The Best Travel Tips To Read Before You Leave

Whether you are a novice or seasoned traveler, there are undoubtedly many decisions that you have to make in planning your vacation. Preparing your vacation is easier if you know exactly what to do and do not leave anything to chance. You will find many tips in this article that will help you to plan your next trip.

Always write down everything you need to pack in the form of a list. Start as soon as you can before your trip, that way you can add your must-have items to the list as you think of them. This will enable you to pack only the things that you really need and it can also ensure that you will not leave anything behind.

Always plan ahead when traveling by air. Many airports are located in major cities, and reaching them in congested traffic can be difficult and time consuming. Pack your suitcase the night before. Make the necessary preparations prior to flying. With good preparation, you are sure to make your flight and not have to worry about missing it.

Whenever you can, print online tickets in advance of your visit to a special event or attraction. Although you may pay a service fee for this option, it is worth it to bypass long lines for entrance to the park. Also, check to see if the attraction offers timed entry, as these can allow you to skip lines within the park as well.

Remember when traveling by plane, to wear shoes that are comfortable and easy to slip off. Security checks at airports now require you to remove your shoes. Your comfort is the most important factor here. When you are in the airport or on the airplane, you will sit more than you will walk, so having good arch supports is not the most important thing. A perfect type of footwear for travelling is sandals.

If you travel to an amusement park or other specific attraction, find out if online tickets are available, and print them beforehand. There is a small fee associated with purchasing tickets online; however, the time saved at the ticket booth will make it worth the cost. If the park you are visiting has a timed entry, you can skip admission lines too.

Always remember to tip any hotel staff. The bell boy should get a bare minimum of $1/bag, and housekeeping should get at least a couple dollars a day. You will have a better relationship with them when you are staying at the hotel.

Try to work in some physical activity before your flight. This can reduce the monotony of a long flight. Not to mention the effects sitting for long time can have on your body. Having a quick workout or, at the very least, stretching before a flight can reduce or eliminate leg cramps and soreness.

Start by subscribing to e-newsletters from the major airlines. You will be the first to hear about discounts, special deals and last-minute offers through these e-newsletters. The potential savings makes it worth handing out your email address.

If you are going to vacation at a National Park you should get a National Park season pass. For fifty dollars, you can visit all the parks all year long.

As was mentioned earlier, planning and executing a trip requires a large number of decisions, and many find the job of travel planning to be somewhat intimidating. When you have a plan, good advice, and the right information, travel can be a breeze. Use the ideas in this article to help you plan your trip, hassle free.

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6 Comments

  • Betsy Klicka 10th December 2013 at 10:03 pm

    The holidays will be here before you know it! So most of us will be flying at some point to spend time with family and loved ones. How do you keep yourself busy? Especially on long flights? Give us some tips to stay occupied. We’d love the suggestions!

  • Harris Stallion 11th December 2013 at 4:33 am

    I am joining the Army within the next month. I think its going to be a great decision. I really havent talked much about bonuses with my recruiter other than him trying to get me to do in high demand MOS. I am thinking over my MOS and I am not picking one just for money. Arent there initial signing bonuses just because you are enlisting? Some other people told me there were and that I should be getting one regardless of MOS.

  • Jason Mcgohan 11th December 2013 at 5:01 am

    I am packing for a 20-day exchange program trip to Germany. I’ll be on an overnight flight and for 10 days I stay with my exchange partner and her family (she came here earlier this year) and then the next 10 days I am touring Germany and Switzerland. I plan on writing everything down so that I don’t forget anything… but I was wondering if anyone had some travel tips I could use?
    Thanks.

  • Clemente Lawrance 12th December 2013 at 12:01 am

    I am 14 years old and I am going to France later on today. I am going alone and I wanted to know if anyone has any last minute tips for me? Not only tips about the airport, but also what to do on the plane?

  • Nolan Coomes 13th December 2013 at 7:52 am

    Alright, I’ve got to, absolutely HAVE to make a 6 hour drive up north. There’s no if, and, or buts. I’ve been reading on a few tricks in case serious overheating occurs. I believe my problem is a leak. Pepper was one suggestion in the radiator after I put more water in, keeping it filled and checking periodically by having a jug of water on hand, and turning on the heater full blast to help cool it. I have to make this trip, I can’t emphasize it enough, but this seems to be my only problem. How long can I usually go before checking on the amount of fluid I have? Any other tips and tricks would be appreciative.

    Oh, also…Im not a mechanical person by any means, but because I’m travelling on the interstate most of the time is it better to go faster or take a slower way as to not put too much straight on my car?? I noticed everytime Im on the highway I don’t get as bad as a heating problem, but in town it just skyrockets. Thanks for your help!

  • Melodee Jackett 15th December 2013 at 1:35 am

    Hi, I’m working here in the U.S but leaving for Europe soon.
    I’ve earned money with working here, and of course I get paid in US Dollars.

    Before I leave the States, I will send most of my money to my another account in Korea.
    Also I’m thinking to carry only $1,000 US Dollars to Europe.

    Here’s my question.
    What is the better way either to exchange into Euro here in the States,
    or in Europe?

    I thought it’d be better to take the formal option, but today I went to Chase bank, and they said I’d better take money with me to Europe and exchange it at the airport in Europe since they charge me %3 exchange fee.

    Anybody knows the best tip that you want to give me please?
    Thanks for reading until the end 😀