The idea of travel is akin to creating a unique adventure. When you plan carefully, your trip won’t be full of stress and headaches. These tips can help you to improve your experience while on vacation.
Do not be afraid to ask your tour guide for their credentials. Many tour guides are often required to carry a permit. Do not be shy about asking to see it. If you are spending your money on their services, it is well within your right to do so.
If you need vaccinations in order to travel to a certain country, make sure you bring along your certificate to serve as proof that you have received the treatment. You never know when you may need it, so it should be on your person at all times. If you do not have the certificate, there is no way to prove you had the vaccination so authorities may quarantine you.
When booking a hotel stay, be sure to ask when the hotel was last built or renovated. A low-cost motel that’s brand new might be a better option than an older building attached to a good name. Stay away from lower-end and mid-range hotels that haven’t been renovated in more than five or six years.
Space can sometimes be an issue when you are trying to pack too many clothes into your suitcase. Rolling your clothes up can sometimes decrease the amount of space you use. If you are concerned about your clothes getting wrinkled, roll them in tissue paper as well. This will free up important space in your luggage.
No matter where you’re traveling, make sure to wear sunscreen. Even if the sun isn’t shining, your exposed skin is still subject to the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing 15+ SPF sunscreen will ensure that you don’t get a painful sunburn and that your trip can be fun without the pain.
One of the easiest, most effective and affordable ways to offset the unflattering aftermath of jet lag, is to drink plenty of water. Being dehydrated can cause you to feel light-headed, dizzy and fatigued, upon landing. Seasoned travelers report that drinking at least four eight-ounce glasses of water over a five-hour trip, can make a noticeable difference.
Joining a travelers club like AAA will help keep money in your pocket through discounts and specials. Many hotels, restaurants and other organizations will offer moderate to steep discounts to members of travelers clubs. With little research and questioning, you can target companies that offer these discounts and save a bundle.
If you are worried about cleanliness while traveling, consider using your t-shirt as a pillowcase in your hotel room. Turn your shirt inside out and put it over your pillow. While it may not be as clean as you would like, it beats not knowing who or what was on the pillow before you arrived.
Purchase an inexpensive prepaid cell phone in your destination country if you travel abroad. Many phone companies have very high fees for international use. Instead of racking up a large bill, purchase an inexpensive prepaid cell phone when you arrive, so you can stay in touch without the massive bill.
Avert flight delays by taking the earliest flight possible. Airports are very busy places. Once one plane is held back, more are sure to follow. The very first morning flight should not have many reasons to delay.
Inspect your hotel room for those nasty little bed bugs. As soon as you check in, turn down the covers and check the seams of the mattress for traces of bed bugs. Traces include bloodstains or the actual bugs themselves. This will prevent you from bringing the bugs home with you.
Do not bring Social Security cards with you on your vacation! Not only are they unnecessary, but you do not want them to get lost or be taken, if your purse is stolen. If, for whatever reason, you want to keep your Social Security number handy while on a trip, write it on a piece of paper, and put it in your luggage.
When traveling to a foreign country, it is a good idea to research their laws to see how they differ from your home country and how they are enforced. For example, in Singapore, it is illegal to litter and this law is regularly enforced through a fine. If you are caught committing a crime in a foreign country, your home country in many cases will not be able to override the law.
A great low-cost alternative to flying, or driving cross-country, is to take the bus. The bus allows you to really experience the country. You will pass through areas you would never see otherwise, and since you are riding, you can really take in the experience. Bus travel is available in rural or city areas.
When taking a cruise it is a good idea to arrive near the port a day before the cruise is actually set to take off. This will allow you to arrive at the cruise line a little early. This way you can avoid worrying about your luggage, getting on-board or missing the ship all together.
If you are traveling by air, do your best to keep your luggage under fifty pounds. A bag that weighs even fifty-one pounds is subject to additional fees, on top of the baggage fees most airlines already charge. Weigh all bags on your scale at home before leaving to ensure they meet the weight restrictions.
Travelling long distances in cars can be very time consuming. It is best if you have multiple drivers so you can drive through the night, you can alternate sleeping and driving with the other driver. This will cut down many hours of the trip and the expenses of a hotel.
If you have a very flexible schedule and a somewhat limited budget, consider booking your trip outside of the normal travel season. You will find more affordable prices on travel and hotel fare, and you will not have to battle other tourists for space at popular attractions and monuments.
While you can be pretty well prepared for any trip using the advice of this article, no trip is ever uneventful. Just be sure to relax and have fun.