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What You Need To Know About Plane Flights When Traveling

March 29, 2017

What You Need To Know About Plane Flights When Traveling

Taking a step into the great big world of traveling for the very first time might feel a tad bit scary, but by keeping the helpful tips listed below in mind, you will soon find yourself traveling like those more experienced travelers, who go on many trips, every year.

If you are staying in a country with a high crime rate, treat even your hotel room as suspect. Place a piece of furniture in front of the door to prevent midnight break-ins. Also check that that windows lock securely. You never know which hotel owners might get a kickback from local crime gangs.

EXTRA ADVICE: Rather than exchanging cash for local currency while traveling in different countries, withdraw some pocket money from an ATM. In most cases, banks and other financial institutions are able to get far better rates of exchange that you ever personally could alone.

If you are staying at a lower-cost or no-name hotel when traveling, never put your bag on the bed. Be sure to check the sheet and spreads for bugs. If you must take your clothing out of your luggage, hang it in the closet instead of putting in the dresser or onto the furniture. Bedbugs are a major problem in North American hotels.

Scan your passport and email a copy to yourself. It rarely happens, but in the chance that you lose your passport during your travels, this will be a lifesaver. Getting a replacement passport can be a headache and having a copy can make the process much faster and less traumatic.

EXTRA ADVICE: When traveling in a strange city by taxi, ask an independent third party such as a front desk clerk or baggage porter what the right rate is for a trip to your destination. Also set up the rate with the driver before you get into the cab.

If you’ve got a long flight coming up, it may be tempting to take a sleep aide to make the travel time go faster. But wait until your plane is up in the air before you take it. If you doze off before it’s in the air, you may miss important announcements or worse, be asked to disembark to switch planes.

For a stress-free vacation, make sure people can get in touch with you. Take your cell phone with you and keep it charged. Bring your laptop with you if you know you will have an internet connection where you are staying. In case of emergency, people can let you know what is going on and you won’t have any bad surprises when you come back.

EXTRA ADVICE: If the hotel chain you will be staying at offers a loyalty program, join up. Even if you’re only planning on staying one or two nights, there are many perks to these programs.

Avoid the gate until it is actually time to board the plane. Many passengers will crowd the gate, hoping to be the first to be allowed on. To avoid the major hustle and bustle, hang back until you hear it is your turn. Then you can calmly walk up and get on the plane.

Save your personal finance agenda by booking flights as far in advance as possible. When you purchase tickets 2 months or more in advance, airline companies will offer you the best deals. If you are planning on going on a holiday travel this can prove to be extremely cost effective, as this is the most popular travel time.

EXTRA ADVICE: Before booking, do all the necessary research. Search websites for user reviews about your destinations.

Check to see if your airline offers future flight credit for fare drops. Some airlines will give you credit to use on your next trip, if they post a lower fare for the same flight. This is not an industry-wide offer. Check with your individual airline, if you notice that the fare dropped below what you paid.

National Parks are usually open all year, but it is best to check with the park you are wanting to visit to confirm that it will be open when you are planning on going. During the summer and winter the parks are generally more popular. If you want to avoid crowds, go in spring or fall.

EXTRA ADVICE: Do not park your car at the airport. Parking lot fees can be steep and leaving your car in a parking lot for an extended period of time can make some people uneasy.

One way to do vacation planning is by utilizing the power of the Internet. Booking travel has never been easier. Travel sites aid in planning out your travel itineraries with little effort. You can book hotels, rental cars and flights easily from your computer! One of the best parts is the fact that you can read reviews from many sources. These sites offer fabulous deals for online trip planning, like last minute traveling discounts.

Before your road trip begins, look into how much money fuel will cost you over the course of your travels. Websites are available that can help you figure out the numbers based on which city you are leaving from, which city you are arriving at and the type of car that you drive. Getting a ballpark figure of the cost involved will help you avoid unexpected costs and make your trip more enjoyable.

EXTRA ADVICE: To plan the best trip possible, select your accommodations well ahead of time. Make price comparisons for several of your chosen type of lodgings and budget enough money to pay for your favorite.

When you are traveling on a cruise ship, wear your key as a necklace. It is easy to leave your key laying around while you are at the pool or in another area of the ship. This compromises the security of your room, so consider attaching your key to a necklace and wearing around your neck.

When taking a long road trip, prepare for any necessary service stops. During these long road trips you may go for an extended period of time before encountering a service station if your car should need one. If this is how you decide you wish to travel, ensure that your directions are planned early, you flag locations where repairs can be made and you give a copy to someone not going on the trip. Keep the number for those service stations with you as you travel.

EXTRA ADVICE: Remember, when traveling abroad it is better to avoid drinking the local tap water. Most visitors will be unaccustomed to the local water, and can get quite ill.

Reviews that are online are quite helpful but they are not always 100% reliable. Read between the lines to get a better idea if the person who has written the review is being persnickety or if they actually had a bad experience in the place you are researching. You may find other reviewers that say that it was a lovely time there.

If you’re a light sleeper, bringing along some earplugs is a great idea. Hotel walls can be very thin sometimes. Earplugs can help you sleep well by allowing you to block out everything around you.

EXTRA ADVICE: Schedule a late night flight if you are traveling with a baby. Airlines dim lights and raise the cabin temperature on night flights so that people can sleep easier.

Select lightweight luggage that has a pull handle and roller wheels. Making your way through an airport can be a long walk and having lightweight luggage that you can easily pull behind will surely save you some grief. Make sure that it will stand up on its own, so as you are checking in, it will stay stable.

Now that you’ve read this, you should be a bit more comfortable with traveling. You have the knowledge and now it’s time to use it. You should feel better before traveling, and you should be able to experience many cultures and lands.

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