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Travel Does Not Have To Be Stressful

July 5, 2017

Travel Does Not Have To Be Stressful

Traveling is a popular hobby with huge benefits, from learning about other cultures to creating memories that last a lifetime. Whether you visit the next city over or fly to far-flung continents, though, traveling can be a lot more enjoyable if you keep a few things in mind. Read on for some tips to enhance your travel experiences.

Ask family and friends for suggestions on places you should visit when trying to plan your next vacation. Often times they will not only be able to give you good suggestions for places that you should go, they can also steer you away from places that they didn’t have such a good time.

Before you go on a trip, ask around for tips from friends and family. See who has been there before and/or what they’d recommend you either visit or avoid. Are there particular restaurants, sights, or shows you should see? You can also check out sites on the internet that provide advice from fellow travelers.

Good Advice: Pay attention to hidden fees when booking airline travel. It is becoming commonplace to charge fees for checked baggage, especially overweight baggage.

The lighter you pack the easier you travel. This is the closest thing there is to an absolute rule in travel. Pack the lightest clothing you can, and restrict yourself to only the clothes you are sure you will wear. The less you pack, the less you carry and the less tired you will get.

Jogging at a rest stop, while on a road trip, is a fast way to wake up, relieve stiffness from your limbs and prepare yourself for the next leg of your journey. Instead of simply walking around and maybe going to the bathroom, include a five minute jog at the rest stop. Simply getting out of the car may not sufficiently revive a weary driver, which may leave him or her still sleepy when on return. A quick run can also give children an opportunity to release some pent-up energy.

When flying, never assume that the airline will tend to your every need, even on lengthy flights. Bring your own blanket, pillow and headphones if your trip is going to be a long one. You should also plan to bring a few airline approved snacks along in case the airline meals are a flop.

Good Advice: When going on an extended trip, make sure to pack weather appropriate clothing. Go online to check out the weather channel’s website and see what kind of weather is expected in your travel area.

If you know you have to fly, do yourself a favor and wear shoes requiring minimal effort to take off. Don’t pick that day to wear your eyelet wingtips with hard-to-tie laces. Women can wear clogs or slip-ons; men should choose a casual shoe style that can be easily slipped on and off with one hand.

When planning flights for lower prices, check the actual website for every airline that offers flights to the destination. Although some websites offer low prices, there may not actually be a flight to that exact location.

When traveling to a new location, consider packing old clothing that you no longer care about. If you can discard old clothing along the way, you will have more room in your luggage for new clothes or souvenirs that you buy while on your travels. Also, travel is hard on clothes and can wreck new ones.

Good Advice: If you are traveling by air, it is vital that you remember to drink enough water. Travel is stressful, and the running around can deplete your body of water.

If you plan to travel and have animals, you will need to decide whether they are staying behind or coming with you. Pets can make travel hard if they will need a care giver while you’re gone or the places you plan to travel are not pet friendly. Searching for inexpensive care or pet friendly destinations in advance will help you tremendously.

If you are in a country where it is recommended to drink bottled water, do not forget to use that same bottled water for everything. Brushing your teeth with the tap water could inadvertently allow the bacteria to get into your system, which can make you sick. Use the bottled!

If you’re leaving your car at the airport while you’re away, reserve your spot in advance if possible. If you book parking on the day of your flight it will usually be much more expensive. Consider a taxi if you live near the airport.

Good Advice: Know what the currency exchange rates are ahead of your vacation, to make budgeting easier and faster. Knowing how much a dollar is worth overseas makes it easier to calculate a budget and plan a trip that won’t cost too much.

You should always find out well in advance of your trip if you need a visa to visit a country. Some countries have an extensive process to grant visas. Apply for the appropriate visas long before your departure. Not having a properly processed visa will mean that you will not be admitted to many countries.

As you make your travel arrangements, consider staying at places other than hotels and resorts. Alternative choices like a house swap or a farm stay may be a better deal, and they can offer you a unique experience. There are several websites that can help you locate “unusual” lodging options.

When visiting America’s National Parks, don’t just drive around the park. Get out and explore by foot. It is a great experience to visit the park, and see all that it has to offer. The only way to do that is to find a hiking trail and explore the area.

Good Advice: Carry an over-the-door shoe organizer with you when you are traveling. Staying organized in a hotel room is very difficult.

No matter where you travel, weather watching is key. Take time when planning your trip to examine the normal weather conditions for the time you are visiting. Knowing this allows you to pack properly and plan accordingly. Checking constantly will allow you to alter your plans, if necessary, due to sudden changes in forecast.

Buses have long been looked upon as a cheap, uncivil way to travel. However, travel via bus is much better today than it used to be. Buses are clean and have amenities like Wi-fi and outlets to plug in your electronics. You can find several bus companies that provide trips to and from large cities.

Consider purchasing a wi-fi detector before you travel on a road trip. Not having access to the internet can make a road trip seem a little lonely. A wi-fi detector can help you find a hotspot even when businesses are not advertising that they have it available. You can find these signal detectors on just about anything, including keychains.

Good Advice: If you have a smartphone, check for useful travel and language related apps before you leave home. Having the ability to find a well-reviewed hotel or restaurant while in an unfamiliar city can help to make your trip more enjoyable and memorable.

Now you’re ready to hit the road, board the plane, hitch a ride or get on that train to whatever destination it is that tugs at your heartstrings. Using these smart travel tips and a hearty dose of common sense, your future trips will all have a great chance at being dream vacations.

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