One advantage and perk for me and my family when I began blogging was the ability to do more traveling. We had the opportunity to visit Hilton Orlando and take the kids for the first time to Sea World. Just recently I attended a Blogging Slumber party at Hilton Garden Inn and met up with some great blogging (and real life) friends. My husband and I have been to LA to attend the Biggest Loser Finale. I went back to take part in a press release for Real Steel (and got to meet Hugh Jackman, sigh), and was sponsored by Brookstone and traveled to San Diego to attend BlogHer11′.
Traveling has become a new and exciting part of our lives. However it can be stressful if you are not prepared or take precautions to keep yourself, family, and property safe. I just recently posted an article with tips regarding : Safeguarding your Identity While Traveling. This is often overlooked when preparing for vacation and I encourage you to read it and in addition check out these great Worry-Free Vacation tips.
Below are a few things I find are necessary in order to make my vacations and travel stress free.
- Print Out Documents: Whether for business or pleasure print out any and all necessary documents including boarding passes, itineraries, coupons, etc. and create a traveling folder.
- Get Directions: If you are traveling to a place you are unfamiliar with Map Quest the places you will be traveling too and print these out to include in your travel folder. Don’t always rely on your phone, sometimes it can’t find the directions, service doesn’t work, or if you forget to charge it, it could die.
- Program Contact Information: While you may have (and should have) contact information on a document you printed out above also program the numbers into your phone. This includes: cab/shuttle service, hotel, contacts, etc.
- Carry Cash: While I prefer to pay with debit card as much as I can (for ease of recording) you should always carry cash for emergencies. I also suggest instead of toting your debit or credit card around with you everywhere consider purchasing a Visa or Amex gift card. Should something happen and you lose the card, or it is stolen it is only a gift card and not a link to your financial institution or identity.
- Research Restrictions: No when check-in and check-out times are for your hotel, you don’t want to arrive late to find that your room was given to someone else because you arrived at 11pm, or do you want to stay until 3pm the next day when check out time was noon. Research the times things open and close, and how to get their, and if there are age or additional restrictions.
- Create Lists: I always forget things when it comes to traveling. Start creating a list a good week before you go of the things you need to bring. As you pack check off the items on your list.
- Charge Electronics: I make sure all my electronics: laptop, phone, camera, iPad, etc. charge the night before we leave. This also helps me remember to bring the charging cord when I pack the electronics since I have to remove them from the cord to pack.
- Relax: This is something that my husband didn’t use to do when we vacationed but now does very well. Though you may have plans to do this or that while on vacation be flexible and relax should something not go as planned. Enjoy the time away from home and don’t stress if you don’t get to do it all.
So what do you feel is a must have or do in order to have worry-free travels? To help you de-stress a little before your next vacation I’m excited to offer you this chance to win a $50 Amex card. Enter on the form below!
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