Traveling can be pretty intimidating to someone that has never gone on a trip before. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources you can access. Below are some tips to help you in organizing this information so that you can start traveling smarter and safer.
Tip your hotel service personnel. A small tip can make the greatest difference in your stay. If you do not tip, the maid who services your room may feel slighted by the lack of financial gratitude and this could lead to the neglect of your room as well as supply of soaps and shampoos. Your luggage carrier, when properly paid, could suggest the great spots around town.
Before buying a travel guidebook, look online. Much of the information available in expensive guidebooks is also free online. You can print out this information and carry it with you, saving both money and weight in your baggage. This method also allows you to pick and choose which pieces of information are vital for you, and only carry those.
Here is a tip for travelers! For tastier coffee when staying in a hotel, use ice instead of tap water. Many hotel rooms come equipped with a small coffee maker, but using tap water almost always results in poor coffee. Ice from hotel ice machines is made using filtered water. So, fill your coffee maker with ice at night (so it can melt), you can enjoy coffee made from crisp, filtered water in the morning!
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.
Know the rules for your airline’s baggage check policy. Some airlines will make you go and claim your baggage and recheck it for connecting flights. Be aware of this so you can schedule flights accordingly. You do not want to get caught running across an airport to catch a flight because of baggage!
If your car has to be left at an airport while you travel, make sure you pre-book airport parking ahead of time. It will be more expensive to book a space on your departure day. It is always preferable to take a taxi or have a friend drop you off if you are able.
When flying, always try to pack light. Mix and match outfits and pack only the essentials when possible. Packing just one suitcase means less baggage to carry through busy airports and security. It also means more cash in your pocket, with the rising baggage fees most airlines charge.
It is beneficial to check travel warnings and advisories before traveling to another country. This information can be easily found on the United States government’s website. Being aware in advance of any foreign political unrest or contagious diseases in the country will help you plan your trip accordingly, keeping yourself safe.
If you are traveling on a cruise ship, bring a travel mug with you. There is always an unlimited amount of coffee and tea on the ship, but the cups they have on board are usually very little. Taking a mug will prevent you from having to fill up several times each morning. You can also use it at the buffet line to stop spills.
When on a plane with a child, give them a lollipop at takeoff and landing. The child will love the treat, however the main thing is that it will help with the ear pressure and will help keep them from getting too cranky during this time. Once the child is older you can use gum.
If you do not know the language of the area you will be traveling to, try to learn a few basic phrases before you go. If you can ask if someone speaks English, in their language, they may be more likely to help you out or help you find someone else who can help you. Also, a smile goes a long way. Don’t be an obnoxious, English speaker.
Instead of traveling with a tour guide, buy a Guidebook. They are just as effective as a tour guide, showing you the best places to visit and good places to eat. A Guidebook is much cheaper than a tour guide, and some may even have tips that the guide doesn’t know about!
When traveling through a busy airport with children, dress them in bright colored clothing. A bright color will be easier to recognize, should you become separated. It will also be easy to remember (and tell airport security) what your child is wearing if they are dressed in brighter, more unusual colors.
When driving with more than one adult, especially if one is your spouse, try to share the driving responsibilities. This is especially helpful when driving long distances. This provides a break to the driver, so that he or she, can just sit back and relax for a while during the trip, too.
Bring a clean-up kit if you are traveling by car. Spills and messes are very common on the road, where hitting a pothole can send snacks and drinks flying. If there are children involved, then messes are even more likely. Put together a kit that includes trash bags, towels, and wet wipes to make sure these clean ups are quick and painless.
Save money at your travel destination by employing the local mass transit, rather than taxis. You should be able to map out routes and schedules easily, if you plan in advance. Not only will you save money, but you will see your destination from the unique perspective of the locals.
Hopefully, these tips have provided you with some very valuable information, as well as given you a way to organize all of the thoughts and information you may have already had on traveling. Keeping these tips in mind when you start traveling can help you enjoy more of your trip.