Traveling is something most people love, because it giver people a chance to see new places, meet new people, experience new cultures and to just get away from their everyday lives. However, the traveling process itself can actually be quite stressful and hard, because long plain or bus rides, jet-lag, language barriers and foreign cultures can make it hard to get from one place to another, especially in summer season. Luckily for you I have some summer traveling tips that will sure to make your next trip much easier and way more stress-free.
1. Avoid getting bumped
If you are traveling by plane, especially if you are traveling with friends or family, make sure to make the necessary arrangements to not only get an advanced seat assignment, as passengers with this feature rarely get bumped, but also to check-in online if your airline offers this feature and arrive early. All of these things will make sure that you and your traveling companions will get on your flight and will get to your destination on time.
2. Know your limits and pack light
Along with that you also should always know the baggage limits your airline or other way of transport has and you should pack as light as you can. This way you will not only avoid paying extra for your baggage which sometimes can get very expensive, but that also will allow you to travel easier, since you won’t have to lug around multiple, overweight bags that are hard to move around.
3. Book well in advanced
No matter if you are taking a road-trip or flying to an exotic location, make sure that you book your accommodations well in advance. This will not only provide that the hotel will be cheaper, but it will also make sure that you have a place to stay. During the summer, when it is peak traveling season often hotels and even hostels are full, so if you are relying on luck to have a place to stay everywhere you go, don’t, because this way you can end up sleeping under the stars.
4. Call your credit card company
No matter if you are using credit or debit card, before traveling anywhere outside your country you should make sure that your card is authorized to make purchases in this country. I have heard some horror stories about people who go to foreign countries and cannot use their card to pay for their purchases, because their bank blocked their card for suspicious activity. So don’t lose the ability to pay for all the necessities.
5. Browse privately when booking travel online
Did you know that many travel sights including flight booking sights actually track their visitors and tend to increase the price of their tickets based on what destinations they have searched for previously? Well now you do. So next time you are planning your trip and using the internet to book your tickets, do it using an Incognito window or just clear your cache beforehand, so you get the cheapest prices for your travel.