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If you’re looking for advice and tips on how to travel cheaper, better, and more easily then you have come to the right place. This page is filled with information on how to plan your next trip, how to save money whilst travelling and how to maximise the time you spend exploring the world with your family whilst having a 9-5 job.
Both my husband and I have travelled for most of our lives. So not to blow our own trumpet but we think we know what we are talking about at this point. Trust me, we have made plenty of mistakes along the way. But the great thing about those mistakes is that we now know better. We now know how to avoid making them. And we will share that wealth of information with you.
All the advice that we have ever published on this part-time family travel blog is listed down below. However, if there is something you cannot find, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are always happy to help out a fellow Wwnderlusters.
EXPECT EVERYTHING TO GO WRONG
Both my husband and I are control freaks. We like to make plans and we hate it when those go wrong. We both get anxious and frustrated when something we, does not pan out the way we envisioned it. However, as we have grown older, we have slowly come to realize that there are very few times in life when things go exactly as planned, especially when traveling.
Expecting everything to go perfectly on your trip is only setting yourself up to fail. Nobody goes travelling and comes back without any stories of mishaps. No matter how prepared you are, at some point you’re going to get lost, get scammed, miss your bus, get food poisoning, injure yourself… the list is endless! Expect it to happen, and don’t beat yourself up when it does. In a month’s time, you’ll find it funny rather than frustrating.
Don’t Lose your temper when it does It achieves absolutely nothing. Instead, calm down, put a smile on your face, think of how this will make a great story one day, and rationally figure out an alternative plan.
PLAN A SCHEMATIC OUTLINE OF YOUR TRIP BUT LEAVE SOME ROOM FOR MAGIC
Let your days unfold naturally. Schedule two or three things and let the day fill in the rest on its own. It’s less stressful, and letting the day just take you is one of the best ways to travel.
One of the first lessons I learned on the road was that your plans will nearly always change. You’ll arrive in a place and hate it and want to leave immediately, or you’ll fall in love with a destination and want to spend longer there. You’ll make friends with a group of awesome people and want to change your plans so you can travel with them for longer, or you’ll find out about an amazing-sounding town that’s nearby and want to head there instead.
Sure, you should have a rough plan for your trip, but don’t book everything in advance or you’ll likely feel too restricted and end up regretting it.
Book a one-way ticket and your first few nights of accommodation — you’ll figure the rest out along the way. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. If you’re in a tourist destination there’ll always be someone who’s willing to take your money by giving you a place to stay.
USE YOUR WEEKENDS FOR CITYBREAKS
When you work full-time and have a family, it can often feel like you simply don’t have enough time to travel. But one of the best ways to fit more travel into your life is to simply maximise every day off.
Before we had a baby, we would book a flight for a Friday night, take our carry-on to work and then fly back early on Monday morning.
Now that we have a kid on board, we still use most of our weekends to explore the UK. We will pack the car and leave right after work on a Friday and then return late in the evening on Sundays
It is amazing where you can go for a long weekend without even taking any time off work. If you get cheap flights you can often spend very little more than you would having a weekend around home.