Even a well-planned vacation can fall victim to little disasters along the way. From luggage issues to petty thieves, there are plenty of problems which can occur, that is, if you don’t know what to watch for ahead of time. Christy Spensberger invites you to review seven tips to help you make the most of your vacation.
Losing your car in a parking structure
Parking your car in long term parking at the airport can be an easy way to ensure you have a ride is by driving yourself but finding your car after a week in the Caribbean may be tricky. Avoid losing your car by simply taking a picture of the area markers including signs and parking lot numbers with your cell phone.
Getting bumped off your flight
Flights are overbooked on purpose so that airlines will not lose money on no-shows. Unless you have an assigned seat (a rarity), you can easily be bumped if you arrive too late. Plan on being to the airport early to check-in, at least an hour to 2 hours, especially during the holidays.
Losing your luggage
The one way to ensure that you will not have your luggage lost is by transporting it yourself. Rather than checking bags, travel light and transport your luggage as a carryon to save time at the airport and avoid hassles like lost or damaged luggage.
Unexpected credit card fees
The best way to avoid these is by knowing ahead of time if your credit card is an international card or not. If your card is not intended for international use, you will likely be paying high fees that you hadn’t planned for.
Jet lag is a condition which can’t be avoided however, symptoms can be lessened by planning ahead. For at least a week in advance, eat healthier, take your vitamins and if you are traveling long distances, begin adjusting your body to time zone changes. While on the plane, dehydration can be a problem and make you more apt to the symptoms of jet lag so be sure to stay hydrated and consider avoiding alcohol.
Pick pockets are everywhere. While there may not be a surefire way to completely avoid them, you can do your part by being smart. Keep your wallet out of your back pocket, make sure you keep your bags secure, consider using a money belt and never keep all your money in one spot on your person.
Missing out on experiences
Having an itinerary is important for maximizing your experiences. Sometimes when it comes to visiting, less is more. The best way to maximize experiences you have and avoid missing out is by planning less and making the most of these experiences rather than trying to visit every destination.
Even if a little rain does fall during your vacation, there is no reason to let it get to you. Relax, plan ahead and make the most of your experiences when you travel.