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Tips That Will Change The Way You Think About Travel

July 3, 2017

Tips That Will Change The Way You Think About Travel

Always make sure that you have a set location for your important paperwork and documents when traveling. It is easy to lose or misplace these things. Determine a safe pocket or pouch ahead of time, and always take them out and put them back in this same location.

EXTRA ADVICE: For safe traveling, don’t carry all your valuables in one place. No one wants to deal with missing belongings while on a trip, but if you do have to, it’s better to minimize loss.

Whether you have booked a trip out of town, out of the state, or even out of the country, there is a good chance that you will benefit from the useful advice found in this selection of handpicked travel tips. From packing your bags to shopping for souvenirs, enjoy these tips.

Staying calm and collected on board your airplane can help you avoid a major breeding ground for travel stress. Conditions are cramped and unpleasant, most flights are boring, and everyone is eager to get the ordeal over with. The way to keep these stress factors from getting to you is to focus on the fact that they are inevitable. When you eventually arrive at your destination they will melt away; try not to obsess over them on your way there.

EXTRA ADVICE: Choose a seat as soon as possible. If your airline allows you to select a seat at the time of booking, be sure to do so.

Don’t use the public computers in your hotel or anywhere else they offer free internet while you are on vacation. It is possible for keyloggers to be installed on public computers. Keyloggers permits the person who installed it to then access the accounts you visited.

If you travel a great deal for work, the constant change of venue and planes can be exhausting. Make it a bit easier on yourself by always requesting the same seat when you book a flight (“9A, please, or right over the wing.”) Actually, over the wing is a good spot because the plane tends to be most solidly anchored and less susceptible to vibration. That way, you will feel as though you’re sitting in “your” seat on the same plane back and forth, and you’ll also be accustomed to working in that particular position (window at your left, etc.)

EXTRA ADVICE: If you are planning on going swimming at all during your trip, bring two different swimsuits. This way, when one of them is wet, you can let it in the bathroom to dry and you will have to fresh one to put on for whatever water activities you have scheduled for the day.

Try to read up on the customs and traditions of a country before you travel there. Even the simplest things can happen differently depending on where you are. If you show that you are prepared to totally envelop yourself in the culture, people will welcome you with open arms. This will make your vacation much more enjoyable.

Keep your travel items together. Avoid searching throughout your house for trip items such as toiletries, chargers and travel pillows. Buy a plastic bin that will let you store all your travel needs in one location. A good container to get is one that fits neatly under the bed and ready to quickly grab whenever you go on vacation.

EXTRA ADVICE: When renting a car take the time before you leave the parking garage to acquaint yourself with its most basic features. Make sure an instruction manual for the car model is in the glove box and take time to skim through it.

Maintain a happy attitude while traveling. Things can get rather tense at airports. Tempers run high. The people who work there often have a hard time of things. Keeping a positive demeanor about you, at least outwardly, will likely improve your experience. A negative attitude will seldom get you anywhere.

If vacationing in an area you’ve never visited before, try to find a local to give you some information about the area. Major tourist attractions are always well marked and you’ll have no problem finding them, but learning about some local favorites can make your trip much more memorable and personalized.

EXTRA ADVICE: 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.

When traveling in countries with unsafe tap water, remember other ways that you might be exposed. Close your mouth when using the shower and brush your teeth only with treated water. If you make tea or coffee with the water, allow it to boil for several minutes before steeping. Even a small exposure can make you very ill.

While many luxury hotels offer free wireless internet service, a few out there charge exorbitant rates for hourly access. Find out which businesses are in the area directly around your hotel; more and more restaurants, coffee houses, and even car dealerships offer free wireless internet service. Book a room on the ground floor of your hotel; chances are you will be able to access the internet through a local business rather than paying for service through your hotel.

EXTRA ADVICE: Check the web for rentals by owners. You may be able to get a great price on an entire house for what you would pay for a hotel.

The airport is often the most stressful part of the travel experience. Travelers and airline employees alike are tense, worried and feel alone. The frequent traveler keeps these facts in mind and makes allowances for the stressful surroundings. Remember that everyone in an airport shares a common goal: To get to their destination safely and as quickly as practically possible.

One way to makes sure that you don’t get ill from eating and drinking during your travels is to pay attention to how your food is prepared. Try to avoid undercooked or raw meats. Generally anything boiled or fruits and veggies that require peeling are fairly safe things to eat.

EXTRA ADVICE: When traveling on an airplane, make sure to drink a lot of water. Water helps keep jet-lag away and allows you to think clearer.

When planning a trip, don’t count on a single booking website to show you the lowest fares. Compare prices across a variety of sites, including meta-searchers if you can find them. Also check with the airline and hotel directly, as they may actually be able to offer you a better rate than the website.

Don’t hold on to your frequent flyer miles for too long, since they may well expire before you get around to using them. Miles often expire 18 months after you earn them, so use them while you can. If you don’t need to fly, you may be able to trade them in for magazines or other rewards.

EXTRA ADVICE: If you are traveling with your children in the car, give them the opportunity to sit in your seat. Your child will feel special and enjoy getting some quality time sitting with the driver.

Be flexible. If your travel dates can be tweaked by a day or two, try using the “flexible dates” feature of most online travel search engines. This allows you to search departure and return dates within a given range. By just changing your dates by a day or two, you may be able to score huge savings on airfare.

Get to the bus terminal at least an hour in advance of the travel time listed on your ticket. You need to have time to check-in and drop off your bags, and get any amenities you may need ready to go. Remember, bus seats are not assigned, the early passengers get the best seats.

EXTRA ADVICE: If you need a cheap place to stay while vacationing in Europe, consider sleeping in a hostel. Hostels are basically rooms that are shared by several people and are a lot more affordable than hotels.

If you plan to opt for a night flight or just a very long flight in general, it may be best to bring some sort of sleeping aid. It’s quite difficult to sleep on airplanes anyway, but if you take a sleeping aid right before takeoff, you can arrive at your destination fresh and ready to take on the world!

Be sure to book your flight with the name exactly as it appears on your photo ID. You may run into problems if you book your ticket under the name Becky when your name appears on your ID as Rebecca. Some airline and airport employees may give you a hard time about it.

It does not matter if your destination is Paris, Texas or Paris, France; a perfectly planned travel itinerary and lodging arrangements can make all the difference in your stay. Use the information that you have just read in these tips as part of your smooth and stress-free, memorable vacation.

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