Okay, so you are done booking your ticket. You already know when you are leaving, where you are going and who’s going with you. What should you do next?
Credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Business_People_g201-Businessman_With_Tablet_Pc_p66439.htmlAfter filing for your leave, start letting your supervisors and those who work closely with you know your plan for a vacation. Bring it up occasionally and briefly as the days of your trip approach. Condition their minds that they might not reach you and do business with you on those days. By warning them way in advance of your leave, all of you can come up with ways to manage the things that need to be done during your absence way ahead of time.
Finish and complete your job assignments as much as possible. Put in a little more extra hours if you have to. Keep in mind that after the period of harder labor, a “grand” vacation awaits you.
Accomplishing your business prior to your vacation will free you from being hunted by the people you work with. It will free you from being haunted by the nagging sense that you still got something to do. So carry out as much as possible the things expected of you.
If you are going to a non-English using country, better have a plan on how to make your way safely and enjoyably in that place. I have a friend who stayed alone in Kazakhstan for one day and she vowed never to do the same again. None of the people speak English and her reading skills had been useless because she could not decipher the characters used everywhere! However, she admitted that it was just an impulsive decision. Thus, she had not been able to foresee and plan for the difficulty she might face in such a place.
Learn how to say some of the expressions you willCredit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/translate-button-shows-online-international-multilingual-transla-photo-p174871 need in the native language of the place. Going to a place which does not use English nor English characters is a fantastic experience for those who have done their part in planning how to navigate the place. Think of ways of how you would be able to understand their instructions when they give you some (such as bringing pen and paper for the locals to draw on).
Know your itinerary. Hopefully it is not jam-packed with activities you find boring. Immerse yourself in the culture as much as possible. Remember the common tip to visit a maximum of three sites in a day, unless the 10 places you want to visit are just next to each Credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Other_Travel_g166-Travel_Planning_p48693.htmlother. You took a vacation to rest and have fun, not to tire yourself with mindless visits to places without truly soaking them in.
Hopefully, you have managed to find the best deals for the places to stay and ways to travel around. Also what gestures may offend the locals and what may not. This is to avoid getting high-strung during your supposedly relaxing activity.
Go online and print out checklists of things to bring. Start packing long before, that way you can spend the night sleeping and not pulling an all-nighter just to pack your things.
Monitor the weather. Check if the weather is okay. What do you have to prepare for when you get there? Will it be hotter than where you are right now or much colder?
Here you go. These are things you might forget to do when preparing for a vacation. Remember this and you would have a smoother travel. Have fun going places!