Planning Tips For Having A Successful Journey

Follow This Advice To Be A More Successful Traveler! If this is your first time traveling out of time or if you have racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles the prospect of taking a trip out of town can be a very exciting and stressful time, it doesn't matter. For some insight into making a trip to remember, check out the advice in these travel tips. To prevent injury or illness from ruining your trip, check that your medical insurance policy applies when you are away from home - especially if you are planning a trip abroad. If you find out that you are not covered, don't worry. Check with your travel agent or online for vacation insurance. To save money when traveling for pleasure, look into swapping homes. Swapping homes saves you a great deal of money that would otherwise be spent on a hotel room. It is also a great deal more spacious and comfortable than your average hotel room. There are several places online that allow you to make house swapping arrangements. When traveling in another country, be sure to clean your hands and under your fingernails often. Try not to touch your face, especially your eyes and mouth ,to prevent any bacteria or germs from getting in. If you're visiting a less developed country to avoid getting sick, this is especially important. 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 grocerystores and 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. Always let someone know when you are planning to travel. While unexpected trips and spontaneous travel may seem like a good idea at the time, it is not so great if something goes awry. Letting a friend, family member or neighbor know you will be gone and where you are going is always a good idea. Contact that person as soon as you reach your destination. Let them know when you will be coming home. You will be glad you did. Talk to your bellman. The man who helps carry your bags to your room is usually one of the most informed people in the hotel. He can tell you the worst and best places to eat, drink, and be merry or relax. Tipping him can bring you a wealth of information, so don't be stingy! When traveling with a baby, use the hotel's coffee machine to sterilize your bottles. Wash all the different parts to the bottles using soap and hot water. Plug up the sink and place all the bottle items in it. Allow the coffee machine to fill with water and then turn it on. Wait for the water to heat up and then pour the hot water over the rings, bottles and nipples. Repeat as necessary, completely covering the items with the water. Let them soak for at least five minutes, and your baby will have a sanitary bottle to drink from. If you are traveling to a foreign country and are not fluent in the language, make sure you can always arrive safely back at your lodging by carrying its name, phone number and address with you. Use a piece of hotel stationery or a business card or matchbook labeled with the appropriate information, or write it on a piece of paper. If you get lost, simply show the information to a taxi driver, and, before you know it, you'll be back at home base. A great way to get some sleep on an airplane is by bringing an eye mask. Even when you close your eyes, you can still see the different colors and shapes in front of you. With an eye mask, that will allow it to be completely blacked out, allowing much better chance of sleep. There are many places when traveling where you can sample local food and not break the bank. Try locating restaurants and eateries in central markets and areas. It is recommended that you arrive fairly early as this is generally for lunch and breakfast. Most of the buildings these are in are very indicative and charming of local culture. Look for "nonstop" rather than just "direct" flights. Nonstop flights, as their name implies, make no stops before arriving at the destination, whereas direct flights may stop at other airports on the way to the final destination. Although you are not changing planes, the stops you make on a direct flight can lead to many unexpected delays. Take earplugs for hotel and flights stays. With the right level of noise blocking you can eliminate the volume that accompanies airplane travel. Also sleeping in hotels in an unfamiliar location can be hit or miss as far as the outside noise level. These earplugs can be the difference in a good night's sleep or a grouchy morning. It's a wise idea to purchase travel insurance, if it's within your budget, if you are traveling to Mexico or the Caribbean during hurricane season. Unfortunately, by the time a hurricane warning is forecast, it's too late to buy coverage, so make sure you get it at the time that you book your vacation. For a price, you can obtain "Cancel for Any Reason"� insurance that lets you cancel your trip for reasons not already specified in your policy. Try not to bring luggage with you when traveling by plane. You can save lots of time and avoid unnecessary trouble. You can send your luggage, via FedEx or UPS, straight to your destination. It may be slightly more expensive, but is worth the additional investment. When traveling by car, make sure to pack a first-aid kit, flares, extra food, water and a flashlight. If your car happens to break down in a remote location and it takes time for help to come, at least you will have the necessary equipment to survive on. Join the loyalty program at the hotel you are staying at. Even if you are only staying that one time, it will provide you with added amenities that you would likely be charged for otherwise. Read the fine print when signing up for these because there may be a hidden charge in some cases. If you are traveling with children, bring a pair of dice with you. Your kids are sure to argue about something on your trip. Make the decision fair by allowing the children to roll the attempt and dice to get the highest number. That person can make the final decision regarding the argument. Hopefully at least some of these tips will be helpful for you on your upcoming vacation. 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