Taking a vacation to a far away place is so much fun, but it can sometimes turn out to be extremely stressful as well. Thankfully, there are many simple things you can do to make sure your trip goes smoothly. Below you will find some advice on how to plan a successful trip.
To save money when booking airline flights, check the round-trip prices — even if you only want to fly one way to a destination. Thanks to quirky airline policies, sometimes it’s less expensive to purchase a round trip to your desired locale than to fly one way. At least if that happens, you can save money by buying the round-trip tickets anyway and simply not take the return flight back.
It can be beneficial when traveling to put together a large group of friends and family to travel with. In a large group, one will be less vunerable to criminals targeting lone tourists who look like ‘easy pickings.’ You will also have the added bonus of sharing your trip with the ones you are close to.
The advice “don’t drink the water” if you travel to a foreign country is, unfortunately, accurate. However, you can also have intestinal upsets any time you drink water from a place other than where you live, even in the U.S. That’s because the bacterial flora that live in your gut (intestinal tract) are very sensitive to the composition of your own water, in your own area. It takes them a while to get used to water from elsewhere, and in the meantime, they want to push that unfamiliar water right through. So until you get used to the local water, wherever you are, sip slowly or stick with bottled H20.
A traveler should try to learn some of the language spoken at his or her destination if there is sufficient time to do so. Fluency in any language is difficult to achieve, but any dedicated traveler can get familiar with some useful phrases. Learning a bit of the lingo will enhance the traveler’s experience or even prove helpful in case of unexpected difficulties.
Educate your family by traveling. If you are safe, even third world countries can be an opportunity to show children how life is in different places. Taking your family abroad to experience different cultures is a great experience and helps them to develop tolerance and understanding of other cultures.
If you are taking a cruise, bring a tackle box and use it to store your valuables. Most thieves are only interested in what they can quickly find and get out with. They probably will not think to look in a tackle box for valuables.
When visiting America’s National Parks, hiking is a great way to see what the park has to offer. While walking around and hiking stay on the park’s trails at all times. This will protect you from anything in the wilderness and it will also protect the wilderness from you.
When you are traveling, you can do a few things to save money at home. First of all, turn the air conditioner off or just down. Next, turn off the sprinklers. It will also help to put your lights on timers. And last, but not least, unplug your major appliances.
If you have the option to do so, use a business card as your luggage tag to avoid revealing your personal information. Many unscrupulous people out there are looking for opportunities for theft or other devious schemes. Knowing you are going on a trip means that gaining your personal info from luggage offers a potentially empty home.
If you have a baby or toddler that sleeps in the car, plan your drive around nap time. This will keep the drive a lot quieter and will take care of quite a chunk of time that you do not have to find things to occupy your child. This, in turn, will help ease some of the restlessness that comes with a long car ride.
Take an early flight to avoid delays. Since airports fill up to capacity, when one plane gets delayed, usually the plane behind it will also be delayed since it must wait until the gates open. If you take the first flight of the day, you reduce your chances for a delay.
Instead of traveling with a tour guide, buy a Guidebook. They are just as effective as a tour guide, showing you the best places to visit and good places to eat. A Guidebook is much cheaper than a tour guide, and some may even have tips that the guide doesn’t know about!
When traveling overseas, stay away from food that is not served hot. Standards for preparing food are not the same in other countries and could make you sick. In particular, stay away from cold sauces and desserts. These foods are often a few days old, meaning that bacteria has already begun to grow on them.
Make sure to crunch numbers when getting ready to invest in a car rental. Even if the trip is a tad bit less than a week, the weekly rate can still be incredibly low. So, it is suggested that you go ahead and rent the car using that rate and then turn it in early.
To avoid losing everything if your bag happens to get robbed on a trip, try splitting up your valuable into different locations. This entails placing your various credit cards, debit cards, bank cards, traveler’s checks, etc. in different pockets, bags, and wallets. This ensures that if you are robbed from one source that you won’t be strapped for cash on your trip.
Don’t let any downfalls that could happen on your trip stop you from enjoying your time away. If you remember what you have learned here, you will be able to place more of your time and energy into your travel expectations. Instead of thinking about what could happen or go wrong, just focus on what great memories you will get from it.