Let’s go everyone, it’s about that time you wipe the dust off those vacation days piling up by taking advantage of the what the world has to offer and travel somewhere alluring, eat something potentially dangerous and drink something that’ll help you forgot about that overstuffed corporate inbox and most of all, relax.
Unfortunately planning a trip can be at times a stressful, annoying time-consuming event that dampens the excitement of the vacation itself—or at the very least, deters you from those painstaking hours of flight searches and hotel inquiries that result in the dream vacation.
To help ease those pains, we’ve compiled 26 things to do before traveling abroad to an amazing vacation and back home again with minimal stress. Astonish your colleagues with your know how on trip planning and packing technique to make sure you show out once you touch down in your desired vacation destination.
#1. Browse “Incognito Window” when hunting for flights and hotels. Because the way the internet is setup some companies will raise prices simply because you’ve already searched there recently for prices.
#2. Studies suggest that the best time to buy plane tickets is Tuesday after 3pm. At that time is when you will find the cheapest tickets.
#3. Travel much cheaper during low or shoulder season. Months like October-November excluding Halloween and Thanksgiving and months like February, March and April will all feature lower prices. Yea, the weather isn’t always the best at that time of year, but you´ll have the chance to not only see some of the best destinations in the world but you will with half the people.
#4. When you search for flights and-or hotels, using google combine words such as “promo,” “discount,” “coupon,” or “corporate code” with the destination’s name. Time after time I’ve found unknown deals!
#6. Taking a look at reviews is a sure fire way of knowing what you’re getting yourself into. They are the silver lining when you’re strapped for cash.
#7. Be sure to know your airlines baggage check policy. Usually, airlines let you get away with checking in one bag for free but double-checking never hurt anyone and you won’t be upset about being burned for $50 or so before that golden sun hits ya.
#8. Putting like a bag of lavender or aromatic tea bag, such as, wild berries or mint will keep your clothes and luggage smelling fresh.
#9. Keeping electronic gear and coherent charging devices without entanglement is always a plus on vacation. Arrange those little buggers in individual glass cases or bags to keep them from being a pesky annoyance during travel.
#10. The same goes for jewelry and accessories. Keep them separately stored in pill jars for example or in spice jars, ensures you cut unnecessary tie-ups when just wanting to enjoy your new environment.
#11. Ziploc bags are the absolute one when it comes to protecting phones, cameras from perishables like shampoo and toothpaste.
#12. Don’t park together dirty garments and shoes in your luggage, use plastic bags from the vegetable market or shower caps to wrap shoes one by one.
#13. Use a toothpick container for bobby pins. BOOM, this is great at home as well.
#14. A neat trick is to always mark your bag fragile, just because, airline workers work long hours in all types of weather conditions and the amount of bags they see is insane so, that being said, mark your bag as fragile and save your bag from imminent torment.
#15. I first used clothes as a way to transport wine and olive oil from Spain to America and it worked fantastic thus rendering my roll not fold technique null but anyhow I tied my clothes around the bottles and tucked them in between other clothes. For less fragile items such as delicate garments use tissue paper.
#16. Go with a few plastic bags also. For dirty laundry, bathing suits, you never know what’ll pop up, we use plastics bags so much at home lol.
#17. You can never be without the right undergarments ladies, depending on the occasion and much, men also. The right bra or panty ladies or the right brief or undershirt could make all the different in your comfort and/or image for the evening.
#18. My girlfriend taught me this and it helped my life on travel and in my own living quarters. ROLLED clothes instead of the customary folded. OMG space, time, no-iron necessary was my kind of deal, so please roll don’t fold, it’ll change your life if it already hasn’t.
#19. We all want to dazzle on vacation and usually our skin glows out of sheer excitement for the sudden change in scenery but let us not run our feet down while on our lovely vacation. Ladies, pack heels if it’s a must but for late night dancing and long days of shopping/tourism comfortable footwear is the key.
#20. Bringing your own pillowcase saves from sharing one, need I say more.
#21. Choose a suitcase that stands out, one with a bright pattern or unusual color scheme to make it easier to find when picking up your luggage after a flight.
#22. Once you’ve packed all your delicates like shampoo, make ups and the likes, place them in the middle of the suitcase to have cushion and avoid breaking while in transit.
#23. Place things like perfumes in plastic bags and then inside sneakers. It’s the safest place for them.
#24. Forgetting something like a USB wall plug, happens to us, all rest assured many hotels TVs have a USB outlet where you can charge your phone.
#25. Leave your entire charging device, from time to time people will leave chargers at hotels. Check with the front desk to see if they have a charging device that matches your phone.
#26. Turbulence is pretty much everyone’s most unappreciated thing about travel. Choose a seat near the wing to minimize this annoyance.
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