, you can request a later start date. You don’t have to reveal why. And even if you do reveal your intentions, they may not mind at all especially if you aced the interviews and already got the job offer.

Find A Travel Buddy

This could be significant other, your friend, a sibling, or even your neighbor. It’s all too easy to cancel or postpone trips if you have to travel by yourself.  But with a travel buddy, you become more accountable.

Your buddy will remind and force you to go on the vacations. You’ll be reminded of how much you deserve and need the trip if you ever start feeling guilty or too busy with work to take some time away.

Fully Build On Work Trips

Not everyone has the opportunity to travel on the job but if you’re lucky enough to land a job or run a business involving regular trips, then milk it.

Take advantage of the free flights, take some time to explore the new place, request for, and spend a few more days if possible to fully tour the area. Visit interesting places, see amazing sites, and taste different cuisines.

Negotiate Favorable Vacation Time For Yourself Before You Begin A New Job

You did it! You got the job! Great! Now, this is the moment to negotiate vacation time, yes, you should negotiate vacation time or you’ll likely have to make do with whatever you’re offered for a very long time.  However, make sure you only do this when you have the job offer in hand, you don’t want to give off the impression that you’re more focused on your time off. No recruiter wants that.

That said, once you get the offer; negotiate favorable time frames if the one offered isn’t.  Another way to negotiate for more vacation time is by asking for more pay than you were offered, if they refuse, you can ask for an extra week or two of vacation time. Most will agree to it than paying you more.

Make Travel A Priority

Your self-care should be a priority. And priorities help you decide what you need to leave out or allow. You should never get too busy to give yourself the care you deserve.  Make traveling a priority and when you do so, you won’t have to wait until a perfect opportunity arises. The perfect opportunity may never come.

And no, you don’t have to disrupt your entire schedule to take trips. Watch out for gaps in your schedule; take advantage of holiday breaks, take advantage of tasks you can easily handle later, or have a colleague handle for you. And before you know it, you’ll be relaxing by the pool in a different country.

Start Your Business

Start a business! Quit that job now!

Just kidding. But then, starting a business is something you should consider if you’re looking to gain more travel experiences. And yes, it’s easier said than done but it’s still achievable.

These are just basics but should help steer you in the right direction; get marketable skills and in-demand expertise. Learn, learn, and learn! Find new challenges, new experiences, and read books on those in the same or similar line of business.

Read books on entrepreneurship, do your research, test the waters, build relevant contacts, and pursue that ambition fully once you feel ready.

It would take a while, lots of sweat and tears but rewards are always worth it in the end.  Plus, once you set the ball rolling, you can finally travel as much as you’ve always wanted.

How To Travel More With A Busy Schedule: Conclusion

In this increasingly busy world, putting yourself first can be hard. Even when you try, there’s always some quote about why you should be grinding round the clock.

Unless you inherited a huge fortune, you need to work to fund the vacations in the first place so the quotes are not exactly wrong. But the thing is; work never stops and until you make yourself a priority, the perfect opportunity to travel may never land on your laps.

Put self-care first, and if you haven’t been doing that, you should begin right now. Your physical and mental health needs it and if traveling is something that helps you feel so much better, then make it a priority on your list of “true” priorities.

Don’t feel guilty about traveling, learn to see it for what it is; an investment in your wellness. Budget, save up, find a travel buddy, use the weekends, start a business, build on work trips; do just about anything legal if it helps you give yourself the care you deserve. Again, don’t ever feel guilty about it.

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