Travel Planning Tips For a Better Vacation

Many people head out for vacation without doing any travel planning in advance. To them, spontaneity is one of the great things about traveling, and figuring everything out ahead of time takes all the fun out of it.

But most people invest quite a bit in their vacations, on several levels. And if you only get two weeks a year, you want to make sure that you enjoy every minute. A little pre-vacation trip planning can ensure that you get to stay where you want, spend what you want, and make the most of your time.

If you already know where you’re going, check out some travel websites that cover your destination. Fodors, Frommers, and Tripaddiction are all good sources of information. And in less than half an hour, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you want to do.

Charming, inexpensive hotels in great locations are nearly always sold out during high season, so if you want to get the most value for your travel dollar, reserve your hotel well in advance.

The most popular attractions, like the Eiffel Tower or the Vatican Museum, often have long lines, sometimes involving several-hour waits. But now, you can make reservations for most attractions online in advance. It may cost a little extra for the convenience, but if it saves a few hours of your time, it’s well worth the added expense.

We usually prefer to do our sightseeing independently. But signing up for a group tour will often get you in and out of an attraction with no waiting. Most of the time, you can book these through your hotel concierge the day before, sometimes even the same day.

Even if you’re just traveling across the country or your home state, some travel planning leg work will still help you get the most bang for your buck. Restaurants in the areas most visited by tourists are often overpriced and mediocre. With a steady supply of customers, they don’t have to be good or a good value. But often, there are great restaurants just a couple of blocks off the main drag. If you know where to go, you’ll eat well and save money too.

The websites for local newspapers or weekly periodicals often have restaurant guides. And you can often search by neighborhood, cuisine, or price range. The information is usually up to date too.

Arriving in town and learning that something you’d love to see is sold out can be really disappointing. So check before you go to see what’s happening during your visit. Most area websites have a calendar of events. And these days, you can order tickets for virtually anything online.

A few minutes of travel planning before your trip can help you enjoy your vacation more, for less. The next time you’re going on vacation, do a little legwork in advance.

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Travel for business or pleasure can bring to the fore several health concerns. The most common ailments people experience while on a trip are hypertension, colds, and diarrhea. In order to build up resistance to fight diseases you must adopt a healthy lifestyle. Get adequate rest, adopt a good exercise program, eat balanced meals, avoid fast foods, and food full of saturated fats, and take vitamins and any other medication prescribed by the doctor. One of the simplest rules to stay healthy while traveling is never eat uncooked foods and do not drink water that is suspect.

To protect yourself pack a small medicine kit as well as your medical records and insurance card. To maintain your health be sure to follow an exercise regime while traveling. You must walk, jog, swim, or use the hotel gym. Or you could play an exercise tape on your lap top and do your exercises in the hotel room. The secret to staying healthy is to stick to a routine and eat balanced meals at regular times.

Here are a few tips:

For every time zone you cross, take a day’s rest to allow your body clock to reset itself.

Avoid alcohol but drink plenty of fluids. The crucial thing is to avoid dehydration.

While on the plane try and rest as much as possible and exercise by getting up and moving down the aisles.

Eat low fat meals on the plane, eat lightly, avoid salty, rich, and fatty foods.

The CDC recommends that you drink only bottled water and that too the carbonated kind. The water bottles must be sealed and opened by you only. Do not use ice cubes under any circumstances and drink out of a straw.

Use bottled water for brushing your teeth and for gargling. Wash you toothbrush in bottled water. Try and avoid using tap water.

Eat and drink anything that is at boiling point or deep fried. Eat freshly cooked food. Avoid meat and seafood if you are traveling in interior areas where the meat is unlikely to be fresh and freezers and refrigerators are not dependable.

While in flight you should do a few stretching exercises to avoid cramped muscles. Yawn frequently or chew gum to de-pressurize your ears. Avoid drinking coffee before and during a flight. Wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. Include plenty of greens and carbohydrates in your pre-flight meals. Relax as much as possible and take a few deep breaths before boarding a flight.

If you suffer from hypertension, motion sickness, an overactive bladder, weak digestion, or allergies consult your doctor before undertaking an extended trip.

Be sure to pack in your carry on bag a bottle of water, a few snacks especially if you are diabetic, as well as your first aid kit. Pack a light jacket or sweater to wear in case there are great variations in temperature.

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Women today travel constantly and that too all over the world. Most manage to successfully juggle a professional life with a private one. Statistics reveal that almost 50% of business travelers are women and the number continues to grow each day. Travel at short notice means being organized and ready to go. Be smart and plan well ahead.

