Daily Tips

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For a whole year I posted daily travel tips and now that year is over but here are the tips for you! Is there anything I missed?

November 26, 2013

Are you taking a long flight? You may get stuck behind a crying baby so please bring earplugs. You will be very happy with the noise they block out.

November 25, 2013

If you have to use the phone while you travel, call your cell phone carrier and get an international calling plan. It may still be expensive but it will be cheaper than no plan at all.

November 24, 2013

If you want to call home while you’re traveling, think about using Skype instead of calling.

November 23, 2013

If you have a tendency to get ill while traveling and like to eat fruit, think about only eating fruit with a thick skin. Bananas and oranges are less likely to be contaminated with unclean water than apples and grapes.

November 22, 2013

If you’re going to a country where it’s not safe for you to drink the water, don’t get your drink with ice.

November 21, 2013

If you have a week to spend in Europe, think about staying in one city and really exploring it instead of trying to see too many different cities. You end up not seeing anything really and being super tired everyday.

November 20, 2013

Don’t expect an American breakfast while you are traveling. Most countries do not do breakfast the way it is in the USA so be prepared for that.

November 19, 2013

Do you travel with a backpack? Try not to pack it completely full, you will be much better off if you pack lightly. A backpack can get really heavy very quickly.

November 18, 2013

If you travel with children, try not to pack too much into your days. Depending on their ages, you may need to plan a park or some other place where they can play.

November 17, 2013

Are you afraid to fly? Maybe get a couple of drinks before you fly to relax you a little bit. It takes the edge off and helps you stay calm. But don’t get drunk, a gate agent can stop you from boarding if he or she feels you can’t fly.

November 16, 2013

No one but you needs to see all of the cash you have in your wallet. Do not show your money when you are about to purchase something. Take out your money discretely so as not to bring unwanted attention to yourself.

November 15, 2013

If you are traveling and a group of kids come up and start talking to you, just be cautious. They may be trying to pick your pockets.

November 14, 2013

If you can avoid a connecting flight, please do. It’s always better to fly directly to your destination.

November 13, 2013

It would be a good idea to call and verify any reservations you have to make sure everything is all set. I called once and even though I had a confirmation code they didn’t have record of my reservation and I had to find new accommodations.

November 12, 2013

Many people say rolling your clothes save space. I don’t agree with them Use packing cubes and you will save yourself so much space, time, and energy on packing.

November 11, 2013

If you are traveling with medicine, the name on the bottle should match the name on the ticket. They may not always check but if they do and you don’t have the correct name, you may be in for a bit of a hassle.

November 10, 2013

When people are finished with their magazines on airplanes they sometimes leave them in the seat pocket in front of them. Have you ever thought about taking one of them as you walk out of the plane? I’ve done it before, it’s going to be thrown away and there is nothing wrong with getting a free magazine!

November 09, 2013

Do you have a long layover? There are some airports that have hotels where you can pay to sleep by the hour. It’s a great way to get refreshed and get away from the noise and frenzy of the airport.

November 08, 2013

There is no need to spend lots of money on the 3 ounce containers for your carryon bag. You can go to Walmart or Target and buy the containers and fill them with the products you normally use.

November 07, 2013

If you are checking a bag, make sure you have weighed your bag before you get to the airport. Overage charges can be very expensive, even if you are a couple of pounds over they can charge you.

November 06, 2013

If you plan on renting a car while traveling, make sure you know the rules of the state or country. In some cities you can’t turn right on red, in some you have to have a special gadget to drive in the HOV lanes. Just know the rules before you get behind the wheel.

November 05, 2013

If you buy more than 3ounces from Duty Free and have a connecting flight, make sure to put the item in your checked bag when you land or else you will have to throw your bottle in the trash when you go through security again in your connecting city.

November 04, 2013

When packing your carryon, think about packing a plastic bag filled with all the things you want with your while flying then when it’s time to board, you don’t have to stand in the aisle looking for all of your stuff. You can grab your plastic bag (and it can be a bigger one) filled with your goodies and not hold up traffic in the aisle.

November 03, 2013

If you are flying with your infant child, you are allowed to bring a carseat for them to sit in while flying. It’s safer for them.

November 02, 2013

Will you arrive at your hotel very late? If so, think about ordering room service ahead of time so you won’t have to wait so long to get your food when you arrive.

November 01, 2013

When checking your luggage, make sure the airport code for your destination is correct. Many airport codes are very similar, please know yours.

October 25-October 29

No tips during these days. Read why here.

October 24, 2013

If you don’t want to go on a group tour but also don’t want to explore alone, think about hiring a local to show you around. Many times they are happy to make extra money, they know key spots and you can feel safe by not being alone.

October 23, 2013

If you are going to a foreign country, make sure to check the political climate so that you aren’t traveling into a country that is having political problems.

October 22, 2013

Apps are great but I find having a small dictionary with me when I travel to a country where I don’t speak the language is very helpful.

October 21, 2013

Are you traveling with a group of people? Think about getting your first aid certificate as you never know what may happen and a few of you should have some first aid training.

October 20, 2013

Do you suffer from asthma? Be sure to bring an inhaler or any medication you may need as you could have a reaction to the pollen in the air in the country you are visiting.

October 19, 2013

Think about only drinking bottled water when traveling overseas. Even if the tap water is safe to drink, your body isn’t accustomed to it and you may get sick.

October 18, 2013

Did you know some countries have cars with steering wheels on the right hand side of the car? If you plan on driving when in one of these countries, please make sure you understand the difference and practice before you get out in the open road.

October 17, 2013

If you plan on driving in a foreign country, you may need to get an international driver’s license. Please verify what you need before you fly.

October 16, 2013

Need to change money while you travel? There are many options so don’t change your money at the first place you see. Do a bit of research because some places charge commission while others don’t.

October 15, 2013

Does the thought of getting in a plane terrify you? Then get in a train or a bus instead! There are many ways to travel, you don’t have to let your fear of flying stop you from exploring.

October 14, 2013

Some European airlines do not take credit cards without the chip. If you don’t have one of those credit cards be sure to have local cash on you so you can purchase what you want while flying.

October 13, 2013

If you encounter a weather delay when trying to fly out, think about renting a car if possible. You may be able to drive to another airport and fly out from there.

October 12, 2013

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes when you travel. Everyone does and it doesn’t have to take away from the enjoyment of your trip.

October 11, 2013

Before you take off in a taxi, make sure the meter is set to the correct rate as some taxi drivers will charge you a substantially higher rate that what they are supposed to.

October 10, 2013

You should try and have some coins on you at all times as some restrooms may charge a small fee for you to empty your bladder.

October 9, 2013

Even if tipping isn’t common in the area you are visiting, you may find that people will be much more helpful to you if you give them a little bit more than normal.

October 8, 2013

Have you ever just gotten on a bus just to see where it takes you? You may be surprised at what you can stumble upon by not having a plan.

October 7, 2013

When you take a taxi ride, talk to the driver. Taxi drivers are great resources for information and usually can give you hints that your guidebooks can’t.

