With Spring Break approaching for a lot of families, check out some of our top travel tips to help make sure you and your family have the best time possible.
Carry Spare Copies of Your Passport
If you are leaving the country, whether cruising the Caribbean or flying overseas, it is an excellent idea to have a couple photocopies of your passport on hand. It’s also an excellent idea to scan a copy and save it in your email. You never know when you may need a copy of your identification, and you may not always want to have your actual passport on your person.
Always Get the Travel Insurance
While it may be tempting to save a few bucks by foregoing travel insurance, it’s not the best idea. Short of a natural disaster or true documented medical emergency, if you must cancel your trip you could lose out on a great deal of money. Trip insurance can help beyond just cancellations. For example, if your flight is delayed causing you to miss your cruise trip insurance will help cover a hotel room and transportation to the first cruise stop. So many variables can affect your trip, it is always best to be protected.
Bring Multiple Cards and Invest in an RFID Blocking Bag or Wallet
When traveling it’s always a good idea to bring multiple forms of payment. In the event your primary source of money is compromised for any reason, you will have a backup. If traveling out of the United States, it’s also wise to make your purchases on a credit card rather than debit card. In the event your card is hacked, and the info is stolen it is much easier to dispute and recover lost funds on a credit card. You might also invest in an RSID blocking bag to help ward off potential credit card skimmers.
No matter how many credit cards you bring, however, it is imperative to bring at least a small amount of emergency cash to keep on your person. Also, you will want to divide up the cash and store it in different areas, your purse/bag, hotel room safe, even your shoe when out walking around. This will help ensure you have some cash on hand for emergencies even if you misplace some.
Let Your Bank Know You’ll Be Traveling
Even when traveling within the United States it is a good idea to reach out to your bank and let them know that you will be traveling. Banks are notorious for placing holds on cards that are used many times in one day, used in locations outside the normal parameters, and that have large quantity spent in a short period of time. While all these measures are for the protection of our accounts, it can be a real headache to be notified your card was declined when trying to enjoy your vacation.
Make Google Flights and Other Travel Sites Work for You
There are several websites that can be used to compare airline costs and help you book the cheapest flight. If you can be flexible in your travel dates, sometimes you can score a flight for a couple hundred dollars less. Another option is to look for airports that are near your final destination and plan on some ground transportation to get you the rest of the way to your target location, an example would be flying into Fort Lauderdale and Ubering to Miami rather than flying into Miami direct.
Finally, overpacking can be a huge burden especially when flying. The less you must lug around airports or potentially up the stairs at a rental, the better. Also, check your hotel, rental home, cruise line, etc. to see if there are laundry services that you can take advantage of. Be mindful of the daily activities you will be participating in. If you are going on a sightseeing, European vacation a sturdy pair of walking shoes, and a nice pair of shoes for dinner should suffice. Beach vacation? Sub walking shoes for sandals and throw in an extra beach towel. Remember it’s a vacation it will likely be ok if you have to wear shorts to dinner or the same dress more than once.