Stress-free Travel Tips

[ 0 ] March 4, 2011 |

Traveling is so much fun! In fact, it’s one of my favorite things to do. But if you’re fairly new to jet-setting, or even a seasoned pro, there will always be a few snags along the way. Never fear! We’ve put together a list of the most common travel headaches and tips for hassle-free travel.

#1: Customs Issues.

Going through customs is a breeze if you’re prepared. If not, you may be held – possibly for hours. For travel made easy, always have the address of where you’re heading, and when you return, keep a list of what you bought while away so you know exactly what you need to declare. Oh, and did you know that you can be turned away if you’re traveling within 6 months of the expiry date of your passport? It’s true! Save 10% on passport rush services using our coupons.

#2: Jet Lag.

Nothing can kill a trip like a good dose of jet lag. Get the most out of every day by drinking lots of water. Even though you may want to have a good sleep as soon as you get to the hotel, keep with the schedule of the day. Arrive at noon their time? Don’t go to bed until 9 or 10.

#3: Lost Documents.

Super organized and think it can’t happen to you? Think again! Always carry a photocopy of your passport and reservations with you in a separate bag or on your body at all times. Also send a friend at home your itinerary, so they can send it to you if need be.

#4: Missed Flights.

Yes, running for your flight looks romantic in the movies, but missing it and having to spend another $500 or more on tickets is another story. So, for easy traveling get there really early. They say 1-2 hours before for domestic flights and 3 hours for international. If you need to connect, make sure your layover is at least 30 minutes. Think it’s impossible to catch your connecting flight in the 5 1/2 minutes they gave you? You’re probably right.

#5: Language Barrier.

It’s always good to brush up on at least a few sentences in the language of the country you’re visiting. It can really help if you get lost in a city that doesn’t speak English. Also, check for any unusual laws and customs. Did you know that in Greece you can’t pay a bus fare on the bus and that you have to buy a bus ticket in advance? I do. And I found out the hard way.

#6: Sickness.

When traveling abroad, sickness can easily occur. To help stave off Montezuma’s Revenge, stick to bottled water and stay away from any dairy condiments that have been sitting out. Malaria is also something to think about, so if you’re concerned, talk to your doctor well in advance of your trip to see if vaccines are right for you.

#7: Hidden Airport Fees.

Well, they’re not so much hidden as forgotten or not read in the small print. Before you head out, check to see if there is any departure tax or tourist card cost for entering and exiting the country. Usually it’s only around $30, but you usually have to pay in US dollars. Also be aware of your luggage weight. If you go over, you could pay a hefty fine! Pack a small bag to fill with souvenirs, or only use half your suitcase.

#8: High Hotel Prices.

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Traveling can be an awesome and enlightening experience. Whether traveling for adventure or relaxation, take these tips into consideration to have the time of your life without the headaches. Have you encountered any problems while traveling? How did you solve it?

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About Lindy: Lindy started writing at age 8, when she completed her first story entitled Clio the Talking Cat. Fast-forward a few years into the future, and she’s happily moved on to writing celebrity shopping and frugal posts. Lindy lives with her cat (who doesn’t talk), enjoys lazy weekends at the cottage and old episodes of The Golden Girls. View author profile.

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