TIP 1: DISCOUNTED RATES
When booking accommodations, there are many ways to go. You can find a ton of online booking sites that offer discounts.
TIP 2: HOTEL REWARD PROGRAMS
I recommend signing up with the various hotel chains for their reward programs. The more stays you accumulate, the more points you earn which translates into free hotel nights (and other perks.) These programs can come in handy for early and late check-ins depending on your membership level. They’re usually free and can save you a lot of money over time. I actually traveled through Italy for two weeks and used the rewards I had collected to book all of my rooms.
TIP 3: A TRAVEL BIBLE
I personally like to keep a record of my travel plans through my “travel bible.” It contains information on my accommodations, arrival/departure dates, along with the addresses and phone numbers of each place that I’m staying, the rates, and confirmation numbers. Also noted are parking details or check-in times if applicable. After a long day of traveling, having all of this information in one document can be quite beneficial. Plus, you can note cool stories about your trip.
TIP 4: BE ATTIRE APPROPRIATE
Be knowledgeable of the customs and policies of your destinations. Something as simple as having your shoulders exposed can rule you out of touring certain cathedrals. Hats can also be a deal breaker. View the policies for the establishments you wish to tour. If you don’t know in advance, it’s a good idea to carry a bag in which you can store a hat you may need to remove before entering a site or you can pack a sweater in it for covering your shoulders. This may be the difference between missing out on an experience or completely embracing one. Keep in mind that you are a guest and each location should be treated with respect.
TIP 5: KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Packing a flexible attitude will go a long way. If something on your itinerary doesn’t pan out, it may mean that something better is on its way or that you simply weren’t meant to be in that place at that time. When planning your schedule, consider allowing extra time in the event that you find something unexpected to explore. Sometimes those spontaneous adventures can be the best. Keep an open mind and take things as they come. This approach will go a long way. Travel, like life, can have many speed bumps that require the ability to change or adapt plans.
Tip 6: RESEARCH
To find the best places to explore, I use multiple methods of research. I do a preliminary online search to find interesting and quirky ideas. I verify whether locations will be open on a seasonal basis, daily hours of operation and if tickets/reservations need to be acquired in advance. Sometimes a fact check on these kinds of items can make a difference.
Tip 7: ASK QUESTIONS
Somehow I’ve had the most incredible luck with discovering locations through random people met on the road. Upon arrival, ask people questions about the place. What do they like to do? If you were only able to see one thing in town, what should it be? What’s the cuisine that the city is known for? Questions like these can be extremely rewarding in gathering information on unique places. I do understand that this approach is not for everyone. If that’s the case, no worries, I’ve already done the work for you and will do my best in continuing to offer fun adventures.
Tip 8: HOW TO FIND AND AVOID THEM
Bedbugs can be a challenge (to say the least) for so many reasons. I understand the cost of eliminating them can cause financial distress. Here a few tips that only takes a few minutes and may help you to avoid a more lengthy process of battling these critters later. It’s a good policy to put your baggage on a luggage rack versus the floor. You may also want to put your belongings in the bathtub or on a tile surface until you have time to do a quick inspection of the bed. To do a basic check for bed bugs, pull back the linens and inspect all around the mattress especially around the corners and seams. Bedbugs are the size of an apple seed and can be difficult to detect. You may also want to check behind the headboard.
Tip 9: LOOK AT TRAVELER REVIEW COMMENTS
When booking my accommodations, I like to check a couple of online sites to verify that my choice hasn’t made any of the lists of places with issues. There are registries and traveler review sites to consider looking at in advance.