Travel Tips: Here's What We've Learned From Jet-Setting
Are we the only ones that are happy that summer is finally on the way? The new season always gets us super excited and itching to jump on a flight. However, traveling as a young professional isn't always easy to do when your money is tight and especially if you're new to it all. We've been jet-setting a lot over the past couple of years and wanted to share some of the tips that have made our trips successful. Get your pens and paper ready:
1. Shop around for your flight: When we decide to take a trip, the first thing we do is set up a flight price alert on Hopper. Then we check google flights, Expedia and Priceline at least three times before we make a decision. we promise, there is nothing worse than paying more than necessary for a flight. Oh, and the “buying on Tuesday” trick is real! You can also subscribe to The Flight Deal. They have great flash sales on locations all over the world.
2. Pack Light (I know it’s a struggle): We struggle with this so much, but it's worth it. You’re not going to wear half the outfits you packed, and when it’s time to go home you won’t be able to close your luggage again. Don't forget you, always need a little room for our souvenirs and new clothes.
3. Research your destination: This is very important! Especially if you’re going out of the country. Make sure the conversion rate matches at every store, club, and restaurant you go to. We would suggest getting a set amount converted at the airport to avoid confusion or being taken advantage of.
4. Pay for your activities before you go: Most likely the festivals, parties and activities you plan to attend, will cost more if you wait to buy tickets/admission for them. Keep an eye out on those early bird discounts, sometimes the RSVP’s are even free!
5. Always pack a power bank: Not only do you need your phone to snap epic pictures of your vacation, but you also need it to stay in contact with your loved ones. Whether your traveling solo or with a group of friends, there's nothing worse than needing to use your phone while you are in foreign territory and it's dead. You can easily order one of these from sites like Amazon.
6. Make a copy of your ID and Passport: You can never be too prepared. We've been in scenarios where we've left our IDs at resorts and even had IDs stolen! Let's be honest, when you are traveling, things happen! So if you happen to lose either one, you'll have a backup copy. Once you make a copy, make sure you email it to yourself so you'll also have a digital version available on your phone at all times.
7. Get TSA Precheck: If you want to save yourself a lot of stress, invest in precheck. Even if you don't travel often, it's very useful when you can use it. This allows you to skip the long security lines before you get to your gate. We've all been too close to missing a flight and precheck helps you avoid that by saving time. Your enrollment even lasts for five years. That's a steal if you ask us!
8. Take all of your meds: It's nothing worse than spending months planning a trip and when you finally get to your destination, you aren't feeling well. If you know you are prone to get sick, bring all of your medications. Even if you don't expect to get sick, bring meds! One of your fellow travelers may need to borrow some.
9. Prepare your body: Leading up to your trip, make sure you are taking care of yourself. That includes getting rest, eating properly and staying hydrated! You want to make sure your body is in tip top shape to take on whatever adventures may come your way. You also want to make sure your skin has a nice glow before you touch down!
10. Don’t forget to rest: It’s tempting to just go out all day and night while you’re on vacation. But, take some time to rest and be still. When we go on vacation we never stop moving, so give your body a break!