The Art of Vacation

Maybe you’ve heard of the Art of War, whereby one feigns weakness to lure his enemy in, only to overpower them later. Well, this isn’t that. This is the Art of Vacation. The following pointers will help you make any of your worldly travels better.

  • If you know that you are going to have a long layover in a city, check what there is to do beforehand. A 3 hour layover in Washington D.C. can easily turn into a quick tour of the Washington Mall or a long sit in Minneapolis can become a quick shopping trip to the Mall of America!
  • Ask a friend or family member to drive you to the airport. You can save on cab fare and long term parking fees. Many people will be happy to perform this favor for you, especially if you are willing to reciprocate later on down the road, when they are taking a vacation.
  • When traveling, don’t forget that you can travel by bus to many areas in North and South America. It can be much less expensive than flying and is generally lower-stress for the travelers. Traveling by bus has lost much of its stigma in recent years, with many companies purchasing new vehicles and even hiring security guards to ride along.
  • If you find yourself in either the East or West coast, ride the waves. A smart surfer knows he is only as good as his surfboard fins setup. Single fin, dual fin, tri-fin… make sure you choose the correct surf fins setup for the current surf conditions. And don’t forget to round out the surf gear kit with proper surfboard leashes and surfboard bags to carry it all. Keep the surfboard pristine and the surfboard fins configuration correct for better rides.
  • If you have a guidebook to help you in your travels you can tear out the sections you will be using and staple the pages together. This will lighten the load you are carrying. When you are leaving a place you can leave the used sections behind for other travelers to use.
  • Set sail on a luxury cruise. Cruise ships are pretty much floating cities with just about everything to do. Not only that, but your vacation never gets stale because you travel from port to port which allows you to experience new cities and various cultures in bite-size time periods. It’s all about relaxing and getting to see and do more than you could by simply going to one place.
  • Keep your valuables and identity secure when traveling. Do not overlook the fact that most hotels offer a safe. Ask the hotel to use it. Pay a small fee, if any, and you can avoid any potential complication that could arise from lost or stolen items. You will usually have constant access if you should need to get in the safe.

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