October 6, 2013

If you are staying in an area that may be a bit noisy, make sure to bring earplugs so you won’t be woken up in the middle of the night (I wish I didn’t know this to be true…)

October 5, 2013

When traveling to a foreign country, bring more than one adapter for your electronics. When you only have one it takes much longer to charge your electronics.

October 4, 2013

When you take a bus tour, make sure to bring tablets if you suffer from motion sickness.  It is no fun being ill on a bus and not be able to do anything about it.

October 3, 2013

Is your carry-on bag too big for the overhead bin? Try taking a few things out and putting those things in the bin next to your carry-on. This may give you the room you need at the top of your case to get it in the bin.

October 2, 2013

When going to the airport, do not alter your plans when you call and they say your flight is delayed. You may get to the airport later only to find out your flight is still leaving on time and you may miss your flight.

October 1, 2013

Make sure to fill out the contact information page in your passport. You wouldn’t believe how many passports are left behind at the airport and agents have no way to return them to the owners.

September 30, 2013

If you can’t travel internationally, no worries. There are plenty of cities just an hour or so from you that you probably haven’t explored. No reason you can’t sightsee in your state!

September 29, 2013

Be prepared for different requirements when you travel through foreign airports. There isn’t a standard for security and what you are accustomed to may not be done in a foreign country.

September 30, 2013

If your city has it, get a tourist guide and explore something new.

September 29, 2013

It’s always a good idea to pack a little umbrella with you when you travel as weather can be so unpredictable. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, don’t you think?

September 28, 2013

When traveling out of the USA remember that measurements may be different as many countries use the metric system.

September 27, 2013

Do you still send postcards? It’s still a great way to share your adventures with those you love and many people who receive postcards keep them so if you send them be sure to pick really pretty or interesting ones.

September 26, 2013

One of the best ways to keep in touch while you are traveling is Skype. The service is free and really easy to use.

September 25, 2013

Keep in mind that if you use WiFi in a public place, you are on an open network which means you have no privacy. Try to only do banking transactions when you have a secure connection.

September 24, 2013

If you are bringing a prescription with you when you travel, think about finding out the name of the drug in the language of the country you are visiting so there won’t be any problems.

September 23, 2013

If you are traveling with your child to a foreign country, make sure they have the necessary immunizations.

September 22, 2013

If you find yourself in a crisis while overseas, please stay calm. Panicking won’t help you at all. Take a step back and try to contact local law enforcement. You should always know the emergency number of the country you are traveling in.

September 20, 2013

If traveling to a foreign country, check if you are traveling when they are having holidays. Public holidays may change whether or not certain monuments or restaurants are open.

September 19, 2013

If you are riding a train in Europe, make sure you are sitting in the correct car as the trains sometimes break off and go in different directions.

September 18, 2013

Credit cards don’t normally come with a PIN but if you choose to use your credit card to withdraw cash, make sure to get a PIN and that it works before you leave your home country.

September 17, 2013

Credit cards don’t normally come with a PIN but if you choose to use your credit card to withdraw cash, make sure to get a PIN and that it works before you leave your home country.

September 16, 2013

It may be wise for you to ask someone from home (before you leave) to be ready to deposit cash into your account if you should need it. It’s better to have someone lined up if something happens than trying to contact multiple people while you are abroad.

September 15, 2013

Europe has several time zones, just like in America. Keep that in mind when traveling between countries.

September 14, 2013

Keep in mind that if you are traveling to South America or Australia (for example, there are many more countries with the same seasonal schedule), they are on a completely different schedule for seasons, so if you are traveling in summer for you, it’s not summer down there.

September 13, 2013

Staying in a hotel? Is room service important to you? Make sure the hotel you choose has room service because it isn’t standard in many hotels.

September 12, 2013

Planning a honeymoon? Think about hiring a honeymoon planner to take away that stress from you (P.S. I can do that for you!).

September 11, 2013

You are allowed to bring a stroller through security. This makes getting around the airport much easier for you and your child.

September 10, 2013

If you are traveling with young children, allow yourself ample time to get through security. Do not wait until the last minute to get to the airport.

September 9, 2013

Dogs and cats are the only animals that can fly in the cabin. Anything else you must contact the airline to see what arrangements, if any, can be made.

September 8, 2013

If you are watching a movie on your electronic device, please use headphones. No one else but you wants to hear what you or your family is listening to.

September 7, 2013

There are cutoff times for checking a bag. Please know what your cutoff time is so you don’t end up missing your flight because you can’t check your bag.

September 6, 2013

Have you ever just gotten a map, closed your eyes and picked a destination? Why not try it, you may have the best trip of your life.

September 5, 2013

Have you ever just gotten a map, closed your eyes and picked a destination? Why not try it, you may have the best trip of your life.

September 4, 2013

When you have a flight to catch you can sign up for mobile alerts which will tell you of any delays, cancellations, or changes to your flight.

September 3, 2013

If you are staying at a hotel and you want to use the phone to make a long distance call, please don’t. Long distance calls from your room phone can be astronomical in price.

September 2, 2013

One great souvenir is to bring back note cards from whatever country you are visiting. Many times note cards have scenic pictures from the country and they make lovely gifts.

September 1, 2013

By altering your dates by a week or so you may save money on your tickets. Try playing around with a few dates if you have the flexibility to do that, you may be amazed at the difference.

August 31, 2013

You can check-in for your flight 24 hours before you are scheduled to fly. This may sometimes help you get a better seat on your flight.

August 30, 2013

Metal detectors are used at all airports. Please keep that in mind when you are getting dressed for your flight.

August 29, 2013

So many cities have beautiful street art so if you aren’t fond of museums or are low on funds, visit a city that is filled with street art because the exhibits are free and equally as beautiful.

August 28, 2013

There are many wonderful cities that don’t have any famous monuments but are still beautiful places to visit. Try seeking out those cities, you may stumble across something really beautiful.

August 27, 2013

When you are traveling, be sure to know where the emergency exits are located in your hotel room, on the train, in a stadium, etc. It’s always good to be cautious.

August 26, 2013

If you rent an apartment while on vacation, make sure to take pictures of how you left the place. You don’t want to be charged for something you didn’t damage or break and pictures are your best defense from that.

August 25, 2013

If traveling internationally is a bit scary for you, what about traveling to a country where they speak your language? This way you won’t have the language barrier and this may help you feel more at ease in your new surroundings.

August 24, 2013

There are bad people everywhere, don’t let the security of an airport think your child is completely safe. I see kids walking way behind their parents and this is so dangerous. Keep your kids at your side at all times.

August 23, 2013

I see people laying on the floor in airports all the time. The airport floor is completely filthy, think about all of the people that pass through with their dirty shoes. If you must lay on the ground, put a blanket beneath you.

August 22, 2013

It’s astounding how many people get off the plane and forget their strollers. I don’t understand how it happens but it does, every single day. Please don’t be on of those people. Take your stroller with you when you leave.

