Advice for the Traveler in You

Few things are as stressful as traveling. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the idea of packing everything you need into a small suitcase and leaving home for an extended amount of time can be overwhelming. Follow the advice in this article to help you turn your travels into an enjoyable experience.

  • To help you prepare for a cruise you should know what you are allowed and not allowed to bring on board. If you bring an item on board that is not allowed you could be asked to get off the ship. Check with your cruise ship operator before boarding if you are unsure what you are allowed to bring on board.
  • If you are squished for space while traveling by air, take advantage of every inch. Take the magazines out of the pocket in front of you and move them instead to the overhead bin. Depending on the size of the magazines, you could have bought yourself a couple of extra inches.
  • For car trips, try to keep gas in your car before it hits empty. It’s not wise to drive until you run out. If you fill up as you can when it is convenient, you won’t have to worry about too many stops and stalls along your trip. This also helps you to avoid getting stranded somewhere far from a gas station.
  • If you are planning on flying or riding a long distance with school-age children, consider investing in a small portable DVD/USB player. The peace of mind it buys you on that nine-hour international flight is more than worth the cost.
  • Have you ever thought of traveling overseas? You might want to hold on to your traveling plans for awhile and go to farther and distant lands. Instead of taking two trips a year you can manage go on one trip for a year. Just make sure you keep an eye out for deals because you might get a really good deal on hotel and flight tickets.
  • A great tip to keep in mind when you’re looking to book airline tickets, is to compare airline rates online. By comparing airline rates online, you can find the cheapest deal available, and save yourself a lot of money.
  • There is nothing that can derail your travel fun like a nasty sunburn. Sunscreen is a small expense that can help you avoid a painful vacation experience. You should also consider hats and protective clothing if you are going to spend any time in the sun. Outside temperature should be irrelevant in your consideration.
  • You can find cruise deals at a lot of agencies. The internet doesn’t usually have deals, but it is a great place to get an idea of what is available and the type of cruise you would like to take. Cruise specialists can give you information about the cruise line and help you select the options on your cruise.
  • To avoid paying high airport prices for snacks and food, make sure to pack your own bag of treats before you leave home. Pretzels, crackers, trail mix and dried fruit, are all great airplane snack ideas. If you bring your own, you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for snacks at the airport or on board the plane.
  • To comfortably sleep in your car during a road trip, make sure to bring neck and travel pillows, and blankets if you have room, so that you can comfortably rest on your trip. Everyone who drives needs their rest so that they will be alert enough to drive safely on the rest of the trip.
  • If you need to pack small amounts of lotion or gel, consider using a contact lens case. The contact lens case will provide you with a perfect travel holder for items like eye makeup and hair gel. The great thing about the lens case is that they do not leak. You won’t have to worry about spilling the gels or lotions that you put in them.
  • When traveling abroad, do your research when it comes to power sources. Just because you’ve purchased a physical adapter to allow you to plug your hair dryer in when you get to your destination does not mean that you’ll actually be able to use the device when you plug it in. Higher voltages in most of Europe will result in a smoking appliance!
  • Scan all your travel documents and put them on a USB storing device. Carry this USB device with you at all times or hide it in your hotel room. In certain countries, there is a real market for stolen travel documents. Do not let anyone you do not know have your documents.
  • Drink plenty of water. Many doctors say that the primary reason people get sick on long flights is dehydration. Cabin air is very dry and in an enclosed space, germs travel much easier. Protect yourself by staying hydrated by drinking lots of water and juice and you may stave off the cold that the woman, three rows back is sporting.

Whether you are taking a family vacation or a solo trip, traveling away from home can be a stressful event. There is always so much that needs to be taken care of before you leave, and if you are like most people, there is always something that you need that gets left behind. By applying the advice in this article to your future journeys, you can turn stressful trips into enjoyable memories.

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