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Vacation Travel Tips

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Make your vacation a great one!

Whether you’re planning a trip to a local attraction in Florida this summer, or headed all the way across the country, you want your vacation to be relaxing. It’s a getaway from work, not to mention your day-to-day life. We’ve got some vacation travel tips – from packing smart to protecting yourself from pickpockets – to make your trip the best it can be.

Before you go

Even if you’re only headed across the state to Miami, a packing list is a must. How many times have you left Clearwater and arrived at your destination, only to find that you forgot your most comfortable walking shoes? Or your swimsuit? Put everything on this list, even if you think you would never forget it. A toothbrush is easy to replace when you get to your destination – but your prescription medication isn’t.

Be sure that you have printed itineraries for everyone in your party, and make color copies of important ID documents as well. Keep the copies in your bag, separate from your passport and other IDs. It’s also a great idea for each person to have a list of emergency numbers, either for them to call or someone else providing assistance.

Of course, packing light can make travel a lot more enjoyable. Who wants to lug 100 pounds of luggage through the airport, and pay the luggage fee? Not us.

Here are some ideas to help you lighten the load:

Do laundry at your destination. Nobody wants to do laundry on vacation, but if you are willing to sacrifice a little time, you can pack far fewer items of clothing.

Easy on the shoes. If you can, pack only one or two pairs of shoes. It’s best to wear the heavier pair during travel if possible, and pack the lighter one.

Ditch the books. Consider using an e-reader instead of packing actual books – that way you can carry hundreds of books on your trip!

If flying, don’t check your bag. This will not only force you to take smaller pieces of luggage, but with most airlines charging checked baggage fees, it will save you money! It saves you the hassle of baggage claim, too.

When you’re there

Once you arrive at your destination, it’s time to relax! But don’t let your guard down completely. After all, tourists often are targets for those looking to separate you from your money. We’re talking mainly about thieves, but don’t forget, you also lose money when you spend more than needed. Here are some ways to protect your wallet from criminals and other money traps.

Don’t carry much cash. Most places accept credit cards, and those that don’t often have ATMs on site.

If you carry a wallet, keep it in your front pocket. For a purse, hang it across your body. Both will make it more difficult for a thief. You could also consider carrying a money belt, which is a good way to conceal cash and cards.

Staying at a hotel? Check to see if they have “resort fees.” More and more hotels are charging these, which often provide things that used to be included in your room rate (such as a fitness center). Some will waive it if you complain – and it can be worth complaining because the fee can be $10 – $25 each day.

Eating out too much? If your hotel room has a refrigerator, you can easily purchase and store sandwich ingredients for a cheap lunch or dinner. Many people find it more economical to rent a condominium or house for their vacation and cook most of their own meals. The money saved on restaurants can make up for any cost difference between a condo and hotel.

Finally, remember that you’re on vacation to relax and escape everyday life. So when you get there, get out there! Meet some locals, do some things off the beaten path. In fact, the locals usually have the best recommendations.

 

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