You don’t have to bring along an entire wardrobe even for a luxury trip. All of your hygiene and grooming necessities, along with a week’s worth of outfits and one set of formalwear, should fit into a large suitcase and a carry-on bag. Be sure to leave some extra room for souvenirs you pick up, or prepare to add an extra bag to your return trip. Don’t forget important medication and identifying documents such as your passport – it’s surprising how easy these can be to forget when you’re packing in a hurry.
Research Your Destination Ahead of Time
Whether you have some time in the airport to browse the Internet or can get some minutes in the air, it’s a good idea to find out as much about your destination as you can. This can help you find the best places to eat, explore and stay while you’re away from home. Even better, make friends with others on the plane and share your traveling ideas and knowledge.
Be Prepared for the Unexpected
Some of the best travel experiences occur unexpectedly. Alternately, an unforeseen illness or injury can throw a wrench in even the best plans. Be prepared for any change in itinerary and keep an open mind for something, such as a spur-of-the-moment excursion, that can create a lasting memory. Approach emergencies with an optimistic and gracious attitude, and you’ll be surprised by how many others want to help.
The best traveler is one who respects the language, culture and traditions that are native to each locale. Rather than expecting the locals to cater to you and being offended that they don’t understand or have different attitudes and opinions, be polite to those you interact with and open to learn about their ways. You can learn a great deal this way and come away from the trip with a broadened state of mind.
With the right planning and positive attitude toward new and unexpected situations, your luxury trip can be an unforgettable experience.