There is nothing better than a good vacation but nothing more disappointing than one that goes wrong. At its best, travel can be exhilarating, helpful, inspiring, relaxing or even life-changing. At its worst, it can sometimes be disappointing, boring or even horrifying. A seasoned traveller knows how to ensure that it is more often the former than the latter. They can even help to ensure that future generations can enjoy travelling the world as much as they have. Here are seven ways to improve your travel experiences:Know Before You GoA little bit of planning and forethought can go a long way. To avoid disaster, make sure of all documentation including passports and travel insurance. Before you book anything, be sure to read reviews and do a little research. It makes sense to familiarise yourself with the highlights and cultural quirks of the country or countries to which you are travelling.But Don’t Over-PlanHave rough plans in place but be willing to change them if you get some good advice or if something goes wrong. Remember, life doesn’t fit neatly into lists. Flexibility in terms of dates can often save you money on flights, other transport and accommodation, and spontaneity whilst abroad can lead you to some of the best moments of your vacation.Befriend LocalsThis is vitally important to a successful holiday. Communicating with local people will not only give you a sense of the local culture and character, but locals will also be mines of useful information. They can advise you on what to do (and what not to do) in their area and can help you to avoid pitfalls and tourist traps.Head Off the Beaten TrackGet on out there and explore. The best travel experiences are, in my experience, to be found away from the crowds, so leave them behind and strike out on your own and you may just find something truly magical.Leave Your Comfort ZoneBeing comfortable is great but the best holidays combine a certain level of comfort with a certain level of excitement and adventure. Why don’t you use your next holiday to try something you have never done before? Climb a mountain, swim in a lake, go for a cycle or kayak down stream, go white water rafting, try surfing, or even sky dive from a plane. Risk in order to gain. Go on, give it a go!Spend LessExcellent travel does not have to cost the earth. Save by being flexible on dates and shopping around. Consider accommodation options that are affordable or even free, try wild camping or couchsurfing for free places to stay. Consider self-catering, picnic, buy at markets, or eat out in local places away from main tourist centres. Walk, relax, enjoy the free wonders of nature.Don’t Sweat the Small StuffSo you are slightly delayed? So the room is not perfect? Don’t let little things annoy you – relax and enjoy the big picture – you are in an exciting new place and adventure awaits!Bear all of those things in mind and you will find your travels are better and you are able to enjoy them more. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and have yourself a proper adventure!