How To Protect Yourself When Traveling Overseas

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. You don't necessarily have to, as many airlines, hotels, etc., are pet friendly,. That's the good news. This article will give you tips for making the most of your travels with your four-legged friend. Dress in layers and you are sure to be ready for any weather. Weather can be unpredictable, especially if you are visiting an unfamiliar place. You can add or remove pieces depending on the temperature, by having several layers of clothing. This is especially useful for all day adventures which start in the cool morning but warm up later in the day. If your personal vehicle is more than a few years old and you will be taking a road trip, consider renting a car for the journey. You will ensure that the car you drive is mechanically sound as well as possibly renting a car that gets better gas mileage than your own. Be flexible. If your travel dates can be tweaked by a day or two, try using the "flexible dates" feature of most online travel search engines. This allows you to search departure and return dates within a given range. You may be able to score huge savings on airfare, by just changing your dates by a day or two. When traveling abroad, be on the lookout for criminals who may be posing as law or government officials. Never give them your original passport as you may never see it again. Walk if you are asked to go to an office with them. Perhaps the most important thing is to never allow yourself to enter a strange person's vehicle. When traveling by air, conceal a store of emergency money in your carry-on luggage. If you run into a worst-case scenario, like a mugging or pick-pocketing, this stash will be useful. Remember you may need it to purchase food, transportation or even an overnight room, even though make your stash as large as you feel comfortable with. If you're going on a cruise, it's advisable to bring your own alcohol. While food is unlimited on the ship, alcohol is not. They won't charge you anything right then and there, instead you'll just swipe your room key. But come check out time, you may find you've racked up hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of alcohol if you and your family like to drink. When you know you will be on an airplane for an extended amount of time, make sure you dress for the occasion. Wearing tight jeans will not be comfortable and will make you miserable by the end of the ride. Try sweatpants or a loose fitting cotton dress. Driving far in a car means consistently changing radio stations for ones that a clear. To solve this, make CDs or tapes with all of the group's favorite songs so you can jam happily without distracting yourself by trying to find a clear station while driving. This also allows for you guys to listen to music non-stop rather then sit and wait for commercials to end. 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. Before traveling, program the customer service numbers for your airline, hotel, and car rental agents into your phone. Should you run into an emergency or delay, need to ask a question, or have to make a change the contact information will be readily available to you. This can also save you from waiting in long customer service lines when you arrive. Take cookie sheets with you when you are traveling in a car with children. Cookie sheets can be used for a wide variety of purposes, including snack or meal trays. They can also be used as a coloring desk and game table. Small children will enjoy using the trays with their magnetic letters and numbers, keeping them busy and happy during the drive. Staying longer can equal bigger savings. Airlines will offer better rates on round trip tickets based on the amount of time between flights. Hotels as well may offer discounted room rates for three or more days with them. Hotels can offer these rates since a booked room is generating more income than an empty room. While traveling, do not bully your body into believing you will be sick no matter what. Worrying will only exacerbate the problem if you suffer from motion sickness. Additional stress should be avoided while traveling. Stress can lower your immune system. Try not to let delays, crying children, or your own imagination get the best of your temper. Don't rush anything on your road trip, and include some stops. An extra 5 or 10 minutes won't wreck the plans or ruin your trip. This also allows people to feel better and not so annoyed while travelling. Look for the opportunity to trade books at the airport bookstore if you are traveling by plane. Many are beginning to allow travelers the opportunity to leave one of their old books and pick up a new one. This service is usually free and gives you something new to read on your flight. When you are on vacation, do not bring more money with you on a day trip than you need. By having more money on you, you are just going to have the urge to buy more things. Also, you do not want to risk having all of your money stolen. 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. Now, are you excited? Hopefully, you found a tip or two that will make you travel a pleasant experience the next time you go! No being, planning and doubt prepared will contribute to a successful time. 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