August 21, 2013

In many cultures tattoos and body piercings are considered in bad taste. Please find out the cultural norms before you travel so you can adhere to their norms.

August 20, 2013

So many people cannot remember what their checked bags look like. Take a picture of yours so you won’t have any trouble recognizing it on baggage claim.

August 19, 2013

There are many countries where you can ride the bus to get around the country. That is usually cheaper than taking a plane (but it can take much longer).

August 18, 2013

Do you always have to have your way when you are traveling with your family or friends? Don’t automatically assume everyone wants to do what you want to do. Be open to doing what everyone else wants to.

August 17, 2013

When you travel, don’t feel like you have to be on the move constantly. Nothing wrong with sitting in a cafe or park and watching life go by.

August 16, 2013

In the EU there is a VAT (value added tax) that you can get back if you spend a certain amount of money. You have to get a form from the store and turn it in at the airport. You HAVE to do this before you leave the country.

August 15, 2013

When you travel you may end up seeing things that seem completely ridiculous, racist, and/or absurd. Before you judge, try and find out what is behind what you are seeing and have discussions with the locals about it (if you speak the language).

August 14, 2013

Tipping is completely different in other countries than it is in America. Check the local customs before you go.

August 13, 2013

Don’t be afraid to use public transportation when you are traveling. It’s one of the best ways to see the city and a great way to get a glimpse of daily life of those that live there.

August 12, 2013

If you are taking cash, please don’t change all of your money at once. If something happens and your money gets stolen or lost, your vacation will be over.

August 11, 2013

I worked as a nanny when I lived in Spain and France. That is a good way to get in the country, have a place to stay and get to know the culture. There are many websites to help with that and you can literally go almost anywhere in the world.

August 10, 2013

Jet lag can be very difficult or some people. If you are one of those, think about adding a day or two to your trip if you are going to need an extra day to get on the local time.

August 9, 2013

If you are traveling with children try not to over-schedule them. They need time to relax.

August 8, 2013

When in a foreign country make sure to turn off data on your phone and use wifi only. Wifi is free and if you keep your data on you will be charged incredible fees for usage.

August 7, 2013

While you are traveling do not keep your phone in your back pocket.. It is way too easy for someone to steal it.

August 6, 2013

If you need to check your map, think about buying a local newspaper and carry your map inside the paper under your arm. This will make you look less like a tourist.

August 5, 2013

This may sound obvious but the more you blend in with the crowd the less you stand out. Check the way the locals dress and try to blend in, if possible (my Black skin makes me stand out so no blending in for me!)

August 4, 2013

Do you have locks on your checked bag? Don’t do that. TSA needs to check your bag and if it’s locked they will page you, you will have to go unlock your bag and by the time that happens you may miss your flight. Leave the lock at home.

August 3, 2013

Because almost every checked bag is black, be sure you are taking the correct bag when you leave baggage claim.

August 2, 2013

When you go to baggage claim to pick up your golf clubs, you don’t get them from the normal conveyer belt. You have to get them from a different belt, ask an agent in baggage claim so they can tell you where you need to go

August 1, 2013

If you check bags and are one of the first people off the plane, do not expect your bags to be on the conveyer belt. Your bags will still take a while to get to baggage claim.

July 31, 2013

Before you head to the airport check to see if your flight is on time. No need to get to the airport only to find that your flight has been delayed.

July 30, 2013

If you are renting a car while traveling do not assume they will have a car seat if you need one. This is a special request item and you need to make sure to request it in advance, not when you get to the counter.

July 29, 2013

Taking a car trip? Make sure you get your car totally checked and serviced before you hit the road.

July 28, 2013

When you have a connecting flight, you don’t need to collect your bags in the connecting city. Your bags will be checked through to your final destination.

July 27, 2013

If you’re traveling with a pet make sure to bring their favorite toy that smells like home as that will help them stay calm on the airplane and the hotel.

July 26, 2013

Never underestimate the value of a good scarf. It can keep you warm, cover your shoulders if you are going into a sacred place or spruce up an outfit.

July 25, 2013

If you are packing liquids in your bag, please make sure they are in their own plastic baggy so if they leak they will only leak in the bag and not on your clothes.

July 24, 2013

It may not sound pretty but if you are carrying a backpack, try bringing a big garbage bag with you which you can use to cover your bag if you don’t want worry about anyone stealing your stuff, or you don’t want your bag to get rained on.

July 23, 2013

Plastic sandwich bags can come in handy when you travel. You end up needing to put things somewhere and the plastic baggies do the trick.

July 22, 2013

Kids menus aren’t common in other parts of the world. You may have to ask for a half portion.

July 21, 2013

Sometimes in foreign hotel rooms there aren’t many English speaking channels on television. So bring dvd’s to watch on your computer or download movies on your tablet before you leave home.

July 20, 2013

Dry cleaners aren’t easy to find in other countries so try not to pack anything that can’t be washed.

July 19, 2013

There are some places that won’t let you take pictures, and others that will allows pictures but without a flash. Know the rules before you start snapping away.

July 18, 2013

If you are traveling to Europe in August, keep in mind that many restaurants, museums, and other attractions in many European cities shut down because August is the month of vacation for most Europeans.

July 17, 2013

If you are buying a train ticket and are traveling with children, there are discounts for kids and also sometimes discounted tickets for people 25 and under.

July 16, 2013

If you are traveling alone and you want to meet people, you may like staying in a hostel because many solo travelers of all ages tend to stay in hostels.

July 15, 2013

There are plenty of strikes throughout Europe that may impact your travel plans. These strikes can impact the way you get around the city you’re visiting.

July 14, 2013

Before you leave for your vacation, please confirm all reservations and bring printouts confirming everything. If you arrive at your destination and they have suddenly ‘lost’ your confirmation, you have proof in hand.

July 13, 2013

Instead of stopping at a rest stop, I have stopped in hotel parking lots and slept in my car for an hour or two. I felt safer and was also able to use the restroom in the lobby of the hotel. I normally park by the entrance of the hotel.

July 12, 2013

If you are renting a car while on vacation, get into a routine by putting your keys in the same place in your hotel room/apartment rental so you won’t have to spend time looking for your keys.

July 11, 2013

If you are making a hotel reservation I have found that by calling the local number instead of the 800 number I get a better rate.

July 10, 2013

If you are visiting a tourist attraction remember that if you choose to visit on a Saturday you will have longer lines and more people.

July 09, 2013

When I stay at a hotel I very rarely ask the front desk where to eat. I prefer to ask locals on the street or workers in the hotel who have no agenda for recommending a certain restaurant.

July 08, 2013

To make things easier when you go through security, wear a pair of slip-ons or shoes that don’t require much attention.

July 07, 2013

Buying a new pair of shoes for your trip? Please break them in before you go on vacation. You don’t want to find out while you are on the road that the shoes you have are not comfortable.

July 06, 2013

I see lots of backpacks as I travel around and people look so uncomfortable with all of that stuff on their backs. If you travel with a backpack think about getting a roller bag. Those are so easy to travel with and they come in a variety of sizes.

