On a practical level remember to bring a scarf with you (this is surprisingly handy, no matter the temperature). A cotton scarf can be used for everything from a blanket to eyeshades to a bag. You won’t regret bringing such a versatile item with you. When you’re walking around exploring, it’s also a good idea to have some water and a small snack on you particularly if you take the non-touristy exploration route. It’s easy to get dehydrated when traveling, so make sure to drink a lot of water. It’s not a bad idea to have a few tissues, cash, your phrasebook and sanitizer with you as well.
While you’re on vacation, try to wake up early so that you can see as much of this destination as possible. You will also beat the crowds by getting to more popular sites early. Along with getting up early, try to be good to your body. In addition to drinking a lot of water, try to get enough sleep and keep up your exercise routine. It’s easy to let these things slide when traveling, but the experience will be better if you treat your body well while away from home.
Be in the Moment
Plan, but don’t be too stringent. You want to have some flexibility in your agenda. Try to stay in the moment. Also, make a point to meet local people. You didn’t travel all this way just to be in familiar surroundings with familiar people. Because of that, I suggest that you explore non-touristy areas, meet locals and just keep an open mind. Be aware of the customs, but don’t be surprised when people don’t act as you expected. Take some time to observe people and write about what you’re seeing. Take lots of pictures. And also, make sure to check in with your family and friends from home every now and then. Figure out what you really want to do or see while on your trip, and try to do that first.
Most importantly, have fun!