Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tips when Traveling

Finding a local Harpist in San Gimignano, Italy

The Third Commandment for All Travelers is:

“Thou shalt not let other tour members get on thy nerves, for thou art paying good money to enjoy thyself.”

At the same time you learn about what other people do in other regions; enjoy your traveling companions too. These people come from many different geographical areas in the world now and join you on these tour vacations. Include everyone that you travel with during shopping sprees, meals and group gatherings. Find ways to learn about these companions and do things with them.

Also, learn how to explore places on your own.

Sometimes I play a game like a scavenger hunt. I make a list of different attractions which I enjoy in the town (or attraction) we visit. Then I add 2-3 new things, like having a cup of coffee and talking with a local person with a specific interest of the area. I capture the list of items with pictures. Your Tour Manager should be able to assist in locating someone of interest during this time. Or, simply make a list finding people in action (taxi driver opening a door for someone or server at a restaurant opening wine at a outdoor cafe) and then search these out with your camera.

Now admittedly, you may find a challenge with another tour participant that just doesn’t fit into your own expectations. This is when you may solicit assistance from the Tour Director/Manager. Let them find a creative way of a win-win situation for the both of you.

An example, I was one of 3 people on a motor coach tour through England several years ago.

There were a few times when the hotel room just was not adequate for 3 adults. I spoke to the Tour Director about securing a single room. Remember, just because the sleeping arrangements are NOT great, you may still have fun with other activities. Try to see yourself in the position of sleeping in that tiny, cot like shelf made out to sleep in.

Or, perhaps one person is freezing cold and the other is hot? Don’t wait until that person goes asleep and then adjust the temperature. Or, one person is a smoker and the other person is not? Get assistance from the Tour Manager to work out the situation.

Everyone wants to have a good time and has paid good money to go their vacation. Remember, that you share memories of a lifetime with these people from different regions on one trip.

Have fun experiences, enjoy your new travel friends! ~ The FunTourGuru

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