It’s that time of year again! Whether you’re just planning your trip home for the holidays now, or you’ve had your flight booked since August, we know a lot of you are bound to be on the road (or in the air). But you might be thinking to yourself, “if I only get a few weeks of vacation and I can’t spend them travelling the world, what good is that?” We hear you, loud and clear. So, these are our tips to turn the run-of-the-mill December trip home, into an adventure you’ll never forget.
- Pretend you’re a tourist
- Walk everywhere
- Sweet-talk your family
- Take a lot of photos
- Try something new
- Share your travel stories
This one’s a little easier to do if you’re in a bigger city, but definitely doable in smaller, quaint towns as well. Stay savvy (like you would when travelling anywhere else in the world), but enjoy the specific attractions you may have taken for granted when living there. Take a winter hike through the trails, visit every museum you can, and actually enjoy the tourist attractions! We can’t tell you HOW many people have told us they’ve lived in Toronto their whole lives, and never visited the CN Tower! (By the way, did you know you can save on CN Tower tickets with your ISIC? You’re welcome.)
When you’re travelling, how often do you actually rent a car? Take transit? Take a cab? More than likely, you’re going to be walking as much as possible to both make your budget stretch further, AND see as much as possible. So, do the same when you’re home for the holidays! You notice so much more about your surroundings when you’re taking it on with your own two feet, and not whizzing past in a vehicle.
Did you know we offer lots of options for gifting travel? Whether you’ve got parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or some REALLY nice friends who want to support your travel addiction, they could buy you a trip. Or at least help pay for that next big adventure. So, if you’ve got your eyes on a multi-continent excursion, you might want to consider dropping some (not-so-)subtle hints while you’re home.
When you’re seeing a country for the first time, you take a lot of photos (and we’ve shared lots of your photos over on our Instagram!) Get that shutterbug spirit while you’re home and snap as many photos as you can! That 19th century church with the stained glass windows or 250-year old oak tree may be old hat to you, but they would be absolutely fascinating subjects to someone seeing them for the first time.
Do a little research before you get home and see what events are going on in your hometown. Maybe there’s a new Christmas Market, or a local theatre group is putting on a play. Maybe your town has a Winter Carnival every year that you’ve never gotten around to attending. Now is the time to try out all these activities you’ve always said “maybe later” to! Strap on your skates and go for a jaunt on the local rink or pond – it’s the best time to hone your skills before you get to Vienna Ice World.
If all else fails, we’re sure there are at least a few of your friends and family eager to discover just where you’ve been in the world. Reminisce on the best times you’ve had travelling and take joy in the experiences you’ve had! You never know just who might become your new travel companion.
No matter where you’re going, we want to help you see the world YOUR way. Visit us online or give us a call at 1.800.667.2887 to book your next trip.
Written by Deanna Gregorio, Brand Specialist at travelcuts.