Seven Travel Tips to Make Life EasierMay 22nd, 2014 by The JetSetter Team | Comments Off on Seven Travel Tips to Make Life Easier
We talk frequently about the specifics of traveling to a particular place, but sometimes it is helpful to think about travel as a whole. If you, like Jason Hartman, have traveled a lot, you might have it down to a science. If you’re new to travel or have recently returned to the fun of a luxury vacation, we’ve got some basic tips that might help you along your way.
• Tell your bank and credit card companies that you’ll be traveling. Sometimes, they’ll suspect a stolen identify and suspend your accounts, leaving you temporarily penniless in a foreign country or state. Similarly, bring at least two sources of money with you, should something bad happen. Keep copies of all travel documents in electronic form also.
• Pack your luggage so that it is okay if it gets lost. Especially on international flights, baggage can be lost. If there are things you would feel terrible about losing, keep them in your carryon. Also pack the essentials in your carryon—extra clothing, a toothbrush, etc.
• Don’t be afraid to ask for upgrades everywhere you go. Sometimes airlines will offer you discounts on upgrades if you inquire at the time of travel. Often, hotels can give you better views, bigger rooms with better features, or late checkout if you ask (or offer a small tip).
• Make sure to check travel requirements and visa restrictions before you leave. If you’ve checked a month ago, check again. These things can change suddenly and alter your entire trip.
• When you’re booking flights, make sure to look at the airports where they will connect. Look at maps of the airport to make sure you can easily find your way from one gate to the next and allow for enough time between. International flights happen more rarely, so it’s important to make sure you’re on the right one.
• Try and learn a little bit of the language from the country you’ll be visiting. Don’t worry about how stupid your accent sounds—they’ll appreciate the effort. You’ll also be able to get answers to a few of the most important questions while traveling. If you’re unable to use your language skills to find answers, then rely on your acting and charades skills.
• Use technology to your advantage. In addition to helping you organize your trip, travel apps can make your life a lot easier. Translation apps, organization apps, and map apps are all a great help. Also, get in contact with local bloggers before you travel—they’re the best experts on where to eat, what to do, etc.