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Take The Trip That Dreams Are Made Of

March 7, 2017

Take The Trip That Dreams Are Made Of

Travel is a hobby for some and a business necessity for others. But regardless of your reason for getting from one place to another, there are ways to make it easier and more pleasant, and ways for it to bring stress into your life. Try these great tips for making travel time into a more enjoyable time.

If you are traveling to another country brush up on that country’s laws. Some foreign countries have laws that you might view as a little strange or not expect. As a precaution, it is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the laws specific to the place you are visiting.

Read This: Keeping a business card from your hotel in your wallet may keep you out of trouble. Immediately upon check-in make sure you grab a card and have it with you wherever you may go.

If you are traveling to Europe with electronic gadgets, remember that the voltage for household outlets is going to be different than in North America. This means that you’ll either need to bring a converter so that you can plug American goods into European power, or find appliances that can handle a range of voltages.

Before purchasing a package deal for travel, check out the prices of the individual components. In many cases, the package deals are cheaper than buying the pieces separately, but not always. It never hurts to check out pricing for yourself before becoming locked in to purchasing the whole package, and you might discover there’s a part of the package you don’t want, such as meals.

Read This: If you will be out of town for a few days or more, consider having someone you know drive by your house occasionally to make sure that everything looks okay. You may also want them to go inside and turn lights on at night.

Keep hand sanitizer in your purse or pocket. When traveling, keeping hand sanitizer with you is a great idea. If you go through a lot of it, considering buying small reusable bottles. Buy one of the larger sizes of hand sanitizer and just continue refilling the small, reusable bottle.

On your next flight, chew gum to keep your ears from popping on take off. The pressure changes during a flight can pop your ears. This is not particularly painful. It is, however, rather annoying. Before take off, start chewing a stick of gum. This will often prevent your ears from popping or at least, ease the pressure.

Read This: During your trip if you’re staying at many different hotels, you can rest assured there is an easy and cost effective gift you can give your friends as a souvenir. Collect all of the little samples such as shampoos, body washes, body lotions and coffee packets that hotels give out, put them in a basket and give them away as gifts to your friends.

If you are traveling in a poorer country, consider purchasing a large woven sack, like the type used to transport potatoes or other vegetables. Put your bag into this sack, and it is protected from dust, bugs, and moisture. It also nicely camouflages your possesions against thieves, as they will see a bag of farm goods instead of a tourist’s bag.

If you’re traveling with kids, buy each child their own disposable camera. Tell them to take pictures of anything they find interesting. If they fill it up before the trip is over, you can get them another one fairly cheap. Then they’ll have something to remember all the things they liked – you’d be surprised how different the pictures your kid takes are from yours.

Read This: Any time you are in a foreign country, drink bottled water. Countries around the world treat their water differently than others.

When you take your pet on the road you have to think in advance about how you will take care of them. One of the most basic needs is exercise. Most everyone takes along a lead but taking along a stake out line and pully is a consideration as well.

Keep your money discreetly tucked away while traveling. It would be terrible to be stuck in a foreign place with no way to pay for necessities. Put cash on a money clip and hide it in a secret place. Try to carry the minimum amount of money with you so that you do not risk losing much.

Read This: If you plan to travel more than a few weeks, you will want to make sure you have paid up all your obligations prior to leaving. This will ensure that you do not come home to discontinued services.

If you are staying at a hotel that offers a mini-bar in your room, consider asking the front desk staff to hold the key instead. This will help you avoid late-night temptations, which given the prices at the minibar can get very expensive. If you feel the need for a drink but don’t want to go far, go to the hotel restaurant instead.

When traveling, always be sure to dress in layers. It is so much easier to take something off or put it back on depending on the temperature, instead of sitting and regretting that you dressed too warmly or not warmly enough. This is especially true on flights where you, most likely, can no longer get a blanket to keep you warm.

Read This: Give the appearance of confidence when you are out and about at your travel destination. If you look lost and confused, you are likely to be targeted by criminals or scam artists.

If you and a group of family or friends are traveling by car, bring a walkie talkie wherever you go. Cell phones need to have a cell tower in order to work properly. Walkie talkies only need each other, making them more beneficial than the phones when you are traveling in rural areas that might not have cell phone coverage.

Try to look into getting a suitcase alarm for your personal belongings. This way, if anyone tries to steal your luggage or bags when you are not looking, an alarm with go off, alerting you of the potential theft. These alarms are not expensive and are easy to find.

Read This: When packing your clothes for a vacation, roll them up instead of folding them. Rolling them saves a lot of room so you can put other things in your suitcase.