July 05, 2013

If you are traveling with extra large items please check with the policies of your airline before you bring that item to the airport. You need to make sure of what you need to do in order to transport something that is oversized.

July 04, 2013

Did you know that if you are 75 or older you don’t have to take your shoes off when you go through security?

July 03, 2013

If your carry-on is already full, think about buying your toiletries once you arrive in your destination if that is a possibility. If you go to a local grocery store you can probably get all that you need for a relatively small price.

July 02, 2013

When you check into a hotel, make sure that if there is a pullout couch that you check if the couch has linens. You do not want to wait for clean sheets when you want to go to bed.

July 01, 2013

Many public bathrooms in other countries have timers on the lights so if you walk into a bathroom and the lights aren’t on, don’t panic. There may be a timer you have to turn in order to get lights.

June 30, 2013

If you ride the train in France, make sure to stamp your ticket BEFORE you board the train. If it isn’t stamped you will be fined.

June 29, 2013

Sharing a bathroom while traveling? Buy some matches and light a few after you handle your business. No one should have to smell you when they enter the restroom.

June 28, 2013

I saw a man walking around the airport with his phone in the side pocket of his backpack. Don’t do this. All electronics should be out of reach from someone else’s eyesight and arm reach.

June 27, 2013

Don’t wait until the last minute to pack your suitcase. That will only add to your stress and frustration and that’s no way to start a trip.

June 26, 2013

Are you planning on hiking or boating? If so, please let someone outside of who you are traveling with know where your route and how long you plan to be gone. Nothing wrong with being a little cautious.

June 25, 2013

Think about carrying flushable wipes in your bag while walking around exploring, they just may come in handy.

June 24, 2013

A friend of mine had a $600 phone bill when they came back from Europe because they weren’t aware of how expensive calling would be overseas. Check with your carrier to see how much you will be paying per minute for your calls.

June 23, 2013

Some people wait and get cash of the country they are visiting once they enter the country. Do not do this. Have some local currency when you travel, you never know what may happen and not every country takes cards as easily as we do in North America.

June 22, 2013

If you are traveling with a child, please make sure they do not kick the back of the seat in front of them on the plane. That is really horrible for the person sitting in the seat.

June 21, 2013

At the airport there are drug sniffing dogs that will randomly search your bag. Please do not put anything in your bag that is illegal, you will be caught and persecuted.

June 20, 2013

You won’t believe how many people leave behind their carry-on bags when they are getting off of the plane. Please do not forget what you brought with you when you get off the plane.

June 19, 2013

Sometimes people are so concerned with sharing their pics on social media that they totally miss the beautiful moments in front of them. Stay in the moment while on vacation and immerse yourself in your surroundings.

June 18, 2013

In other countries it isn’t common to get cash back in grocery stores like we can in The States. You can mainly get your cash from an ATM when you travel, keep that in mind when planning your trip.

June 17, 2013

I was at the gate about to board a flight and saw a man being really rude to the gate agent. Don’t do that. It’s just rude and makes you look stupid.

June 16, 2013

When you are about to go through security, remember that you must show a picture ID. You will not be allowed through security without it.

June 15, 2013

I saw someone check their bag and the bag had tape all around it because it was broken and ripped. If you can afford to travel, you can afford a new bag.

June 14, 2013

If you have lots of luggage and don’t want to pay the fees, try shipping them. The price can be much cheaper than the extra bag fee at the airport.

June 13, 2013

On some airlines, if you are flying with pets you may be allowed to take 2 in one kennel if your pets are small enough. But remember the kennel must fit under your seat. Call the airline to make sure of the requirements.

June 12, 2013

If I know I will be doing a lot of walking but I still need some cute high heels for where I’m going, I wear my flats then put on my heels when I get to my destination. This way my feet aren’t killing me by the time I get to where I’m going.

June 11, 2013

Are you a nervous flyer? There are some homeopathic remedies that can help calm your nerves. Go to your local health food market to find what is available to you.

June 10, 2013

If you can go without your belt for a little while, don’t put it or anything else on that you may have to take off until after you go through security. I find that by not wearing my belt, earrings, or jacket, I don’t have to worry about remembering everything and trying to get dressed again after security.

June 9, 2013

You can print your boarding pass 24 hours before your flight. This will save you time when you get to the airport.

June 8, 2013

If TSA had to open up your bottles/jars for an additional security check, make sure everything is totally sealed before you close your bag. I have friends that didn’t double check and their liquids spilled in their carry-on bag.

June 7, 2013

If you are checking your baby seat or stroller, please take all snap off pieces with you. Many of those pieces come off while they are being loaded and off loaded.

June 6, 2013

You may have your own personal concert in your ear because of your great headsets, but remember you are in public and no one wants to sit next to someone dancing in their seat. Listen to your music but be mindful that you aren’t at home.

June 5, 2013

I find that using a Neti pot helps with keeping my nose clean, try that or a saline nose spray to help fight your nose from getting dry when flying.

June 4, 2013

On many planes, the call button for the flight attendant is right next to the light button. Make sure you are choosing the correct button before you push either one.

June 3, 2013

If you are going through security and you and your family will take much longer than most people because of all your stuff, let the people behind you go ahead of you.

June 2, 2013

Traveling to a new city and don’t know where to eat? I have found yelp.com to have some great recommendations.

June 1, 2013

Are you traveling with someone and afraid you may run out of things to talk about? There are books/card games that have hundreds of questions that ask interesting things you may never have thought of. Pick up one of those and pull it out if you need something to talk about, you may learn something about your travel partner!

May 31, 2013

If you are mailing postcards, send those out as soon as you get to your destination otherwise you may end up beating your postcard back. Some countries are really slow when it comes to delivering mail.

May 30, 2013

Are you traveling to a foreign country? If you don’t speak the language, talking louder in your language won’t make anyone understand you better.

May 29, 2013

Have you ever really looked around and noticed how dirty a plane is? Look on the seats, the walls, the light fixtures and air ducts. Planes can be really gross. It wouldn’t hurt to wash your hands with hot water after deplaning.

May 28, 2013

Before you get out of your seat on the plane, check underneath your seat to make sure none of your items have fallen out of your carry-on/briefcase/purse.

May 27, 2013

If you are renting a car, find out if you are allowed to talk on your cell phone of if it’s a hand free policy. You won’t be able to claim ignorance if you get pulled over for breaking the law.

May 26, 2013

When renting a vacation apartment, find out before you pay how much the taxes and cleaning fee will be and whether or not the cleaning fee is refundable.

May 25, 2013

If you don’t have to put your seat back while flying, please don’t. I try and only put my seat back after the person behind me has finished eating, or if I’m on a short flight I don’t recline at all. It’s a small courtesy but it’s a nice thing to do.

May 24, 2013

I find that using a neti pot helps with keeping my nose clean, you may try a saline nose spray to help fight your nose from getting dry when flying.

May 23, 2013

If you are concerned about germs, bring wet wipes and wipe off your arm rest, tray table, air vent and light fixture. Basically wipe off anything that other people may have touched.

