Travel requires advance planning. A correctly and meticulously prepared itinerary can be thrilling and filled with memories. There are many options available for trip planning. When you’re ready to start, these tips can help you prepare a fun and memorable trip.

Tip #1:

Keep a copy of your passport with you. Immigration officials must be shown the original passport. Hotels and cruise ships will always ask for your passport at check-in. Cruise ships may ask to hold your passport. If someone in an airport or on the street asks to see your passport (other than customs officials), give the copy or go to a police station for clarification. Never enter a vehicle with a stranger.

Tip #2:

When traveling on a plane, do not count on the airline to provide for your needs, even on a long flight. Long-haul flights (America to Europe) will provide some meals, but it is best to pack some food-especially if you have dietary restrictions. Pillows and blankets run out quickly on airplanes so pack what you need on a carry-on.

Tip #3:

Put personal identification inside and outside your bags. If the tags are accidentally removed, your bag can still be returned to you.

Tip #4:

Use travel as an educational experience. Careful planning with local tour guides can provide an awesome learning experience for you and your children. One of my favorite parts of travel is learning new cultures and food.

Tip #5:

When booking your hotel room, call or email the hotel and ask if there are any planned renovations during your booking period. It’s just awful to listen to the banging of construction noise during vacation. If the hotel is planning renovations during your planned stay, choose another.

Tip #6:

Some people like to pack travel candles. Candles can make your hotel room smell nice. Just be careful and don’t start a fire! I don’t pack them or use them when traveling.

Tip #7:

As mentioned above, on long-haul flights, airlines provide food. However, as a customer you may not be able to choose the food before the flight. Consider bringing some fruit or vegetables as a light snack on those long flights.

Tip #8:

A weekend get-away at a local fun place (Manhattan for me) or a neighboring state can be fun. Vacationing close to home may allow you to save money while also supporting local businesses. There may be surprising, fun places right in your own area that you never knew about

Tip #9:

Consider taking off from work the day after returning from a long-haul trip. This can help considerably with acclimating back to your time zone and avoid jet lag.

I hope these tips help you when you plan your next trip. Leave your favorite travel tips in the comments below! What would you like to know about travel? Where do you want to go next? Let us know in the comments!

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