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Travel Tips for Any Vacation

Planning a vacation is fun, exciting, your reward for all your hard work, time away with family, and so forth. However, a vacation can still have its problems unless you follow some simple tips. Don’t get caught with hidden fees, extra costs you didn’t consider, airline issues, dirty lodgings, visiting destinations that don’t suit your wants and desires, and other travel nightmares.

This article will help you watch out for problems that may arise while planning & taking your trip.

This list could be endless, but we’ll get you started with some must know tips…

Research is key. Whether you hire a travel agent or book online, you must know where you are going, what the area is like/if it offers what you’re looking for, where you want to stay, costs, where you can find information for tourists, and knowing how to book your trip to take advantage of every deal while not compromising your relaxation.

Take care of things at home. Make sure you not only plan your ultimate vacation, but pack appropriately, have your home life well guarded, have all the proper documentation, know where your money is coming from & for what (be careful with credit cards), and your health and safety are a priority. There is a lot to consider before you leave and checklists come in handy to ensure you don’t forget anything and worry the whole trip. Make planning the trip fun and fit within your personality- plus get everyone involved.

Getting Deals. There are many ways to find a good deal for your trip. There are also thousands of travel sites some of which offer excellent information, reviews, and deals. Many are good many are not. What we suggest you do is set your price range and find what you want to spend. Just make sure you know what you are getting into. Great prices don’t always mean horrible accommodations, but that depends on you. Plus a little negotiation on your part can get you upgrades and better accommodations, but you must ask. Other ways are to sign up for alert newsletters, look into clubs, check back at your favorite travel site frequently (i.e. you’ll find prices may drop or rise within a few hours), use auction sites to bid for low ball prices, and please, please read all terms and conditions. Asking around at forums and reading reviews can make the decision easier also.

Another great tip is to be prepared with things to do while you wait in lines, long travel times, and down time. There will be plenty to do during the vacation, but when you travel to and from there can be delays, long road trips, and everyone has different likes. If you don’t have certain items, buy them or borrow them. Life will be much easier this way and your trip will be enjoyable.

If you are not rich, like most of us, you’ll need a budget. Be realistic about your spending ability and if you have to say no, then do so. I know you only get a vacation every so often, but using credit cards or going into debt will only make life more stressful when you return. This may delay your ability to go on the next vacation. Doing things like eating in sometimes and eating out sometimes is good, limiting major & expensive attractions or shopping- do only the musts, & picking a destination that fits into your budget and allows for the most fun. Focus on the things you want to do and lay down ground rules before you leave. Thinking of having a budget especially for your trip stinks, but if you plan accordingly it doesn’t have to be a stress. We have had vacations where we spent very little money and had a better time than vacations when we spent a small fortune.

Honestly, this is just a start. Using checklists will work wonders and making the whole process fun will take a huge weight off your shoulders, just be realistic. You’ll need to consider things like, where are we going, how are we getting there, where should we stay, what kinds of activities would we most like to do, what kind of money do we need to take, who will watch our home, what to pack, what special situations do we need to consider, where can we find the best deals, what travel tools do we need to take, how/what to pack, and more. There are sites out there dedicated to helping you have an excellent vacation so take advantage of them.

Safety Tips for Long Distance Driving – Mohnish Mukkar

The goal of long distance driving is to get to your destination safely. We all know someone who says, “The time to get there is usually six hours; I did it in four and a half!” Speed should not be your primary focus. If you focus on getting there in the fastest amount of time, mistakes and errors in judgment can be made. Here are five tips to reach your destination in one piece.

1. Have a Current AAA Plus Membership Card with you. This annual membership provides 24-hour roadside service. The regular card will only transport your car to the nearest repair shop, give a battery charge, or change a tire for a fee of under $50. The AAA Plus card provides additional services. They will tow you for 100 miles for free, a definite convenience for long distance driving. The AAA plus also allows free fuel service, and a $750 traffic accident continuation trip if you are 50 miles or more from home.

2. Do Not Use Cruise Control. Long distance driving can have a hypnotic and fatiguing effect. Cruise control emphasizes and enhances that effect. Especially if you are tired, cruise control’s ability to stay at the same speed can quickly lull you into sleep. Your eyes can close at that critical moment when traffic slows down, and you’re still driving at 70 miles per hour. Lose control of the car, and you have an accident waiting to happen. Drive the car on your own so you can speed up or stop at a moment’s notice as needed.

Tips - Mohnish Mukkar

3. Don’t Eat Heavy Food during the trip. You are going to be sitting and stationary for several hours at a time. Fast food in your stomach will give you a bloated and heavy feeling. Heavy and greasy food like double cheeseburgers, French fries, pizza, fried chicken and biscuits will contribute to the desire to take a nap. Better to eat light food like salads, soup, fruit cups and juice during the trip to keep your head clear. Coffee or hot chocolate is always a safe bet for long distance driving.

4. Stop and Get Rest in a Safe Place. Contrary to popular belief, boyfriends and husbands, long distance driving demands frequent rest stops. Fatigue can overtake you quickly, especially if you only watch the road in front of you instead of taking in the scenery while you drive. Be aware of overall discomfort, muscle aches in the neck, arms and shoulders. This is your body telling you it needs a break. When your tank is half empty, take bathroom and gasoline breaks at the same time. Stop in the refreshment area, walk around, clear your head, get some food, and then take a nap. Never park in the outskirts of a rest stop; park near another car or truck. Parking next to a van with a traveling family is always a safe bet. Park in front of a fast food restaurant, and then go to sleep. You may be surprised to see another driver next to your car doing the same thing!

Tips - Mohnish Mukkar

5. Listen to Fast, Upbeat Music. This is not the time to listen to classical music or talk radio. Unless the topic is something that excites you, talk radio can lower your alertness. Instead, listen to upbeat music, especially anything that makes you want to sing along. Play music you haven’t heard before, like Hip Hop, Salsa, or Reggae. Change the radio station whenever you reach a new state. Bring some tapes you enjoy, or have a tape made of fast, stimulating music just for your long distance drives.

Long distance driving can and should be a fun experience. The quality of the drive should be better than the quantity of arriving at your destination quickly, but exhausted. Use these tips on your next trip, and see the change in your driving attitude.