There is nothing like taking your first big trip after college. If you are expecting to graduate soon and are just starting to get ready, think about where you want to go and what you will need to do to get ready for your trip.
Whether you are planning a two week booze cruise or a year-long around the world on a shoestring budget, there are a few items that should be on your to-do list before you embark on your journey. Because this might be a once in a lifetime affair, you should definitely plan ahead to make sure it is a worthwhile experience. While you can definitely wing it and have an okay time, an ounce of preparation is often worth more than a pound of on the fly creativity.
In addition to printing out itineraries and keeping track of all of the best flight deals, you definitely want to scope out some of the top gear available. But be careful not to overload your pack. Rather than bring along a lot of useless cosmetic items, consider setting yourself up for success by investing in a visit to a nail salon, getting a facial, and putting in eyelash extensions before you ever take off. With these cosmetic adjustments taken care of, you can lighten your load significantly. Rather than worry about carrying along half of the bathroom vanity on your trip, just take the necessary essentials.
Getting your pampering in before a big trip is important for other reasons, too. It is important to build a little bit of separation between your everyday life and a big trip. You don’t want to use the trip itself as a de-stresser, because then that becomes the primary focus. To make sure you make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world, you should make sure to hit the salon in between graduating and taking off. That way you can take advantage of some relaxation time as you get ready for your trip.
When it is time to take off on your big trip, you will be both mentally and physically prepared.