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Planning A Vacation? Check Out These Tips To Make Your Dream A Reality!

Apr 12
 
 
Though many people consider travel to be stressful and unpleasant, it doesn't have to be that way. Getting outside of your normal daily activity can be a rewarding experience, and one that can change your life in large or small ways. Following these tips will help make the journey a positive one.
 
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If you're worried about travelling alone, especially if you're a female, you should consider taking some self-defense classes before you go. This way you can learn basic ways to get away from a mugger or rapist in the event that you need to. Most areas have a few schools that teach self-defense at reasonable rates.
 
Always pack a map when you travel, even if you have a GPS system. GPS systems are not always reliable. If it were to malfunction or become broken, you would be lost. A highlighter can be helpful as well, allowing you to mark your map for easy reference. As a bonus, your well-used and marked up map, makes an excellent memento to remember your trip by.
 
If you're going on a road trip, bring an extra gallon of water with you. While you may think to bring bottled water, you probably wouldn't think of bringing a jug. A gallon of water can be useful for brushing your teeth, washing sticky stuff off your hands, etc. You never know when you may need to wash your hands and not be close to a rest stop or worse, to be near a disgusting rest stop.
 
Travel agencies can sometimes clear out a specific airline or hotels inventory. Look in your local paper or other local publications for specials and sales. Sometimes these can be a great way to take a getaway on a budget. There will be limited amounts of these available, so act fast.
 
Carefully choosing your hotel can result in a much better traffic experience. Dont just consider the price - think of what amenities you would like, and what the area around the hotel is like. Don't just view your hotel as a stopping off point or as a place where you will just sleep.
 
Don't stop researching prices after you have booked your flight, rental car and hotel room. You may find that the prices have dropped even further. Be sure to thoroughly read the cancellation policy on your reservations. If you can, cancel your current reservations and book at the better rates.
 
Bring some extra zip top plastic bags in your luggage. They are useful for keeping wet or muddy items away from the rest of your luggage, for storage of toiletries that could spring a leak, or for sitting on a dirty park bench. They take up almost no room and can save you from discomfort later.
 
If you enjoy wine, the corks from the bottles that you've ordered throughout your travels can make a great souvenir. Consider writing the date and any other interesting information on it to mark the occasion. When you get home, put the corks in an empty vase or similar container and use it as a decoration in your living room.
 
When traveling alone, it is a good idea to speak to strangers, especially if you have never been in your destination before this trip. You can find out many interesting and wonderful facts and things to do and see during your visit, from a stranger. This can really make your trip more interesting.
 
Don't hold on to your frequent flyer miles for too long, since they may well expire before you get around to using them. Miles often expire 18 months after you earn them, so use them while you can. If you don't need to fly, you may be able to trade them in for magazines or other rewards.
 
If you are traveling with children, purchase disposable cameras for them. They do not cost a lot of money, and they will keep your child busy throughout the trip. Ask your kids to snap pictures of anything they want to remember from the trip, and you may end up with some pretty interesting pictures.
 
If you are going to be traveling, it might behoove you to carry around some sort of protective device, like pepper spray. In some countries, the criminal element focuses on robbing rich foreigners, especially Americans, so you would be wise to protect yourself in some way. This way you can enjoy your trip and remain stress-free.
 
If you have a baby that is traveling with you, put all of your valuable belongings in their diaper bag. A diaper bag is less likely to get stolen than a purse or handbag. It is also a great place for you to store items you will need during your flight.
 
Armed with the knowledge from these tips, you can now go out into the world with more confidence and less stress. Take the time to enjoy your new surroundings as you travel and learn from the people you encounter along the way. You'll return to your everyday life refreshed and with a new appreciation for the things you normally take for granted.
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