We always hold traveling up as this great opportunity to visit new places and to meet new people. And while it is exciting and fulfilling, it can also be incredibly stressful if you’re not properly planned for it. Check out this article and read up on some travel information that you should really know about.
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. Check with your travel agent or online for vacation insurance.
Set a budget for your travel expedition ahead of your departure. It is so easy to overspend when you are in the middle of a vacation high and you aren’t thinking about the realities or consequences of the money you are spending. Determining a budget ahead of time and sticking to it will ensure that you can afford to take future vacations.
Always bring a personal set of earplugs. Whether it is a child crying two rows ahead of you or an annoying person sitting next to you who wants to discuss his dream from last night of the plane crashing, it always helps to have a way to drown out that extraneous noise.
When traveling in foreign countries, beware of police officers who ask for your ID. Make sure you ask them for their ID to prove they’re actually a cop. Instead of showing them your real passport, show them a photocopy instead. You don’t want to risk a thief running off with your passport.
If you are staying at a lower-cost or no-name hotel when traveling, never put your bag on the bed. Be sure to check the sheet and spreads for bugs. If you must take your clothing out of your luggage, hang it in the closet instead of putting in the dresser or onto the furniture. Bedbugs are a major problem in North American hotels.
Enroll in the loyal customer club. These clubs reward you with a free night after you’ve stayed a certain number of nights at their participating locations. Even if aren’t planning to stay with them again, enroll anyway. Being a member often entitles you to extra benefits–anything from drinks to internet access–during your stay.
Put in a good workout before boarding your flight. Long flights are taxing on your body and nerves. In addition, having to sit in one spot for hours can cause your back and legs to severely cramp up. You will be more relaxed during your flight and can help avoid body aches by stretching before your flight.
Do not park your car at the airport. Parking lot fees can be steep and leaving your car in a parking lot for an extended period of time can make some people uneasy. Have a friend or family member drop you off at the airport. Alternatively, you can use the airport’s shuttle service.
Because security does not allow you to lock your luggage, you run the risk of the zippers coming undone and your belongings leaving a trail across the country and around the baggage claim. To help prevent this, use zip ties, which hold the zipper together, but can easily be cut off (with little cost to you) by security, if necessary.
Make sure you pick a favorable season to enjoy your travels, when possible. You don’t want to travel to somewhere and be stuck in the hotel during your entire stay because of unfavorable weather conditions. If you are unsure when it is best to travel to a given location. ask a friend or look it up online.
Camping is a great way to see the country, or even the world, on a budget. Instead of springing for expensive hotels, look for camping sites along the way of your trip. Many of them have amenities like plumbed bathrooms and showers. You can even avoid having to cook by continuing to eat out, as you would if staying in a hotel.
Use your GPS for things you did not know it could do. Many GPS units actually have calculators, currency exchange rates, and bilingual dictionaries built in. You can use these to your advantage without having to buy them separately. Check your GPS before you attempt it though, as some less expensive models don’t carry these features.
If you are planning to travel by car, purchase an expandable file to help you organize your trip. Label one slot with each day of your trip and put any information that you need for the day in there. You might include maps, directions, hotel confirmation numbers, or attraction information. Staying organized will help make your road trip less stressful and will allow you to stay on schedule.
While traveling, when you are in a crowd of people, you do not want your valuables to be noticed by others. Take a re-usable coffee cup with a lid, place your valuables inside of the coffee cup and “sip” on your coffee from time to time. This way your valuables are stored in such a manner, that most people will assume this is your beverage. Keep the coffee cup in your hands at all times.
Only prepay for packages if you know that there is no way that you will have to shift dates. If you do prepay, make sure that you look into the cancellation policies so you do not lose out on the money that you have prepaid onto it if you should have to cancel.
When traveling through a busy airport with children, dress them in bright colored clothing. A bright color will be easier to recognize, should you become separated. It will also be easy to remember (and tell airport security) what your child is wearing if they are dressed in brighter, more unusual colors.
Now that you’ve finished reading this article, we hope that you now understand some of the finer points of traveling. Hopefully, you can absorb this information and use it wisely, so that you can leave your worries behind and achieve the excitement you seek, on your next vacation to some exotic location.