If you have a baby or toddler that sleeps in the car, plan your drive around nap time. This will keep the drive a lot quieter and will take care of quite a chunk of time that you do not have to find things to occupy your child. This, in turn, will help ease some of the restlessness that comes with a long car ride.

Do not forget to bring entertainment on a long trip. If you are going to be spending longer than an hour traveling, be it by airline or by bus, bring something with you. Music players and books are good choices. You may also want to bring your computer or DVD player.

Read This: If you are traveling abroad, it is a good idea to consult with a health professional that is knowledgeable of the health climate in your destination country. There may be vaccinations you need for diseases that are uncommon in your home country.

Before you go to your destination, try to find coupons online. These coupons can be for hotels, restaurants, shopping, and other recreational activities. Finding and printing coupons online can help you save large amounts of money. Make sure that the coupons are still valid and will not expire before you leave.

Make scans of all your important travel documents, such as your passports, and save them to a portable electronic device like a USB. Not only does this protect you from losing your documents, but also from the growing market for stolen travel documents. You don’t want to find yourself as a victim of identity theft.

Read This: If you want to put a lock on your suitcase when flying, buy one that is TSA approved. A TSA approved lock can be opened by any TSA agent.

Renting a car for that trip? Try renting the smallest model of car you find. You can always upgrade when you are at the counter at a smaller amount, than if you do it in advance. They also get rented out quicker than the luxury models, which could mean that you might be able to get a free upgrade regardless.

Before you embark on an international trip, contact your credit-card issuer to notify them of your plans. Provide the issuer with information regarding the specific countries and cities that you plan to visit. This prevents unnecessary triggering of safety features that will cause your card to be declined at an international point of sale.

Read This: If you are traveling with children, pack a day of clothing in a Ziploc bag along with enough diapers and wipes if your children are small. Always carry a spare set of items in case you lose track of your items or simply run out.

Do not carry all of your credit cards with you when you travel. Only take the ones that you know you are going to need while you are gone. The same goes for jewelry. The fewer valuables that you take along with you, the less likely you are to have a thief take them or hurt you while trying to take them.

When traveling to a foreign country, try using public transportation. Many countries have exceptional railway and subway systems, better than anything in the U.S.A. Public transportation is usually inexpensive and you will never have to worry about getting lost on a lonely road. Just be cautious of pick pockets when you board the bus or train.

Read This: When traveling with a toddler, planning and a well-packed bag are key. Pack a bag with everything that your toddler needs.

When going on a car trip, make sure that you treat it like any other drive and wear your seat belt. Also make sure anybody traveling with you wears theirs too. Things can still happen on a trip that can harm you or other people while driving. Road safety doesn’t take a vacation.

When planning your stops while traveling, it is a good idea to use a system called “stop card.” A stop card will allow each family member to choose one spot that they would like to stop at. This will help prevent making numerous stops throughout your trip, which will save you time.

Read This: Most people know not to carry water bottles or weapons through airport security checkpoints, but leaving other items at home will also make for a quicker spin through the airport. Anything with wire has potential for flagging you as a security risk.

Wear easy slip-on footwear when going on a car trip. Flip-flops, sandals, slip-on tennis shoes, and deck shoes are all great options to use for road trips. Many people remove their shoes in the car when the trip is long, so this helps them with being able to get them on quickly when having to get out for a stop. There’s no waiting on them needing to tie or strap anything; just slip-on and you’re ready to go.

While you were traveling, have you worried about having a safe place to hide your emergency cash? Well a wonderful tip for women to hide their cash is by sewing in a little pocket inside of their bras. It takes little sewing knowledge to get a small piece of cloth, needle and thread and sew the pocket inside. You will feel better that it is there just in case you lose your wallet or purse.

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A great traveling tip that can help you save a lot of money is to limit the amount of gambling you do when you go for a cruise. The cruise ship casino may be tempting, but you won’t want to return home after losing tons of money from gambling.

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When traveling to a foreign country, avoid dressing in a way that marks you as a wealthy tourist. Wear normal, casual clothing and don’t wear expensive watches, jewelry, cameras, and other things that can call attention to you. Try not to bring a lot of things with you during the day, in order to avoid having your things lost or stolen.

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Smart travelers have a smart routine that keeps their travel plans running smoothly and that makes every trip, no matter where or why, as easy as possible. Tips like the above can help everyone travel smarter, from the most world-weary traveler to the fresh-faced new traveler setting out on his or her first adventure.

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