It’s the end of the semester and for many, it means the start of summer vacation. Some of us already have their travel plans booked and set up for months in advance, while some of us are more spontaneous and decide to travel in the moment. But regardless if you are a seasoned pro or a newbie, getting from point A to point B can be a tad bit stressful. So, whether you are traveling domestically or internationally for a couple of days or for a few months, I have come up with a list of my favorite travel tips and tricks that you can use this summer.
Travel on Off Days
Usually, the most expensive part of your vacation is the flight. Some flight prices can be ridiculous, and it is one of the main reasons people don’t travel as frequently as they would like to. However, because you are on summer vacation and you probably have a freer schedule, traveling on off days will reduce the price of your ticket. So instead of booking a flight on a Friday or Sunday like most people, try flying on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, and watch those numbers drop.
Try to Pack Light
Personally, I think packing for a trip can be the worst. As a notorious over-packer who wants plenty of outfit options, it is sometimes hard to fit all of my things in a small carry-on suitcase. But we all know that in the end, you don’t wear half of the outfits you bring, and you end up struggling to fit the clothes you bought on vacation into such a tight space. So, when packing, eliminate half of what you think you need. There is no harm in reusing a top for a different outfit, and if that bothers you then remember that hotels frequently have washing machines for the guests’ disposal.
Courtesy: A Moment of Glam
Try New Food
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people go to new and interesting locations and end up eating at boring chain restaurants. Explore your destination, even if it’s still within the U.S. Even when it’s just a stop on a road trip, I like to get on websites like TripAdvisor and see what the number one rated restaurant is in the area. Chances are if the locals like it, the food is not only good, but it is probably not as expensive as some of the other tourist traps.
Do Your Research
I know a big part of travel is the spontaneity that comes with it, but sometimes it never hurts to be prepared. If a hotel’s price is too good to be true, then definitely consult other’s reviews or even the area that the hotel is located in. Also, make sure you know the hotel’s address well, and where it is in correlation to where you are going. Even though you most likely will be okay, it is always good to know these things to prevent yourself from getting lost or in any other type of incidents.
You are traveling to make the most of your summer, so make sure you are well prepared to make the most of your experience!