1.Keep on tab a list of baby sitters who would be willing to pitch in, even overnight if required. Keep a small book handy in which you jot down things like what the kids eat, their schedules, important phone numbers, likes and dislikes, as well as numbers of the doctors and list of medications including known allergies.

2.Keep a travel bag always packed and ready to go. Pack a combination of clothes so that they will tide you over irrespective of the weather in your destination. Wear easy to maintain and dark colors on trips. They don’t show stains, are wrinkle free and will drape well.

3.Always eat lightly and foods that are cooked avoid raw salads and water as well as ice. It is wise to snack before a flight and also to try and sleep during flight. This way you will arrive at your destination refreshed. Be sure to drink plenty of bottled water during travel.

4.Set up a schedule to call home at time zones that work for you and your loved ones. Make it a point to get mementoes for your family members as also the baby sitter and others who pick up the slack while you are away. It shows them that you care.

5.Put safety first always place a do not disturb sign on your hotel door and if nervous place a chair under the door knob like they do in movies. Keep your cell phone on and fully charged by you at all times and carry protection in the form of pepper spray, an alarm, or if you are trained and licensed a small weapon with its safety on. In most cities the police organize training classes for women to learn how to protect themselves and what one must do in an emergency. Try and make time to attend these.

6.Avoid dark lanes and abandoned roads. Never talk to strangers or accept food or drink from someone you don’t know. While traveling never leave food or drink unattended. Be vigilant at all times.

7.Choose a hotel with care. Choose to stay at well established hotels or small inns and B&B where the proprietors are generally family people. Always e-mail and fax details of your staying arrangements and travel plans to your home as well as office.

8.Always carry important documents, money, traveler’s checks, and passport in a money belt worn around your waist.

9.Always act confident and move around in groups there is always safety in numbers.

10.If unwell go to a state run hospital. Never to a private clinic.

11.Never travel with valuables like jewelry and always carry a small flashlight and medical kit with you.

12.For safety reasons arrange with your family to take appropriate action if you do not get in touch with them as planned.

Avoid room service and eat in the hotel dinning room. Also never reveal details of where you come from or your travel plans to anyone.

Be vigilant and smart and you will be able to travel often and safely.

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Traveling by plane requires great planning. One can minimize problems by planning well in advance and taking a few precautions before embarking on the journey. This will alleviate problems and ensure that you have a safe and hassle free trip.

1.Always book tickets on a reliable airline. Check if they are offering any special fares or discounts. Check the tickets to ensure that what you have is a confirmed booking.

2.Find out details regarding size of baggage and weight allowed. Tag all bags with your name, address, phone number, date of travel, and flight number. Pack the bags yourself and ensure that they are all locked safely. Make two sets of keys.

3.As a precaution pack documents, passport, medicines, and other immediate essentials in the carry on case. In case your luggage gets lost or misplaced in transit you will still have bare essentials.

4.Follow to a t” all security rules. Do not carry electronics, knives, batteries, or other banned items. All dangerous objects like razors, scissors, and so on must be put in your check in luggage.

5.All electronic items like cell phones and laptops must be fully charged and in accordance to rules turned on for checking if asked. Use of cell phones while flying is prohibited. So do not plan or making or receiving calls when in flight.

6.Take along a valid photo ID to the airport. Check whether you have your tickets.

7.Make prior booking for parking at the airport this will save you valuable time circling around to find suitable parking. If the airport lots are full or inconvenient try any of the private parking lots.

8.Always check the flight schedule before you leave the house. Make sure what the check-in-time is for your flight. Leave with plenty of time to spare. This way you won’t have to rush from one end of the airport to the other.

It is against regulations for passengers to carry inflammables, aerosols, or household cleaners. Other prohibited items are: firearms even if you have a license, hunting rifles, baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski equipment, hockey sticks, darts, as well as bows and arrows. Because of terrorist threats it is against the law to speak of hijackings, bomb threats, or other dangerous things. Be cautious about who you befriend. Never accept any letter or parcel to be delivered to persons known or unknown. Never leave your luggage unattended and if you do notice any abandoned parcel or luggage bring it to the notice of authorities. Be aware of what the weather conditions are like where you going and take clothes accordingly. Prepare well for your flight and enjoy it.

Before leaving check online whether there are any diversions to be made at the airport or whether any new rules have been made. Most airports have easy to use websites. Refer to the site and find out where your terminal is and where your car is to be parked. If using public transport only use transportation services from official pick up points. The vehicles must have official markings. Don’t get conned by people who make offers of special privileges or deals.