May 22, 2013

Pack snacks with you when you fly. Nuts, fruit and sliced veggies are always good.

May 21, 2013

Have all medication you may need in your carry-on and be sure to pack extras, just in case.

May 20, 2013

If you are like me and tend to get ill from flying, take extra vitamin c and some supplements to boost your immune system to ward off any unwanted germs.

May 19, 2013

If you are one of those people that can’t sleep on a flight (I can knock out on an hour flight or a transatlantic one, I love to sleep) be sure to get a good night’s rest before you fly.

May 18, 2013

If you are sick or have recently undergone surgery, talk to your doctor before you get on a plane. Flying may not be in your best interest.

May 17, 2013

NEVER put your computer in your checked bag

May 16, 2013

 I saw a woman about to check her bag and one of the wheels was already broken. Don’t ever do this. That bag will be tossed around and I’m almost positive the other wheel will be broken by the time she reaches her destination.

May 15, 2013

Does the thought of walking through security with bare feet gross you out? Keep a small pair of socks in your bag then pull them out when you have to give up your shoes.

May 14, 2013

I saw a woman put her laptop in the side pocket of her carry-on and leave the zipper unzipped. Anyone can come along and steal your computer. Do not do this. Ever.

May 13, 2013

When you go on vacation, get some plug-in timers for your home that will turn the lights off and on while you are gone. This will help give the appearance that you are still home

May 12, 2013

If you will be gone for more than a week, put a vacation hold on your mail. You can do that at your local post office.

May 11, 2013

Traveling with friends? Make sure you have a discussion about what each of you want to do and habits that you all have. Talking about these things prior to leaving can alleviate some problems that may occur.

May 10, 2013

I buy my travel size (3 ounce) jars at Walmart or Target and keep refilling them. They cost less than a dollar and work just fine, there is no need to buy anything really expensive.

May 9, 2013

I have an insurance policy that will cover me if I get into an accident while I travel. You should get some type of insurance that will take care of all medical bills/hospitalization in case of emergency on vacation.

May 8, 2013

Flying on a buddy pass? There are dress codes for standby passengers, please know what those are before you fly.

May 7, 2013

I tend to use social media when I’m out of the country to let my family know where I am. Updating my status on Facebook or checking in is a simple way they can know I’m ok.

May 6, 2013

Many European cities have cobblestone that is difficult to walk on. Please keep that in mind when planning your trip if you have trouble walking. Of course you can still travel, you just need to plan ahead.

May 5, 2013

My uncle got his suitcase stolen because he walked away from it at the airport. Please don’t ever do this, always keep your luggage with you at all times, even if you are only stepping away for a second.

May 4, 2013

Buy a case of bottled water when you travel and leave it in your hotel room. That way, you won’t have to constantly keep buying water while you’re out.

May 3, 2013

When you rent a car, it won’t hurt to wipe down the inside of the car with disinfectant wipes. The insides of the cars aren’t always as clean as they should be.

May 2, 2013

Before you sit down in a chair at the airport, take a good look at the seat to make sure it is clean. You would hate to get up and realize you have sat in something nasty (trust me, I know what I’m talking about. Just yuck).

May 1, 2013

No matter what happens at an airport, please don’t EVER have a temper tantrum.

April 30, 2013

I have seen lots of long lines at check-in. Most of the time there are open kiosks, passengers just don’t realize they can use them. If there is a kiosk available, you can use it. There is no need to stand in line, even if other people are.

April 29, 2013

When flying and you are being served your beverage, ask for the whole can. Sometimes they will just pour you a little bit but if you ask for the can they will give it to you.

April 28, 2013

Parking your car at the airport? Please take a picture of where you are parked or write a note so you won’t forget. You won’t believe how many people spend ridiculous amounts of time looking for their car when they have come back from vacation (I may have to blog about how I know this for sure).

April 27, 2013

Traveling internationally with your pet? Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting to make sure you are meeting all of their requirements for entry into their country.

April 26, 2013

Takeoff and landing can be hard on children. If they are old enough, give them gum to chew as this will ease some of the pressure they may feel in their ears.

April 25, 2013

Are you flying with your kids? Pack them games that don’t make much noise or give them headphones because everyone around you shouldn’t be disturbed by anyone else’s game sounds.

April 24, 2013

Buying an airplane ticket? Early morning flights tend to have less delays.

April 23, 2013

Do you have a credit card that gives you miles every time you use it? I do and you won’t believe how fast the points add up when you use it for everything. You can get a free flight every year if you use it enough.

April 22, 2013

If you are trying to minimize what you’re packing, it’s best to stay in the same color family. That way, you can mix and match clothes easier and it will be a cinch when it’s time to wash.

April 21, 2013

If you have to sit on your suitcase to zip it, it is WAY too full. Take some stuff out, you won’t need all of that, I promise. Plus, it’s easier for your bag to break when being handled by baggage handlers if your bag is too full. Trust me.

April 20, 2013

Want to travel overseas but don’t have any money? What about volunteering abroad? Check out some programs that provide you room and board and you can live abroad while doing some good.

April 19, 2013

Getting your nails done is really expensive in Europe. Get that fill, pedicure, or manicure before your trip

April 18, 2013

When you fly your alcohol intake level is reduced, remember that when you are ordering all of those small bottles.

April 17, 2013

While it’s true you can’t bring much liquid with you, you can bring as many snacks and food as you want. Pack snacks for the plane ride as many airlines have limited selection of snacks for purchase.

April 16, 2013

Don’t pack your bags completely full when you start out on your trip. You will probably want to buy some souvenirs and you won’t have any place to put them if you initially pack too much in your bag.

April 15, 2013

Traveling with your family? Check to see if you can buy passes for multiple activities. This may save you money by buying everything together instead of paying for each activity separately.

April 14, 2013

Checking a bag? Take a picture of it and if your bag gets lost, you can show your picture to the people at the counter. Sometimes you don’t remember what your bag looks like, this way you will!

April 13, 2013

When booking your trip try and be flexible with your dates. You can usually find a cheaper hotel/flight if you have flexible travel dates.

April 12, 2013

Pack some extra Ziploc bags, you may need some for your 3 ounce containers when you travel back from your vacation.

April 11, 2013

The magazines in the seat pocket in front of you on the airplane are probably the dirtiest thing you can touch. Think about all the hands that have been on those pages. Sanitize your hands after reading the magazines.

April 10, 2013

If you check a bag, double check that your bag tag has your correct destination on it. You wouldn’t want your bags to end up in a completely different city.

April 9, 2013

Learn a few of the local laws of the country you will be visiting. No matter what your citizenship, unless you have diplomatic immunity, you are subject to the rules of the country you are visiting.

April 8, 2013

Do you wear glasses? Think about carrying a second pair with you in case something happens to the first pair.

April 7, 2013

If you carry your passport, cash, and credit cards on your person when you travel, think about carrying them in different places on your body so if you get robbed they won’t get everything.

April 6, 2013

Never check your medicine in your luggage. Unexpected things happen when you travel and you don’t want to be without your essential medications if your checked bags don’t meet you at your destination.

