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Travel Tips: Planning A Vacation That Works For You

August 9, 2017

Travel Tips: Planning A Vacation That Works For You

Good Advice: To prevent injury or illness from ruining your trip, check that your medical insurance policy applies when you are away from home – especially if you are planning a trip abroad. If you find out that you are not covered, don’t worry.

Whether your business takes you away from home or you are looking for a memorable vacation, you can benefit from these handy tips on travel. While travel has tended to become faster and cheaper over time, there is still a big difference between the costs you experience as an unprepared traveler versus being a well-educated one.

Good Advice: Be aware of scams that attempt to prey on unwary travelers. In many poorer areas of the world, it is safest to assume that anyone begging for money or trying to stop you for just about any reason could be a pickpocket.

While travelling with friends and family is a great way to make memories, try travelling alone sometimes. You will find that all the activities you experience will seem just as vivid and memorable when you travel solo, and the freedom to do whatever YOU want do will seem incredibly liberating!

Good Advice: Use plenty of plastic when packing. Putting your clothes, toiletries, and other items in clear plastic bags is always a smart way to pack when traveling.

Ask a friend or family member to drive you to the airport. You can save on cab fare and long term parking fees. Many people will be happy to perform this favor for you, especially if you are willing to reciprocate later on down the road, when they are taking a vacation.

Good Advice: Plan for such small comforts as an aisle seat, a quiet room or other little things that make you trip better. While you can see well out of the window seat, that is about all it does for you.

To save energy when traveling in hilly or mountainous areas, consider taking a taxi to the highest point in the town or area you’re visiting, then walk down. This lets you see the whole town, including any mountain vistas, without having to cover too much altitude and wearing yourself out.

Good Advice: For more exciting, memorable travel experiences, consider cutting down your budget. Traveling on a shoestring, exposes you to novel situations and will show you people and places that you might otherwise miss.

When traveling with more than one child, consider pre-packing each child’s clothing into a large freezer bag. These bags can be labeled with each day, so the kids can easily find the clothing they’re going to wear. This prevents them from needing to unpack the whole suitcase each morning, and also reduces the chance of items being forgotten at home.

Good Advice: When you’re taking a trip that requires a passport or any type of paperwork for that matter, make sure that you have a second copy available. Go to your local photocopy shop and make a copy of all of your documents.

A great travel tip is to shop around online for the best hotel deal. There are plenty of sites such as Priceline.com, where you can find and book the best hotel deal. Sites like these are great because they include all of the information in one place instead of you having to go looking for it all.

When shopping for the lowest price on a flight, make sure to check each airline’s official website. Sometimes they have the best price.

You can help make your vacation less stressful by packing lightly for your trip.

Good Advice: Do not take your sleep aids until the aircraft has actually left the ground. The last thing you want to do is have a technical issue that requires you to change planes after you have taken sleep medication.

Try to keep all the items you will need in one bag; while this may seem impossible, it can be done if you are careful about what you include. Packing lightly means that there are less things for you to keep up with, and worry about, while you are enjoying your trip.

Good Advice: When traveling with a bag that has to be checked, snap a digital photo of it. If it gets lost, the picture will help you describe the item to the airline.

Anyone who’s ever been on a cruise knows how much all the hallways and doors look the same. To make finding your door easier, bring a photo of your family pet or something (nothing personal!) and attach it to your door with a Christmas bow. This will help you easily identify which room is yours.

Good Advice: Before you travel out of the country, make sure your immunizations are all up to date. There’s no way to know whether your fellow travelers are all current on their shots, or what diseases they might unknowingly be carrying.

If you are finding it difficult to pick a place to travel to ask friends and family. The people closest to you should have some insight on the type of person you are and the the kind of destinations you should like. Wherever you go just remember to have an open mind and make the best of your trip.

Good Advice: Travel with clothespins when you are planning to stay in a hotel. Many travelers find it difficult to close the hotel curtains completely, meaning that a little bit of light comes through and wakes them up in the morning.

If you are traveling abroad, it’s a wise idea to sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free government service for citizens of the United States who live in a foreign country or are planning to visit one. Providing STEP with your contact information and some details on your trip allows them to contact you in the event of an emergency and to advise you of travel warnings and alerts.

Good Advice: Allow time in your travel plans for diversion. When you are planning events and activities during your trip, separate some of these plans with an hour or two gap in between.

To avoid paying high airport prices for snacks and food, make sure to pack your own bag of treats before you leave home. Pretzels, crackers, trail mix and dried fruit, are all great airplane snack ideas. If you bring your own, you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for snacks at the airport or on board the plane.

Good Advice: When traveling with a baby or toddler, be sure to bring a couple of your loved one’s favorite toys as well as its favorite sleeping toy. This will help your loved one have a few comforts of home in completely unfamiliar territory.

To save money on your vacation, choose a hotel that offers rooms with an en-suite kitchen or kitchenette. Even a simple refrigerator can save you big bucks if, instead of paying for the pricy hotel breakfast buffet, you pick up some cereal, milk, and yogurt to eat in your room.

Good Advice: When packing a backpack for your trip, try to pack it smartly and securely. Try placing lighter items at the bottom and the heavier ones at the top.

Be aware of the opportunity to get travel credit and continue to watch the price of your flight even after you make your reservation. Many major airlines will give you a credit for future travel if the price of your flight goes down after you have purchased your ticket. You could save money on a future vacation by being aware of the price fluctuations.

Good Advice: Inspect your hotel room for those nasty little bed bugs. As soon as you check in, turn down the covers and check the seams of the mattress for traces of bed bugs.

Travel on a Boeing 767 for your flight. They have less middle seats because their rows are set up in a two-three-two arrangement instead of the traditional three-three rows. Their total number of seats range from 180 to 250 depending on who you fly with, and they normally operate for long domestic flights. By booking with a Boeing 767, you are more likely to get the type of seat you want.

Good Advice: Make sure to plan out your routes prior to car trips to avoid getting caught in rush hour traffic. You can lose so much time on your trip by getting stuck in rush hour traffic.

No matter what hotel room you stay at when you are traveling, make sure to examine the alarm clock when you get there. Many have been previously set and may wake you up at an undesirable time. Look at the alarm clock and turn it off if you don’t need to get up at a specific time.

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Convert your money a few days before your scheduled departure. Also, confirm with your bank or credit card holder that your cards can be used when you’re traveling to a foreign country. It’s also helpful to let them know that you will be traveling so they won’t “deny” a foreign transaction. Have some traveler checks on hand that can be used internationally as well.

Educating yourself on the ins and outs of traveling can save you more than just money. Savvy travelers not only get to their destinations for less money, they often get there faster – and almost always less stressed out. The tips in this article are just the start of your travel education; be on the lookout for more ways to save time and money.

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