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Get the most out of your travel with good planning

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 Your first step is to choose a travel destination that meets your interests and travel budget [Courtesy, Freepik]

There is a great excitement and joy that comes with every new adventure – an unexplainable thrill that comes along with stepping on the grounds of somewhere you have never been before.

For every traveller the feeling is different, but the experience that comes with the rush of discovery and the excitement of being in new boundaries is common.

Further, the moment you arrive at a new destination, a new frontier, a new city or a new town, there is always the possibility of the place beating your expectations.

Your first step is to choose a travel destination that meets your interests and travel budget.

Once you have done this, the next step is to plan for your mode of transport that will be guided by your destination and budget.

Where you stay at your destination is the next consideration. Always pick the best place that suits your pocket, keeping in mind security, and other basic services that will make your travel comfortable and enjoyable.

As you plan for this, research the must-visit attractions and the best thing to do at the destination of your choice.

Depending on where you are planning to travel, check on the travel requirements. For instance, your destination might need you to have a visa, and vaccinations among others.

Also, make copies of your important travel documents and keep them safe and handy.

 A passenger boat in Lamu [Courtesy, Wilberforce Okwiri]

Discovering a new city

One of the best ways to discover a new city is through a food tour, and learn about local delicacies.

And try as much as possible to use public transport. The idea of being in a new place is to see and experience as much as possible the destination.

Using public transportation gives you an opportunity to see places and people that you would not have otherwise seen when on hired transport or when walking.

Public transport takes you to parts of a city that you would not get to see. A tip to remember is that when using public transport, always follow the local norms and respect the locals’ way of life.

Go beyond the normal – what other tourists and visitors might do while visiting a place.

Be on the lookout for unique things you would want to do. You could use social media or the local tourism websites to find out what is going on locally – the highlights of the “must visit” places.

Move out of the city centre for more experience of the less popular but unique things.

For every trip you take, adventure is always out there! All you need is to know the “whats” and the “hows” of finding it. The things that will make exploring a place fun and completely worthwhile will guide this. These things will satisfy your travel cravings.

You can achieve these by: Take yourself out for a treat at a local restaurant, taking a drive, a trek, or a walk to the highlights and monuments of your destination, joining a group of other travellers on a sightseeing tour or shopping at local malls and markets among others.

 

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