April 5, 2013

The internet is great for information (this blog, for one!) but don’t forget about your local library. There are tons of travel books that you can check out for free and they contain very useful information.

April 4, 2013

When you go to a foreign country, go to a local grocery store. Sometimes you see food that is so different and interesting, and the way the store is laid out can be totally different than what you are accustomed to.

April 3, 2013

If you plan on flying one way into a foreign country, make sure that is allowed by the country you want to visit. Many countries require you to have a return ticket upon arrival.

April 2, 2013

When you travel to a foreign country and you carry a designer bag, it can make you a target. Leave the labels at home & carry an inexpensive one.

April 1, 2013

On a plane, ALWAYS bring ur own blanket. U will almost never get a fresh one, & who wants to wrap up in someone else’s germs?

March 31, 2013

Do not walk around with your passport. Make a copy, keep that on your person and leave passport in hotel/apartment.

March 30, 2013

Remember that when returning home from vacation, foreign coins can’t be exchanged for your currency. You can only change foreign bills into cash.

March 29, 2013

There are many free texting apps you can use when traveling that only require a Wifi connection. This will limit having to use your cell phone which will cut down on the charges you will incur.

March 28, 2013

When you pack your bag, try and pack clothes that can be laundered together so you can limit the number of different loads you have to do.

March 27, 2013

 Have you tried only taking a carry-on and not checking a bag? Why not try it on your next trip just to see if you can do it.

March 26, 2013

When I travel I save plastic bags from purchases until it’s time to leave. Then if I have anything I need to put inside a plastic bag (souvenirs, bottles, etc), I already have one and I don’t have to run around searching for something.

March 25, 2013

Drinking water while traveling is crucial for your body. You are getting accustomed to a new time zone and possibly a new continent. Keep your body hydrated with bottled water.

March 24, 2013

Traveling to a cold weather destination? Think about packing clothes you can layer for warmth instead of taking bulky sweaters.

March 23, 2013

When dealing with foreign currency, make sure you understand how much money you are spending. It looks like Monopoly money but it’s real and you may be spending much more than you realize.

March 22, 2013

Want to save money while traveling? Buy a bag of local coffee and make it at your hotel/apartment. You still get the authentic experience because you are drinking local coffee, but you aren’t paying the high cafe price.

March 21, 2013

Before you check out of your hotel room, be sure to pull back your sheets to make sure nothing has gotten caught in them.

March 20, 2013

When ordering room service, verify the service charge before you tip. Many hotels charge at least 18% on top of the bill for the food, this 18% goes to the server.

March 19, 2013

If your plane has the video in the seat in front of you, remember there is someone sitting in that seat and they do not want to feel you poking hard on the screen. Use a pen, that softens the touch.

March 17, 2013

Almost all cars in Europe and South America are manual, not automatic. Keep that in mind if you are renting a car while traveling.

March 16, 2013

Please remember that there is no need to shout when you are on a plane. Your voice carries and there is no reason for everyone on the flight to hear your conversation.

March 15, 2013

If you have a complaint about the way you have been treated, it’s always best to write an actual letter. Most people don’t do that and letters are almost always answered.

March 14, 2013

 I am always amazed at how rude passengers can be to flight attendants and gate agents. These workers can make your flight miserable if they choose (maybe by not letting you fly) so please keep your temper in check and be respectful.

March 13, 2013

In some countries it is normal for animals to be walking around in the dining room and/or in the kitchen. Go with the flow and don’t be alarmed.

March 12, 2013

Many grocery stores outside of the US will not bag your groceries for you. You have to sometimes buy a bag and then bag your own groceries.

 

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March 10, 2013

Before you travel with your small child, make sure you have all necessary documentation needed to enter another country as some countries require paperwork in addition to a passport.

 

March 9, 2013

Do you have special dietary restrictions? If your flight will be serving a complimentary meal during your flight, please make all requests at least 24 hours before your flight.

March 8, 2013

If you’re traveling with a pet and your pet will be traveling in the cargo bin, make sure it has the proper identification tags on at all times.

March 7, 2013

 Traveling with someone? Bring some cards along with you and you can play together on the plane. It’s a great way to pass the time.

March 6, 2013

If you have a long flight, think about bringing a change of clothes so you can be more comfortable while you are in the air. You may not want to travel in sweats but they are very comfortable while you are sitting in a plane.

March 5, 2013

Have your toothbrush and 3ounce toothpaste in your carryon when you board a plane (or a train) so you can brush your teeth mid-flight. It is a great way to feel immediately refreshed.

March 4, 2013

When you travel, keep a large bill (in local currency) in your shoe. If something happens, you will be prepared.

March 3, 2013

It’s not a good idea to carry a bunch of cash around with you while you are traveling so carry only what you may need for the day. If you lose your bag or get robbed, you won’t have all of your cash lost.

March 2, 2013

I normally always pack bandaids when I travel as I never know when I may need one and they can sometimes be hard to find in another country, especially when I need one.

March 1, 2013

Traveling with a pet? You should make sure to take him to the vet a few weeks before your departure to make sure everything is ok and that your loved one has all the vaccinations he/she needs.

February 28, 2013

When you land in a new country, you may be really tired and will want to sleep. Please try to stay up and go sightsee. If you have to sleep, only take an hour or two then get back up. You want to go to bed at a reasonable hour and you won’t be able to do that if you sleep all day. Trust me.

February 27, 2013

Is coffee a necessity for you when you wake up? If traveling and you aren’t sure you will have access to coffee, buy the instant coffee packs (I like Starbucks). All you need is hot water and you have your morning fix!

February 26, 2013

When I get on a plane I immediately check underneath my seat to make sure my emergency life vest is where it’s supposed to be. Some passengers take them as a novelty item when they get off of a plane and you don’t want to find that out if you have an emergency.

February 25, 2013

If you don’t like the idea of being screened by the new imaging technology machines, you can request a thorough pat-down instead. This pat-down can be in private if you choose, and it will be by someone of the same gender and another TSA officer will be present.

February 24, 2013

Making a hotel reservation? Be sure to get the confirmation number and the name of the person you spoke with. In case there are any issues when you arrive, you have the information you need to verify your reservation.

February 23, 2013

Bubble wrap can be a life saver when you travel. If I know I’m going some place where I will probably bring something fragile back, I put a few sheets of bubble wrap in my carry-on. Then when I buy my items, I don’t have to worry about them breaking.

February 22, 2013

Are you a nervous flyer? Try buying a day pass in an airport lounge. You will be able to have wine and snacks, and you will be very relaxed before your flight. It really beats sitting by the gate and may calm your nerves a bit.

February 21, 2013

Are you traveling with your kids? If you’re in a car, give the kids a map and show them how to use it. This way, they can be a part of the journey, giving you directions and telling you helpful information.

February 20, 2013

Traveling with kids? You NEED to have a plan in place in case someone gets separated from the family. Your child should know where he will go and what he is to do once he is there.

