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5 Great Travel Blogs 4
Staying in a Hotel? Get to Know Your Staff Before You Travel 6
The Travel Documentation Hack You Probably Aren’t Using … and Should Be 8
The Travel Hacking App You Need for Last-Minute Accommodations 10
Time-Saving Travel Hacks 11
4 Miscellaneous Travel Hacks to Make Your Next Vacation Frustration-Free 13
4 Simple Travel Hacks for Packing your Bags 15
4 Smart Travel Safety Tips 18
4 Travel Hacks for Saving Money 20
5 Air BnB Tips to Make Your Stay a Success 22
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5 – A Broken Backpack
Melissa is the Canadian native that runs A Broken Backpack. She is a superstar on YouTube and Snapchat, and she has plenty of videos that show you the pros and cons of a destination you may be thinking about visiting. Melissa’s blog is the per-fect destination for anyone that enjoys backpacking and hiking away from home.
Staying in a Hotel? Get to Know Your Staff Before You Travel
Are you planning a trip? Will you be staying in a hotel, motel or B&B? It is easy to get anxious about your trip to the point where you forget to do little things like packing a toothbrush or your phone charger. These things happen, and they put minor speedbumps in your travel plans. To make sure you experience a great time when paying for lodging, and you encounter as few unforeseen issues as possible, use this simple travel hack.
Call ahead and get to know the staff that will be waiting on you. This is such a simple practice, but almost nobody other than veteran travelers ever do it. A few days before you travel, call the hotel or motel where you will be staying. Let them know who you are, and when you have reservations. Let them know you would like to speak with anyone who will be working while you are there if they will be interacting with you.
It is especially important to get to know the concierge or doorman. These men and women can make your stay a 5-star experience because they know every-thing about your lodging, and also about the surrounding sights and sounds in the area. A short conversation with a manager or doorman that has lived in the area for years can yield important dos and don’ts that keep you from having a misera-ble experience.
What to Do if You Can’t Speak with Your Staff
Some accommodations will respect the privacy of their staff members. This might mean you won’t be able to glean any insider info from housemaids, bartenders and other “in the know” service personnel. If this is the case, call back on another day and ask to be transferred to the bar. Ask to speak with the concierge when the operator or desk clerk answers.
This can get you straight to the individuals you want to speak with. Let them know your lodging dates and ask them if they will be working on those dates. Make a personal connection and discuss what you are hoping to accomplish during your stay. Are you traveling for a second honeymoon? Will your entire family be going, or is this a getaway for you and your significant other? Bending the ears of service personnel instead of managers can reveal the real pros, cons, and possibilities available to you.
If these attempts at getting the 411 on your accommodations fail, try this. As soon as you arrive and get situated, meet as many staff members as you can. Keep a smile on your face and thank everyone you speak with. Make real connections in- stead of treating these individuals as if they are your servants. These simple re-connaissance hacks may just turn a so-so stay into the best travel experience of your life.
The Travel Documentation Hack You Probably Aren’t Using … and Should Be
Imagine the following scenario. You travel to an exotic destination. You have been planning on this dream vacation for years, maybe even decades. You are having the time of your life. You can’t imagine the experience getting any better. You are having such a great time that you are not paying attention to what you are doing, maybe because you have been enjoying too many adult beverages, and you mis-place your wallet.
What do you do now? You know you are going to have to replace your license or ID and call your credit card companies. If you have earned any specific skills or de-grees which could prove handy during your travel plans, how can you prove you have earned those accreditations? If you are overseas or otherwise in a country other than your own, what are you going to do about your passport?
Scanning and Copying Saves the Day
You might not think it is a good idea to have copies of your identification and passport. You may be of the school of thought that if someone got their hands on this information, they could steal your identity. This is definitely the case. How- ever, when you have scanned or otherwise copied all your important personal pa-pers, you will find that getting replacements is much easier than if you did not have these copies available.
If you are concerned about additional physical copies being snatched up by some ID-stealing villain while you are traveling, do this instead. Scan all your important documents and send the scanned files to your smartphone and tablet. This gives you the same information as copying, and as long as you don’t lose your phone, the information doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
Don’t Forget Insurance and Medical Information
If you have any specific medical needs, make sure that all related documents are also scanned or copied. The same is true for any insurance documentation which may apply while you are traveling. If the idea of scanning this information to your phone gives you a sense of unease because you are prone to losing your phone, save the information on a thumb drive you can keep in your pocket, your hotel room safe, or on a keychain.
When planning a vacation or some other type of travel, you often think of the best case scenario. There is nothing wrong with this. You want to have a great time. You want this to be positively memorable. However, bad things do happen. Planning for the worst-case scenario as far as your identity and other documenta-tion is concerned makes for the best possible outcome.Other Details
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