No matter how far you may be going, a trip can be both exciting and stressful. Thankfully, this article has many suggestions to help you make your vacation a glorious one.
Create a packing list for your trip! You should make this list around a week to a couple months in advance so that you absolutely know what needs to be packed. That way, even if you wait to pack until you’re in a time crunch, the list can help you avoid clutter and to stay organized.
Don’t get set on just one destination.; flexibility is key. While it may be fun to revisit your favorite spots, having some variety will ensure your vacation is more memorable. Additionally, selecting a different destination can be key to saving a little money when the vacation budget is tight.
A doorstop may be of help if you’re going to be in a hotel in a not-so-great area. While these little devices are most often used to keep a door open, they can also work to keep them closed. If you have to drive a distance to the port to get on a cruise, drive there the night before and stay at a hotel that has free parking. Ask the hotel’s staff when it comes to parking deals even though none are published.
Be sure to check the room’s alarm clock. Whether by simple accident or obnoxious prank, many a traveler has been awakened early in the morning or worse, in the middle of the night, by the alarm clock at their bedside. If you make sure to turn it off or reset it, you will help get your vacation started off on the right foot. Always go out of your way to tip any bell station and housekeeper appropriately. The typical tip is a dollar per bag of luggage and anywhere from two to five dollars per day for housekeeping. That ensures that the people in charge of your service are happy and helpful.
When packing for a longer journey, bring a lightly-lined raincoat. There is no predicting when it comes to weather. A raincoat can be used as a windbreaker if it is chilly or as a robe while in your hotel. If you drink coffee, sit out some hotel ice so it melts. Since the tap water may not taste too good, fill the ice bucket with ice and let it melt while you sleep. In the morning, you’ll be able to make good coffee with filtered water that tastes good.
Make sure your passport isn’t expired. Many countries have rules concerning passports. You may not be allowed into their country if your passport is expiring in a certain amount of time. As long as the passport is not set to expire within the next six months, you should be fine for most countries; however, certain countries require eight months, or even up to one year.
It’s a good idea to get National Park passes if you often visit National Parks. It is relatively inexpensive, $50 total, and it gives you open access to all national parks for a year.