February 19, 2013

When traveling to a foreign country, one of the first things I do is go to a local grocery store. I get all my snacks and bottled water there and it’s much cheaper and healthier than eating in a restaurant for every meal.

February 18, 2013

Many airlines don’t take cash for your inflight purchases so please carry a credit card for any purchases you want to make.

February 17, 2013

 While on an airplane it is a good idea to drink as much water as you can, staying hydrated will help you not be too tired when you land.

February 16, 2013

While on an airplane it is a good idea to drink as much water as you can, staying hydrated will help you not be too tired when you land.

February 15, 2013

Traveling with a pet? You should make sure to take him to the vet a few weeks before your departure to make sure everything is ok and that your loved one has all the vaccinations he/she needs.

February 14, 2013

Traveling with a pet? You should make sure to take him to the vet a few weeks before your departure to make sure everything is ok and that your loved one has all the vaccinations he/she needs.

February 13, 2013

Have a hard time sleeping on a plane? Try booking a red-eye flight as those flights are usually dark and filled with sleeping passengers. Bring your ear plugs and eye mask and you may be able to sleep a bit better.

February 12, 2013

When I sit at a restaurant, I almost always keep my bag right next to me or a make sure one of my straps are looped around my arm. Don’t ever put your bag in the chair across the table from you, a thief can easily grab it and run.

February 11, 2013

I have seen people walking and holding their laptops while traveling. Do not do this. Keep your laptop in a case and keep the case in your backpack or purse, there is no need to advertise you have an expensive computer on you.

February 10, 2013

Are you renting a car on vacation? Leave all tourist books and luggage in the trunk, no one needs to know you are a tourist. You can buy a local newspaper to keep on the seat to seem more authentic.

February 9, 2013

When I stay in a hotel, I always deny housekeeping. They use the same rag to clean the rooms and toilets of all the rooms they service and I think that is gross. I immediately sanitize the room with my hand wipes and I only get new towels, I don’t need my bed made everyday.

February 8, 2013

Are you booking plane tickets? Book as early as possible, you can buy your tickets a year in advance. When you book earlier you get better deals.

February 7, 2013

Instead of going to Western Europe (Paris, London, Madrid, Lisbon), why not explore Eastern Europe (Croatia, Hungary, Budapest, Poland)? It’s so much cheaper and just as rich with architecture and culture.

February 6, 2013

Want to travel but short on cash? Try renting a room in someone’s home. All over the world people rent out rooms for visitors and the room are normally substantially cheaper than a hotel and much nicer than a hostel.

February 5, 2013

There is no need to bring unwanted attention to yourself while you travel. Leave all expensive jewelry, watches, etc. at home.

February 4, 2013

Many times thieves will disguise themselves in groups of young women. They have a piece of paper that is thrust in your face and while you’re reading it, someone is picking your pockets. Be aware, this happens all over Europe.

February 3, 2013

Always count your change before you leave the counter as handling money in a different country can be a bit tricky since money is different colors and shapes. There is nothing wrong with taking a few seconds to make sure you have the correct change.

February 2, 2013

You can find many apps with guided walking tours of many cities around the world. You can skip a bus tour and walk the city at your leisure.

February 1, 2013

Ziploc bags can be great resources to have while traveling. Many restaurants overseas don’t do doggy bags so you can take any leftover food home in a ziploc bag.

January 30, 2013

 Most McDonald’s have free WiFi, keep that in mind when you are in a foreign country. You don’t have to eat there, you can just use the WiFi.

January 29, 2013

For some reason, Americans can be really loud when they get to foreign countries. Be aware of that and try and keep your voice down when in public places.

January 28, 2013

Be aware of your clothing when visiting a foreign country. You never want to offend any locals by the way you are presenting yourself. In some cultures wearing shorts or showing your shoulders can be offensive, be sure to find out before you get to the country.

January 27, 2013

Many cafes and restaurants in Europe have set menus where you can get an appetizer and entree or an entree and a dessert for a set price. This is sometimes much cheaper than ordering a la carte.

January 26, 2013

I try to avoid drinking tap water when I travel to a foreign country so I buy bottled water from a local grocery store.

January 25, 2013

If you have to eat fast food while traveling, try a local fast food restaurant which may give you a bit of the local food flair.

January 24, 2013

If you want to get off the beaten path and not do touristy stuff, ask one of the tourist agents where they go for drinks, dinner, etc. They will tell you the places where the locals go and you will get a more authentic experience

January 23, 2013

Need to use the restroom and can’t find one? I try and find a big fancy hotel because they almost always have bathrooms in the lobby that are easily accessible to anyone.

January 22, 2013

Please remove all tags from your carry-on and/or checked bag when you start a new journey. It can be difficult for baggage handlers to know where your bag goes if you have multiple tags on your bag.

January 21, 2013

Technology is great but it’s always good to have an actual book with you because batteries can run out at inopportune times.

January 20, 2013

Bring several SD cards with you on your vacation because It’s amazing how many pictures you can take while traveling. I always have at least 2 with me.

January 19, 2013

If possible, always have more than one credit card/bank card when you travel. In case you have a problem with one, you will have a backup with the other.

January 18, 2013

Get a bag from a local supermarket and put your valuables in it while walking around. No one will think you have anything of importance in it.

January 17, 2013

 If taking a cruise and you have to fly to your port of departure, please don’t schedule your flight for the same day your cruise sails. Arrive a couple of days before the cruise leaves in case there are any airline delays due to weather.

January 16, 2013

If you have to look at your map, go into a store and open your map in an aisle. This way no one on the street can see what you’re doing and you can relax while you get your bearings.

January 15, 2013

When in Paris, beware of Gypsies. They will stick a piece of paper in your face with a few sentences about how they need your help and as you’re reading someone will be trying to pick your pocket.

January 14, 2013

The first floor in other parts of the world is the equivalent of an American 2nd floor. The ground floor is just that, the floor on the ground. The 1st floor is the first floor up the stairs/elevator. Keep that in mind when booking your accommodations.

January 13, 2013

 Try not to use your hotel to clean your clothes. Instead, find a Laundromat nearby and wash your clothes there. It will be much cheaper, but you will need local currency as most will not accept credit cards.

January 12, 2013

When in a foreign country and you want to eat, stay clear of any restaurant that has the “English spoken here” sign in the window. The most authentic meals usually come from the restaurants where no one speaks your language and you need your dictionary to read the menu.

January 11, 2013

Check the list that the U.S. government puts out regarding countries that Americans shouldn’t visit, then heed the warning.

January 10, 2013

It’s good to know where your embassy is in the country you’re visiting. You never know what may happen, it’s always good to know where you would need to go in case of an emergency.

January 9, 2013

Bring an adapter in order to charge your electronics. Your American plug won’t work in a foreign country, or the plug from your country won’t work in America.

January 8, 2013

Changing money at the airport is usually the worst place to do it. Look around the city for the best deals, making sure to check the fee for changing money (each place charges a commission).

January 7, 2013

Always have a bit of local currency when you travel to another country. Not every place takes credit cards and it’s better to have money and not need it than the other way around.

