My Ten Best Travel Tips

Travel is fun and exciting, but sometimes things can go wrong.  To get the most relaxation from your well-deserved vacation, here are some quick and easy tips.

1.  Find a good travel agent.  It may be tempting to book online, but using an agent gives you an added layer of security.  If something goes wrong, you have someone to help you get it resolved quickly.  Many people think that using a travel consultant is more expensive, but that is a myth.  Agents know where to find the deals and special amenities and will add value to your vacation.

2.  Think ahead and plan carefully when you’re packing.  Do you really need four pairs of shoes and six pairs of pants?  Find 1-2 pairs of shoes that will go with everything and coordinate your wardrobe around one or two colors to cut down on the amount of clothing you bring.

3.  When planning a flight, consider using surrounding airports.  Many times smaller airports near major hubs can be much more convenient and perhaps even save you money.

4.  Get a written confirmation of all bookings.  Make sure everything is confirmed down to the last detail.  Check and double-check every detail so you know your vacation will be hassle free.

5.   Always check the status of your flight before you head to the airport.  Nothing is worse than arriving at the airport only to find that your flight has been delayed or cancelled.   Make sure you arrive at the airport early so you don’t have to rush.  That can do wonders for your stress level.

6.  Always use a credit card when you travel because that will provide you with extra security.  Don’t be tempted by cash bargains because if a dispute arises you have no protection.  However, don’t bring more than one or two credit cards.  If your purse or wallet is lost or stolen, it won’t be as much of a hassle.

7.  When you arrive at your destination, use the safe provided for all your valuables, including tablets and laptops.  Avoid packing these valuable in your checked baggage.  They should be kept with you at all times.

8.  One way to quickly learn a lot about an area is to visit the postcard stand in the local gift shop.  Here you will find the most popular local attractions and sites.  This is especially fun if you are passing through an area for a short time and want to have a quick look at the scenery.

9.  My best money-saving tip is to think about travelers who visit your hometown area.  Why do they come?  What do they visit?  For example, many people in the south have never visited the Great Smoky Mountains, the Biltmore House, Colonial Williamsburg, or Disney World- and these places are right in our own backyard.

10.  Finally, just remember that travel makes people happy.  Even with the best plans and attention to every detail, sometimes things do go wrong. But these are usually things that we will laugh about one day.  Travel is relaxing, inspiring, rejuvenating, and enlightening.  Experiences create the best memories.

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