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Best Tips On How To Be A Smart Traveler

August 6, 2017

Best Tips On How To Be A Smart Traveler

Traveling to a new place can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very dangerous! There are a lot of things that can go wrong, and you need to keep them all in mind when planning your trip. Read on for some tips on traveling safely.

Good TIP! If you’re going to be travelling by air, make sure you don’t put any valuables or electronics in your checked luggage. Luggage handlers aren’t known to be gentle and any electronics may end up damaged during transport.

To avoid being the victim of a pickpocket, keep your hand on your belongings. Nearly every large tourist destination has its share of less savory residents, who seek to take advantage of unwary travelers. Prime targets are crowded areas, where people may be bumping into one another and therefore, may not feel the pickpocket. To prevent this, if you are heading into a crowded situation, keep one of your hands on your belongings at all times. This makes it impossible for someone to steal without your notice.

Good TIP! Document important info when planning to travel abroad. Among this information should be contact information for the embassy or consulate for the country you are visiting.

If you plan to be travelling for more than a week, make accommodations for your pets. Your neighbor or sister-in-law may assure you that stopping by is not a hassle, but you should not place that obligation on them for any longer than a week. There are many kennels and vet offices that will be glad to feed, play with and even, bathe your pets.

Good TIP! Be cautious when traveling to foreign destinations. Criminals may pose as government or police officials.

Make arrangements for your pets while you will be away. Have a neighbor or friend come over to feed, walk and check in on them, at least once per day. They will feel more secure knowing that they will have fresh food and water and will be less stir crazy than if they were left alone for a long period of time.

Good TIP! When going on a trip, make sure to split up your bank cards, credit cards, checks and cash. Put them all into different hidden pockets of your purses and travel bags.

When going on vacation, make sure to purchase travel insurance. Taking this step can cover you in the event that you need to go to the hospital or have a medical evaluation while away from home. This is especially important, if you are thinking of participating in adventure activities or sports.

Good TIP! If you’re planning on travelling internationally any time soon, make sure you’re prepared for customs inspections and the forms you’ll have to fill out. Have your social security number memorized and keep your passport handy at all times.

Make sure that you are not going on vacation during a time of renovation. Nothing is worse than staying in a hotel that is doing numerous renovations. Since there’s nothing the hotel staff can do about the noise, it’s better to just avoid those dates entirely.

Good TIP! If you’re going on a cruise, you should arrive a day in advance. This will stop those close calls of getting stuck in traffic or having your flight delayed and causing you to miss your trip.

Look up reviews about hotels you plan to visit, but do not necessarily trust everything that is written. Everyone will have a different experience, so be forgiving of some negative reviews and do not be blinded by overly positive reviews. When trying to find a hotel, one suggestion is to call the hotel and ask the clerk a few simple questions. His customer service skills will often indicate the quality of the hotel.

Good TIP! If you’re going on a cruise, make sure you pack a power strip with you. Most rooms aboard cruise ships will only have one (maybe two) power outlets.

Take advantage of the hotel’s ice machines when you are traveling. Many people enjoy having a cup of coffee in the morning, but they often dislike the way hotel coffee tastes. The ice machines use filtered water, so try putting ice in the machine the night before and allowing it to melt. The difference in taste between coffee made with filtered water instead of tap water is amazing.

Good TIP! Any time you are in a foreign country, drink bottled water. Countries around the world treat their water differently than others.

Joining a travelers club like AAA will help keep money in your pocket through discounts and specials. Many hotels, restaurants and other organizations will offer moderate to steep discounts to members of travelers clubs. With little research and questioning, you can target companies that offer these discounts and save a bundle.

Good TIP! 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.

Bring an over the door shoe organizer along whenever you’re staying in a hotel. Being an organized traveler in a hotel can be tough. There is limited drawer, counter, and closet space. Keep your bathroom essentials, shoes, and accessories organized and in clean site by putting them in your shoe organizer as soon as you arrive.

Good TIP! Always have a copy of your passport available, and keep it a different location than your actual passport. In the event of a stolen or lost passport, having a copy will make replacing it much easier and faster.

When packing your bags for a trip on an airplane, always remember 3-1-1. Regulations now limit the amount of liquids and gels passengers can have in their carry on luggage. When you take your bag through security, they will make sure you only have your travel-size toiletries which are less than three ounces and fit into a one quart zip top bag and only one bag per passenger.

Good TIP! To be prepared for travel, make sure you pack light. Bring just what you need, which is always less than you think.

Consider buying a portable shower before you travel on a road trip. You will invariably stop the car to check out a local site, and sometimes you may engage in a physically strenuous activity. Getting back in the car when you feel unclean makes it hard to relax and enjoy your trip. A portable shower allows you to feel refreshed for the next leg of your journey.

Good TIP! Do as much as you can from your home before going to the airport. Many airlines will charge you extra if you wait until you go to the airport to check your bag.

If you are going to travel to a destination that involves scuba diving or snorkeling, be sure to invest in an underwater camera. There are many great underwater digital cameras on the market nowadays. Most digital cameras also include a video setting, so you can capture your whole underwater adventure.

Good TIP! 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.

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.

Good TIP! When traveling with an infant, pack a change of clothes in your carry on bag for both the baby and yourself. Messy spills or diapers are bound to happen.

If your destination has a visitors bureau, call them at least three months before travel to inquire about coupons or special packages. To attract more tourists, many of these locations have made deals with local attractions and service providers to offer steep discounts and special rates to visitors. You can save a lot of money and plan your time accordingly.

Good TIP! Keep an electronic copy of your important documents like passports, identification and itineraries in an accessible location such as a web-based e-mail account. You can scan your documents or take a digital photograph and keep the image in a location where you can access it easily if your paperwork becomes lost or destroyed.

A beach or city may look beautiful in the many pictures that are on the travel site that you are booking your site through. Make sure to look into as many resources online to make sure that the one that you are planning to visit is clean and safe for you and your family.

Good TIP! Make sure you are aware of what the airline’s policy is for carry-on luggage. Most airlines allow not only the carry-on bag, but also a laptop bag or purse as well.

As you can see, there are a lot of things to think about to stay safe when traveling, whether you’re planning a trip or are already at the destination. Make sure to keep this article as a checklist so you can be sure not to forget anything you need to stay safe.

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