Planning your vacation can be overwhelming. From where to go to what the weather will be like, what to pack and how to make a budget which will best work for you, it is important that you find ways to make other aspects of your trip simper so that you can focus on the most important aspects of travel. To do so, William Bailey invites you to take a look at 5 tips to consider when you travel to help make the most of your vacation experiences now and for years to come.
- Keep your essentials with you at all times – From passports to medications to a change of clothes, it is important that you keep your essentials with you when you are traveling. While millions of bags make to their destination with no problems, you can never be sure. From delays to mishandling, thousands of bags are delayed or disappear each year. To avoid being completely out of luck when you travel, keep your carry-on stocked with the things you can’t afford to be without just in case. A well packed carry-on should include any medications you may need, your passport, confirmations of your rentals or accommodations, important names and numbers, at least a change of clothes and any valuables which you can’t replace.
- Make time for delays by planning extra time to get to the airport as well as between connecting flights – From bad weather to crowds, getting to and from your destination is by far one of the most stress aspects of most vacations. Making time for delays is important no matter when you travel however, during the holidays it becomes imperative as major crowds can slow down all aspects of travel from actually getting to the airport to parking and getting through the line. If you travel with layovers, plan extra time here as well as short layovers can easily be missed with even minor delays in addition to causing baggage issues as well as sometimes all the luggage may not make it on the flight.
- Make your bags stick out – A little difference is a good thing when it comes to luggage. Having a bag which is hard to distinguish from others may make it more likely to be lost or difficult to find. Use a sticker or pick a color which stands out to help you and others identify or avoid misidentifying your luggage.
- Contact your bank and let them know you will be traveling – There is very little more annoying when you arrive at your destination than finding you have no money when you try to pay as your bank has flagged your card for suspicious activity because of your location. Fortunately, you can avoid this altogether by simply calling the bank or credit card company and letting them know you will be out of the area.
- Plan ahead but be flexible as well – Planning will help you ensure that you make the most of your time however, being too rigid is almost as bad as not planning at all. Have an idea of what you plan on doing but be ready to adjust your plans as well in case it is necessary. Have back up plans in case of attractions being closed or bad weather as well, you will be glad you did.