January 6, 2013

When I leave for a long period, I put a vacation hold on my mail or have someone come to my place and pick up my mail. Either way, you don’t want your mailbox overflowing with mail, that’s a dead giveaway that you are gone and that your home is empty.

January 5, 2013

Train travel can be an inexpensive way to get form one city to another if you are visiting more than one city/country on your vacation. You also don’t have to worry about weight restrictions for your bags.

January 4, 2013

When choosing a flight, pick the earliest flight possible. You won’t have as many people in security, the flights aren’t usually as full and sometimes those flights can be cheaper.

January 3, 2013

Always know the emergency number (it’s 911 in North America) in the country you are visiting.

January 2, 2013

Before you book your hotel, see what the street looks like on Google Street View. Go to Google, click maps, then type address, there should be a picture to the left where you can see a 360 degree street view.

January 1, 2013

It’s January 1st! 2013! Can you believe it? No time like the present to start planning some fabulous trip. A weekend getaway, a day trip, a family vacation for a week, whatever you decide, start planning now!

December 31, 2012

When I’m traveling and I take a taxi home, I ask the driver to not leave until I get into the door. I am not scared when I travel but I am always cautious.

December 30, 2012

If your vacation requires gloves, think about getting some hand warmers to go inside of them. I use those all the time when I travel in winter and they really work. I get mine for Walmart and Target has them sometimes as well.

December 29, 2012

Getting refills on sodas is typically a North American thing and not normally done in other parts of the world. Keep that in mind when you head to eat and you keep ordering your soda.

December 28, 2012

A pharmacy in a foreign country can be one of your best resources. Many times you can buy medicine that normally requires a prescription in the States. Before you try and see a doctor, head to the pharmacy, they may be able to give you what you need.

December 27, 2012

Even though it’s more convenient to get a spa treatment at your hotel, it’s usually also more expensive. Ask a local while you are exploring the city if they know any good places, or you could always Google it.

December 26, 2012

To prevent any unwanted critters from coming home with you in your suitcase, don’t leave it on the floor. Store it on the shelf in the closet or on the luggage rack in your hotel room, if there is one provided.

December 25, 2012

Wherever your travels take you today, please be safe and enjoy your time with your family and friends.

December 24, 2012

If you’re flying out today or tomorrow, please try not to use the seat in front of you to get up. Many people put both hands on the front seat which pulls the seat back and disturbs the person sitting in that seat. You can get up without doing that and the person sitting in front of you will be very thankful.

December 23, 2012

If you’re in a foreign country and you find a DVD you want to buy, make sure it is compatible with your DVD player. All DVD’s have a numbered region, normally found on the bottom of the back of the DVD box. America is region 1.

December 22, 2012

Leave a copy of your itinerary with a loved one when you leave. Someone other than the people you are traveling with should know where you are at all times.

December 21, 2012

Before you leave for your destination, be sure to check the weather. Even if your destination is known for a certain type of weather, please verify the temperature before you pack your bags.

 December 20, 2012

Check to see if it’s cheaper to buy a multiple day pass or a pack of tickets for the metro/bus instead of buying a single ticket every time.

December 19, 2012

Before you put your snow globe in your carryon bag, please check with TSA to see if the size of your globe is acceptable.

December 18, 2012

If you check a bag, it is more likely to be mishandled during holiday season. Write your name, your contact phone number, and your final destination on a piece of paper and put that right on top of your clothes in your luggage & in an outside pocket. If the white tag on your baggage handle comes off (which they sometimes do), you can still be contacted.

December 17, 2012

For US residents, if you or your family members have disabilities and/or medical conditions, you can call 1-855-787-2227 72 hours before traveling with any questions regarding screening or security procedures.

December 16, 2012

If you are flying with gifts to take to your loved ones, PLEASE DO NOT WRAP THEM. TSA will have to unwrap them if the package is deemed suspicious. You can easily get wrapping paper when you land, or, if it fits, you can put rolls of paper in your suitcase.

December 15, 2012

Christmas season is upon us so traveling will take a bit longer. Please arrive at the airport at least 2 hours for domestic flights, 3 for international.

December 14, 2012

Even more so around Christmas season, you wouldn’t believe how many people leave their ipads, computers, iPods etc. behind on a plane. Please label your electronics so if they get left behind, you can be contacted. Make sure to have your email and phone number as part of the contact info.

December 13, 2012

As a single woman, I NEVER have my hotel room or apartment rental on the ground floor. I think it is much safer to be a bit higher, and it’s less likely that someone will try and break into your space.

December 12, 2012

If you are a coffee fan, buy some coffee in your foreign destination and bring it home. A bag of coffee makes for a great gift for someone (especially if the coffee bag has a foreign language on it) and it’s also a great reminder to you of your trip if you buy one for yourself!

December 11, 2012

Take a business card from your hotel or take a picture of your apartment and the street you are staying on. If you happen to get turned around, you can hop in a taxi or a bus, show your pic or your hotel business card and be taken back home safely.

December 10, 2012

I never delete my SD cards. I download my photos and store the card in my home. If something happens to your computer, your vacation photos will be gone forever. SD cards are not that expensive now so keep buying them, you will be glad you did.

December 9, 2012

If you’re traveling to a country where you don’t speak the language, carry a small dictionary with you (on my trip to Russia I bought a small Russian/English dictionary). It comes in handy when you need help and can’t speak the language.

December 8, 2012

I always bring an “In case I get ill” kit. I pack something for headache, stomach ache, cuts, minor burns, indigestion, diarrhea, motion sickness, etc. It’s always best to have it and not need it than need it and have no idea how to get it in a foreign country.

December 7, 2012

Take a pair of socks with you on the plane. If you get cold (I ALWAYS get cold on a plane) you have your socks…instant warmth!

December 6, 2012

If you check a bag, pack one outfit in your carry-on. That way, if your bag gets lost, you will have an outfit to wear the next day.

December 5, 2012

Since I always try to rent apartments when I travel, I bring instant oatmeal packs from home to eat in the mornings. Oatmeal isn’t a universal thing and the packs don’t take much room in my bag.

December 4, 2012

Try not to look too much like a tourist when you are traveling. Tennis shoes, fanny packs (yes, people still wear them), and walking with a map fully unfolded are a few things to avoid.

December 3, 2012

Depending on where you’re traveling, it may be cheaper to buy a phone once you arrive at your destination. I have done this in several countries and usually incoming calls are free so your friends and family can call you (they pay) and you don’t pay a thing.

December 2, 2012

Bringing back gifts? Try putting the smallest bill in a frame and giving that as a gift. Many countries have colorful money that is actually really pretty and would look lovely framed.

December 1, 2012

Try not to plan your connecting flight times too closely together. Air travel is unpredictable and if you don’t give yourself enough time to for uncertainties, you may end up missing your flight.

November 30, 2012

While sitting at your gate, try not to listen to your music or watch your movie with the volume too loud. People have missed gate change information and/or missed their flights because they were too enthralled with their technology.