Tips To Help You Travel Safely
Everyone wants to be a smart traveler who gets more for their money and books the best trips. Traveling seems to be getting more and more expensive and navigating all of the internet sites and travel agencies can get confusing. Here are a few simple tips to help you along. In order to truly enjoy traveling during a vacation it is very important to bring only what you need. It is hard to travel when there is unnecessary baggage. Another thing that this brings is that you will spend more time enjoying your vacation rather than pulling along that bulky bag. When traveling if your kid sees something that they like, i.e. a favorite burger joint, take a little time to stop and enjoy it. Being a little off your schedule and providing a little fun time can make for a more enjoyable trip. Plus, it makes a great reward for them sitting in the car for so long. If you know that you are going to have a long layover in a city, check what there is to do beforehand. A 3 hour layover in Washington D.C. can easily turn into a quick tour of the Washington Mall or a long sit in Minneapolis can become a quick shopping trip to the Mall of America! Get travel insurance to ensure a stress-free vacation. Planning and executing a vacation can be stressful enough, but if something nefarious happens to you abroad, you can be left with a hefty bill. Insurance will cover both medical costs and the cost of replacing your property if it is lost or stolen, which means your vacation won't be ruined after all! Whether you are traveling within the United States or in a foreign country, always make sure the taxi cabs you use are certified with the city. There is usually a sticker visible from the back seat of the vehicle. If you are unsure, research city-licensed cabs before you travel. This way, you can avoid unlicensed cabs that overcharge their patrons, and save money to do more fun things during your travels. If you are planning a trip abroad, it is important to make sure you obtain the necessary vaccinations beforehand. When you are in the planning stages of your trip, take note of any vaccinations that are required or recommended. Failing to do so could leave you open for dangerous exotic diseases that could ruin your trip, or worse, ruin your health. Before leaving home, do some research on the sightseeing locations you plan on visiting. Make note of attraction hours, days they are closed, and whether you need to get a ticket beforehand. For example, it is very frustrating to get to a much-anticipated art museum, only to find that they are closed every Tuesday.
Make sure you take plenty of water with you when you are sight seeing. It is always good to use a reusable water container that you can refill. You can continuously fill it, and you will be contributing to the environment by not using plastic water bottles. Keep hydrated when traveling! If you're sensitive to the smell of cleaners (or just don't like them!) try bringing some small candles with you on your trip. This can help mask the scent of the cleaners the maids use and the scents can also help relax you. Some scents can even sooth you and give you a better night's sleep. When traveling to a country outside of North America and Western Europe, carry cash or pre-purchased traveler's checks. You cannot count on your credit or debit card to work the same way it does at home, nor is there any guarantee of access to ATMs. Converting your money or buying traveler's checks before you leave also protects you against unscrupulous money changers. If you are going to use a travel agent when making reservation, make sure you find one who works with your wants and needs. Many travel agents are just trying to make the most commission so they may not pick the best travel option for you. Do some research online to make sure they have good ratings. Make sure to bring everything you need on a flight with you before boarding an airplane. Snacks, meals, headphones, and anything else you might need are available on an airplane, but the prices will be absurdly high. If you board a plane prepared, you won't be at the mercy of the airline's prices. When traveling on an airplane, make sure to drink a lot of water. Water helps keep jet-lag away and allows you to think clearer. It also decreases your potential for fatigue and dizziness. Water does not cost anything on the plane, but you can also buy a bottle when you get to the airport so you don't have to request one on board. To keep your children from feeling cooped up in your hotel room, give them a chance to run around. After checking in, ask the hotel staff for the location of a nearby playground or playplace. Traveling leaves children with pent up energy, and giving them a chance to burn it off, will make everyone's hotel stay, more pleasant.
Be flexible with your travel schedule. There is a lot of money that can be saved by you leaving a couple days earlier or by using a different airport when you leave. Search out the cheapest options and make them a part of your trip so that you can both enjoy going and coming back from a trip with some money leftover.
A great travel tip if you plan on going for a cruise is to purchase a room that has windows. A room with windows will provide you with a beautiful view of the ocean. You'll also be able to tell whether it's daytime or nighttime outside, which a room without windows can't offer. Don't miss the bus. If you need to travel a moderate distance to your next destination, use the bus instead of more expensive taxis or rental cars. Many buses, especially in major cities, are quite clean and modern. Not only will you save money, but you will get an excellent chance to people-watch and get to know the locals. Save money on your local travel when you arrive at your destination. By doing a bit of research into the various means of public transportation, you can avoid costly ground transportation such as taxis. Taking the bus for instance, can not only be cost effective, but also more enjoyable than chasing down cabs and paying those fees. Avoid taxis whenever possible. Taxi fares can be very expensive, so to save money on transport, use public transport, or if the destination is not far, walk instead. If you have no choice but to take a taxi, make sure you barter with the driver to get the best deal. Save money at your travel destination by employing the local mass transit, rather than taxis. You should be able to map out routes and schedules easily, if you plan in advance. Not only will you save money, but you will see your destination from the unique perspective of the locals. When traveling in other countries, be wary of what taxis you get into. Make sure the taxi actually is legitimate before getting in. Any idiots can slap a "Taxi" sign on to their car and you never know who they might be or where they might end up taking you.
Published on Jul 7, 2012