Do you enjoy traveling? Travel is educational, entertaining and full of adventure. With the variety of places to explore in our world, anyone can find a great destination to enjoy. Use these tips to have the time of your life on your next trip.

You can save space in your luggage by packing in large airtight bags, such as ziplocks. Find the gallon or 2 gallon size bags, pack t-shirts, socks, underwear and other lightweight fabric items in them, and then roll the air out of the bag before zipping shut. This will reduce the size of your items down and you will be able to fit more in your bag.

When travelling out of the country, make sure someone back home has a detailed copy of your itinerary. Make sure they know where you’ll be staying and have a way to contact you in case of an emergency. This is also good on the off case that something happens to you they can find you.

Buy airport carry-on sized toiletries when flying to your next travel destination. Store them in zip lock bags in your luggage and you won’t need to worry about security confiscating them.

If you are arriving in a new city and don’t yet feel comfortable there, consider asking if your hotel provides an airport pickup service. This will allow you to avoid the pitfalls of baggage porters and taxi lines which trap many first time travelers. It also ensures you don’t get lost in the city and go straight to your hotel.

To save energy when traveling in hilly or mountainous areas, consider taking a taxi to the highest point in the town or area you’re visiting, then walk down. This lets you see the whole town, including any mountain vistas, without having to cover too much altitude and wearing yourself out.

In areas that offer air conditioning as a “luxury extra” on buses or inside movie theatres, always carry a lightweight jacket or sweater. Instead of bringing the heat to a manageable level, the air conditioning in many of these locations can be overwhelming, especially if you are coming in and out of high temperatures.

Check out user reviews. The experiences of others who have traveled to the same location can be much more helpful than the biased sales information from the destination itself. Also, check out guest-contributed photos, which will be more real and less doctored than the professional photos. Be sure to look for recent reviews, and find ones written by people having similar vacation needs to your own.

When packing for a cruise, be sure to bring along a pair of slip-resistant rubber soled shoes. These will work when you are walking across wet, slippery decks, as well as for most of your shore excursions. The fewer pairs of shoes you can bring, the easier your luggage will be to store.

Get to know the names of the hotel employees. These are the people that will be taking care of you during your stay, and if you make an effort to get to know them, they will go out of their way to make your stay better. Tipping these people never hurts!

If you’re going on a long trip with kids, take along a cookie sheet or two. These are great for providing the flat surfaces needed for coloring or playing games. They also work great in tandem with bright magnetic numbers and letters.

When renting a car, be aware of the charges the rental companies set. There are generally four basic rates, each of them will specify if the miles are additional, given in the price or unlimited. Rates will vary depending on the the size and style of vehicle you choose. Ask about promotional rates, especially over weekends, but be sure to request these in advance.

Use a broomstick to lock your sliding door. Sliding doors are difficult to safely secure. Their locks aren’t always the best but you can fortify them by placing a cut-off broomstick in the channel behind the sliding panel. Cut the broomstick so that it is long enough to reach from the inside edge of the sliding door to the opposite door frame. It’s simple, and it’s cheap. Just explain it to all the members of the household – you do not want it to be a fire hazard either.

You never know what may arise when traveling to another country so take the time to find out the location of your country’s embassy or foreign office. If passport issues arise or any other situation that may affect you as a foreign visitor to the country, your embassy can be the best place to resolve them.

Bring your own snacks to eat during a flight. Sure the airline will offer you some snacks and refreshments but they will likely charge you and arm and a leg for them. If you bring your own you know you will like what you have and you will not get overcharged for it.

Bring back toiletries from the hotels that you stay at while traveling. Things like soap, shampoo and lotion can be some of the best souvenirs of your vacation, and they are completely free. Since your room rate includes the cost of these items, don’t feel bad for taking them home with you. Use them to remember the great time you had while you were away.

A great travel tip if you’re planning on going for a cruise is to ask to get a map of the ship. There are so many different levels and areas on cruise ships that it can get really easy to get lost. Having a map handy can keep you from getting lost.

When you are travelling to a foreign country make sure to have backups of your important documents. The most important thing on a trip like this is a passport and you should treat it with extreme care. This document is more important than the money you are bringing and it should be treated this way.

Now you are ready to plan a great trip. Maybe you will choose to go to a fun, far-away location. Using the tips here, your trip can be a more enjoyable experience. Don’t forget the postcards while traveling.

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