Ready for your vacations in Central America? We want to share with you some tips for a great traveling experience from ytravelblog:
Talk to the locals.
It can go a long to a friendship, good advice, and even a discount. A good starter is to ask for directions or advice (“Where’s a good restaurant?”). Get a phrasebook and make the effort to learn at least a few phrases of the local language. It can make life easier for you and the locals will respect you more.
Blog your budget.
Every now and then throw your daily budget calculator out the window. We go away to experience things and create lifelong memories. Don’t limit yourself to just traveling for the sake of traveling.
Go splurge on a famous restaurant, see a big concert, attend a mega sporting event, go on a safari, jump out of a plane, do something incredible. Even if you have to go under budget for a few days or a week to compensate for your splurge. It’s worth it.
Get up early in the morning.
It really is the best time of day. You’ll see a city come to life, there will be fewer tourists, and you will have more time to explore. Also, the early light is less harsh and can be the best time for your photography.
Leave room for flexibility in you schedule.
If you’re on an extended trip, don’t pre-book everything. You’ll meet people along the way who will recommend great places you’ve never heard of. You’ll discover interesting cultural activities and tours, and places you thought you only needed 2 days in you’ll need a week.
Places that sound great from your research at home turn out to be a dive. If all your flights, tours and accommodation are pre-booked, it can be costly to change. Go with the flow a little.
Travel with a open mind.
We travel abroad to experience different cultures, environments, and ways of thinking. Don’t shut yourself off to experiencing all there is to offer. If you travel with an open mind you can have a much more enriching experience.
There are times and moments when other cultures will shock you. Don’t judge them. When this happens, we just sit back and say to ourselves …“Isn’t that interesting?”
Become a Facebook and Twitter Fans.
Go and “like” your favorite travel sites on facebook and “follow” them on twitter. Just like with signing up to their newsletters, it’s getting more and more common for sites and companies to release hot deals directly through their social media channels.
Use the free days.
Attend museums or tourist sites on free days or when they are discounted. Most museums have special discount times or free nights. Before you go anywhere, make sure you look on their website or facebook page to find out if they offer free visiting hours or discounts.
Pack the bare minimum because you can always buy it there. Roll things. Choose shoes first, and plan outfits around them. Wear your big hiking boots onto the plane rather than pack them. Stuff your underwear into your shoes even. It’s always best to halve your clothes and double your budget.
Travel like the locals.
Use public transport where possible. You get great knowledge and insight by hanging with the locals, it costs you less, and is a more authentic travelling experience.We have met so many amazing local people from traveling at close quarters with them on public transport.
Walk as much as you can.
You can experience more things just by wandering around a city and getting lost, talking with locals, and people watching. It’s a great way to soak up the local culture, and get a real feel for the atmosphere of a place. Get active and see things at a slower pace, and walking is always free! You can explore local markets, wander around and take lots of photos, or even hike to the top of a hill for an awesome view. Stay in accommodation that allows for this and you will also save money on transportation.
Tips for a great traveling experience. Conchal beach, Costa Rica. Photo by x@ray from Flickr
Whether for your next vacation or business trip in Central America, do not forget to book your flights from www.TACARegional.com
We hope to see you on board soon!