- Book your flights in advance for best fares & availability. The chances that you’ll get a “last minute special” are very slim.
- Travel as direct as possible, and try & stick to the same airline. You may save a few dollars, but who wants to change planes multiple times?
- Book your seats in advance. Most airlines now charge for this, but do you really want to end up in the middle seat? Also, your chance of being bumped is less.
- If possible check-in online. This will save you time at the airport.
- Pack light, but pack smart. Make sure your suitcase is manageable, but have enough clothes that you’re not constantly doing laundry, or having to shop because your clothes aren’t suitable. (Unless shopping is one of the goals of the trip!)
- Pre-book as much as possible. Not only will you make sure that you get the hotel you want, you won’t waste your time looking for accommodation.
- For famous sights pre-book skip the line or tour tickets. Many attractions can be sold out, or have hours long line-ups.
- Go off the beaten track to visit less crowded but still fantastic areas. Small towns can be friendlier, less expensive, and give you a true flavour of the country.
- In hot weather, don’t get dehydrated. Wear a hat & drink water.
- Make sure to pack your patience and your sense of humour. You’re on holiday; enjoy yourself even if everything isn’t quite what you expected.
- Slow down and don’t try and do too much. It’s not how much you see, but how much you enjoy what you see & experience!
We are now well into summer, and many people are off on their summer trips. When you’re travelling at a popular time of year there are things that you can do to make your trip less stressful and more enjoyable.
Travel Consultant specializing in Cruise and Independent Travel.