From delayed flights, bashing on Starbucks and showing you where to do one's business, here are some useful tips on how to go about your holiday planning this summer!
Don't focus on large and crowded airports because those are the ones having trouble taming the chaos right now. Many main airports will be plagued with flight disruptions this summer, due to staff shortages after the removal of Coronavirus travel restrictions. Many airlines found themselves unprepared for the return of travelers, resulting in thousands of flights being canceled or delayed...Amsterdam Schiphol, London Heathrow, and Paris Charles de Gaulle are some of the airports that have been hit hardest.
Do book airlines which have the smallest risk of cancelling their flights (less popular airlines) and who are likely to manage the disruptions better that the bigger airlines. You can always use FlightAware, a website that gives you up to date data about cancellations, delays, and so on.
Don't get stuck glued to your phone when on holidays. We tend to do that on a daily basis, missing out on everything that is happening around us. We rely on having our questions answered at a mere click of a button, but what if we run out of 4g and we're lost in the middle of a new city?
Do get an offline map such as MAPS.ME, that allows you to navigate offline! You can find hotels, search for routes and create your own bookmarks of places you want to see. And if you really want to de-connect and get in tune with the surroundings, just do it the old school way: Ask for directions and use a real hard copy map that doesn't risk dying on you because you forgot to charge it...
Don't go to Starbucks or any other big chain company when you're in a new country. Aside from the overpriced and sad excuse of a coffee that you'll be getting, you'll miss out on the authentic and local food/drinks experience, that is crucial to getting to know the country.
Do be open-minded enough to try out new dishes and allow your taste palate to make an effort in discovering new flavours. Talk to the locals and ask them for recommendations or research a bit beforehand some taste-worthy places to visit! You will support local businesses and have the authentic experience all in one! Winner winner chicken dinner!
Don't forget to hydrate! Seems cliché but somehow many people tend to forget it, especially in summer when you can choose a Piña Colada instead...Try to have at least one glass of water with every meal you enjoy. It will help with cooling down your body temperature.
Do download the Flush app, because with drinking a lot, comes having to use the toilet more often and we don't always know where to find those when in a foreign country. The app shows 200,000 public loos all around the world and how to get to them from your location! Fear no more weak bladder people!
Don't just stay in your all inclusive resort or stick to one specific area when you go on holidays. Every country, no matter how big or small, will always have a plethora of places to see and discover. People sometimes forget to get out of their comfort zone and how integral that part actually is to traveling. It's about reminding yourself that there is a whole wide world out there that you can get lost in, who knows what you might find on the way.
Do consider doing a hike or a long walk at your destination. Use the AllTrails website or app to find out which trail you can do! You'll find all the information you need, from difficulty level to trail length and all the sights and landmarks on the way! There is something very grounding to immersing yourself in nature...It takes you away from the hectic city vibe and truly helps you to de-connect, which is why we go on holidays in the first place.