Travel tips: Get settled in!

Circular tea bags

Circular tea bags (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who doesn’t feel a little out of it on arrival in a new place? Whether it’s for a long stay, a big move or a few weeks soaking up the sunshine, it can be hard to get a handle on it. So this is my own little list to help you feel at home and get the absolute most out of your holiday! Don’t forget to add your own at the end, I’m always on the lookout!

  1. Teabags: The first thing I want when I arrive is a cup of tea. I know that may sound silly, but I want to really enjoy my holiday and it’s a good way to relax and feel at home! So usually I throw a few in my bag, or hand luggage, maybe a couple of sugars too. Usually hotels and apartments have a kettle somewhere, so you can have a relaxing cuppa straight away.
  2. Explore: Finding the pool, the bar, the breakfast room are a must. Knowing the quickest route to the beach too is one of my favourite things, it helps save precious minutes of sun soaking opportunities. After unpacking (see below!) you can find the time to go a little further afield and figure out where the nearest bars and restaurants are. That way, even if it’s your first night, you’ll still be able to figure out how to get home!
  3. Make friends: Whether it’s the locals or other holidaymakers, why not get chatting to your neighbour, on the beach or beside your apartment. I think there’s nothing better than being able to share the highs of your holiday with someone else and who knows, lifelong friends have been made in stranger places!
  4. Find the market: There are usually shops near to apartment complexes, hotels or self catering, and supplies will be needed sooner or later. Whether you’re planning on eating out every night, or cooking at home, you’ll need to know where to buy the bare essentials like milk, bread and butter!
  5. Unpack: It is a pain in the behind, but you’ll feel so much better knowing you won’t have to live out of a suitcase for half the day. Hang up any clothes that might be a bit creased, use the drawers and space on offer and you’ll be able to find everything as you need it. No need to waste a minute of your holiday!

 

Those are just a few tips I use, let me know yours in the comments below!

 

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