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TIPS FOR THE FREQUENT TRAVELER
Traveling is a beautiful thing – nothing is more enticing than being able to experience the way of life in of a new and unfamiliar place. Ask any frequent traveler and they will tell you that it is something you can never have enough of.
Frequent traveling, however, can be as tiring as it is rewarding – after all there are a lot of wear and tear and a fair amount of logistic skills involved in moving yourself (and your belongings) from place to place. Not to mention that things could go really awry should there be a hiccup within any of this.
When it comes to traveling, it is always better to be extra prepared. Here are some ways in which you can do exactly that, so that you can enjoy your trips without any hassles.
While this is one of the most boring aspects of any trip, packing well and ahead of time allows you to keep yourself from having to face the constant hassles of baggage-rummaging for every small thing just because you don’t know the place where things are kept.
The key to packing smart is to organize your most essential things in the most compact manner. The process, therefore, starts with making a list of all the items you need. Once you have that, you should organize them in a way that allows you to know exactly where things are kept so that you can access them with ease. Make sure that your baggage contain items that are travel-friendly, and that you are not carrying any fragile items that can break in transit.
Last but not the least, keep all your documents in once place, and make sure to have at least 2 copies that you can use in case of emergencies.
Keep your Airline Experience Smooth:
Most frequent travelers do not have the luxury of being able to book first class every single time. That said, there are ways to ensure that the airline travel experience does not turn into a recurring nightmare.
You can start by booking your flights in advance and through sites like Expedia and Kayak. Not only do such platform help you get the best value for money, they also help customize things like your layovers and help you get discounts on hotels. On the day of your flight, make sure to check in early to avoid having to stand in long queues. This also allows you to board your plane earlier, which in turn gives you the chance to choose your preferred option when it comes to seating.
Make sure that you know the baggage fee policy to avoid overspending or being forced to exclude luggage on the scene. Additionally, make sure to never keep your essential items in the luggage as they do often tend to get misplaced. Items like gadgets, money and documents must be kept in a carry-on bag that you must keep with you at all times.
Pay Attention to Money Matters:
Money is one of the most crucial things you need to have at hand when you are traveling frequently. The importance here is two-fold – you need to make sure that you spend your money wisely, and you need to make sure that you keep your money safe.
To keep your money safe, you must make sure to keep your wallet with you at all times. Additionally, you should also see to it that you have money stashed away in different places (like a secret pocket, a secret wallet, in-between your documents, etc.).
When it comes to travelling, having cashless sources are just as important – make sure you have a steady base of credit and debit cards. Make sure to keep them in a safe place and in a wallet that has RFID protection.
To save money, make sure that you keep your expenses in check and do not while away vital cash in any sort of temptations. To keep a cap on cash-spending, make sure to make use of loyalty cards, and avail services of hotels and establishments that can redeem loyalty points on those cards. This helps subsidize your charges.
Make an effort to stay fit
When one is busy traveling from one place to another, things like fitness and/or beauty regime often take a hit. While it is not to bad to be ignored for small and infrequent trips, it can turn really counterproductive for frequent travelers if their health turns for the worst.
Create a compact beauty regime that suits you and yet is compliant with the rigors of traveling. Make sure to keep your cosmetics in small, break-proof bottles.
Plan your meals in advance so that you are not lost when it comes to menu items. Pick items that are both budget and health friendly – the last thing you want is to suffer an allergy from something you know nothing about. Last but not the least, always ensure that you are drinking plenty of water. It is, after all, one of the most vital fluids that and you must never be short of it.
While finding a gym is next to impossible, you can keep your exercise routine by incorporating workouts that can be performed anywhere in private (like in your hotel room) and use smart equipment like resistance bands. Just make sure that you have your running shoes with you.
Be happy and cheerful!
Even if you’ve got everything planned and covered, there can (and will) always be times when things won’t go your way. Misunderstandings, misplaced goods, and other types of freak-outs can always happen for reasons beyond anyone’s control. Under such circumstances, always remember to smile and be in the present. After all, your trip is far too short to spend on being mad and bitter!