A vacation can soothe the soul and leave you renewed, refreshed, and invigorated. Whether you are just now starting to plan your next vacation, or are merely looking for travel ideas and suggestions, it is our hope that this article will be of help to you as you plan your next trip!
Print out directions and confirmation numbers ahead of time when you are traveling. If you have a smart phone, you can save these important pieces of information in a file in your phone for easy access later. You will be much more at ease if you know ahead of time how and where to find your important information when you need it.
Protect your liquids from spilling when you travel with a homemade bottle stopper. Before screwing the cap on your travel-sized toiletries, cover the top with a small piece of plastic removed from a plastic shopping bag. This will both protect your clothes from the liquid and keep the liquid inside its container.
One factor that may not come to mind right away when planning travel is weather. By looking up the weather forecast ahead of traveling, or possibly even before deciding when to travel one will know what to expect. If the weather looks bad, it can be prepared for or the trip even rescheduled.
Long driving trips can be fun and economical, but the cost of stopping for meals every few hours will add up, especially for a family. If you are planning a longish car trip, make sure you have plenty of car food available in advance. You may be able to get away with skipping the hourlong lunch stop, which will not only save you money, but will get you to your destination sooner. If you have a second adult in the car, that person can serve as “lunchmaker,” handing around sandwiches, cutting fruit, and making sure everybody gets their midday meal on the road.
Remote areas are often among the most interesting of possible travel destinations. Just make sure you take necessities like your prescription medicines with you. One way of looking at it is that if something isn’t available for sale where you are then you probably didn’t need it anyway! Items like medicines, however, can be indispensable so don’t leave having them to chance.
Losing your rental car in large parking lots is no fun. Carry one of those fluorescent foam balls that fit over the tip of your antenna or maybe even a colorful ribbon to tie to the rear view mirror. They take up no room in your luggage and can sure make locating that car a whole lot easier when there are exactly 37 others that look just like it in the same row where you parked!
Label everything with your information. If you have chargers, power strips, keys, or anything other small items that tend to get lost, put your contact information on it. An easy way to do this is to make a tag out of masking tape, and write your name and phone number on it. Or, you can use a Sharpie.
If you are interested in traveling comfortably on your vacation, don’t be afraid to upgrade your seat. Most airlines are combining traditional business class and coach seats by offering “premium economy” options. They have larger seats and better legroom, but they often do not cost as much. You can also try to upgrade your seat just before boarding, but you won’t know about the availability of the upgrades if you check in to your flight online.
Before you fly anywhere in the world, check both the weather forecast for your the airports of departure and arrival. If you see some lousy weather in the forecast, check the airport websites too and make sure they haven’t already made an announcement. Weather delays are no fun and they’re made even worse if you don’t prepare for them.
If you want to bring your pet with you on your trip, make sure to call and ask the hotel where you are staying beforehand if pets are allowed. Although there are many more pet friendly hotels now than there were in the past, there are still some hotels that do not allow any animals.
No matter what mode of transportation you are taking when travling, try to get an off-hour ticket. Make a reservation for late nights or a weekday, as prices tend to be a lot cheaper during these times. Also, ask about any discounts or promotions they may be offering at the time.
When packing clothes for your trips, only pack what you know you will need. If your trips are over three weeks, you should plan on having to wash while at your destinations. Regardless, you can cut back on clothes by packing ones that are multi-purpose, such as clothing that can be used for day wear and sleepwear.
Most flights that are long and include meals, have options for a kids’ meal if you request for a children’s meal before you get on the flight. This is particularly useful if your kids are picky and would much rather enjoy chicken fingers instead of steamed vegetables for their meals.
Financial institutions will generally provide better currency exchange rates than local currency exchange shops. If you are traveling to a foreign country and use an international bank, you can save some money by going to your bank or using one of the bank’s ATMs in the foreign country. You might get a better rate than in your own country.
When you are going to a foreign country which speaks a different language you should be sure to teach yourself the top 20 – 50 useful words. While the ideal situation would be to speak fluently, when you just know some of the most basic ideas and phrases it will help you get along.
The travel tips and suggestions that have been presented in this article will help you as you are planning your next vacation. So take away some of the stress of making travel plans, and get started thinking about the fun and relaxing times you will soon be having on your next trip!