Travel Tips You May Not Know About

If you travel regularly for business and/or pleasure, you’re probably aware of many of the standard travel tips, such as booking in advance and keeping your luggage weight under 50 lbs to avoid an additional weight fee. But for the savvy traveler, we offer some lesser known, off the beaten path advice to help you save money and cut down on travel stress.

Sign up for the TSA’s PreCheck Program. If you travel a lot, you may want to look into the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck trusted traveler security screening option. PreCheck members are eligible for expedited security screenings at participating airports. More than 336,000 passengers have gone through the PreCheck lane already. PreCheck is currently available at New York’s Kennedy, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Los Angeles airports for members of American Airline’s AAdvantage program, and at Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City airports for Delta SkyMiles members. The TSA announced that US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines will begin PreCheck operations later this year. PreCheck is also available to members of the Customs and Border Protection agency’s Global Entry program.

Be aware of new airline ticket pricing rules. Early this year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) passed new rules requiring commercial airlines to be more transparent in how they advertise their ticket prices. In the past, airlines would advertise just the base price of the ticket. Now, airlines must disclose to ticket buyers the total price of the ticket, including round-trip fare, plus mandatory federal taxes, airport and any other fees a passenger must pay. Be aware that, when you shop online for a ticket, the advertised price now includes government and airport taxes and additional fees. Realize that now, because previously-hidden fees are included in a ticket’s advertised price, what we consider a good price for a ticket will be more than in the past.

Save money with smart travel apps. Going on a road trip? With gas prices what they are, take advantage of technology. There are plenty of smartphone applications out there. Check out GasBuddy, FuelFinder, iGasUp and TripTik Mobile to find the gas stations with the best prices. Use Route4me, Waze or Google Maps Navigation to find the most fuel efficient route. RoadAhead for iPhones lets you know your location on the highway, and the services and gas prices at upcoming exits.

When traveling abroad with your smartphone, let your service provider know so you are activated for international use. To avoid high pay-per-use rates, use the data portion/Internet access only when you need to check e-mail. Use free Wi-Fi whenever possible, but never to access bank accounts or personal financial information. Don’t connect to networks titled “free public Wi-Fi.”They are often unsecured networks created by hackers. Also, be aware of the roaming rates, especially in European countries.

The Most Helpful Summer Travel Tips

Summers are here and with the sun shining bright on our heads and the mercury levels rising to a good 45 degree Celsius, we know that it’s here to stay. The month of May has started and that marks the month of final exams or summer break. The kids are already gearing up for an adventurous summer break but here’s what we think. Why not plan a summer holiday with family this year? Sending them off to a summer camp may seem like an ideal option but why send the kids away when you can plan and enjoy this adventure with them.

Summer is all about reunions, family, adventure and bonding. In our opinion travelling to a new place or visiting your hometown can be a fun activity if you take the below steps in consideration before you zip those bags!

Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!

We cannot even begin to explain how important it is to stay active and fit before or during your travel. People often confuse the concept of relaxation with no exercise. Absolutely not! Every holiday requires you to be physically fit, it’s quite clear that either you will be hiking, swimming, driving for long hours, walking or even sight-seeing. You cannot perform any of the stated activities unless you are active and robust. Hence start exercising or go for long walks as it will help build your stamina and improve your mental and emotional well-being as well. Why pay for such an expensive holiday if you are come back exhausted and watch TV rest of the day.

Eat Healthy

Fruits, vegetables and fresh fruit juices is what we have in store for your diet chart this summer. Remember a bag of crisps and cola may seem the perfect snack but isn’t this what you snack on all year round. If you are visiting a new country or a new culture then why don’t you indulgence yourself in their seasonal fruits and juices? it will keep you from being dehydrated and will fit in your fitness plan.Remember you don’t need those bags under your eyes from excessive salt and sugar intake!

Stay Hydrated

Remember it’s a “summer break”, the activities that you have planned for your holiday will require you come out in the sun for longer periods of time. It’s important to pack extra bottles of water with you at all times and take a fresh gulp of water from time to time to keep yourself hydrated and replenished. If you get dehydrated then in extreme situations there are chances of getting a heat stroke and fainting.

Pack Light And Wisely

While travelling it’s important to travel light and pack ONLY the most essential things otherwise you will have to spend most of the time worrying for your baggage other than enjoying your stay.

Sunscreen

There is no such thing as a summer vacation without an SPF 30 at least. Invest in a good sunscreen and make it a habit of slathering it on your body before you head out in the sun to prevent skin problems and diseases in future.

Best Travel Tips for First Time Travelers

Traveling opens up your mind to the outer world. The more one travels, more experience one gains and wiser he becomes. However, all this is applicable when one has already traveled quite a bit. Traveling for the first time is definitely a jittery experience for the traveler. There are innumerable things that need to be considered for undertaking a trip and making it successful.