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Family Safety Travel Planning

It is always wonderful to travel with the family and experience wonderful things together. Of course even in strange places you want to protect them from any sort of harmful threat. At the same time it is possible to have fun and remain safe at the same time. The way to accomplish this is your family should discuss a safety plan and also chat about “what if” scenarios as a great way of thinking about what you may or may not encounter in unfamiliar surrounding. This way you can be prepared and respond to a situation more appropriately if and when it arises.

As much as you all want to tell everybody about the trip you are planning, it is best that you only tell the people that really need to know that you will be leaving. You never know who else may be over hearing your conversations. When you get back you will be able to tell everyone then about all the details of your great family trip…along with photos too!

Always use a travel agent that you trust and has a strong reputation along with the agency they work for. Check for local and state travel advisories ahead of time, and government agencies if traveling abroad. A lot of luggage can make you a target so do not over pack. Keep your luggage locked and with you at all times during transit; and make sure the luggage tags do not have any of your personal information on them. Wear appropriate cloths for where you are going to avoid looking too out of place or “touristy”. Give a copy of your itinerary, schedule, and contact information to a trusted family member or friend.

You will want to stay away from having your house look unoccupied while you are gone. So contact your post office and newspaper provider to make arrangements to hold deliveries during that time frame. You will also want to contract someone to take care of yard work or snow removal, depending upon the season. Place timers on various lamps, TVs and radios through out the house to go off at random times during the day to make your home seem like someone is there. A great safety investment in a home security system not only will provide your family with year round assurance but also may qualify you for a reduction in your home insurance cost. Check with your police department to see if they have a vacation watch list that you can be added to, along with the information of the person that would be checking in on your house while you are gone. Take a pre-trip to your bank’s safe deposit box to put all of your expensive jewelry, important documents (that you won’t need to bring with you), along with any computer backups. Any other of your large valuables should be locked away or placed out of view.

When planning a road trip, you will want to do a maintenance inspection on your vehicle several days to a week before leaving. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced along with checking the condition of the wipers, tires and fluids. You should have an emergency kit that contains a tire repair kit, flares, maps, flashlight, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, battery powered radio, first aid kit, non-perishable food, bottled water, and blanket. Plan your route out ahead of time finding out the safest routes to travel, and places that you would like to stop at for food, sight seeing or a rest. Watch the weather and be aware of changes in climate from the beginning of your trip to your destination along with how it will affect the driving conditions. Figure in plenty of time for stops, fun and traffic delays. Always stop if you do not feel good, are tired or upset – sometimes we just need a break. Make it a rule that everyone buckles their seat belts, there is never a good time to slack on protection especially vacation time. Safety requires patience and dedication so use common sense.

It can be great fun to stay in a hotel or motel in a different place you have never been. That hotel room becomes your home away from home. So if you are not staying at the home of family or friends, there are some safety rules to consider in choosing to stay in a hotel or motel room.

Plan ahead of time what kind of a hotel you are going to pick, what is acceptable to you and does it meet your safety standards. Keep in mind that the price of your stay is not always a good judge of the safety of the room. Always choose to stay as close to or above the 5th floor and away from stairwells. If there is a fire or other emergency, find out beforehand how to exit quickly and safely. The room’s door should be a solid wood or metal with a good deadbolt lock, electronic keycard access, night latch and a wide-angle peephole. Always use your Do-Not-Disturb sign, especially when you are not there, leaving one light on and play the radio or TV so it can be heard softly from outside of the room. When you return, always inspect the door, any hiding spots in the room and any other locks. Do not be afraid to ask the bellman to accompany you to the doorway of your room, and if it is offered, take advantage of valet parking.

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A Game Plan For Travel Plans

When making travel plans, it is important to strive for those plans that are beneficial to your trip and to your pocketbook. In order to provide you with a little help in planning your travel plans, we have put together a few detailed items we find to be valuable. By using these tricks of the trade, you can have a great vacation and have travel plans set with savings long beforehand.

Let’s get planning your travel plans.

Step 1. Be as flexible as you can be. If you are, then you will have many options available to you. If you can pick your travel dates, do so in the mid week. Avoid weekend travelers. This will give you more flexibility in the hotels you stay at. It will save you money as well. Not to mention that it will also reduce line times and wait times. Planning on staying longer than a week? Then book your stay from mid week to mid week.

