Are you going somewhere? One of the best things you can possibly do to have a great trip, whether you're traveling for business, family matters or simple enjoyment, is to get educated about traveling well. Even the experienced traveler still has something left to learn, so here are some special tips for you to try. Some of them you might have never considered, even in your wildest imagination.
If you are someone who loves to travel frequently, a timeshare may be a good investment. Many timeshares offer a points system and exchange weeks. If your timeshare is in Jamaica and you would like to go to Thailand, you can exchange or trade your timeshare week with someone else. Although there is an initial investment, the money you will save on hotel stays, will be well worth the expense.
Use your work address or a business card in your suitcase tags if you are wary of strangers getting a hold of your home address. With the increase in identity theft cases, many people want to protect their identities whenever possible. By using your work address on your luggage, you can protect your identity while still making it possible for you to be reached if your bags are lost.
Save money by skipping expensive coin-operated washers and dryers when you travel by using a do-it-yourself tip. Make a portable washing machine with a plastic bag. Find or pack a large and sturdy plastic bag, and add a little laundry soap and water. Put your clothes in the bag, and shake. Drain the soapy water and repeat the process with clean water, then hang the clothes to dry.
Consider traveling to small towns if you are on a budget. Small towns have their own unique charm and attractions. You can usually find historical districts and picturesque scenery in town. Accommodations are usually very affordable. Because the town is not a tourist attraction, this is a good option for a quiet getaway.
Bring postcards from home to show off or trade. Striking up a conversation is much easier if you can whip out a postcard and tell someone this is where you are from. You can also trade these with street vendors for local postcards or other merchandise, especially if you are from a well-known or beautiful city.
If you don't mind getting more email, sign up for newsletters from your favorite airlines, hotels or rental car companies. These newsletters, often list special deals that you may be able to take advantage of if you act quickly. These generally don't last long, so be sure to act fast if you spot a good deal.
If you are interested in international travel but you can't afford it, consider volunteering to work with an international charity. Many charities will allow you to live for free at an overseas location, in exchange for your work at one of their facilities, such as a hospital, school or nursery.
Peruse the blogosphere. Bloggers are everywhere, and there is most likely one, if not many, bloggers blogging about your destination. Their blogs are a great resource for finding information about hidden gems of the city, like restaurants, hotels, attractions, and more. Don't be shy either. If you contact them, many will be happy to answer your specific questions as well.
As you plan your vacation, don't be shy about using your frequent flyer miles for a wide variety of traveling perks. Stockpiling your miles isn't a good idea, because no one knows if they will be worth anything in the future. Go ahead and trade them in for a free flight or anything else that would make your traveling experience a little easier.
To receive the best service when traveling, tip generously at the beginning of the trip. If the bellboy or steward knows that you tip well, they will be more likely to tend to your needs. Especially on cruises, you'll receive more personal attention and better service from the staff if you're seen as generous.
If you are spending a night in a hotel, pack along some travel candles. It will add a pleasant aroma to your room. Depending on the scent of the candle, it could help you to fall asleep more quickly. Some companies will make the candles in easy to take with you sizes and will not drip.
When traveling by airplane, look for shops in the airport that have swap shelves. These shelves are for travelers to brings books and exchange them for other books. So if your flight is delayed and you finished your book already, head over to a swap shelf and exchange it for one you've been wanting to read!
The enjoyment of travel begins with anticipation, as you plan that special trip. Shrewd advice, based on other's experiences, may keep you from foundering on one of the many obstacles that may face you. We hope these tips will help you put together a perfect plan so you can realize your travel dream.
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