The key to traveling smart is to know your options. Ask a lot of questions. Don't just assume that you know the answer. Avoid getting caught up in the mystery and excitement of travel - it could cost you a lot of money.
Smart trip planning, coupled with smart decisions made before and during the trip, will help ensure that you have the best trip possible.
A travel agent is very knowledgeable about all the travel options. They can recommend a specific cruise line, show you transportation options, give you ideas of things to see and do and help you plan your vacation. Then, once you have decided what you want to do on vacation, they can arrange for your transportation tickets, accommodations and reservations.
Bottomline: Your travel agent can save you time, money and aggravation.
Before you pay extra for first class travel or lodging, be sure you know what you are getting for your money.
Bottomline: First class does not always mean the best and may not be worth the extra money.
Bottomline: Read the fine print on complimentary offers. Make sure the offer is really worth it.
Typically a travel insurance policy provides coverage for:
You can also purchase travel insurance policies that provide:
Travel insurance comes in a wide range of prices. Shop around. Ask your travel agent. Check out the policies offered online.
Paying for travel insurance can be a very good deal if all your sports gear is lost on the way to a sports destination or if you have a major medical situation while overseas.
Accepting stand by status can be very beneficial to the traveler. If an airline flight is overbooked, they may be willing to offer stand by tickets with seat upgrades to passengers if they are willing to take the next flight. Be sure to ask about stand by status opportunities when you check in at the airport gate.
The check-in and check-out times are clearly stated in the hotel's literature, in the room and, often on a sign at the front desk. Your room may not be ready until after the check-in time. You may be charged for another day if you check-out after the stated check-out time.
Here are a few helpful tips:
Bottomline: A little preplanning could save you a lot of money.
You can memorize the phrase or you can write it on a slip of paper that you keep in your wallet.
Either way, you will be prepared if you become ill and need help.
Whether you are selecting food and destinations or whether you are having a basic conversation with a local resident, it is always really helpful if you can understand and say "Yes" and "No" in the local language. Don't just concentrate on learning how to ask questions - you should also concentrate on understanding the yes or no answer you receive.
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