Step 2. Plan early. The earlier that you book your travel plans the better. You get better rates and you get more choices. Availability is often limited. Also, as the demand for room on a plane or in a hotel increase so do those prices!

Step 3. Shop around. In order to save the most, look for the best deal. You can use online travel agency, a normal travel agency or book your travel plans yourself. There is no better way to save money than to compare the rates of several companies. Remember to include any taxes, fees, and other charges associated with using the online travel agencies as well.

Step 4. Loose the extras. Unless your vacation is centered on the hotel you are staying at, look for those that have fewer frills. No sense in paying more for a hotel with a pool and spa if you won’t have the time to take advantage of it, now is there?

Step 5. For airlines, it is often cheaper and less crowded to fly during off peak hours. Again, we are talking about avoiding the weekend rush. Also, if you fly in the middle of the night, you will get to catch a few z’s while saving a few dollars as well. Look for routes that may take longer but offer a cheaper price. This could be those that have layovers. If you don’t mind, you’ll save money this way over direct flights.

The most valuable tips are those that you use. If something does not apply to your travel plans, then find ways of lowering the price in your own way. Driving is cheaper than flying but remember that the cost of gas, the wear on the car and the longer trip means more costs as well. You may have to book a room where as during the flight you wouldn’t.

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Travel Planning: Do You Have All That You Need?

Travel planning can be quite complex. There are many areas in which you will need to insure that you have what you need. It can be business travel or recreational. The point is that you’ll need to pull together everything that you need and keep it with you. This can be quite difficult especially in those last minutes before you leave. There is just too much to do and who knows what you’ll forget.

To help you with your travel plans, here are some key elements that you should consider.

o Make sure to first plan for your transportation. Gather your information for air line tickets, for transportation to the airport, and then transportation once you arrive at your destination. You’ll need easy assess to your flight numbers, your reservation numbers and your credit cards so that these elements can go easily.

o Next, consider your hotel stay. What elements do you need here? You’ll need to keep track of your hotel’s location, the reservation numbers and your credit card information for them. This will help you to get in quickly.

o You should also plan to keep identification close by at all times.

o Planning to assess your email while away? Need to check your bank information while you are out of town? You should also consider traveling with your user identification and password information for all of the accounts you are likely to tap into.

o Don’t forget to take with you a list of important people and their phone numbers. You never know when you’ll need to call on your neighbor to check out the house or the phone number to your pediatrician in case a child gets sick.

When you take the time to organize these elements, your traveling planning is easier to keep track of. You can rest easier when you know that everything that you need is carefully organized just in case you need to access it.

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Travel Planning To Save Money

If you don’t want to buy a package deal blindly, as many people do not, you have to do some of your travel planning on your own. The problem with this for many people is that they do not know what they want before they start looking for deals, and they feel that everything they find is too expensive. You have to learn to be flexible about your vacation and also know how to choose the right place when you see big discounts in front of you. You want to have a great vacation, but you can’t go on that trip if you can’t afford it. Plan carefully and have the time of your life.

Rule number one in saving money with your own travel planning is to be flexible. This means that even though you may think it best to leave on a Friday night and get home on the following Sunday night so that you can squeeze as much time out of a week as you can, this is not the way to save money. Typically, flights are far more expensive on weekends (which includes Friday) than any other day of the week. If you can work it so that you are flying out on a Wednesday and coming back in eight days on a Thursday, you can save quite a bit of money in your travel planning through just your plane tickets alone.

The same can be said about hotel rooms. They cost more on holidays, weekends, and when special events are in town. If you can keep most of your stay on the weekdays, and cut out a few weekend nights by traveling at odd times, you can knock a few hundred dollars or more off a long hotel stay. If your travel planning is about a weekend trip only, this tip won’t help much, but planning ahead can. A hotel may give you a discount for booking very early as opposed to the last minute.

If you want to drive, you have a few issues in your travel planning. If you travel on weekends, you could add hours to your trip by hitting rush hour traffic in major cities. You have a few options. One is that you could travel a day early. The other is to get really comfortable with your GPS or an online map service so that you can set a course that may seem out of the way, but that will actually save you time by taking you around heavily congested areas in most cities. These online map services can make travel planning when driving so much easier in many ways.

Travel planning on your own may be as easy as going to one of the many travel sites that you can find online and looking for great deals. You can name your own price without knowing the name of the hotel, or you can know the hotel and hope for a deal. Whatever the case, most people end up saving quite a bit when doing travel planning online through these sites. Just take your time and plan early and you can save on your vacation while still getting to do the things that you want to do the most.

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