Even the most experienced jet-setter may experience a touch of nervousness or stress when traveling to a new destination. Before you book your trip and pull out your luggage, look over these tips and advice, it should help make planning your vacation a lot easier. Save time and take some of the stress out of vacation planning.

Don’t bring extra valuables that you don’t need. You stand a good chance of losing one of your valuables if you bring too many.

When traveling by air it is important you have a plan. It can take much more time then expected to get to airports in major cities because of traffic. Make sure you get your packing done the night before. Prepare ahead so that you are not rushed when you need to get to your flight. Missing a flight is a horrible experience that you never want to go through.

TIP! When traveling in strange cities, be alert for criminals posing as police officers or other government officials. Be sure your passport is in your possession at all times, and never give it to anyone.

Get educated about foreign food ingredients to prevent unintentional exposure to allergens. Studying the language, especially the words in which you need to know to explain your allergy, is a very important thing to do when traveling abroad. If you do this, you can avoid ordering anything that you may be allergic to, and if need be, alert medical professionals of any allergies.

Be aware that in some foreign cities many criminals will pose as policemen. Do not ever give someone your passport; they may steal it. If someone insists you must visit their office, then walk there with them. Do not get into a vehicle with strangers at home or abroad.

If, to get to your cruise travel port, you need to drive your car into a city, consider arriving the day before and finding a hotel with free parking. Always ask about parking deals and discounts, even if you don’t find any advertised.

TIP! Keep track of all of your valuables at all time when traveling. Carry your handbag tucked securely under your arm.

Free Parking

When taking a cruise that you have to drive to the port city of, stay in a hotel or motel, that provides free parking, the night before. Even if they don’t publicize the service, it can’t hurt to ask about free parking deals at your hotel.

You will not save much space, plus, many of these items are overpriced. Look for innovative ways to fold your clothing in a manner that saves space. You can have more space in your bags than you thought if you pack properly.

TIP! Documentation is key, so be sure to discover what kinds of visas you will need to enter any countries you will be traveling to. Make sure to get your applications in early, since paperwork can take awhile to process.

Try to go to the gym prior to getting on a flight. Long flights are found to be hard to sit through. Sitting the same way for a long time can cause your legs or back to cramp. Taking the time to workout before you fly will reduce or even eliminate those cramps.

The bell hop and housekeeper should be tipped appropriately. The typical tip is a dollar per bag of luggage and anywhere from two to five dollars per day for housekeeping. If you treat the staff well, then they will treat you well.

Start by subscribing to e-newsletters from the major airlines. You will be notified of discounts, special deals and last-minute offers. Even though these e-newsletters can contribute to the congestion in your inbox, the money they can save you is well worth it.

TIP! If you are spending a night in a hotel, pack along some travel candles. Candles can make a room smell better.

Make sure that your passports are valid. Every country has their own set of laws regarding passports. Depending on the expiration date of your passport, a country may not let you visit. These range from 3 to 6 months, or could even reach 8 months to a year.

Many travel sites offer E-tracking. It will keep you up to date with the cheapest way to travel. It also emails you when the flights you like have dropped in price.

Travel with bottled water when traveling outside of the country. Because other countries do not purify their water, you can get many illnesses from drinking it. You even need to use bottled water when you brush your teeth. The tap water where you are staying is very likely contaminated.

TIP! Some travel websites off e-tracking options that you can use. This option keeps you informed about the cheapest ways to travel.

When you enter a new country, avoid exchanging currency. A better option exists to get your hands on the local currency. You can obtain foreign currency through a bank ATM. ATMs tend to have use more favorable exchange rates, and also generally have lower fees than exchanges.

Exchange Location

It is not a good idea to exchange currency while in a different country. If you need foreign currency, there are easier ways to get it. Get foreign money from an ATM of a bank. Besides being more convenient, ATMs tend to have more generous exchange rates than brick-and-mortar exchanges.

TIP! When you are going to go on a road trip, bring along your favorite CD’s, cassettes or your MP3 player, so that you can enjoy your music on your trip. It is frequently difficult to find appropriate or clear local radio stations as you drive from one place to another, so having your own source of music is a good idea.

You can save money by waiting until you reach your final destination to change currencies. Investigate the best place for you to exchange your currency in the country you are visiting. If it will take a while to get to the exchange location then you should exchange what you will need before you leave to ensure that you will have funds available until you reach the exchange location.

When traveling, make sure all your contact information, including your name, address and phone number are visible in your luggage. By doing this, your luggage will always have your information on it, even if the external tag gets detached. The more times you see your luggage, the more chances you have in preventing losing your belongings.

If you have a long travel time you should ensure that you give yourself some time to stretch, even if you are getting up for no reason. Sitting for hours is bad for your circulation and you might experience pain in your legs if you do not stretch.

TIP! If you need a rental car when going on a trip with small children, make sure the car seats are packed. Bring your own car seats if you want to ensure the safest option for your children.

Be prepared before you go camping and/or hiking by obtaining maps of where you are going. And make sure they are with you at all times. A hand-held, portable GPS or a compass is a must to have on you when you are out and about as they are very useful if you get disorientated and lose your bearings.

When planning a trip with your pet, be sure to call ahead and make sure your pet will be welcome at the hotel and ask about any fees or restrictions. Do some research and compare different hotels or lodgings before you decide which one is the right fit for you.

Contact cases can be used for more than just holding contact lenses, and are wonderful to have on a trip. If you are only using a small bit of these products, carry them in one of these containers.

TIP! When you go on a trip, be sure to put your contact information on an easily noticed spot inside your luggage. This way, even if your luggage gets lost and external tags are detached, your luggage may still find you.

Take the local currency with you on your next trip. You might find it difficult to exchange the currency if you need it after business hours. You can also visit a major bank and get some foreign currency before you even start your trip.

Prior to doing any traveling with your canine friends, be sure to give their coats a very thorough brushing. Doing this can lower the hair that will get in your car. Don’t forget the accessories you need to care for dogs properly, like bowls for water and food, leashes, and cleanup baggies.

Be careful when receiving any emails that offer great travel deals. Unless you have done business with this company before or signed up to receive these sorts of emails, avoid opening them.

TIP! Make sure you have a map of the area with you if you are planning on any outdoor adventures. Better yet, bring your compass or GPS to use if you get lost in unfamiliar woods.

Make certain to do your research and learn about the laws and local customs before you get to your destination. Actions that may be considered acceptable in your home town may turn out to be unacceptable or even illegal somewhere else. Always be respectful and conduct yourself properly when you are traveling.

Find out what kind of paperwork you need to travel between countries. You may not be able to travel with the documents you already have, so be prepared to get the visas you need and plan ahead. Your travel agent may have current information. Additionally, the embassy website of the country you are visiting may be helpful.

Keep in mind that while staying in a hotel, there are guests on either side of you who are also on vacation. When you stay at a hotel make sure you are a courteous neighbor and not do anything you wouldn’t want anyone else doing, like slamming the door. Even during the middle part of the day, people are taking naps and needing peace and quiet. You don’t have to tiptoe around, but show a little respect for others by keeping the volume down.

TIP! Take some time to learn about local regulations and customs before your plane sets down. Even if you don’t think it’s an issue, you could get into trouble for something considered unlawful or offensive.

By following some of the advice her, you should be able to make the most out of your next vacation trip. You’ll create memories that last a lifetime. No matter if you are a seasoned or inexperienced traveler, your trip can be more wondrous and memorable than you may think.

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