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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 ought 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 its 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 didnt have one. I am sure that I mustve 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, dont pack more than one book. If you are able to read an entire book, give that one away and go buy another one. Its 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 doesnt agree with you, and hand sanitizer; the kind you dont need water for. Please remember, no matter what situation you find yourself in, dont 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 cant 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.


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