If you are traveling abroad, it's a wise idea to sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free government service for citizens of the United States who live in a foreign country or are planning to visit one. Providing STEP with your contact information and some details on your trip allows them to contact you in the event of an emergency and to advise you of travel warnings and alerts.
When planning your vacation, try to be flexible on your destination. Even though it might be more fun to visit a certain vacation area you love, different travel experiences will create new memories and might even be more relaxing. Finding an alternate destination can save you a bit of money when you are on a tight budget.
Travel light. If you only take a couple of carry-on bags instead of luggage, you will save yourself a lot of time and money. Also not to mention the frustrations of getting your bags claimed and checked, and trying to find it at the luggage carousel. They might even get lost or stolen.
Before you leave on your trip, make sure you are up to date on all your vaccinations. If you are taking any prescription medications, be sure to bring extra along just in case. There is always the chance that your departure might be delayed, and you don't want to run out.
Remember to pack liquids in plastic bags. Packing liquids in your luggage can lead to disaster. No one wants to open their luggage and find it filled with spilled shampoo and mouthwash. To prevent such a calamity entirely, remember to pack all liquids in ziplock bags. Make sure to seal the bags properly.
When taking a road trip to an unfamiliar area, be sure that your car is serviced and you have a full tank of gas. The last thing you need is to break down, unaware of where the nearest gas station is. Keep an empty gas can in the trunk of your car in the event that you run out of gas. You will be able to make your way to the nearest service station and fill up the can, rather than calling someone out to do that for you.
Do you often forget things while traveling? Simply jot down notes on the mirror with a dry erase marker to help you remember. You may be likely to lose notes jotted down on paper, but notes written on a mirror with a dry erase pen are easy to see. You can use toilet paper to remove your note from the mirror. How easy is Girl with a Pearl Earring that?
If you are going on extended vacation and leaving your home behind for a month, it might be worth it to you to stop cable fees and other utilities. Make sure to inform other services you subscribe to, such as pool cleaning or housekeeping while you're away. Doing all of these things, ensure that you will have a worry-free vacation.
Don't judge a hotel by its name alone. Look for the year it was built or last renovated, which can be very telling. Hotels can take a beating and a newly built budget hotel, may be much nicer than a luxury brand that is showing a lot of wear and tear from not being renovated in years.
Local travel is a great way to see your own area, while still feeling you are getting away. You can stay in local inns and hotels for much less than traveling out of the area you live in. No matter where you live, it is possible to enjoy this area as a vacation spot and learn more about your own local history and landmarks.
Get to know the names of the hotel employees. These are the people that will be taking care of you during your stay, and if you make an effort to get to know them, they will go out of their way to make your stay better. Tipping these people never hurts!
Sanitize your area. You may get a few sideways glances, but in the confined space of a crowded aircraft, you are just asking to get sick. Bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer or some sanitizing wipes and wipe off your tray table, armrests and any buttons, as soon as you sit down. Be sure to also use it on your hands and try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.