Laura's Best Travel Tips

Our generation is in love with the concept of wanderlust and traveling the world. We are adventurers at heart and desire to see, experience, and know what is out there. It is a beautiful concept, really, and I am thankful for a career that allows me to see and meet other places and people across the country.

In theory we would jump in a hipster van, drive down the road less traveled, and forge a new path for ourselves. In reality however, travel takes a bit more preparation and thought to run smoothly. As a seasoned traveler, here are the best tips I have for being out on the road or adventuring the world. Go get 'em friends!

Plan Ahead
Maybe it is the Type A organizer in me, but planning ahead is my best friend. When plans are set in place and I know where I will be and when, life on the road runs much smoother and more naturally. There is a fine line between making plans and planning every moment of everyday out however. Allow yourself grace, spontaneity, and freedom to go out on a whim within your loose agenda.

Pack Lightly
Well obviously Laura you say, but really this is a struggle for me #bringmywholewardrobe. I am one of those who thinks well what if today I decide I want to knit even though I have not in months or I should bring these boots in case it gets below 50 with a chance of snow in the middle of September. Remember that everything you pack you need to lug around. Practice simplicity and only bring what you absolutely need, your arms will thank you in the airport.

Make Time for Rest
It is too easy to get in the mindset of jamming everything in to a such short amount of time. I struggle with this both for work trips and vacations but have learned just how valuable making time for rest is. Travel quickly becomes a nightmare on little sleep and a drained mind. Do yourself a favor and rest in down times. If you are looking ahead to a busy day, get a strong night's sleep beforehand and build times in your schedule to take a breather.

Ask the Locals
This is my favorite. Locals know everything and some of my best memories include members of the community telling me stories and tidbits about where they consider home. Instead of hitting up Starbucks for the third time in a week, stop by a grocery store and ask around for the best coffee shop. Spend time in local libraries getting a vibe for the culture and atmosphere of the community (added bonus of free wifi). Make friends with the waiter or waitress serving you lunch and exchange stories. It is so worth it.

Soak It Up
Live large and make the most of your times of travel! If you see a beautiful landscape out your car window, don't be afraid to pull over and take a picture of it (story of my life). It is a privilege to explore different parts of the world and see what makes each unique. Share your stories, relive the memories, snap a bunch of photos, and remember the significance of places.

What is your best travel advice?
Where is your favorite place to travel to?

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