As a frequent traveler and having rubbed shoulders with hard-core living off the suitcase type dudes, I've come to a list of travel tips. Although not quite like George Clooney in the 2009 Up in the Air, I earned my miles and am still in the top tiers.
Tip 1: Prepare Entertainment packs for kids
A couple of weeks well ahead of your trip, put together a small backpack for each kid of things to entertain him/her that is relevant to their age-group: such as coloring books, paper, colored pens and pencils, a small notebook or diary, reading books or comics, puzzles, card games, iPads/ iPhone with their favorite music, ripped videos, apps and games etc. Sometime I pack in addition what's called the "emergency pack" where I have with me extensively gift wrapped toy .. layers of gift-wrappers will keep the kids occupied.
Tip 2: Airline Food
If you foresee getting really hungry or on a night flight where you want to get the meal done quickly so you get to hit the sack. I'd recommend ordering a Vegan meal. Often you will probably be served first before other passengers. This may get you some envious looks from the passenger seated next to you but it does get you fed early.
Tip 3: Keeping Calm
Before you actually lose it, take a few deep breaths through your nose hold it for a few second and breathe out through your mouth. It helps to slow you down and think before you speak or act when temper sets in.
Tip 4: Time for luggage claim and recheck in
Often when you have connecting flight you may need to reclaim and recheck-in, this may take considerable time if the airport is huge. Just put in an extra hour into the time needed to make that connecting flight otherwise you would be rushing about the terminal like a fool.
Tip 5: Travel Light.
Some travelers have only one luggage. And to accommodate different travel needs this one luggage is often huge! This can be a problem when you are on short trips. By traveling light you may be able to expedite your entrance and departure from the airport by not using checked in baggage and stick with hand carry or carry on bags. You do save a lot of time and really beating the crowds. Think about the time when you stand at the carousel in the herd with the other travelers while you scrutinize ten thousand luggage looking identical to each other.
Tip 6: Money matters
I used to exchange local currency of the travel destination before the flight. This takes off some loads off my back but then again I realized that often withdrawing cash from the ATM locally within your bank network when you arrive does get better exchange rates. It may be worthwhile to check ahead of time what are the different rates offered.
Tip 7: Packing
Packing before flying back home in the hotel room often is the most tiring thing you could do on a trip. It's toward the end of a long trip and you can't wait to head back home. But you have to pack ....on hotel room tricks is to use the dry cleaning bag from the closet. Other than your sweaty workout clothes, you have soiled clothes which you need to stuff into your luggage alongside new ones? Most hotels offer a dry cleaning service and often they have plastic bags or recycling bags in the closet. Use this bag to isolate the smelly clothes from the new ones!
Tip 8: Protect Your Documentation.
It's a good Idea to make copies of all your passports and travel documents. You can then save them into a USB compatible storage device such as camera memory stick, or store them in the iPhone or iPad. Wherever you put yours make sure it isn’t the same place as your passport. One of the things that make this so important is the brisk market for stolen travel documents. This is not a day in which you can easily explain how you identification became involved in the commitment of some fraud in a country far away from home.
Tip 9: Share the Plan.
Register with your government or state department. Tell your family and friends where you are heading. This will provide a way for you to be contacted should there be an emergency (you or your family).
Tip 10: Beware of travel scams
Do take precautions to avoid being a target of crime: Try not to wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. While traveling do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
Beware of travel scams like the infamous broken camera: When everyone is shooting away at sights and attractions, someone comes up with a camera and asks that you take his picture. But the camera or cell phone doesn't seem to work. When you hand it back, the "tourist" fumbles and drops it on the ground, where it breaks into pieces. Often he will either ask you to pay for repairs or pick your wallet while you are bending over.
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