Summer is when I travel the most. It’s also the best time of year to travel. The vibes during the travel months of June to September are touristy.
Here are some tips to being a summer traveler.
Check the forecast
- Be aware of what the weather will be like before you get to your destination. You can easily do this by looking it up online. For weather in Lebanon, I either use The Weather Channel app on my iPhone, or I simply Google, Beirut Lebanon weather. Pack according to the weather you experience. The worst thing is to be unprepared, especially when visiting a new place.
Plan adventures and fill up your schedule. Of course leave some time to sleep and relax, but aim to visit a few tourist sites each day. There is a fantastic app that acts as an all-inclusive travel partner/guide. Free on smart phone and desktop, it’s called Gogobot. I have it on my iPhone, and I use it on all my travels. It has three main tabs, Eat, Sleep, Play, they are each self-explanatory, and even has recognition for locals. You can create “bucket list” full of places and things to do there. You can read and leave reviews, add friends, and earn rankings from travels saved on a geomap. There is even a detailed map and GPS within the app, along with a weather report! Besides your luggage, and passport, Gogobot is all you need to have a fantastic trip!
Capture It All
When making memories, what do you do? You document it. On the go, the best way to document is through pictures. Before you travel, charge camera batteries, clean memory cards, and make sure you have a good travel case for your camera to stay safe. I personally use my iPhone 6s to take pictures. The camera is famously renowned. Before I leave on a trip, I like to backup my phone and download some pictures off of it to gain some memory space. I recently made a purchase on Amazon that I’m very excited about. I got a waterproof sleeve for my iPhone. It was around $11, Amazon Prime, and comes in different colors. I go the blue one. It’s clear on both sides so you can take advantage of both back and front camera use. Majority of the reviews were positive. I can’t wait to use this to film/take pictures at the beach!
The Simple Bare Necessities
- Don’t over pack. I’ve made this mistake before, and it’s frustrating. Being a tourist has some secret perks. One is that when you travel, you can wear clothes multiple times. You don’t have to be in full-out runway outfits. If you’re adventuring, take clothes that you can mix and match. Cotton t-shirts and tanks look simple and are versatile for all types of weather. The only thing you should pack extra of is underwear. Leave space in your luggage. You may make a couple of purchases on your trip and the last thing you want to worry about is having to pay a heavy bag fee or lugging extra things in a separate bag. Don’t overthink your packing, if your holding up a piece of clothing, in debate of weather to pack it or not, don’t pack it. What you need to bring should be obvious, anything else is just extra weight. It’s OK! You’ll be fine with just the necessities, even if it’s not as much as you think you need!
- When your on vacation, don’t overthink every detail. Take the beautiful views in, enjoy your company, and soak in the summer vibes. Relax your shoulders and start every morning off saying this out loud, “Today is going to be a good day, and it’s up to me to make it that way”. This immediately puts you in a positive mindset. If it doesn’t, then you may just be hangry, go get some breakfast.
I hope you take these tips wherever you travel this summer and for all the fun adventures to come. Have any tips? Leave them in the comments.