Not Sure Where To Go On Your Next Vacation? Read These Tips.

Travel With These Ideas! Traveling can be a wonderful way to explore new places, learn about other cultures, and get some much-needed relaxation. Travel can also be a source of stress or problems if it's not done right. With the following travel tips you will find it easier to plan and enjoy whatever trips you find yourself taking. Make sure you get your passport well in advance if you are planning a trip abroad. Many people underestimate how long it takes to get a passport for the first time and are left scrambling and paying extra fees to get it expedited. Plan for your passport to take six to eight weeks to arrive, especially in peak travel season. When traveling, whether it's for a day or a month, don't advertise your absence on social media sites. If you do, this lets people know that you're going to be away from home and that most likely your house will be empty. This significantly raises your chances of being robbed while you're out of town. Always be kind, and tip your bell waiter and housekeeper daily. This will make your stay much more pleasant. Standard tips are generally $1 for each piece of luggage, and $2-$5 for the housekeeper each day of your stay. Tipping the staff will make sure that you receive good service while you are visiting. Another good way to get some sleep on an airplane is by using headphones or ear plugs. This will drown out the constant engine noise and also the little kids and talkative adults on the plane. You will be able to relax and get some much needed rest. If you have a GPS system, always pack a map when you travel, even. GPS systems are not always reliable. You would be lost if it were to malfunction or become broken. A highlighter can be helpful as well, allowing you to mark your map for easy reference. As a bonus, your well-used and marked up map, makes an excellent memento to remember your trip by. If vacationing in an area you've never visited before, try to find a local to give you some information about the area. Major tourist attractions are always well marked and you'll have no problem finding them, but learning about some local favorites can make your trip much more memorable and personalized. Think about travelling in the low season. You should be able to find some good bargains if you can avoid taking a vacation during summer holidays or over the Christmas period. Travel is nearly always cheaper off-season and lots of airlines offer special deals. Another advantage of travelling off-season is that your destination is likely to be a lot less crowded. If you're sensitive to the smell of cleaners (or just don't like them! ) try bringing some small candles with you on your trip. This can help mask the scent of the cleaners the maids use and the scents can also help relax you. Some scents can even sooth you and give you a better night's sleep. It might be a good idea to pack a small bag of goldfish or bring a little toy from a fast food restaurant on a flight with you. Even if you don't have children, there may be some desperate parent that will be so grateful to you for your gift. Always try the local cuisine when you visit a new destination. Part of a country or localities culture and lifestyle is in the food. You can't completely experience these places without trying all that their food has to offer. Seek out the experience of locals and ask for their favorite dinner and lunch spots, then make several of those must-do's of your list. Tired of the same boring road trip? Next time you have to pack up and go to an out-of-town event, try something different. After you map your main driving route, pick a few random places off the beaten path to stop at along the way. It could be a small pop and mom diner, a state park or maybe your first visit to a comic book store. Not only will this break up your drive, you will have added memories to keep forever. When traveling, always be sure to dress in layers. It is so much easier to take something off or put it back on depending on the temperature, instead of sitting and regretting that you dressed too warmly or not warmly enough. This is especially true on flights where you, most likely, can no longer get a blanket to keep you warm. 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! You could save money by purchasing an annual multi-trip travel insurance policy if you travel a lot. Buying travel insurance for every single trip you take can be expensive and take up a lot of time. If you take more than 5 trips per year, consider investing in an annual travel insurance policy to save both time and money. Always have a copy of your passport available, and keep it a different location than your actual passport. In the event of a stolen or lost passport, having a copy will make replacing it much easier and faster. You can tuck a paper copy into your shoe or scan your passport and keep a digital copy on a small flash drive you can keep on a key chain or lanyard. Before you leave for your trip, exchange your money at your bank. Large financial institutions often have the best exchange rates, and changing your money before you arrive ensures you can avoid long lines at the airport currency exchange or even worse, being left at the mercy of less-scrupulous exchanges which prey on travelers who need local currency fast. If you are traveling in a car, take a bike with you. A bike will help you get exercise after a long day in the car, and it can also help you learn a little about the place that you are in. You will also be able to see more local landmarks than you would have in the car. If possible, try to fit the bike in your trunk. A great traveling tip that can save you a lot of money is to write to people when you're going on a cruise. A lot of cruise ships will charge you an arm and a leg for using their Internet or phone service. You can avoid those high charges charges just by writing to people, and people love getting postcards from afar. Apply these tips to assist you with planning your next traveling expedition. These tips are useful for a quick jaunt across the state or a long journey abroad. 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