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Planning A Vacation?

Don't Miss These Travel Tips!

Though many people consider travel to be stressful and unpleasant, it doesn't have to be that way. G etting outside of your normal daily activity can b e a rewarding experience, and one that can change your life in large or small ways. Following these tips will help make the journey a positive one. When booking your flights, try to travel at off-pe ak times. During the peak times of an early mornin g and late afternoon, airports tend to be more cro wded and flights tend to be fuller. By flying duri ng off-peak times, you'll reduce your wait and sec urity and decrease the overall stress of your trip. Watch prices even after you book. Some airline and hotel companies offer you a refund if the price o f your reservation drops after you book it, so kee p an eye on the price. Alternatively, set-up an ac count with a price watcher site. After you enter t he reservations you made and the price you paid, i t will alert you when the price has dropped by the minimum amount required for a refund. Try to avoid calling attention to the fact that yo u are a tourist. There are many people who earn th eir living by preying on unsuspecting vacationers. To avoid looking like a potential target, consult your maps and itinerary before you leave, avoid c onspicuous jewelry and clothing and keep your came ra in your bag when you are not using it - not dan gling around your neck. Resist the temptation to wear dressy shoes with he els on a cruise ship. Decks are sometimes slippery from ocean spray or spilled drinks, contributing to the possibility of falls. Staircases on cruise ships are also more narrow and steep, making it ha rder to navigate safely when tottering on heeled s hoes. Purchase flat shoes ahead of time to match a

ny evening wear that you may bring aboard the ship. If you are traveling with children, separate each of their outfits and put them in an individual fre ezer bag. Label the bags with the date that you wa nt the child to wear the clothing. While it takes a little planning to do, this idea makes your morn ings run much smoother since the kids just grab th eir bag and get ready to go. They do not have to d ig through their suitcase, potentially creating a big mess. Make sure you plan out your traveling ahead of tim e by checking the weather. You don't want to trave l on a vacation to somewhere where the weather is not favorable. Choosing what season to explore a c ity is crucial to taking in the true experience th at particular city has to offer. When you are traveling abroad consider buying a fa nny pack. It might not be the most fashionable thi ng to wear but it will certainly protect your valu ables from pick pockets and people that prey on to urists and travelers because they know they are ca rrying more cash than the average citizen. If your trip does not have specific dates that nee d to be adhered to, adjust your time frame by a da y or two when searching for deals. Look at all the available travel and hotel rates for a two week p eriod around your trip window. You may find that t here are special rates that are specific to these dates and you can save money by being flexible. Before you leave for your trip it would be smart t o check websites like living social and group on f or.discounts or special deals on tourist attractio ns at your destination. Not only will this save yo u money but sometimes you'll find a deal at an att raction you didn't know about but may have interes t in.

When traveling to a country where you do not speak the language and you have diabetes, it is importa nt to learn a few key phrases to in the language o f the country or countries where you will be trave ling. Learn the phrases "I need sugar," "I have di abetes," and "I need a doctor." Take a power strip with you if you plan on using m ultiple electronics. Oftentimes while traveling, y our room will only have one electrical outlet. It is very convenient to be able to have all of your items connected at once. Even if you are fortunate enough to have multiple outlets, a power strip st ill keeps everything centrally located so that not hing gets lost when you are rushing to check out. Show your loyalty. Even if you are only planning t o stay one night, if your hotel has a loyalty prog ram, it can be worth it to join. In addition to ad ditional amenities, such as garment pressing or fr ee meals, a guest who is perceived as a loyal cust omer is less likely to be chosen if the hotel is o verbooked and needs to cancel a reservation or nee ds to substitute a lower quality room. When traveling by airplane, try to limit yourself to a single 20 pound carry-on bag. This way, you a lways know where you luggage is. If you are travel ing to multiple destinations in a single trip, the re's nothing worse than having your luggage chasin g you around while you go without clean underwear. Do not forget to drink a lot of water when you are on the plane. It is important that you maintain h ydration so that you can feel refreshed and comfor table from the inside out when traveling. Also, it is essential to digest your food properly, especi ally if you have a long flight. Always pack a map when you travel, even if you hav e a GPS system. GPS systems are not always reliabl e. If it were to malfunction or become broken, you

would be lost. A highlighter can be helpful as we ll, allowing you to mark your map for easy referen ce. As a bonus, your well-used and marked up map, makes an excellent memento to remember your trip by. Armed with the knowledge from these tips, you can now go out into the world with more confidence and less stress. Take the time to enjoy your new surr oundings as you travel and learn from the people y ou encounter along the way. You'll return to your everyday life refreshed and with a new appreciatio n for the things you normally take for granted.

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