Choosing your next travel destination is not always easy. There are many things to consider the main one being, where do you want to go? Yet, no matter where you decide to go, there isa universal truth you need to address: travelling is stressful. This article will give you some tips on minimizing the stress and avoiding pitfalls.
If you are planning to travel to a country in a very different time zone to yours, make sure you factor jet lag into your plans. Having a low key, relaxing first day planned will get your trip off to a good start, and avoid you having to explore when all you want to do is sleep.
If you are traveling with too much luggage to carry on an airplane, take a digital photograph of your bag and the baggage tag. These come in handy if your bag is lost. The photos give you something to reference when describing your bag to the airport personnel and the tag confirms that your bag was labeled for the right airport.
Don’t judge a hotel by its name alone. Look for the year it was built or last renovated, which can be very telling. Hotels can take a beating and a newly built budget hotel, may be much nicer than a luxury brand that is showing a lot of wear and tear from not being renovated in years.
Look beyond the touristy souvenir shops. To find a souvenir that will remind you of your travels and actually comes from the place you visited, shop with the locals. In grocery stores, markets, and other stores that are off the beaten (tourist) track, you’ll find things that locals actually use instead of the mass-produced trinkets.
Take precautions when traveling on holidays. Always remember to call and confirm your flight in advance. Holidays are always a busy time of year, especially at the airport. If you are bringing gifts, make sure you leave them unwrapped. They will likely be unwrapped and checked by security anyway.
When traveling by air, conceal a store of emergency money in your carry-on luggage. This stash will be useful if you run into a worst-case scenario, like a mugging or pick-pocketing. Make your stash as large as you feel comfortable with, but remember you may need it to purchase food, transportation or even an overnight room.
When you book a hotel online,(especially when you don’t book directly through the hotel’s own website), it is important to call the hotel directly to confirm your reservation. Calling ahead will prevent you from arriving at the hotel, exhausted and ready to sleep, and finding out that they have no record of your reservation.
Use creative ways to beat flight baggage fees. Buying a large luggage jacket and a cabin max bag will help you to get the maximum amount of luggage onto the plane without having to pay any extra check-in costs. If you don’t want to invest in any products then consider wearing some of the clothes you want to take with you instead of putting them in your suitcase.
Don’t hoard your frequent flyer miles. It’s hard to know if those miles will be worth anything in the future, especially since many frequent flyer programs expire miles if they have not been used in eighteen months. If you don’t want to use them on flights, most programs also offer magazine subscriptions and product discounts.
Social networking sites can serve as wonderful resources while you’re traveling. A quick Tweet or Facebook status update asking such questions as: Where’s a great place for ice cream in New York? or Which coffee shop should I check out in Rome? can provide you with a wealth of instant information.
If you are traveling overseas, find out whether the country you are in, offers a menu of the day. This option introduces you to inexpensive food, that is native to the area that you are visiting. Most menus have several courses that even include a glass or a bottle of wine. You can save a tremendous amount of money, eating out this way.
When you travel by air, pack a few items in your carry on that you will be able to use if your luggage is lost or sent to the wrong location. These items should include a change of underwear, a pair of socks and an easy to pack outfit such as yoga pants and a shirt. This way you will have a back up supply of clothing in the event of mishaps with your luggage.
As stated at the beginning of the article, there will always be a certain amount of stress associated with your voyage. After reading this article, you should have some great ideas to help you anticipate and cope with many of the problems that may arise. Happy travels!