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10 Travel Tips to Make Your Next Trip Easier

Most people enjoy traveling from time to time, and some like visiting new places several times per year. It should come as no surprise that, according to Statista, the travel market is valued at around US$854.70bn.

Despite the popularity and enjoyment, traveling can be a stressful experience when not prepared for properly. With this in mind, here are 10 travel tips that should make your next trip stress-free (at least a little).

1. Research your destination

Have you ever been in a situation where you just got back from a vacation only to realize that you didn’t see something that everybody talks about? How about a situation in which you somehow managed to spend all your budget before the vacation ended?

To avoid such unwanted surprises, try to find out as much information as possible about the destination you’re planning to go to. For example, you can make a list of the most popular landmarks and then decide which one you want to visit when you have time. Other things you might want to know about a location before going there include prices and weather conditions during a particular season, to name a few.

2. Plan your itinerary

After you have carefully researched your destination, you are ready to plan your itinerary. While a bit of spontaneity can make the trip more exciting, you may want to be sure you will be able to visit as many landmarks on your list as possible. For example, if you want to visit multiple museums on the same day, make sure to check the opening hours of each of them.

3. Buy travel insurance

Travel insurance is not always a must, but going to other countries without one comes with some risks. Insurance may provide coverage for costs related to medical emergencies, baggage delay or loss, and trip cancellation, among other things. Having emergency medical insurance can be especially useful if you expose yourself to situations where medical evaluation might be necessary.

According to MarketWatch, the average cost of travel insurance is around 5% to 6% of your total trip cost.

4. Create a packing list

If you are going to visit a relative for two days, chances are you do not need a detailed packing list. If you, however, are planning a trip with a family of 3 for two weeks, a packing list made early on can come in handy.

Even people who go on trips consistently may forget one thing or two when packing. By making a list of the things you will need during the trip, you will significantly reduce the risk of forgetting something important and spend less time preparing your luggage.

5. Book flights early on

It is no secret that flights tend to be cheaper when booked a few weeks before the trip date. An Expedia study reported by Forbes found that the best time to book flights is 28 to 35 days before departure. A Google study, also reported by Forbes, found that the best prices can be found 44 days before departure. It’s worth keeping in mind that these are general trends, and you won’t always be able to secure the best price by booking in advance.

6. Choose your accommodation carefully

Booking hotels in advance is not a must if you want to find the best prices. Data from Skyscanner shows that in the United States, the best time to book hotels is during the same week of travel. However, booking in advance can still be a good idea if you want to find the best accommodations within a certain price range.

Accommodation costs are usually not the only thing you should worry about. It is highly recommended to check the reviews left by previous guests to assess whether the place offers some basic conditions that will allow you to have a good time during your stay.

If you’re not planning to stay at a hotel, another option is to rent a house or room. On Airbnb, you can find affordable options that will not break the bank. However, before renting any place, reverse search the address on Nuwber to find more information about the property.

7. Bring a portable charger with you

If you are using your phone to guide yourself in a new location and pay for goods and services, running out of battery can be a disaster. To avoid such situations, be sure to bring a fully charged portable charger with you whenever you are far away from home.

8. Find out if you need to activate roaming services

Depending on your cell phone plan and the location you are going to, you may need to activate roaming on your mobile. Roaming is when your phone connects to a network in a different country.

Charges for international roaming can be significantly higher compared to domestic rates, and sometimes purchasing a local SIM card or using a prepaid international SIM card are better options.

Before choosing one option over the others, make sure to find out whether your mobile accepts SIM cards from other carriers.

9. Carry an extra credit card

Imagine going abroad and losing your credit card somewhere along the way. To avoid losing access to your money, it’s best to have an extra card with you, especially in places where you need to withdraw cash.

10. Choose a reputable travel company

If you choose to use the services of an agency, make sure to select one that has good customer reviews. If you have difficulties assessing the quality of a travel company due to its limited online presence, ask people who travel a lot to recommend you a reputable organization.

Bottom line

Most of those who traveled more than a few times probably know that planning can significantly reduce the chances of experiencing stressful situations. If you plan your itinerary carefully, make a packing list, and book your flight in advance, there’s a good chance that you won’t be experiencing any unwanted surprises.

That being said, not everyone likes to explore new places with a full schedule in their hands. If you like full spontaneity, then go for it, but assume the risks that come with it. Alternatively, consider finding a balance between being spontaneous and having a meticulous plan that will allow you to do exactly what you want to do.

AboutCorinne Switzer

Corinne is an avid reader and takes a keen interest in conspiracy theories. When not busy with her day job, she likes to indulge the writer in her and pens columns on a wide range of topics that cover everything from entertainment, healthy living to healthcare and more.