Expanding your horizons with travel will inevitably widen your world view. Travel can take up a lot of your time and also be very expensive. If you want to plan a great vacation without spending too much, give this article a try.

If you travel to a foreign country, it can be a good idea to bring your own bottled water. Unfortunately drinking water in most countries will cause you to get sick because it is not purified. Do not forget to use bottled water for teeth brushing as well. Although it may seem inconsequential, you could get sick even from the small amount of water used when you brush your teeth.

Always tip the housekeeper and bell station. Standard tipping rates are a dollar per bag carried, and around $2-5 per day to the maid. This will keep your relationship with the employees a cordial one and your stay pleasant.

TIP! Be careful when receiving any emails that offer great travel deals. If you have signed up for a travel newsletter, you can trust these emails; avoid all others, though.

If you are traveling and wear glasses, remember to take an extra pair with you in your luggage. In doing this, you have a readily accessible spare pair in case your primary ones are damaged. Put them in your suitcase, so that if your bag was stolen, you still have them.

Going on a long road trip is a great excuse for bringing along your favorite music. As you travel further away from your home, you may experience annoying static and poor reception from your favorite radio station; bringing your own music solves this problem.

When going hiking, be sure you bring a map of the area in which you are hiking. You should carry a compass, or even a GPS, so you can navigate in unfamiliar territory. Make sure you know how to use them!

TIP! Talk to your children about airport security. Give them a heads up of what to expect when they go through check points at the airport.

You will have a lot of neighbors when you check into a hotel. Avoid being loud or slamming doors as to not bother your neighbors in a hotel. Even during daytime, some people may be taking a nap. You don’t have to sneak around; however, it’s only polite to behave with a certain amount of decorum.

Be vigilant when dealing with local police or other officials, in case they’re not who they claim to be, but instead are imposters. Do not give anyone your actual passport. If they want to take you in, make sure you walk with them. Do not get into a vehicle with strangers at home or abroad.

If you are driving to a port city before leaving on a cruise, always find a hotel that offers free parking and arrive the night before. Check with the hotel staff about parking deals even if none are published.

TIP! Always carry an updated color photo of your child with you. This will come in handy if they are ever lost.

Think of what what be worn multiple times when packing for your trip. Think of something that can be worn with a number of different outfits, such as a blazer or shoes. This will reduce the overall amount of items you need to carry with you on your trip.

When traveling by car and have more than one licensed driver on board, it is a good idea to take turns driving. Don’t drive until the only other option is to sleep, as this will leave the driver the only awake person in the vehicle. Do not drive to the point where you are too tired to do so safely. If possible, share the driving with someone every couple of hours. With this method you will avoid the tiredness and lack of attention that comes with long hours on the road.

Before booking a hotel or resort vacation, be sure to read reviews on the Internet, so that you know of any issues. Taking this crucial step can help you avoid staying in places with a terrible reputation and improve the overall enjoyment of your trip.

TIP! Educate your family by traveling. If you are safe, even third world countries can be an opportunity to show children how life is in different places.

When packing for a journey, consider choosing dark clothing, particularly for pants and dresses. Dark colors will do a better job of concealing wrinkles, dirt, and stains. These types of things can happen frequently when you travel. You can add small pieces of color with accessories to stay festive.

Pack light, and be sure to plan your trip when you travel. Organization is the key to having an enjoyable trip that includes all of your favorite activities and attractions.

If you have booked a hotel room, don’t forget to pack some travel candles. This can help the smell of your room. It is romantic, relaxing and could help you sleep easily. A lot of retailers carry these candles, which sell in sizes convenient for travel and devoid of wax drips.

TIP! If you are planning on going out of the country, you should buy an electrical adapter from a discount store. If you wait till you get to the airport to purchase one, you will likely pay more than twice the local price.

Be aware of food allergies when you visit a foreign country or new place. If you have food allergies, you should familiarize yourself with the foreign language names of your allergies. You can tell the workers of your condition and inform the doctors if something does happen.

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Do not freak out if your luggage is not there when you get to your destination. Instead, you should locate an airport official to ask where the office for lost luggage is located. Show your flight documents and id cards, and fill out needed paperwork. Most of the time, your baggage will be found and given back to you in short order.

TIP! Take the local currency with you on your next trip. Many times, currency exchanges have restrictive hours, and you might not be able to get local currency when you arrive.

If your plans include renting an automobile with young ones in tow, always bring along their car seats. Bring your own car seats if you want to ensure the safest option for your children.

Find out about local customs and laws before you reach your destination. Even if you would not view it as a problem, you could find yourself in trouble when you do something that is deemed offensive and illegal. Don’t cause trouble and respect local officials when you are in a foreign country.

Before your trip, ensure that you have photocopied each of your most important travel documents. Keep these copies of passports, insurance information, and any other pertinent documents in a safe place as backups for the originals. Leaving another set with a trusted friend or family member is a good suggestion in case your primary and backups are lost or misplaced.

TIP! There is no need to travel far when you want to experience a wonderful day trip or a weekend trip. There are many fun experiences to be had in your home state, or even in your home town.

These tips will provide you with the information you need to make your trip as enjoyable as possible whether you are going far, or just on a local road trip. Traveling is a fun and interesting adventure, you can never be certain what you may run into, so get out and have some fun!

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