Sometimes, the desire to travel arises when you see an alluring picture in a magazine, or remember an earlier trip you took. Once it arises, you begin to think about the possibilities: a warm, sunny place in the south while the cold winter winds are blowing, perhaps. Then it is time to begin making arrangements. This article contains some great tips to help you out on your next travel excursion.
Having earplugs handy while traveling will save your sleep and sanity! Be it on the plane or in your hotel room, the use of earplugs will allow you to shut out at least fifty percent of the noises that will give you a headache, keep you from sleeping, or otherwise highlight travel in a negative way. They are also very cheap so bring plenty.
When traveling outside North America, it is best to bring your own alarm clock. Most hotel rooms in less-developed areas will not supply a clock, and without one, you run the risk of missing the connection to your next destination. Sometimes these can be useful in train or bus stations as well.
If the hotel chain you will be staying at offers a loyalty program, join up. Even if you’re only planning on staying one or two nights, there are many perks to these programs. On the top of the list, is the fact that loyalty members are less likely to get bumped, if the hotel overbooks.
If you’re purchasing souvenirs as gifts while traveling, be creative. You can use a local newspaper as gift wrap to give it a special touch. This works especially well if the newspaper is in a foreign language or has photographs. Other low-cost souvenir gifts, include matchbooks, coasters and clean napkins.
Label your things. You know all of those return address labels you have accumulated over the years, Put them to good use as labels for your items. Stick them on everything from luggage and handbags to cameras and umbrellas. In case you lose an item, it will be much easier to get it returned to you.
If you’re planning on taking a cell phone with you on your trip, make sure to call your cell phone provider to ask them about roaming charges. The familiarity of your cell phone may make you feel better, but it may cost you a lot more to use it on foreign soil. A good alternative is buying a local SIM card and using it while you’re there.
If you’ve got a day ashore planned, why should you spend your time finding a place to eat and then paying a fortune for some food, Most cruise lines offer 24 hour room service. So before you disembark, have a sandwich and chips brought up to your room. You can pack it up and use it for lunch while you’re out enjoying the sun.
Carry a mini notebook with you wherever you go. It is much easier to write the name of your destination and have someone understand you, than it is to make wild gestures while trying to say a difficult town name. Carry the notebook and write in it when you feel necessary. You will be much better understood.
Check to see if your airline offers future flight credit for fare drops. Some airlines will give you credit to use on your next trip, if they post a lower fare for the same flight. This is not an industry-wide offer. Check with your individual airline, if you notice that the fare dropped below what you paid.
As you can see, there are many possibilities. The dream of travel can be fulfilled by a combination of accumulating the resources needed, by careful planning and by a good knowledge of the destination you choose. Then, when you return home, you will have wonderful memories to sustain you, until the next trip!