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Your Guide for Travel and Hotels in Columbia
When you hear the word vacation, what do you see in
your mind? Vacations mean assorted things to assorted
individuals. Some like to sight see while many others
would enjoy nothing more than to spend the whole trip
kicking back at the hotel pool. If you happen to be
like me, you enjoy some of both options. On the one
hand, because I have journeyed someplace different, I
tought to visit some interesting local fare. But then again,
if I use up all my time darting around from site to site,
when I come home I will want another vacation to recuperate.
To get the most from your vacation time, keep the following
in mind when travelling to Columbia.
The first thing you ought to do is resolve as much at the start
as you can. That means things like interchanging currency when
necessary, glancing at maps of the area, renting a means of
transportation (did someone say Harley?), booking a flight, and
selecting a hotel that fulfills your needs. The good news is, all
of these jobs have become much easier and cheaper through the Internet,
so before contacting a travel agent, you could save some money by
looking up good deals on the web.
When it comes to finding the perfect hotel, remember to look at your
choices cautiously. Some items to consider would be how it is ranked;
is it a two star hotel or a 4 star one? Where is it's location? If you
are going to Disneyland but the hotel you reserved is in San Francisco,
you will waste quite a bit of your journey behind the wheel. How long
are you planning on being at the hotel, and if you are going to be there,
what sorts of conveniences do they furnish? I am sure that I will never
forget the time I went out on vacation to relax by the pool, only to discover
that the hotel I was at didn't have one. I am sure that I must've appeared
strangely out of place walking around the lobby with my inflatable ducky
around my waist and no pool to be found.
A good rule to stick by when packing is not to get out of control. Keep it
simple, traveler. Begin by getting familiar with the temperature so that you
know what you had better pack, but avoid over-packing. Remember, if you forget
something, odds are that you can purchase a replacement. As a matter of fact,
take as few clothes as possible. I suggest packing older clothing which can be
discarded along the way. Depending on where you are, you may discover charities
that would be happy to take extra clothing off of your hands. Besides, this will
make additional space for souvenirs.
When it comes to entertainment, avoid getting too out-of-control. For instance,
don't pack more than one book. If you are able to read an entire book, give that
one away and go buy another one. It's time to get out and go to the store anyway,
you bookworm. Instead, bring something to take notes with and write your own
book. This does not necessarily mean the company laptop. Do not use this rule as
an excuse to bring your work with you. If at all possible, leave every thought of
work behind when you travel. Though it might seem awkward at first, pencil and paper
work fine for taking notes.
Two valuable things to think about including in what you take are Pepto-Bismol, in
case something doesn't agree with you, and hand sanitizer; the kind you don't need
water for. Please remember, no matter what situation you find yourself in, don't let
the sanitizer replace taking a shower.
When you are departing for your adventure to Columbia, you and your family will want
to carry plenty of what you need for picture taking. If you are behind the times and
still use film, consider moving up to a digital camera. With a digital camera, I can
see what I am taking as I go along. The only things I need are batteries and memory space.
Now that you can get a wonderful digital camera for under $200, your excuses are dwindling
away. Various tourist destinations have stores that will transfer your pics from your memory
card to a CD, allowing you to take even more pics to torment friends and family with upon
your return home.
I just can't stress enough the value in keeping things simple. Prepare wisely by taking
care of everything you can ahead of time. When it comes to travel, remember, the Internet
is your friend. Pack, plan, and keep entertainment basic to help make sure that your vacation
to Columbia is a relaxing and memorable one. I hope that this humble advice will become beneficial
to you as you prepare yourself to embark on your vacation.
About the Author
Chris Sampson is a writer and world traveller. For help with your next hotel trip, Chris recommends
- Columbia hotels.