If you are suffering financially due to the bad economy, you might be tempted to nix your travel plans this year. This article is the perfect starting point for the economical traveler.
When traveling it is helpful to be flexible about where you are going. Going somewhere different may be more relaxing and memorable. You can even save additional money if you find another exciting vacation spot.
When traveling in strange cities, be alert for criminals posing as police officers or other government officials. Do not give over your personal information, as you could end up with no identification fast. Walk or drive your own car to a police station if you are asked to. Never get into a car with a strange local.
Even on an international flight, you should be able to provide your own needs. Bring your own blanket, pillow and headphones if your trip is going to be a long one. It is also a good idea to pack a few snacks in your carry-on, in case your flight is delayed or they don’t serve food you like.
Getting away is great, but too often we bring too much with us to remind us of home. Don’t take too much; leave toiletries you don’t need at home. Compile a list of what you will need each day that you can’t go without, and bring them. Pack those that are most valuable to you.
Keep your business card or some identifying information from your hotel when venturing out. If you are on the streets in a strange city and become lost, this will be quite useful when getting directions from the locals or a taxi driver. This simple precaution goes a long way to make up for whatever you lack in speaking the local language.
As previously mentioned, tight economic times may have caused you to feel as if you cannot afford a vacation this year. Make use of the information in the above article and you’ll get more vacation for less money.