There is a ton of information along the internet highway, and for a first-time traveler, this guide will be an easy reference. Make sure your maiden trip to your chosen destination with a few easy to employ tips for a worry-free trip.
First and foremost, do some research. Read public review sites, but remember to take in the info with a proverbial grain of salt. Ask friends and relatives who have been to your destination for advice or suggestions. Don’t be afraid to use a travel agent. They are making a comeback for good reasons. They can get you deals and get you past the velvet ropes in some cases.
Second, consider insurance. You can’t control things like world events and the weather. Ask your insurance provider for tips and check with your credit card company to see if they offer any free coverage; it’s not uncommon for companies to provide you with insurance for free.
Third, set a realistic budget. You can cut corners and plan everything to the letter, but sometimes we end up being a little less conscious of our budget with the mantra, “I’m on vacation!” Don’t forget to allow an expense cushion for unexpected fees like parking or impulse purchases.
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Fourth, after plans are made and your trip is within a week away, call your hotel, restaurants, or any other reserved attractions to verify your plans. It’s also wise to ask questions at this time. Is there a dress code? Is the pool closed for refurbishments? Is your reservation correct?
Finally, let go and relax. If you’ve done your research, prepared properly, used a travel agent, have insurance, and verified your reservations, you should have too much to worry about. Remember, not everything in life goes according to plan, so be flexible with your plans and expectations.
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