How to Use Your Day to the Fullest
The way you use your day plays a huge role in travel. It's easy to stay out all night and drink your way through a city and sleep all the way through sunshine filled days. Don't get me wrong- I definitely like experiencing night life but for me, it's important to experience everything about a place. Therefore, maximizing my time is really important. Below are my top tried and tested tips to getting the most out of your days.
1. Go to bed early and wake up early.
Seriously, getting a full nights sleep is so imperative to your health and ability to be productive. If you stay out late every night, the chances of you using your day to the fullest is very slim. And let's be real, the museums, gardens, castles and sights you want to see are open during the day. Get a full 8 hours every night and then go hard all day.
2. Stay healthy.
Eat foods that make you feel good and give you energy instead of make you feel lethargic and tired. I always opt for fresh juices, crisp veggies and vibrant fruits if available. Many places around the world have fruit stands and you can make a meal out of this instead of buying a hot dog.
3. Use a watch or alarms.
It's easy to lose track of time when you're having fun but if you set an alarm prior you might make it to that other activity you had in mind, or if I need to get up early put your alarm clock away from my bed so it's not so easy to hit the snooze button.
4. Drink water.
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of travel but no excuses, drink as much water as soon as you can. Life is better when you're hydrated and you'll have more energy to explore.
Usually "My is no plan" and I love it! Spontaneity is wonderful and I always leave room in my schedule to go anywhere I want but when it comes down to individual days, I find that it helps if I have an outline of what I want to do. Just a few landmarks, tickets to a show, museums I want to hit or restaurants I want to try. Just pick a few things and map out where they are and then go from there. Planning ahead also can help you save time and money on time slots or days where events are cheaper.
6. Open communication.
When I travel with a group, I often find it's a challenge to get everyone to wake up at the same time and get a move on the day. Before you travel with people, be open to what your priorities are and make sure you listen and are understanding of theirs. Traveling with friends often requires compromise so make sure that you are on the same page with your goals for the trip. If your ideas and desires are completely different, you may want to reevaluate traveling with them. Don't be afraid to do things solo sometimes. If you want to go and your friends don't, still go! You will regret it when you get home if you didn't see some things just because your friends didn't want to. You will probably meet some awesome people along your way.