Are you checklist traveler? Do you allow for spontaneity, or does everything have to be done according to plan? For every type of traveler there are sure-fire ways of planning for the perfect vacation.
Brandon Presser (writer of more than 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet) suggests “mental packing.” Rather than only focusing on what clothes, books and tech to bring on the trip, make a list of everything you want to do and see while on your trip—then cut the list in half. It might sound crazy, but Presser insists that by seeing the top things you want to see and then letting the destination lead the way, you will get the best sense of a place. Plus, the happy accidental finds that arise from talking to locals and experiencing a city on the ground can be some of the best experiences, and you don’t want to miss them because you are rigidly adhering to an itinerary.
Presser says that his favorite travel gadget is actually a good pair of walking shoes that are light, durable and easy to slip on and off in airport security. Let’s face it—nothing ruins a walking tour of a city more than blisters, or sore feet. Get something that is supportive and break them in before heading off on your trip. It will save you a lot of heartache (and foot-ache) later.
For more tips from Brandon Presser, be sure to watch the video. He has some great ideas to enhance anyone’s travel experience.