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Travel – Need To Know

April 13, 2017

Travel – Need To Know

Whether traveling for work or traveling for play, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your trip goes smoothly and pleasantly. An inexperienced traveler may not know how to find the cheapest flight, the best hotel rates or those off-the-beaten-track vacation spots that are a must for anyone with children. All the do’s and don’ts, ins and outs, and ups and downs of traveling are outlined for you in the following article, so you can have a safe, economical and exciting trip from start to finish.

When traveling, always be prepared to have things stolen. Make advance photocopies of all of your important papers. You can even upload electronic scans of these documents for easy access while traveling. The local American embassy can assist you in contacting those at home who can wire you emergency funds or help in replacing your passport, but not much else.

For international travel, checking the foreign power supplies that will be available is vital. Most modern travelers rely on having their personal electronics available wherever they go. Charging up these gadgets can present a challenge because electrical connections are not standardized around the world. A bit of research beforehand will teach the savvy traveler what sort of power adapters to buy and what preparations to make.

Important: A GPS navigation system is absolutely vital for any long-distance car trip. If your car did not come with a factory navigation system, you should seriously consider buying one before hitting the open road.

When traveling to tropical areas, always keep your dirty laundry in a closed bag. Hotels and homes in tropical parts of the world aren’t as bug-proof as most American homes. Dirty laundry will attract insects, especially ants, meaning that clothing that was simply dirty, is now completely unwearable for the rest of the trip.

When traveling in foreign countries, beware of police officers who ask for your ID. Make sure you ask them for their ID to prove they’re actually a cop. Instead of showing them your real passport, show them a photocopy instead. You don’t want to risk a thief running off with your passport.

If you plan on traveling with young children, make sure to stop often on the way there and back. Explain them in details where you are going, and how long it will take to go there. Prepare some activities to keep them busy during the trip, such as coloring books.

Important: Because security does not allow you to lock your luggage, you run the risk of the zippers coming undone and your belongings leaving a trail across the country and around the baggage claim. To help prevent this, use zip ties, which hold the zipper together, but can easily be cut off (with little cost to you) by security, if necessary.

When you fly, don’t expect the airline to cater to your every need, no matter how long the flight is. If you feel like it, bring sleeping items like a pillow or headphones. Also, consider bringing your own snacks to guarantee you will have something to eat that you like.

When booking your room on a cruise, always pay extra for a balcony. Having your own private balcony can be one of the best parts of a cruise. You’ll get great views, have a nice quiet place to relax, and you won’t have to worry about other people being around.

Become a member of forums and websites that revolve around travel. Getting information and sharing experiences with fellow travelers is a great way to prepare yourself for a trip. You can meet people and share experiences to help you avoid mistakes or miss seeing an important sight at your destination.

Important: If the cleanliness of the hotel you have chosen is a concern for you, use a clean T-shirt as a pillowcase. While you may not be able to fix the sheets, you can at least stay clothed.

Any time you are in a foreign country, drink bottled water. Countries around the world treat their water differently than others. While the water may very well be safe to drink, it may also have additives that your body is not used to, which could cause painful issues down the road. Play it safe.

Get in touch with someone who runs a local blog in your destination city. Most often, these bloggers are highly knowledgeable about the ins and outs of their city, and are happy to share tips or tricks, helping you get the most from your trip. Make sure to actually read their site, so you can comment or compliment them on it before asking them for help.

When you plan to take an extensive travel time and own a home, it may be in your best interest to rent out your home to make sure it is well kept while you are gone. This will ensure that bills are paid, utilities still on, and not make you lose money while you travel.

Important: When buying airline tickets, purchase them as far in advance as possible. Two months in advance is when the cheapest flights are available through the airlines.

If you qualify, use an international “discount” card. Teachers, students and youths, all qualify for international identification cards and these cards have special benefits. The cost is small, but if you can find the right places to use them, the fee is negligible. Get them for your children, to get special offers.

Making a photocopy of your passport before your trip can save you from trouble on your travels. If you happen to lose your passport while traveling internationally, take the copy to your embassy. Having a copy handy will help expedite getting a replacement.

If you need a rental car for your trip, ask your travel agent which car rental companies are available while on your travels. There are different companies that serve different cities in the world. Using your travel agent will save you the effort and time, calling around, trying to find the best car and rate.

Important: When renting a car, be aware of the charges the rental companies set. There are generally four basic rates, each of them will specify if the miles are additional, given in the price or unlimited.

If you are traveling overseas, search for restaurants that have menus in the local language. These establishments typically have inexpensive food that tastes great, and they provide a glimpse into the culture of the area. These restaurants normally won’t be in the middle of all the tourist traps, so you might have to look around a little.

Research the type of travel insurance you are considering before making the investment. Make sure that it covers things like, baggage loss or delay and emergency medical expenses, so you can recover some of the cost of your trip if your vacation plans are cut short or cancelled due to these things happening.

When going on vacation with younger kids, try to get a room where it would be easy to eat in. This will make it easier on you and the kids. After a long drive to the destination, the last thing they want to do is sit still and eat. It is nice to be a bit free, even during meal time.

Important: Research local holidays, festivals and other events, that are occurring at your destination, which can be enjoyed for free. While there are usually things you want to experience that can cost part of your travel budget, many locations have numerous events that are free to the public.

If you are going to use a travel agent when making reservation, make sure you find one who works with your wants and needs. Many travel agents are just trying to make the most commission so they may not pick the best travel option for you. Do some research online to make sure they have good ratings.

If you are traveling to another country, make sure to check out their basic laws and regulations. Each country has their own set of laws and rules, and things that may be legal or a small offense in your country may be illegal or a major offense in another.

To avoid having to talk to your seatmate on a long flight, wear headphones, even if you don’t feel like listening to music. The headphones will indicate to your seatmate that you are busy and unavailable to chat, which will allow you to relax or get some work done without being bothered.

Important: 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.

When traveling, try to learn the bus or subway system before even leaving for your trip. This saves the time and hassle of trying to figure out where you are going and how to get there. You can find the subway and bus system maps of many international cities online.

When making airline reservations, make sure you request seat assignment. Without it, you could be fighting with other passengers over which seat you want. Or worse, you could be forced to have to take a later flight because your original flight is overbooked. When you get your seat number, make sure it is documented on your ticket.

Instead of traveling with a tour guide, buy a Guidebook. They are just as effective as a tour guide, showing you the best places to visit and good places to eat. A Guidebook is much cheaper than a tour guide, and some may even have tips that the guide doesn’t know about!

Important: When you land in Berlin, make sure you invest in a “Welcome Card.” This handy little card can open up a bunch of venues and adventures for you.

From driving to the next state to flying overseas, traveling is fraught with potential perils. Preparing yourself for the unexpected is one of the key elements of having a successful trip. The tips and advice presented above can teach you all the tricks of a well-seasoned traveler, whether you’re going on your first family vacation or your 100th business trip.

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