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Make Your Next Trip Easier With These Handy Travel Tips

August 10, 2017

Make Your Next Trip Easier With These Handy Travel Tips

Sometimes the vicissitudes of modern travel can make you feel powerless. You can take control of your travel experience by preparing well ahead of time and learning some simple tricks. Read this article to learn ways you can make your travel dollar stretch further and reach your intended destination with less stress along the way.

If you are traveling to Europe with electronic gadgets, remember that the voltage for household outlets is going to be different than in North America. This means that you’ll either need to bring a converter so that you can plug American goods into European power, or find appliances that can handle a range of voltages.

Study up on the language of the area you are planning to travel to before you leave. Language barriers can be tricky. Obviously, you can manage in a foreign country without speaking the language. Even so, it is always a good idea to brush-up on important words like “police” or “hospital.”

Homegrown Tip! Ask a friend or family member to drive you to the airport. You can save on cab fare and long term parking fees.

Buy airport carry-on sized toiletries when flying to your next travel destination. Store them in zip lock bags in your luggage and you won’t need to worry about security confiscating them.

When flying, never assume that the airline will tend to your every need, even on lengthy flights. Bringing a blanket, pillow and headphones with you is a good idea. Don’t forget to pack a few snacks to make sure you have some food that you enjoy during the flight.

Audio books are great to keep you and the family entertained when traveling! Did you know that most people can check audio books out for free if they have a valid library card? Many times you can even browse the selection of books that are available online and complete the checkout process right from your vehicle or even the airport!

Ditch the fanny pack. Not only do you look the part of a tourist, a fanny pack is often easy pickings for a thief. If you crave the convenience of the fanny pack, consider getting a multi-pocket travel vest instead. These carry just as much but keep the items close to your body where they are safer.

Homegrown Tip! When taking a road trip, naturally you’re going to pass things that look interesting that someone in the car may one to stop and see. But you can’t always stop at every interesting spot or your trip would never end.

When making hotel reservations, inquire about any type of renovations that may be going on. You surely do not want to deal with the noise of construction workers everywhere when you are trying to relax. Just don’t book during those times.

If you’re traveling with kids, buy each child their own disposable camera. Tell them to take pictures of anything they find interesting. If they fill it up before the trip is over, you can get them another one fairly cheap. Then they’ll have something to remember all the things they liked – you’d be surprised how different the pictures your kid takes are from yours.

After you decide on a travel destination, be sure to check user reviews on local hotels before you secure your reservations. Gather these from multiple sources, including magazines, websites and guidebooks. Also ask the hotel to send you pictures of the type of room that you will be staying in. Doing your research will help you avoid unexpected surprises when you get to your destination.

Select a hotel in an older, more central part of town if your travel budget will possibly allow it. While these centrally-located hotels are usually more expensive, they are also much more vibrant and memorable. They are right in the middle of the action. Suburban hotels can be cheaper, but the hassle of their isolated locations often offsets your savings.

Homegrown Tip! If you are traveling by plane, make sure you have enough room in your luggage for the things you want to take back. If your bags are packed full before you get there and you want to buy new clothes or souvenirs, not only will your clothes get all wrinkly, but there could be a chance that your luggage bag bursts and you lose the old things, as well as the new.

Take digital photographs of your travel documents like passports, licenses and tickets prior to beginning your trip. If something happens to these documents, you then have a digital backup from which to look up account numbers and other data. Save these photos in a few locations, including your computer and a backup on the cloud.

Make sure to have all medical information for yourself and your family on hand. If any member of your family has special medical needs, then you need to order medical alert bracelets if you do not own them already. These are the first thing medical professionals should look for and it also can give a point of contact in the event of separation.

Airport websites may be a great place to get some really cheap tickets. The site will list all of different airlines that offer service there. Watch out for the list of fees that the airlines might charge you. It may end up nickel and diming you with baggage fees and some other fees and end up costing you more than the other airlines.

Join travel forums and social networks. A great way to prepare for any trip is to socialize on these forums and ask questions and read stories from other travelers. It will help you make friends and even help you avoid mistakes during your trip.

Homegrown Tip! If possible travel during off-peak hours. The price of flights changes depending on the hour, the day and the month of travel.

Before going on a road trip, make sure you have your car’s fluids checked (oil, coolant, brake fluid, ATF, windshield washer etc.) This not only saves you time by not having to do it sometime during the trip, but it can also help you avoid disastrous stalls along the way. Nothing is worse than being stuck in the middle of the road far from an auto shop during a road trip.

A great travel tip if you’re planning on going for a cruise is to ask to get a map of the ship. There are so many different levels and areas on cruise ships that it can get really easy to get lost. Having a map handy can keep you from getting lost.

Do not bring Social Security cards with you on your vacation! Not only are they unnecessary, but you do not want them to get lost or be taken, if your purse is stolen. If, for whatever reason, you want to keep your Social Security number handy while on a trip, write it on a piece of paper, and put it in your luggage.

Before leaving your house to travel, the last thing you should do before you go anywhere is to use the bathroom. This will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to go away on a trip. Most importantly, going to the bathroom before leaving, will mean that you won’t have to go for a while, which will prevent an uncomfortable situation where you can’t find a bathroom.

Homegrown Tip! When you are traveling by cruise ship, bring a carry-on bag with you that has your swimsuit in it. Most people like to immediately check out the pool or the hot tub, but it can take a while for your suitcases to arrive in your room.

Understand that there are going to be a lot of distractions and noises on your flight, so come prepared with an eye mask and ear plugs. This will allow you to sleep in darkness and reduce any of the external noise that could cause a commotion when you are trying to rest.

Only have your money changed at reputable locations. It doesn’t matter if someone says they can get you a better rate down the block. If you don’t know where that down the block is stay where you are. Make sure to always keep your eyes on your money at all times.

The well-prepared traveler is one who does his or her research. Great bargains, faster trips, and hassle-free travel are all waiting for you. All it takes to find them is a little self-education. Once you start learning how to travel wisely, you can get more enjoyment and satisfaction out of your trips.

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