Clever Ideas for Travel

Spring and summer are a great time to travel. Here are a few tips from our editors.

Despite the excitement, traveling can make you very anxious. Luckily, the following tips will help ensure you have a smooth trip. This advice may help you plan a trip that is very enjoyable. Preparing a road trip entertainment kit for children can help make sure your family vacation is a dream instead of a nightmare. There is no better way to see the country than a road trip. However, it is essential that your children stay entertained in order to combat the boredom of a long car ride. Pack travel versions of popular games, cards, and older children may enjoy a journal in which to document their experiences. Make use of social media when traveling and when planning your trip.

Many blogs and online forums have first-hand reviews of the locations you'd like to visit, plus you can ask people directly about their experiences. In addition, if you use sites that allow you to update your status, your friends might have good suggestions on what to do next. There are a few essentials everyone should have whenever they're traveling. No matter where you're going, make sure to bring your photo ID, preferably in more than one form, any medication that you frequently or infrequently need, and a small amount of cash. Everyone has their own personal needs, so think of what yours are before you travel. To stay in good health, you should go see your doctor after traveling abroad. Ask your doctor to test you for exotic diseases to make sure you have not contracted anything while abroad. Just in case you contracted something, you can get the help you need quickly and not contaminate the people around you. As you plan your vacation, don't be shy about using your frequent flyer miles for a wide variety of traveling perks. Stockpiling your miles isn't a good idea, because no one knows if they will be worth anything in the future. Go ahead and trade them in for a free flight or anything else that would make your traveling experience a little easier.

Traveling to a foreign country can be fun, but not knowing what the locals are saying is not. Carry a small book of common phrases and translations to help you on your trip. This can really help when you need to ask for directions or book a hotel room for the night. Give your bellhop and maid a nice tip. For bell hops, tip a dollar for every bag they carry. With housekeepers, leave between two and five dollars for every day they care for your room. Doing so will ensure that you have a nice relationship with both during your hotel stay. GPS units can really help out when you are traveling in an unknown area. With just the touch of a few buttons they can lead you right to someone's doorstep. It's important to remember, however, that GPS units don't work in all locations. Just in case, don't forget your maps! Thinking about planning a vacation? It may surprise you to know that the days you select to travel can result in a huge savings...or a huge expense. If you fly on the weekend, the ticket price is generally much higher than it is during the week. Consider arriving or departing on a Monday or a Thursday instead.

Fanny packs are back! These trademarks of the 80's had their day in the sun and then were quickly shunned. As a lot of things do, these have now come back into style. They are perfect for travel as you can keep a lot of important things at your finger tips including ID, passport, money, and even snacks. If you need to travel across the country but are on a limited budget, consider traveling by bus. In the past, bus travel was viewed somewhat unfavorably, but today major players like Greyhound, have made major improvements to attract the growing number of travelers who can't afford plane tickets. Today bus lines are a more civil experience. Cleaner, newer buses are the norm and most stations offer free wireless internet access and sundries. Never let unpredictable travel situations make you fret over not being able to enjoy your vacation. Just remember these tips when you travel in order to may your vacation more enjoyable. Plan your trip with confidence so that you have no stresses during the experience.

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