by bailey g.
I am SO happy it’s March and I’m so happy that I’m finally feeling recovered from wisdom teeth surgery. The biggest thing I’m looking forward to in March is Spring Break in Jamaica with my family. I feel super fortunate to be able to go on this trip, and I didn’t think “spring break” would be an option when I graduated college.
I think taking trips and time for yourself is super important for recharging and making sure you can actually be effective in the rest of your life. Obviously, I recognize that the ability and privilege to take trips isn’t one that is afforded to all, but even if it’s just a day trip or a stay-cation; it’s important to make the most out of it. I’ve gathered up my best trip planning trips for you all, and I hope it makes your Spring Break A+!
Tip #1: Research Now, Save Later
A lot of people will say that they don’t take trips because the plan ticket/hotel/etc. is way too expensive. I totally understand that, but one of the great things about researching trips far in advance (I’m talking like 3-4 months ahead of time), is that you can score great deals on things that you otherwise would be spending a fortune on.
Personally, I have the Hopper app on my phone which tracks flights I’m interested in and alerts me to the best deals out there. I ended up saving $150 on my last flight to Montana to visit Tomas. You can check out other Trip Saving apps here.
Doing research ahead of time is also a great way to plan out exactly what you want to do, where you want to stay, and how to incorporate the most into the trip in a short amount of time. I always think it’s good to have a loose agenda planned out to ensure you can fit in everything, even if you don’t end up following it once you’re on the trip.
Tip #2: Pics or It Didn’t Happen
I know we live in a digital society with a huge emphasis put on pictures, but I still think taking photos is a great way to remember a trip. I never forget a camera, even if it’s just on my phone. Photos can easily capture the memories in the moment and help you to share those with others. Just make sure you’re still living in the moment and you’re not consumed by getting that ‘perfect’ photo for Instagram.
Tip #3: Unplug….at Least During the Day
I know I’m preaching to the choir with this one, and I too am super guilty of checking my email on days that I’m supposed to be off. America is filled with the culture to “on” and available 24/7 for work, but try the best you can to really unplug and enjoy where you’re at. After all, vacations are limited and it’s a unique time to truly value the place and time that you’re in, with the loved ones you’re with. Don’t waste vacation fretting about work, trying not to fall behind in emails, or anything that might stress you out further. That will all be there when you get back.
Tip #4: Prepare for All Situations
As someone who is extremely organized, I like to pack for all situations. From beachwear to rain, ski boots to tennis shoes, I think it’s important to have options for all kinds of weather or activities. Obviously don’t bring your ski boots if you’re going to a beach destination, but you get the idea. Water shoes, workout shoes, one fancy outfit, multiple swimsuits, etc. can really help me make sure that I have all my bases covered. Sometimes this makes packing a little tricky…. but the Marie Kondo Method for folding clothes helps to make room for extra clothing in your suitcase!
Tip #5: Respect the Culture
Research is also vital to understanding the culture you’re getting into and being able to fully appreciate the trip. Learning a few key phrases if there’s going to be language barriers is also important. Remember that YOU are a visitor, a foreigner, and that you need to come from a place of the upmost respect and willingness to understand. Try the foreign food, learn a new skill, and really invest in being immersed in that culture while you’re there. Comfort and the familiar are for home, it’s time to expand your horizons and jump in!
Ramblers, that’s all I have for you now, I got to get back to planning my packing list for Jamaica! Hoping to share lots of pictures very soon. Have a fantastic Spring Break!