How To Protect Yourself When Traveling Overseas

Stress-Free Travel? Yes, It's Possible! Travel is a hobby for a and some business necessity for others. But regardless of your reason for getting from one place to another, there are ways to make it easier and more pleasant, and ways for it to bring stress into your life. Try these great tips for making travel time into a more enjoyable time. 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. Always have local currency in a variety of denominations if you are traveling overseas. If the smallest bill in your wallet represents a week's or even month's profit, it is much easier to be ripped off by a taxi driver or shopkeeper. Small change can sometimes be difficult to come by, so hang onto your coins when you get them. Traveling to a foreign country can be fun, but not knowing what the locals are saying is not. Carry a small book of common phrases and translations to help you on your trip. This can really help when you need to ask for directions or book a hotel room for the night. One way to make sure everyone will have a place to sleep is to bring along a number of inflatable vinyl air mattresses as well as an electric pump if you're going on a trip to visit family. These mattresses have improved greatly in quality over the years and the price is quite reasonable. Pumps can be hooked up to your car's cigarette lighter or into an AC outlet. It is well worth the minimal cost to be sure that everyone has a bed to sleep in when you arrive. Make your baggage easy to spot. Place large bright pictures and stickers all over your luggage, so that when you spot it coming through, you know for a fact it is yours. This helps to not only find your bag, but also to get rid of the embarrassment that comes when you accidentally grab one that isn't yours. Business travel can seem overwhelming when you are on a budget. If you know you will be traveling for work often, make sure to have your travel plans done in advance. This will include all payments that need to be made while you are away. Planning ahead will help you to not worry the whole time you are gone. Confirm your reservations. There's nothing worse than arriving at your destination, only to find out that there isn't a reservation in your name. 24 hours before your scheduled arrival, verify your reservations online or over the phone, as a simple precaution. If your reservation was missed, this will allow time to make alternate plans. Try to stay cool while traveling. Bodies may naturally heat up due to closed quarters, limited airflow and just being nervous about visiting a new place. Make use of overhead vents on airplanes, standing on the deck, if on a ship, or opening a window in a car. If you are unable to do so sit towards the front of the bus rather than at the back to avoid stale air, sometimes you may be able to crack a window open on a bus as well. Keep a photo journal of a beloved stuffed animal When traveling with kids, make great memories and an awesome souvenir by taking pictures of your child and the stuffed animal doing fun things throughout the trip. At home, you can collect all the pictures and make them into a photo adventure book to remember your trip. Check the exchange rates before your trip to better plan your budget. Before you travel gives you a clear picture of what you can spend and create an itinerary that will be conducive to savings, knowing the value of your dollar. Doing this will ensure you properly plan your trip for the most amount of fun. 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. You can travel internationally and save money. Travel to destinations where the U.S. dollar is the closest to the local currency in value. All inclusive packages are also a great way to save money when traveling. Last, talk to your travel agent and they will be able to point you in the right direction. Travel insurance might be worth considering for a big ticket, non-refundable trip. The small price you will pay for insurance will be well worth it if an emergency medical situation comes up, or your baggage is lost, damaged, or even delayed. You will recoup at least some of the cost of your trip and feel some piece of mind as well. Whenever taking a long flight, there are a few things that should never be forgotten. To combat a noisy baby or boisterous snorer, earplugs are a tiny life-saver. To combat the cold, a pair of socks and a sweatshirt that doubles as a pillow in a cinch are worthy investments in your carry-on. Finally, for a nice pick-me-up after a long flight, a small travel-size toothbrush and tube of toothpaste can be life-renewing! When traveling by car there are many ways to save money. First, pack your car as lightly as possible, this will help save on gas. Next, rent one SUV and it will save on gas and the cost of renting two vehicles if you are renting a car for a large group. Also, assure your tire pressure is adequate, as this will help to save on gas, too. Last, use your cars cruise control function as it will run the engine efficiently and is yet another way to save on gas. When traveling through a busy airport with children, dress them in bright colored clothing. A bright color will be easier to recognize, should you become separated. It will also be easy to remember (and tell airport security) what your child is wearing if they are dressed in brighter, more unusual colors. To have a relaxing holiday, plan before. There are numerous resources available online to help you plan the timing of your trip. Don't forget about local holidays, even though the weather is a no-brainer. You don't want to arrive only to find that everything will be closed for part of your vacation. Now that you've finished reading this article, we hope that you now understand some of the finer points of traveling. 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