Travel hacks for beginners

1. Be Flexible

We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!

2. Learn Common Phrases Of The Local Language

A simple “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way. I also like to learn the word for beer, but that’s just me.

3. Pack Extra Underwear

Undies are small and it’s always a good idea to have a few extra pairs in case of emergencies. Another option is to pack these quick-dry underwear so you can easily wash them on the road.

4. Put Electronics, Medications, Toothbrush, And An Extra Pair of Underwear In Your Carry-On

A few important items should always go in your carry-on. You can buy most of these things if your bag gets lost, but having them in your carry-on will save you money and time if your luggage gets lost in transit.

5. Alert Your Bank And Credit Card Company Of Your Travel Plans

This is a great habit to get into if you don’t want your credit card company or bank to put a hold on your card while you are overseas.

6. Book Early For Cheap Flights

Flights are always the first thing I book when planning a trip — sometimes I do this nearly a year in advance! For the most part, the earlier you book, the better price you will get. Airfare rarely goes down in price unless there is a sale (or an airline pricing error).

7. Keep An Open Mind

Don’t judge other customs. You are a visitor. Be respectful.

Practicing respect while traveling

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Respecting the locals and their culture is a great start to traveling responsible

Respecting local language and customs goes a long way.

By buying food, drinks, and souvenirs from locally owned businesses you contribute to growing the local economy.

Also, when you look for accommodation, you should choose locally run businesses that support a sustainable life for the locals.

It’s important to treat the eco systems and wildlife with respect

Animal tourism is a big problem all across the globe. Now, I have just talked about the importance of supporting local run businesses and make sure your money stays locally.

But is this a good thing if you are paying locals to run an unethical animal tourism business? Definitely not.

Whenever you attend animal attractions, make sure they are ethical towards the animals. I recommend staying away from zoos, aquariums, and animal rides all together. Further, it is a good rule of thumb to avoid any form of petting, holding, or taking selfies with wildlife.

Being environmentally friendly is important

I don’t think there is any need to say that respecting the environment is extremely important. Even so, it is a major problem across tourist destinations all over the world.

It is more important than ever to leave as small footprints as possible when you travel. If you do your small part, you can make a big difference.

Minor actions like taking your own shampoo and soap from home (preferably eco-friendly and cruelty-free) instead of using the ones in hotels, saying no to plastic straws, or traveling with your own reusable water bottle are things that go a long way.

How to get over jet lag

Jet lag, also called jet lag disorder, is a temporary sleep problem that can affect anyone who quickly travels across multiple time zones. Your body has its own internal clock (circadian rhythms) that signals your body when to stay awake and when to sleep.

Hopefully, you have taken our advice on getting prepared before changing time zones, but if you didn’t there are still things you can do on the plane to help you reduce those jet lag symptoms.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Try to get sleep while on the plane
  • Get some natural light exposure as soon as you can
  • Try not to sleep right away when you land, try to get sleep until the appropriate time

Solo traveling tips

Traveling alone can be a life-changing experience, it teaches you about yourself and you discover in your own company. But it is important to keep the following recommendations in mind when traveling on your own.

-Keep in touch with your family or friends at home. Let them know where you are traveling, the numbers they can contact you. Keeping them on top of everything is always a good idea.

-If possible travel during the day and avoid dark hours.

-Learn basic words of the language of the place you are traveling to, not having communication with the locals can be a disadvantage.-Don’t let people know you travel alone

-Write important phone numbers apart, this is in case of theft, you will have a way to contact someone who can help you.

-Prepare medicines that you need in case of illness to be able to assist yourself well.

-If possible take cash and a portable charger with you

Do’s and Don’ts of traveling

Traveling abroad can be one of the best experiences you can have but it can also be very stressful if things are not done well. We leave you a list of the things you should do and what not to do so that your trip is smooth and calm.

DO Photocopy Your Passport

DO Use Your Room Safe

DO Try New Foods

DO Check Out The Culture

DO Learn the lingo 

DO Pack Layers

DO be aware of your surroundings, and watch for suspicious people or vehicles.

DO make a note of your passport number, your credit-card numbers and the phone number to call in case you need to report it stolen and cancel it.

DO be alert for staged distractions, an accomplice can steal your valuables and walk away while you are momentarily distracted.

DON’T Let Your Phone Roam

DON’T Spend Too Much Time In Your Room

DON’T carry and flash large sums of cash

DON’T look like a tourist by dressing like one, appearing lost or consulting a map in public.

DON’T visit dangerous locations, or walk in unfamiliar, isolated or dimly lit areas, especially at night.

DON’T leave valuable items in public view; that includes your passport as much as your iPhone.

DON’T store cash, jewelry, medicine or other valuables in your luggage

Reasons to travel alone

Many times we have the misconception that traveling alone can be challenging and often very lonely, but the reality is very different. Traveling alone can be a life changing experience, we learn a lot about ourselves and we have time for reflection. Here are some reasons to make you want to grab your suitcase and travel on your own.

  • You can feel independent and empowered 
  • It gives you confidence
  • Solo travel gives you a chance to listen yourself 
  • You can make new connections and new friendships 
  • It makes you feel free

How to plan a family trip

Planning a family trip can be a bit overwhelming and stressful, especially with children. But prepare ahead of time and knowing what you’re getting into makes a trip easy and without complications.

