Make Traveling Easier With These Simple Steps

Hit The Road With Ease By Planning Ahead Whether you are leaving town for a weekend getaway, or heading off to a foreign location for weeks on end, traveling brings with it a certain amount of worries and trepidations. Hopefully the ideas we have for you here will help to put your mind at ease, and lead to happier, safer trip. If you are traveling in another country and your passport is lost or stolen, head to the nearest Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Many times these agencies can issue a replacement in as little as 24 hours, letting you get back to enjoying your vacation quickly and easily. If you travel to a foreign country is, unfortunately, accurate, the advice "don't drink the water". You can also have intestinal upsets any time you drink water from a place other than where you live, even in the U.S. That's because the bacterial flora that live in your gut (intestinal tract) are very sensitive to the composition of your own water, in your own area. It takes them a while to get used to water from elsewhere, and in the meantime, they want to push that unfamiliar water right through. So, until you get used to the local water, wherever you are, sip slowly or stick with bottled H20. To help you lighten your luggage, use sample size cosmetics and toiletries when you pack. There is no reason to carry it across the country if you don't need a full size bottle of shampoo. Most drugstores have a travel section where you can purchase travel-size deodorant, conditioner, toothpaste, more and shampoo. When traveling by air in the U.S. you can get through security faster if you wear slip-on shoes. Since you have to remove your shoes when going through security it is better to have shoes that come off and go on quickly so you can retrieve your other belongings quickly. 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. Make all your travel arrangements yourself, without the assistance of company employees. Book your flights online because many airlines will charge an extra fee when you talk with one of their workers to secure your travel plans. Check your bags online because doing it at the airport could also subject you to extra fees. Be as self-sufficient as possible to save money. Be on the lookout for handy amenities whenever you have to spend time at an airport. While all modern airports have shops and restaurants, many also feature free services you can use to make your trip more relaxing. Take note of these opportunities in case you ever find yourself revisiting the airport. Consider jotting down a few notes if you are a record-keeping kind of person. When you travel to visit friends or family, be a courteous guest and do not assume they will make all your sightseeing plans for you. Many people assume they are there to be entertained, which is of course an incorrect assumption and generates bad feeling. Instead, do your homework ahead of time, let your hosts know what you're planning to do, invite but don't oblige them to accompany you, and spend your time together in good will, knowing you are being a gracious guest. Take a look around at some of the bookshops if you are traveling by air and have to make multiple stops in airports. Many airport bookshops now trade in used books. You can take that paperback you just finished on your last flight and get a new one to read, while you wait for your upcoming transfer. When traveling with a bag that has to be checked, snap a digital photo of it. If it gets lost, the picture will help you describe the item to the airline. It is also important to take a clear shot of the baggage tag that the airline puts on your luggage. If it is misplaced, this gives you the routing information for the airline and will help them locate your bag quicker. If you are traveling by airplane, call the airline company or airport before you go to the airport. Although many airlines do not make this a requirement anymore, it is a good idea to do so, just in case your flight has been canceled or delayed. You can also check your flight status, online. Plan far in advance when booking flights around holidays. Normally you can find the best deal by waiting until the last second to buy a ticket. However, around the holidays airlines know that they will be busy so they start increasing the price early as people panic and decide to buy tickets. If you absolutely want to travel during the holiday season you should purchase your tickets as soon as possible. Bring your own toilet paper! In many countries, toilet paper is either not used, or not provided. Put a small amount of toilet paper in a plastic sandwich bag, and carry it with you, or simply grab a travel pack of facial tissues. You do not want to get stuck without any! Find out whether the country you are in, offers a menu of the day, if you are traveling overseas. This option introduces you to inexpensive food, that is native to the area that you are visiting. Most menus have several courses that even include a glass or a bottle of wine. You can save a tremendous amount of money, eating out this way. A great travel tip is to keep your hotel room information to yourself when you're traveling abroad. A potential thief might hear you and they'll know exactly where it is that you're staying if you mention where you're staying. It's best to keep quiet regarding your hotel room. If you are going to use a travel agent when making reservation, make sure you find one who works with your wants and needs. Many travel agents are just trying to make the most commission so they may not pick the best travel option for you. Do some research online to make sure they have good ratings. If you are traveling out of the country be sure to let someone know when you are leaving and when you will be back. You should also back up your documents and make them accessible to yourself through the internet leaving copies with a trusted friend is also advised. If your documents get lost or stolen, you will want to be able to attain them quickly. If you put these tips into place, you can avoid so many of the frustrations, anxieties, and sleepless nights that come along with planning a trip. Rest assured that you will be ready and prepared come departure day. 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