Heading Out On A Trip? Check Out These Handy Travel Tips!

Things To Avoid Packing When Traveling By Air If you are like many pet owners, you hate leaving your four-legged friend behind when you travel. The good news is that you don't necessarily have to, as many airlines, hotels, etc., are pet friendly. This article will give you tips for making the most of your travels with your four-legged friend. While planning for your vacation, be flexible with your destination choice. Going somewhere different may be more relaxing and memorable. Finding an alternate destination can save you a bit of money when you are on a tight budget. One way to deal with the tedium of being away from your family due to work-related travel is to take advantage of the time for yourself. Typically, meetings end at 5 and you'll have until the next morning. Take the world's longest bath, and use up all the toiletries. Watch three movies in a row. Haven't had time, although write those couple of actual snail-mail letters you always said you would. Knit a hat. Read a book. If you were surrounded by your family, in short, do all the nice things for yourself that you wouldn't take the time to do. You'll feel better knowing you took the time, and you'll be that much more and happier relaxed when you see your family again. When picking a destination, remember to know the lay of the land before you go. You can do some research online or ask people that you know, who have been to the particular destination that you will be travelling to. If you have an idea of what you want to do at your destination, before you even get there, it can help your whole travel experience to be much smoother. If you travel a great deal for work, the constant change of venue and planes can be exhausting. Make it a bit easier on yourself by always requesting the same seat when you book a flight ("9A, please, or right over the wing.") Actually, over the wing is a good spot because the plane tends to be most solidly anchored and less susceptible to vibration. That way, you will feel as though you're sitting in "your" seat on the same plane back and forth, and you'll also be accustomed to working in that particular position (window at your left, etc.) 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. Show your loyalty. If your hotel has a loyalty program, it can be worth it to join, even if you are only planning to stay one night. In addition to additional amenities, such as garment pressing or free meals, a guest who is perceived as a loyal customer is less likely to be chosen if the hotel is overbooked and needs to cancel a reservation or needs to substitute a lower quality room. Ask your travel agent which car rental companies are available while on your travels if you need a rental car for your trip. There are different companies that serve different cities in the world. Using your travel agent will save you the effort and time, calling around, trying to find the best rate and car. Are you traveling with your pet? Make sure their immunizations are up to date and you have the papers proving it! Also, don't forget the essentials like food, water, leash and bedding. Tucking in a favorite toy or two always helps ease the boredom and helps keep them quite when you really don't want them disturbing the occupants in the next room. Sign up for the e-newsletters of all the major airlines. They contain discounts not found elsewhere, including last-minute fare reductions. The savings you get from these newsletters make the extra email worth it. If you are getting a hotel room, inquire as to whether there are any upcoming renovations or not. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than being woken up with the noise of loud construction equipment. By knowing in advance, you adjust your trip as necessary. When traveling, carry your own GPS unit and program it for all of the stops you will be making. Doing this can save you the time it takes to constantly look up addresses and review maps. You also won't find yourself stopping to ask for directions nearly as often. If you don't feel like listening to music, to avoid having to talk to your seatmate on a long flight, wear headphones, even. The headphones will indicate to your seatmate that you are unavailable and busy to chat, which will allow you to relax or get some work done without being bothered. One of the best ways to save money on airline travel is to be flexible. If you are willing to fly out a day or so earlier or later than your original plan, or choose another airport other than your first choice, you could save yourself some money. Sometimes airlines offer specials you just need to be flexible enough to take advantage of them. If you can remain flexible with your travel plans and schedule, you can save some resources. Before you travel to a foreign country you should know if they accept American dollars, or if they don't, what currency you need. You should be well aware of the current exchange rate because oftentimes foreign merchants will rip off Americans because they do not know the value of their money in the foreign country. If you are traveling for business, but also plan on sightseeing, bring a diary or notebook with an envelope to keep your expenses separate. Make keeping track of business easier by jotting down each expense as you go along instead of trying to remember which expenses were work and which were fun. An envelope or pocket in the notebook is also a good idea to store your receipts in. Do not take a sleeping pill on an airplane, bus or train trip. Sleeping pills might make you sleep much longer and deeper than you plan. This might cause you to miss your stop or be uncomfortably groggy when you reach your destination. If you must take a sleeping pill, make sure you are not blocking other passengers from the aisle. Pack solid shampoo bars and powder toothpaste. Though this might not be what you normally use, it can add to the convenience factor when traveling. Avoiding liquids will make your trip through security easier. It will also speed up any baggage checks. In addition, you can pack larger quantities of these items in your carry on than you can liquid items. You have the research, the plan, and are now ready to apply them all to a great and well-thought out trip. Fabulous! The above tips were constructed to add to your personal travel plan, as you are never done improving it. 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