Mentioned below find some extremely useful travel tips for first time travelers so that the trip remains memorable and hassle-free:

Packing

• Keeping travel documents in place – Ensure that you have your passport in place with more than 6 months of validity in place. Arrange for a suitable visa or permit if needed. Book discount business class flights for traveling comfortably and saving money at the same time.

• Pack less – Clothes, shoes, cosmetics should be packed as less as possible. Baggage allowance is restricted. Why pay more money for carrying things you would probably not need? However, make sure to carry good amounts of undergarments as you might not always get a chance of washing them always. Carry band-aids, Imodium and Aspirin.

• Chargers and memory cards – Your electronic devices like mobile, iPad, the tab and even the camera will need charging. Bring respective chargers. Also carry extra memory cards for the camera as you might need it.

• Currency – If you are traveling in your own country, there is no need for currency change. But in case of an international trip, keep some exchanged currency handy.

During travel and transit

• Reach airport early – Airports might not be the best places to hangout, but it is good to be early than being late. Don’t panic during security checks – you are not carrying a bomb with you. Try and have a good meal before the flight as airport prices are exorbitant.

• Relax on the flight – With discount business class seat, relax on the flight. Get an earplug or an eye mask if you want to catch up on some sleep. To remain entertained bring an iPod, a novel, a pack of cards or anything that interests you.

• Setting time as per destination time zone – If the distance is a long one, chances of jet lag are high. Setting time as per destination time zone will help you in getting sleep at the right time so that you feel less jet lagged.

• Cooperate with border officials – This is important. Answer all asked questions truthfully. But do not go overboard with volunteering. Less is more in this regard.

On reaching the destination

• Be polite and courteous – On reaching the new destination, it is always good to be polite and courteous to people you meet. If language is a barrier, ask in signs. Most of the people will help you.

• Avail local transportation while traveling – Hiring a car will not give you the real sense of the place. To get the actual flavor, avail local transportation. With this, you can save money as well as experience the place from close quarters. You can also interact with the commoners via the journey.

• Keep money and valuables in a safe place – At the first place, it is recommended not to carry any kinds of valuables on the trip. However, you will carry some cash for sure. Keep it hidden in some safe place or even better carry it with you. Just don’t keep on checking that to draw public attention.

• Enjoy local foods, drinks and culture – Now that you are on a vacation, you will not get everything like home. Try various kinds of local foods and drinks. Try food stalls that sell authentic and fresh local food. Such foods are fresh and cheaper when compared to foods in big restaurants.

These are some very basic tips for first time travelers. Once you gain the confidence after first time traveling, things will become simpler for you in future!

Frugal Travel Tips For Seville, Spain

Seville is one of the prettiest towns in all of Spain, filled with plazas and history. One of the highlights of Seville, Alcazar, an ancient Islamic palace, is well worth the pricey entrance fee. To offset that expense, there are a number of free sights to see, including the other must, the Seville Cathedral with its free entrance on Sundays.

Seville Cathedral With Giralda Tower On Sunday

Normally the Seville Cathedral with Giralda Tower charges a high entrance fee. When I went, I paid the fee and did not begrudge the expense. One of the few cathedrals with the private rooms open to the public, and a tower that overlooks almost all of old Seville (the ramp in the tower, instead of stairs, allowed ancestors to ride a horse up instead of walking), it is one of the top Seville attractions.

However, if you plan your trip right, and are in Seville on a Sunday, the entrance fee is waived. Yes, its free.

Plaza de Espana

Any true Star Wars fan will recognize Plaza de Espana as George Lucas’ inspiration for the Palace of Naboo. Any other traveler will simply appreciate it as an example of beautiful architecture. Tile work covers every inch, including the multiple bridges. Along the base of the buildings, there’s a contribution from each province, illustrating in tile a significant historic event.

Entrance to the plaza is free.

Torre del Oro on Tuesdays

The Torre del Oro or Golden Tower was exactly that, a 13th century tower covered in golden tiles. Now it hosts a maritime museum. Normally there is an admission fee but on Tuesdays, this fee is waived.

El Alamillo Bridge

For those looking for more modern architecture, El Alamillo provides a perfect example. A huge bridge connecting the island of La Cartuja to the old town of Seville, El Alamillo is primarily a bridge for vehicles. However, down the center is a raised pedestrian walkway.

There are many pedestrian walkways in Seville, perfect for people watching and crowded with artists and street performers.

Real Fabrica de Tabacos

This former tobacco factory was built over 500 years ago and was made famous by Bizet’s opera Carmen. Once it had a moat and a jail. Now a university building, it is open and free for all travelers. Inside, frugal visitors can find cheap university budget food and beverages.

It is impossible to say that you’ve seen Spain without seeing Seville. A beautiful, walkable city, Seville is also a frugal traveler’s paradise.