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  • Pick a destination where all family members can enjoy and have activities throughout the day to entertain themselves and involve them in planning, if you can book in advance.
  • Pack light and only what you need, having to deal with multiple people in the family is enough to worry about luggage.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with alcohol, bandages, pain relievers. Keep your documents with you in case of any emergency.
  • Reserve your airport parking with Book2Park, traveling as a family is an adventure and looking for cheap parking, especially long-term parking, can take valuable time, but don’t worry, we offer many options in most US airports.
  • Bring snacks on the flight, download series and movies to any digital device to keep your kids entertained and not stressed during the flight.

What to bring on long flights

Long duration flights can be very overwhelming, it is important that we prepare ourselves both physically and mentally.

First of all we must think about our comfort. Sometimes airplane seats may not be as comfortable to sleep in, so bringing neck pillows is very helpful for head support.

For greater comfort we can bring a small blanket or an extra sweater in case the temperature of the plane is very high.

We can think in advance about the activities that we are going to do to entertain ourselves, such as downloading music, series, podcasts or movies to keep our minds occupied for a few hours, as well as carrying a book or a portable handheld video game. If possible we can get a portable charger for our electronic devices.

It is important that we stay hydrated and nourished, so it does not hurt to prepare a sandwich and bring an extra snack such as a banana or an apple. It is also a good idea to bring a large empty water bottle and then ask to have it filled on the plane or to buy a bottle after check-in at the airport.

Following these steps we will be able to find some comfort and entertainment on a long flight, we will arrive with a clear mind at our destination, we will avoid jet lag and be prepared for our activitiesof the day.

10 Useful tips to save money when traveling.

Budgeting can be very difficult especially when you are going to travel, whether you are going to travel alone, with your family or with your couple.

Money is a very important factor we have to consider when traveling:  Having a fun and quality time is everyone’s goal but doing so without over spending can sometimes be a challenge.

Here are 10 useful tips to save money while traveling:

1. Be flexible.
For example, if you want to travel to a luxurious beach, but there is a great deal to travel to Mexico or the Caribbean consider other beach destinations; you still get a beach destination and probably you are saving half of your money. Always look out for great deals at the right time.

Alternatively, you can use flexible dates. Sometimes being flexible on your dates can definitely save you some money.

2. Plan your next travel vacation from 1-2 months in advance.
That way you can check and even get great deals at hotels and air fares.

3. Use social networks.
Social networks and the Internet are your best friends for getting great deals you don’t have to search a lot, you just find them. Social Media has plenty of bargains. Take advantage of it.

4. Buy package deals.
Most of the time, hotels and restaurants are offering you a variety of family packages.  This way you can get delicious food and enjoy plenty of time with the ones you love at reasonable prices.

5. Stay at cheap family hotels.
Many hotels may have everything you are looking for. For example, a room that makes your family fit in, perks you might need at your hotel room, breakfasts and lunches included and even you can find many entertainment areas. All in one, saving even more money.

6. Sign up for discount websites.
You may already receive emails from some discount websites, but don’t wait too much. Go and sign yourself up to coupon sites, they might be useful and money saver. Or, register to those travel sites that you use the most. Most of those websites send discount codes through email.

7. Reduce or eliminate your car usage.
Avoid terrific traffic! You can enjoy your travel destination using tourist ride services, try to use a bicycle and have fun, or go for a walk with your family. That way you enjoy and don’t miss any single part of the place you are visiting.

8. Always keep in mind the extra fees and exchange rates.
Keep in mind you have a tight budget, always be aware of these two important things to properly consider what you are going to spend.

9. Eat out less.
Restaurants tend to be expensive everywhere you go, so learn to cook with your family and have quality time with them. Or get snacks or sandwich ingredients to avoid eating out all the time.

10. Find free entertainment.
Ask around and see which bars and clubs have free music or comedy performances, or find out about free local museums, galleries and other attractions.


“The shoulder season”: Fall the perfect time to Book your next vacation.

Looking for great deals, fewer crowds, and perfect weather that starts to cool down?

The travel experts call “Shoulder Season” between the peak season and the rainy or cold weather of low season; this period between high and low season is when prices drop.
This makes Shoulder Season, the perfect time for many travelers.

Fall it’s just the right time to get the opportunity to avoid and even beat the big crowds, enjoy the colorful and beautiful weather, greater availability of hotel rooms, restaurant reservations and of course save some more money making your parking reservations.
You will also notice a nicer and warmer welcome everywhere you go.

It can be difficult to make reservations during July & August vacation season.
A general rule for picking a Shoulder Season is to avoid school holidays and the “obvious” times to travel, but to keep as close to high season as you can.
September, October and November are the months where you can start planning on making a reservation well in advance or plan to travel somewhere.

Here are some tips that would help you a lot:

  • The first two weekends of October are the state’s busiest of the year. Book these dates as early as possible. For example, by those dates, resorts, as well as hotels or restaurants tend to offer special discounts or packages.
  • Book mid-week, usually properties that fill up on weekends often have vacancies during the week.
  • Sometimes you may spend the same amount of money you normally would, but it would be worth it because places are not crowded which means you can have a more enjoyable and luxurious trip
  • Making reservations during the Shoulder Season may allow you to visit expensive places that maybe you could not afford on high season.
  • When you make a reservation during this season, you will save some money, which means that you will have more cash to spend, you can eat more, you can attend more places and you can even save for your next trip.

We hope these incentives help you save more money and enjoy even more the beautiful colorful weather given by Mother Nature.