Careful planning is important if you’re going to travel for any reason. Here are a few tips that can help.
Don’t use the public computers in your hotel or anywhere else they offer free internet while you are on vacation. You may unwittingly allow others access to your financial and other data.
IF you are in a foreign city, make sure that you are not dealing with people posing as police or other officials. Keep your passport on you at all times, and do not hand it over to anyone. If you are made to go to an office, do so by foot. Perhaps the most important thing is to never allow yourself to enter a strange person’s vehicle.
If you are planning a hotel stay, especially in an area that is less safe, pack a doorstop in with your belongings. These handy little wooden or rubber wedges are usually used to hold doors open but they can just as easily be used to hold doors closed.
Always tip the housekeeper and bell station. You don’t have to overdo it, though, just a simple dollar per bag and no more than five dollars a day for the housekeeper is adequate enough. This will keep your relationship with the employees a cordial one and your stay pleasant.
Carry your hotel’s business card or matchbook with its logo on it when you’re tooling around the city. If you become lost, you can show it to a local and get directions back to the hotel. It’s quite helpful for those who are not familiar with the local language.
There is a remarkable amount of plant life and beautiful views in deserts. A visit to the desert is a breathtaking event, particularly for those who have never made one before, and is something that should not be missed.
The newsletters of major airlines are great sources for travel deals. Those publications will ensure you are aware of current discounts and deals as well as last-minute offers. They may clutter up your inbox, but saving money is what counts.
If you are heading out of town, make efforts to secure the “local” rate for your desired hotel. Most hotels will offer a discount if they want their rooms booked. If there is someone you know in the city you will be visiting, see if they can ask about discounts. You may end up saving some money if you find the right deal.
Plan for stops when traveling by car. Road trips usually involve long stretches that might not offer vehicle service if you have issues. Plan your route and while doing so look for viable service stations that can handle maintenance on your vehicle. You can then retain a list of contact numbers on your person so that you can handle these situations more easily if anything happens.
Whether you travel for work or for pleasure, you can make the most of your trip. You will feel less anxious when you know what will happen when you arrive.