Planning to head out soon! Check this ultimate travel guide before you book your tickets or check into the hotel.
Download and print off travelocity.com planning card, a 28-page document with maps, city guides, and other information. Also download Tripit, which lets you create customized itineraries and sync them to your smartphone. Be sure to know the flight times for departure and return and make sure to check the forecast, especially if you’re going somewhere that has tropical storms. Get a flight tracker app, such as Hopper or Flightradar24, which will alert you when to expect the price to drop. Remember to pack emergency and first aid supplies, food, water, and a laptop or tablet. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes—your legs are going to get tired!
Explore what’s outside of your comfort zone: Attend local festivals, enjoy a local meal or meet some locals. For me, the Cajun Festival in Lafayette was life-changing. From there I was able to explore food culture, folk arts, southern traditions, and Cajun country’s landscape. If you’re still not sure about your next adventure, consider a road trip. Driving through the U.S. is not only an educational and interesting way to visit different states, but you get to experience their landscape. Plus, when you travel in the U.S., there are more options for hotels, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for, don’t stress! You’ll find something somewhere! Know the lay of the land: Once you have a destination in mind, do a little research. Who is going to be at your destination?
Take off the shoes. You will be on your feet for six to eight hours in airports and on trains, and those heels are not going to be comfortable for much longer. Don’t be afraid to ask strangers to show you where the bathrooms are or guide you around. Use the train. It’s reliable, affordable, and so much easier than driving and parking. Pack an eye mask to sleep on the train. It allows you to still be around the people you’re traveling with but get the rest you need. Pack a blanket or scarf to keep you warm. It’s wonderful to have when traveling in the middle of the summer and evenings, especially in the north.
Get a hotel that has a modern and eclectic chic vibe, with retro-inspired artwork and the unexpected, feel-good factor of their rooftop patio. As an added bonus, you should opt for one that has the largest variety of craft beers in the city.
The first time you land in an airport, you will be overwhelmed with options. Don’t panic. This is a great opportunity to take a deep breath and decide on your next destination. If you’re flying to somewhere new, you will see signs welcoming you to the city. If you’re going somewhere familiar, it’s a good idea to compare a few spots you already know versus those you have yet to discover.
When you’re first walking in, pay attention to the pictures on the sides of the terminal. As you enter, look for the flight numbers listed in your country. You should also check out the list of the airlines based there. Most international flights leave from the T1-T4 terminals, but if you are flying from the U.S., you will most likely land at T1.
Check these tips from our ultimate travel guide before you pack off for the next vacation and it would be one of your best in a long time.