Stress-Free Travel? Yes, It's Possible!

Travel Safely With These Easy To Remember Tips Stepping outside your comfort zone is something that is a prerequisite for a successful travel experience. Although, it's not always easy to prepare ahead of time for the inevitable differences between your ordinary world and the one you will be entering, a few tips will help make the transition both easy and enjoyable. Scan your passport and email a copy to yourself. It rarely happens, but in the chance that you lose your passport during your travels, this will be a lifesaver. Getting a replacement passport can be a headache and having a copy can make the process much faster and less traumatic. Sanitize your area. In the confined space of a crowded aircraft, you are just asking to get sick, although you may get a few sideways glances. Bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer or some sanitizing wipes and wipe off your tray armrests, table and any buttons, as soon as you sit down. Be sure to also use it on your hands and try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. If your travel budget is somewhat elastic, consider splurging in ways you normally wouldn't. Pamper yourself a little. An uncharacteristically lavish expenditure can form the memorable core of your vacation. It is simply a fact that some of the finest services, most exciting experiences and most memorable sights cost a good bit of money. On a vacation, indulge yourself by taking advantage of some of them. One way to deal with the tedium of being away from your family due to work-related travel is to take advantage of the time for yourself. Meetings end at 5 and you'll have until the next morning, typically. Take the world's longest bath, and use up all the toiletries. Watch three movies in a row. Write those couple of actual snail-mail letters you always said you would, but haven't had time. Knit a hat. Read a book. In short, do all the nice things for yourself that you wouldn't take the time to do if you were surrounded by your family. You'll feel better knowing you took the time, and you'll be that much happier and more relaxed when you see your family again. Make multiple copies of your travel documents, before you leave home. Store these in separate bags. It may also be a good idea to scan them onto a flash drive, and carry it with you. Emailing them to yourself can be another method. Make sure you have several backups. You do not want to get stuck in a foreign country! Eliminate the middle man when purchasing travel tickets. When you book direct with an airline or train line, 90% of the time you will get a better deal than if you use a booking agency. Many booking agencies are now reducing their fees, but if you have time to book direct, nine times out of ten you will save money. You should always stay up to date about the events that are going on in your travel destinations. If extreme circumstances, dangerous events, or natural disasters are going on in the intended travel destination, you should have prior knowledge. This will allow you to make an educated decision on whether you should travel or not. When you are traveling on a cruise ship, wear your key as a necklace. It is easy to leave your key laying around while you are at the pool or in another area of the ship. This compromises the security of your room, so consider attaching your key to a necklace and wearing around your neck. Try to pack light when travelling. The last thing you want to be doing when is lugging heavy suitcases and bags through airport terminals and onto buses and trains. Only pack items that you are sure you will need and think about which items you could buy at your destination. If emergency oxygen deploys while you are on a plane with your child, place your mask on first. If your brain is starved of oxygen you could be rendered useless and put both your and you child in danger, even though parents will instinctively want to help their child first. When going on a cruise, wear your room key around your neck, on a lanyard or similar item. Losing your room key on a cruise ship can cost you greatly, not only in money, but in lost time. Keeping your key with you wherever you go can insure that you, and your belongings, will be safe. Make your travel plans more affordable by tracking airfare with online services. Get an idea of what you would like to pay for your flight, put the location and the dates into the website and then wait until the fare goes down to your pre-selected price. You no longer have to keep checking every few days sincy you will get an email when the fare reaches your ideal price. Make sure you don't fall asleep before eight pm so you can adjust faster to a different time zone. If you feel tired from jet lag, try to stay awake until the right time, even. If you sleep too early, you may end up feeling jet lagged for longer. You will overcome jet lag fast if you help your body quickly adjust to the time zone changes. Try to find coupons online, before you go to your destination. These coupons can be for restaurants, hotels and shopping and other recreational activities. Finding and printing coupons online can help you save large amounts of money. Make sure that the coupons are still valid and will not expire before you leave. Inspect your hotel room for those nasty little bed bugs. As soon as you check in, turn down the covers and check the seams of the mattress for traces of bed bugs. Traces include bloodstains or the actual bugs themselves. This will prevent you from bringing the bugs home with you. When traveling, it helps to dress the part. You don't need to replace your entire wardrobe, but dressing to fit in may make your experience more pleasant. Looking like a tourist by wearing destination T-shirts or other "relaxed" clothes will make you stand out and potentially more vulnerable. Unless you're on a beach, dress casually but still nicely. While packing, try to keep your belongings as light as possible to reduce the amount of tension on your back. The last thing that you will want is to have to transport heavy bags from one place to another with items that you do not need. Stay practical to optimize your traveling experience. Whether you are taking a family vacation or a solo trip, traveling away from home can be a stressful event. There is always so much that needs to be taken care of before you leave, and if you are like most people, there is always something that you need that gets left behind. 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