When traveling to a foreign country, try to learn at least a few words of the language. Knowing how to say simple phrases like "how are you", "may I have the check", or "where is the bathroom" can help tremendously as you navigate throughout your destination. It also helps the locals to see that you are making an effort, which may make them friendlier toward you.
Give your travel information (including where you are going and the name and number of the hotel where you will be staying) to multiple friends and relatives. This way, if something were to happen when you are away, it will be easy for your loved ones to get a hold of you.
Make arrangements with your insurance company and tell them that you will be travelling out of the United States. You might need to purchase supplemental programs or they might have another program. Better yet, you can save money by finding travel insurance companies that are far more specialized than your general insurance company.
Label your things. You know all of those return address labels you have accumulated over the years? Put them to good use as labels for your items. Stick them on everything from luggage and handbags to cameras and umbrellas. In case you lose an item, it will be much easier to get it returned to you.
Take advantage of the hotel ice maker when making your next pot of in-room coffee. The ice makers in most hotels are filled with filtered water, while your room only offers tap water. A cup of coffee will taste better if the water is filtered. Fill your ice bucket at night and use the melted ice for your coffee the next morning.
To save money on your vacation, don't be afraid of last-minute bookings. When airlines or cruise companies still have tickets available a few days before the departure date, they lower prices because they are desperate to sell. With a last-minute booking, you can take the vacation of your dreams at rock-bottom prices.
Write your contact information down, and tape it inside of your suitcase. Having your information available inside the bag ensures that your luggage can find its way back to you if it becomes lost, even if the tags on the outside become damaged or removed. The airline cannot return your belongings if Netherlands they cannot locate you.
Always keep a picture of your child on you. It can be terrifying to lose your son or daughter. However, it can occur. If you have a good quality photograph to show the people at your location, or the police, it can make getting your child back that much easier, and faster too.
Do not be afraid to try to negotiate a better deal at the front desk of your hotel. This is not just a tactic to get a better rate but a way to get some of the amenities that are not included in your room package. They may throw in a free breakfast or a room upgrade for you.
If you're going on a cruise, pack a highlighter in your luggage! There are tons of activities that go on during the cruise and most of the time you'll get a nice little newsletter that details what's going on and where. You can use your highlighter to mark which ones you want to do, and save yourself some headaches.
To avoid losing everything if your bag happens to get robbed on a trip, try splitting up your valuable into different locations. This entails placing your various credit cards, debit cards, bank cards, traveler's checks, etc. in different pockets, bags, and wallets. This ensures that if you are robbed from one source that you won't be strapped for cash on your trip.
To save money when booking flights, see if you can fly to or from an alternate airport. Airlines often charge much less for different routes, so check out all your options to see which one is the cheapest. Even if you have to rent a car, it could still be cheaper to fly into a different airport.