Traveling The Right Way (Enjoy More & Save)

There’s nothing like travel to add a bit of spice to life. Travel gives us stories to tell, experiences to remember, history and culture to learn about, and beautiful sights to see. Thanks to the many online booking sites and heavy competition among hotels and apartments, it’s now easier than ever to book an incredible trip online at a price that might surprise you.

If you’re planning a trip there are some tips you should know that will make your journey much easier and more enjoyable. From choosing a destination to finding the best deal for your budget, here are some great things every traveler should know.

Choosing A Destination

The first step of travel is of course to choose a destination—or at least to decide what direction you’re headed in. Whether you want to trek around the Egyptian pyramids, enjoy an easygoing cruise around the Bahamas or book an all-inclusive week skiing in the Alps, there is a world of destinations to ponder. Reading blogs that tell the firsthand experiences of other travelers, talking to friends and family or even watching travel programs on TV can help you figure out your ideal next destination.¹

Money Matters

As much as money can stress everyone out it does matter quite a lot—especially when you’re traveling. Plan what payment method you will use and research currency exchange rates and other expenses before leaving. Nothing ruins a great vacation like realizing halfway through that you’re spending way too much. Also consider using a credit card that gives you reward points or air miles so that your travel expenses come back to you in the form of some reimbursement.²

Getting The Best Deal

In order to find a great deal, start by doing an online search and looking up airfares and package vacations. You may just find there’s the perfect fit for you waiting right there. Look into round-trip deals that bundle your accommodations, meals and flights as well, as sometimes there can be outstanding savings for top-quality vacations. If your dates are flexible, a good tip is to search an entire month to find the cheapest date to fly, as this can result in huge savings as well.³

Plan Ahead

Be sure to think about everything you want to do once you arrive at your destination. Whether you’re going to a culture-rich city, beachfront destination, or mountain adventure, look up what is highly recommended by other travelers and start planning all the fun you’ll have. From shopping sprees to delicious cuisine and recreation there are all sorts of great things to get ready for.⁴

Stay Flexible

Some of the greatest adventures when you travel are the unexpected moments that take your breath away—from an impromptu drive to see the sunset next to a historic lighthouse to a last-minute night tour of glow-in-the-dark wildlife in the Costa Rican jungle. Make sure your travel itinerary has a few “flex days” that give you space to change your mind at the last minute and stay longer—or leave sooner—from some parts of your trip.⁵

Take It Easy

As tempting as it can be to try to see and do everything on a vacation—especially if it happens to be a family vacation with the kids—try to take it easy and savor the little moments that will make the memories last. Enjoy every bite of food, soak in the sun or have a cup of warm hot chocolate at the chateau after a day of alpine fun. Trying to cram everything into your trip whether it’s four days or two weeks can start to make it seem more like work than a break: so take it easy and relax.