Tips for Better Travel
Register for frequent user programs — airlines, trains, hotels, resorts and car rental companies. Keep a list of the account numbers with you.
Check memberships — know the discounts you are entitled to through professional associations or affiliated credit cards. Discounts are offered through AAA, AARP, AYH, CIEE, USAA, and other organizations.
Use visitor centers, convention bureaus and websites presented by tourist bureaus. Public libraries may offer travel guidebooks online for a digital reader. Scan or copy the pages you need or buy the book used and rip out the section or pages you’ll need. Why carry weight?
Expect the best by shopping around and contacting vendors directly to request rates and discounts. Ask for suites with kitchenettes and use hotels where children stay free if you are traveling with family. Inquire about special deals.
Save space–pack everything and cut the volume in half, and half again.
I.D. — tape your name and contact information inside every bag, notebook, electronic tool or entertainment device.
Scan or Photocopy — your passport data page, visa if traveling abroad, credit cards, etc. and upload to your secure cloud-based data storage or email account. Leave paper copies with family or an office contact.
Prepare — buy digital media cards, SIM cards for cell phones, chargers or batteries. Pack snacks before arriving at the expensive airport shops.
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