It’s another graduation season, one of my favorite of the year. It’s also a greater sense of normalcy since 2019. This also means more traveling for graduates and even young newlyweds.
Since I’ve traveled often, I feel I have tips to offer the younger generation here.
Know the climate where you are going. Dress for there and not for here. Always carry a jacket regardless.
Adjust for time changes and jet lags. They are for real! Give yourself an extra recovery day following a huge trip. If you’re going international, I recommend a week if possible. That’s an entirely different time zone and change.
For my Southerners traveling north of Virginia, bring your own sugar and sweet tea and grits ingredients. You’re not going to find that easily in the North and Midwest.
Don’t feel like you have to go 5 star yet in eating and housing. Your generation had Airbnbs and explore the local favorites. Stay away from chains if you can since you are traveling and can get McDonald’s and BK almost anytime.
Have your carry-on (if flying) packed with airport regulated essentials, some extra clothes and some cash. This is where I recommend banking or having a national credit union to avoid fees.
Have fun! This is the best time in your life to travel and see our wonderful world. You will definitely have more opportunities but now you have more freedom and less responsibilities. Soak it in!
Congrats to the class of 2022 and may you continue to dream and excel!