~*~*30 THINGS I LEARNED ON MY TRIP TO VANCOUVER*~*~
1. Fill up your water bottle at the water fountain once you're past airport security - you brought an empty water bottle for a reason, you know.
2. Bring gum on the plane to chew when you're ascending and descending to help your ears pop (I have to credit my sister for this tip - it's her #1 travel tip for flying on a plane, which she has done once. I know, I should've listened to her.)
3. If you're going to Vancouver in February, bring warm gloves/mitts.
4. Also bring warm socks, especially if your shoes are runners with a million holes in them (because they're mesh, and also old).
5. Also bring a scarf for the cooler days.
6. Also maybe a hat, or at least one of those headband things to cover your ears. (At least it is not windy in Vancouver, though.)
7. Whenever you travel (or even in your own city), make friends with people from all over the world so you can stay at their house when you visit their hometown.
8. Connect with locals because they know way more than you and can show you/direct you to cool stuff. Listen to their recommendations! Or write them down for next time.
9. If you can, host people yourself so they will be more willing to let you stay with them in the future to repay the favour.
10. Don't eat out for every meal if you're not used to it.
11. Don't drink tea right before you go to bed.
12. When you first arrive, it is never going to go like you expected, but don't worry, it'll get better.
13. Be flexible. (Very important!!)
14. Don't put pressure on yourself to have the most fun all the time; enjoy the highs AND lows. It's all a learning experience.
15. Get lost! (But be safe.)
16. Walk places, you see more and get to know places better.
17. Take transit. You see the city better, learn how to get around your own, and don't have to figure out parking.
18. Don't be too set on your plan. Actually, don't be set on plans at all because they WILL change.
19. Take lots of pictures.
20. Don't forget to take pictures of yourself, too, and the people you're with.
21. Google Maps is great for finding random attractions and restaurants.
22. Get a good sleep over doing more things so you can actually enjoy and have energy for the things you do.
23. If it's cold outside and you have a couple of hours to kill and need somewhere quiet and free (with Wi-Fi) to hang out, find a local library.
24. Pack your backpack as light as possible, or get one of those backpacks with a chest strap so your shoulders aren't aching (as much) by the end of the day.
25. If you are deathly afraid of heights, don't walk over a giant bridge with sketchy side railings.
26. Rent bikes and bike around Stanley Park if you're in Vancouver! Yes Cycle has cheap rates, only $5/hour and they only charge you after you get back. This was probably my favourite thing that I did.
27. Instead of eating out all the time, buy some groceries and make your own meals. Cheaper and better for you! And then you can eat as soon as you're hungry instead of walking around trying to find somewhere when you're starving. (But also treat yourself and try local food, too.)
28. Take breaks. You don't have to be going all the time.
29. Bring thank you gifts for people who host you.
30. It's your vacation! Do what is most fun for you, which might be ziplining, or it might just be hiking through a magical forest.