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  1. Travel is one of those things that everyone can get into, but in which not everyone really excels. Making travel arrangements can be a fast, painless thought-free process. However, getting the best deals and making the best plans, takes a little more effort. Here are a few tips for maximizing the benefits that good travel planning can bring.
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  3. If you will be driving to your destination, fill a family member or friend in on your destination and planned route to get there. If something were to happen to you while driving, this person would be able to alert officials of your intended destination and the roads you would have been traveling on.
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  5. Most people live and die by reserving the seat next to the window; however, you should consider one on the aisle. This seating choice allows you easy access to the lavatories, overhead baggage and flight attendants, and gives you more leg room.
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  7. When booking a hotel stay, be sure to ask when the hotel was last built or renovated. A low-cost motel that's brand new might be a better option than an older building attached to a good name. Stay away from lower-end and mid-range hotels that haven't been renovated in more than five or six years.
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  9. When planning a trip, don't count on a single booking website to show you the lowest fares. Compare prices across a variety of sites, including meta-searchers if you can find them. Also check with the airline and hotel directly, as they may actually be able to offer you a better rate than the website.
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  11. When booking a hotel room, don't be afraid to negotiate. While many hotel clerks aren't able to move too much on price, there may be other perks they can offer, such as meals or parking. In some cases the desk staff isn't able to offer discounts or packages unless the guest specifically asks about them.
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  13. Mix things up a bit and travel to somewhere you haven't been before. You want to go to as many diverse and interesting places while you can on this planet. You might even consider traveling internationally. If you decide you want to travel internationally make sure you get your passport and funds ready, as well as look into the currency exchange rates for different countries.
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  15. For a stress-free vacation, make sure people can get in touch with you. Take your cell phone with you and keep it charged. Bring your laptop with you if you know you will have an internet connection where you are staying. In case of emergency, people can let you know what is going on and you won't have any bad surprises when you come back.
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  17. Before leaving your house to travel, the last thing you should do before you go anywhere is to use the bathroom. This will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to go away on a trip. Most importantly, going to the bathroom before leaving, will mean that you won't have to go for a while, which will prevent an uncomfortable situation where you can't find a bathroom.
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  19. Reviews that are online are quite helpful but they are not always 100% reliable. Read between the lines to get a better idea if the person who has written the review is being persnickety or if they actually had a bad experience in the place you are researching. You may find other reviewers that say that it was a lovely time there.
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  21. Pet friendly travel can be very rewarding if you plan ahead. Make sure you know if your pet travels well before subjecting him to lengthy car rides. The Internet can help you find pet friendly lodging and destinations that can make vacationing with your pet fun and inexpensive. Gone are the days of leaving your furry friend home.
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  23. As you plan your vacation, consider taking the bus instead of flying, driving or taking a train. This method of travel is relatively inexpensive, and depending on who you book with, the bus fleets often boast newer models that are clean and attractive. They also include wifi access.
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  25. Do remember to tip generously. As you board the cruise, tip $20 to your steward. These crew members will most likely be helping you for your entire cruise. Treating them well may ensure that you receive quality service.
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  27. Before you leave home, make multiple copies of your travel documents. Store these in separate bags. It may also be a good idea to scan them onto a flash drive, and carry it with you. Emailing them to yourself can be another method. Make sure you have several backups. You do not want to get stuck in a foreign country!
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  29. When planning a trip to a foreign country with children, try immersing them in the culture with a lot of information about the destination prior. You can easily accomplish this by buying books about it, movies that feature the places, etc. This can help them get excited about the trip.
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  31. If traveling with a baby, you can use their diaper bag as a carry-on too. It's not only great for all of your baby gear, but it is a great way to pack your valuables. These types of bags are generally less likely to be targeted for theft. You can also carry waste bags in these that are great for little ones and for use when you are not at a toilet that can flush.
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  33. If you travel to a foreign country, it can be a good idea to bring your own bottled water. The water of foreign countries is often not purified and could cause your to get sick. Bottled boot miete is important even for tooth brushing purposes. Tap water can still make you sick this way.
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  35. Everyone on board a plane, train or ship, has something in common, they have all paid for the privilege of being there. Some passengers seem happier than others, though. These are the wise travelers, who have made an effort to arrange their travel plans for maximum convenience and economy. A little education can help you to join their ranks and travel with a smile.
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