The current economic situation has left many people with less disposable income for things like vacations. This article is filed with useful tips you can use to save money while traveling.
Before committing to take a cruise vacation, determine if you will become seasick. This will almost certainly ruin your cruise trip. If you are in fact seasick, you will be in bed, sick for days, without enjoying the trip. Get a prescription for seasickness medications to have on hand just in case.
If you bring A/V cables, you will be able to hook your laptop up to the hotel’s television. This will enable you to enjoy streaming videos or movies, rather than buying expensive movies on the hotels pay per view service.
Make a list of what you need to pack. Sometime well before your trip, at least a week or more, write down all of the items that you must pack. That way, even if you wait to pack until you’re in a time crunch, the list can help you avoid clutter and to stay organized.
Be aware of your passport’s expiration date. Many countries have rules in place about passport expiration. Many will not let you enter their country if your passport expires in a certain window of time. These time frames can range anywhere from three months to a year.
Tip the staff at the hotel appropriately when you are staying at a hotel. You should give about a dollar per bag and 2 to 5 dollars per day of housekeeping. If you tip well, you are more likely to get good service and be on good terms with hotel staff during your stay.
When traveling, make sure all your contact information, including your name, address and phone number are visible in your luggage. This way, even if your luggage gets lost and external tags are detached, your luggage may still find you. Losing your luggage can happen any time that you can not see it.
Be wise when traveling to foreign countries if you have or believe you have food allergies. Learn enough about the foreign language to understand if something may be dangerous for you. You’ll be able to tell waitstaff in restaurants about your allergies before there’s a problem and you have to explain to medical professionals.
To adjust to a new time zone faster, stay awake until at least 8pm local time. Even if you feel like you must go to sleep, avoid going to bed too early when you travel across time zones. If you do, you may prolong your jet lag as your body will not have adjusted to the new time. The sooner you adjust to your local time, the sooner your jet lag will leave you.
The economy being poor and money being hard to come by is no excuse to avoid this year’s vacation. Follow these tips to design a vacation you can afford.