5 Tips to Travel Smarter

Patagonia, South America

5 Tips to Travel Smarter

We hope your year has been an amazing one! Looking back, I’m sure we can all say there are things we would do again and things we could improve on. As we look forward to 2018, here are 5 tips to help you travel smarter in the new year.

1. Make safety a priority
Be up to date on travel alerts and warnings provided by the State Department. Make their Traveler’s Checklist apart of your preparation. Have an emergency contact, travel protection, and a travel agent to get you out of any sticky situations if they should arise. Check out What to Know Before Traveling for more information.

2. Do your research and survive the airport mayhem
Departing from an unfamiliar airport can be daunting. So before you make the journey home, look at a map of the airport to get an idea of where to return your car rental or if the security terminal is different from the terminal your gate is in. If you are heading home from a foreign country, sign up for Global Entry.  While it does cost a fee, this program will help speed up the customs process. At least the waiting in line part.  If your budget is on the tight side, consider downloading the Mobile Passport app. It’s free of charge and it also helps with cutting down the line wait time.

3. Create a plan
A successful vacation not only requires a credit card, neck pillow, selfie stick, and noise cancelling headset, it also needs a plan.  A schedule with things you want to do, even if it means taking a nap on the beach. Every bucket list needs a plan to keep it on track.

4. Take a look at what’s in your passport
Double check the expiration date on your passport and make sure it is valid at least 6 months past your trip return date.

5. Don’t get stuck on social media
Take pictures and document your travels, just don’t let it take away from the memories you are making. The vacation isn’t for your phone or for your friends back at home. It’s for you, so enjoy it while you’ve got it!

What things have you learned this year that will help you travel smarter in 2018?

Hungry for more travel tips? Check out this blog: 5 Ultimate Travel Preparation Tips

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