Travelers Guide

Read this article for some helpful tips to maximize your travel experiences while minimizing your expenses.

Don’t take any unnecessary valuables with you on your trip. The more you take with you, the higher your chances of losing the items. Even worse, they could be stolen.

Leave your valuables at home. The more valuables you bring with you, the more chance you have of losing one or more of them or possibly having them stolen.

If you are traveling with your child, carry a photo of your child just in case he or she gets lost. It is extremely frightening to become separated from your child. Though it certainly feels devastating, it is a reality for many. A simple picture of your child will make a difference, especially if you are going abroad and do not speak the language fluently enough to describe your child and they get lost from you.

Choosing an aisle seat is a good idea. This seating choice allows you easy access to the lavatories, overhead baggage and flight attendants, and gives you more leg room.

Plan your trip months ahead of time. There are many things you purchase for travel, most of them are cheaper, the earlier you buy them. Your travel budget can stretch further if you keep last-minute expenditures to a minimum.

When taking a cruise that you have to drive to the port city of, stay in a hotel or motel, that provides free parking, the night before. If you cannot find any details about parking, ask the hotel staff what their policy is.

Whenever you can, print online tickets in advance of your visit to a special event or attraction. Even if there’s a fee, it is very much worth it to be able to skip the long lines for purchasing tickets at the venue. If the park uses a timed entry system, you won’t need to wait in line to enter, either.

Prior to making any reservations, do your homework. Look for review websites that have opinions on places you plan on visiting. Try asking people you know that have traveled there. Doing your own research will help you decide.

Lots of travelers have to economize on lodgings. Bring a rubber doorstop to stay safe. Just wedge the doorstop underneath the door and secure the deadbolt and chain. Intruders can break a lock or chain, but the doorstop will make is much harder to get into the room.

If you are planning foreign travel, be prepared for emergencies, like possibly losing your U.S. passport. The United States. Department of State has a website (usembassy.state.gov)with the contact information for the United States Consulate or Embassy at the country you’re visiting. Take this information along on your vacation. Usually, you can get a replacement within a couple days.